Monday

SERIAL: BLACKTOP, CHAPTER 3 - THE BORDER


Ruzkin returns to continue his post-apocalypse romance / road movie, Blacktop. Last time we saw our two protagonists, they were outside Detroit. Now, as they approach the Canadian border, tempers are starting to fray...

The monks don't talk when we're on the road. Their footsteps are graveyard quiet. If it wasn't for the way their robes snap in the breeze they'd be spirits, the disconsolate dead marching the last path they took before the world fell apart. She stays at my side. I don't know why. We fought last night and the night before, a screaming row that echoed off the hills by the border. The monks looked uncomfortable, but they didn't intervene. Maybe they prayed for us ...READ CHAPTER 3: 'THE BORDER' NOW

>>READ FROM THE BEGINNING

Thursday

SERIAL: STILETOEYE & RAZORGUT AND THE SOUND OF THE DAWN OF TIME (PART 1)


In an episode originally scheduled to run yesterday (sorry about that), today sees the start of a thrilling two-part post-apocalyptic adventure for our heroes StiletoEye & RazorGut! As written by Dwayne Coltrane & The HyperDeathPsychoRock Three!  Entering an abandoned city after some sort of dramatic, violent Event, the cheeseburger-loving, Cadillac-driving dynamic duo are about to confront their greatest challenge yet in... The Sound Of The Dawn Of Time! The original image for this chapter is 'Mostly Abandoned' by Kevin Walsh.

The once almighty skyscrapers were twisted, devastated and crippled; girders, glass and concrete distorted the landscape. The normally bustling streets were torn up and jutted out at strange angles, the cars trashed and mangled. The familiar landmarks were ravaged and mutilated and lay scattered through the ruins of the city ...READ CHAPTER 11: 'THE SOUND OF THE DAWN OF TIME' NOW!


READ 'STILETOEYE & RAZORGUT' FROM THE BEGINNING

Wednesday

BRB, SORRY


I marked 45 essays and outcomes today... so no updates, sorry. StiletoEye & RazorGut will run tomorrow afternoon, and Operation Sunrise in the evening. Thanks for stopping by! BRB!

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Tuesday

FICTION: SCHEME 4 LYFE


Alan Gillespie, author of the bizarre black comedy short 'The Pyjama Murders,' returns with an alternately bleak and uplifting tale about the recession blues. The original image for this story is 'Sad Businessman?' by Jeremy Ladan.

You can only spend so many nights on a friend’s couch, fill out so many job applications, borrow so much money before you have to admit it. You’re fucked ...READ FICTION: 'SCHEME FOR LYFE' NOW

Monday

SERIAL: KANSAS, CHAPTER 11: VERIFICATION


Matthew McLean's post-cyberpunk espionage thriller KANSAS continues! Agents Jhel and Lee are onitoring the events as they unfold, and in this chapter, hints are dropped about the significance of kansas... For those readers just joining us, you can read KANSAS from Chapter 1 here, and there's a Series Catchup post here!

Jhel stared at the screen, the perfected resolution of Kansas staring him in the face. He looked at Lee, knowing he was the only person he could trust with this. Between the two of them they had enough dirt to cover a dozen graves ...READ SERIAL: 'KANSAS - CHAPTER 11' NOW 

FLASH FICTION: $300 / MO


This week is a week of new writers! In addition to our regular serials, we're going to be introducing some brand spanking new writing talent to the site over the next week, so keep your eyes peeled, and let us know what you think of the new fish in our comments section! First up, meet Russianist Schlomo Steel, whose first Flash Fiction submission is a first-person, stream-of-consciousness narrative about age, dovorce and masculinity. The original image for this story is 'Crec que ja ├ęs hora de tornar' by Dani Sarda.

I put my finger on the essential problem at a pretty early point, in fact, perhaps within moments of moving in. It smelled like every place my father had lived in between his two marriages. Some might want to break the smell into its component parts for the sake of description, but I think this is only an excuse to say “pizza crust” and “socks hung over a radiator” ...READ FLASH FICTION: '$300 / MO' NOW

Friday

FLASH FICTION: LEMON SCENTED


Chilean-Candaian cartoonist and writer Felipe Arasanz, author of 'The Bubble Gun,' returns with another little Flash Fiction with a dark heart and gleaming exterior. 

What if her arm gave way to her own weight, holding herself up like that on the white porcelain ledge of the white porcelain tub? What if she neglected to read the safety instructions? What if she mixed the lemon scented all-purpose cleaner cream with the ammonia ingredients together with the lemon-scented all-purpose cleaner spray with the bleach ingredients? What if she forgot to unplug the drain when she left the water running? ...READ FLASH FICTION: 'LEMON SCENTED' NOW

SERIAL: 2019, CHAPTER 8 - NEWSFLASH


Welcome, new readers! 2019 is a template for distributed fiction; a groupthink; a proto-ARG; a Nanotech fable for you to play in. This is part 8 of 10.

>>READ '2019' FROM CHAPTER ONE



>> READ '2019' CHAPTER EIGHT

When all 10 parts have all been published, the world of 2019 is open to other writers to set stories in. You can use (or not use) any of the characters mentioned in these datablasts, and you can add to any of the ideas contained herein.

Please email all submissions* to editor.weaponizer@gmail.com.

The original image for this chapter is 'TV Test Screen' by gywst.



*Please withold your entry until all 10 parts are published.


Thursday

FICTION: VANDALS


Say hello once more to New Zealander Michael Botur, author of 'Grace,' who returns with a touching, subtle story about one old man's quest for revenge upon the vandals who trampled his wife's prized hibsicus. This is something a little different from the type of fiction we usually publish, but as soon as I read the story I fell in love with it. I hope you feel the same! The original image for this story is 'Wild Hibiscus In The Marsh' by bsquared10002.

The enfortment which I erect overlooks a square of yellowing grass which has been redeemed as a softball pitch. This is all quarry land: the hill is being eaten by diggers, for its bauxite rock is valued. The diggers will soon devour my house and my neighbours’, which is why I am the last tenant on the mountain. Yes, the vandals are sacking my hill and they’re buying old Van out for a few hundred grand. I don’t require money, but they don’t accept this. They don’t understand that I’ve been assigned a hill to protect ...READ FICTION: 'VANDALS' NOW

NONFICTION: A CHRISTMAS CULL


I'm extremely pleased to welcome back staff writer Elle Matheuse, whose thought-provoking, often controversial columns have been gracing the virtual pages of this site since way back in 2007. She's got a great idea for you this time round, to assuage the guilt of a capitalist Christmas... but you might not like it.

As an independent adult, albeit one with a relatively low income and limited spatial awareness, I generally manage to furnish myself with the things I need to survive and flourish. There’s no need for the people I love / know to kind-heartedly bankrupt themselves once a year in order to provide me with extraneous belongings, quite possibly made by children who have never been given anything in their tiny lives but bruises and threats ...READ NONFICTION ARTICLE: 'A CHRISTMAS CULL' NOW

Wednesday

A WICKED LITTLE TOWN - COMING SOON...


Not going to say much about this project yet, just that it is our next Weaponizer Webcomic, it combines the talents of Invisible Skein / Bale scribe K. Patrick Glover and the art of Keith Perkins, and it's a re-telling of the story of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. Excited? I know I am! We'll have more news on the project, and some juicy preview material soon...

Tuesday

FLASH FICTION: STREAM


Paul S. Grimsley has been experimenting with a data-rich, technically inventive style of hard SF / post-cyberpunk in his recent stories for Weaponizer, including 'Weapon Eyes Sir' (soon to become an ongoing serial) and the magnificient 'Simplexity.' Today he continues in the same vein, dropping a laden, hacker-themed Flashfic. More of Paul's writing can be read at Skull Cull and 16 Flaws. The original image for this story is 'Hacker' by lhl.

chewing on whitenoise, living between the channels - time and space moving on the dialspin between moments. he dreams swarms of insects, speaks binary squeal of junk data; lives undifferentiated tissue; hands birdwinging through the air, hovering over an invisible keyboard. he is ever connected, floating in the datasoup ...READ FLASH FICTION: 'STREAM' NOW 

WEAPONIZER IN THE NEWS!

20080329 - Oranjello, the new kitten - 152-5290 - invisible trumpet!

Just a quick blast on our own trumpets here - bear with us!

We got a mention on the Guardian website - we're a featured blog this week, and we used the opportunity to announce our intentions of moving into small press publishing this year. There'll be more solid info on the print projects in weeks to come - keep your eyes peeled. Big thanks to Michael McLeod at the Guardian for the mention!

Also - we're nominated in the category of 'Best Fiction E-Zine' in the annual Critters Poll. If you've never checked it out before, Critters is a brilliant website for emerging authors, allowing them to network and critique each others' work. Follow the link and vote for us please!

Finally, a quick hello to all our new readers, and followers on Twitter. Welcome aboard! Similarly, we've just had a slew of new stories and submissions from brand-spanking new writers - hello to all of you as well! You'll be hearing from the editor in the next few days.

Thanks for your support folks - onwards and upwards!

Monday

FLASH FICTION: NO HEROIC MEASURES


Richard Fannon, one of Weaponizer's first ever contributors and author of 'Two Minutes Miss Donna' and 'The Exorcist,' returns with a superb little Flashfic about superheroics, and why a perfect rescue operation isn't always possible. The original image for this story is 'Copper-eyed Superhero' by Zen.

I don't feel like a hero today. I get called it a lot and I have the statistics to back it up. 212 confirmed solo rescues, double that in assists. But it doesn't take guts to run into a burning building when the flames can't burn you, the smoke won't choke you and it would only be an inconvenience if it collapsed on you. The people I work alongside – the men and women who haven't been through the Change – they're heroes, but they'll never appear on any league table. Maybe they're better off that way ...READ FLASH FICTION: 'NO HEROIC MEASURES' NOW

FICTION: THE RED BROGUES


Scottish writer Janine McEwan, author of 'Razored Up' and 'Bobby On The Beat,' was born hearing but unable to speak. She believes this has given her a different viewpoint on words and word usage. Today she delivers her first longer piece for Weaponizer. It is the story of a WWII G.I. and his Scottish girlfriend, and the trouble caused in the Barrownlands Ballroom by his extravagant red shoes...

They were shuffling; they were shuffling because he made them shuffle. He was their Jesus, their black Jesus. He was in the city, the city of Glasgow. He had never heard of Glasgow before, except from the Glasgow in Alabama. This wasn’t Ala-fucking-Bama, this was Glesga, this was the city of the Tim Malloys and the Billy Boys. He didn’t know what that fucking meant, who gives a fuck ...READ FICTION: 'THE RED BROGUES' NOW

Friday

NONFICTION: DAEMONIC DELIRIUM & VOMIT FETISH - THE CINEMA OF FRANKLIN GOLDSTICK JR.


Among his many other talents, rapper / performer / writer Harlequinade is also an authority on subversive, underground cinema, particularly in the horro / video nasty genre. An avid collector of all things horrific, revolting, gore-drenched and Gonzo, his fetid cinematic interests and eloquent intelligence make him a much-admired public speaker in the Edinburgh underground horror cinema community. Here, he takes a look at the controversial life and work of the often neglected and misunderstood director, Franklin Goldstick Jnr. The original image for this article is 'Skull of a Murdered Child' by Curious Expeditions. It is a still from Goldstick's celebrated film 'The Darkness And Bo-Peep.'

Although his 1994 feature, The Darkness and Bo Peep, is relatively well known on the festival circuit, with a Jake Fallon-helmed Hollywood remake on the way of New Scratch (2001), it is probably time to take stock of the psychedelic, challenging and often horrific cinema of Franklin Goldstick Jr ...READ ARTICLE: FRANKLIN GOLDSTICK JR. NOW

FLASH FICTION: ACCORD

 Michael Jacobo, author of Looking For and Elsewhere On The Planet, returns with a piece of Flash Fiction about what happens when the Galactic Federation come calling, demanding that Earth breaks out in Peace. The original image for this story is 'Peace Bomb' by H. Michael Karshis.

The first week was chaos as the world was drenched in panic. Pain and death were everywhere as governments tried to restore order. Days passed and the world burned with fear and no end in sight. Then came the night when every world leader had their finger on the button and the planet held its breath ...READ FLASH FICTION 'ACCORD' NOW

THIS IS WEAPONIZER: 2011

New to Weaponizer? Wondering how it all works and what it's all about? Start here!
 
FLASH FICTION
Weaponizer has been running since 2007. It is an open-source fiction project, involving writers from around the world. We support new and emerging writers, giving them a place to showcase and debut their work, and offering a supportive environment in which to develop their talent and find their voice. We started off publishing just Flash Fiction (stories under 1000 words), in every genre imaginable: we publish everything from serious fiction to comedy vignettes; from dark horror to hard speculative fiction; from detective stories to confessional drama; from the sublime to the ridiculous, and beyond.
 
NONFICTION
That's not all - we now also publish a range of Nonfiction, from Elle Matheuse's controversial op-ed pieces to my own interviews with hip-hop artists like Anti-Pop Consortium, film-makers, and comics creators like Alan Moore.

ART & PHOTOGRAPHY
Every month we feature cover art from a photographer, illustrator or designer - if you want to get involved with the visual side of the site, or want to contribute artwork for our stories and features, please get in touch at editor.weaponizer@gmail.com!


SHORT STORIES & SERIALS
We publish longer fiction, too - some stories simply can't be told in under 1000 words, so we have a separate section for traditional Short Stories and novellas. There's also our popular Serials section, which features ongoing stories from our core writers. Two of these serials - The Vampire Clowns of Old Poland, by ICAM, and Shriekonomics by C. Brian Hickey, have already run their course - several others are still ongoing, including:
COMICS
Last year, we began publishing comics on the site - we're currently playing host to the completed, Manga-inspired original graphic novel KINK WALKER: OUT HERE by Will Couper & Morag Lewis, and the ongoing project IAMUS CREATIVE by Paul McCann. With new projects lined up for 2010, including an ongoing Western adventure about the life of Wyatt Earp, to be written by K. Patrick Glover, it looks like this is going to be an exciting year for Weaponizer Webcomics!
 
HOW TO FOLLOW US
You can follow all the action right here, every weekday, on the WPNZR Feed. You can also follow us on Twitter (or join us on Facebook and MySpace), and enjoy some of the most exciting new writing completely free of charge. We will be announcing some very exciting projects over the coming months, as Weaponizer takes its first steps into solid-state publishing, with plans for a Quarterly magazine and an anthology of the site's best content so far.

Be sure to check out our sister site Black Lantern Music, where we apply a similar ethos of open-source, Creative Commons-licensed creativity to the realm of music.

Remember - we're only as good as our submissions. We are always on the lookout for new writers - anyone can contribute to Weaponizer.

For those of you who have supported WPNZR throughout the last four years - thanks for sticking with us. The best is yet to come.

Thursday

SERIAL FICTION: OPERATION SUNRISE, CHAPTER 21


Today's ongoing serial presentation is Chapter 21 of para-psychological thriller / romance adventure OPERATION SUNRISE, by Grimly Whetfox. As we approach the thrilling conclusion of the series, the hero and heroine's lives and dreams are becoming more and more closely entwined. But are they living on borrowed time? The original image for this chapter is 'Green' by Sir Bali.

As she gazed upon his outstretched palm with her hands frozen halfway towards him she knew, deep inside her, what was about to happen, what this was, who he was, and what this represented. What it meant. As she watched, transfixed, his eyes glinted, an extra light reflecting back at her though their shine, and gently, without surprise, although it was the most surprising thing she had ever witnessed, a large gold apple slowly materialised on his outstretched hand, right in the middle of his palm, right in the centre. There was something written in the gold skin of the apple, imprinted right into its golden flesh, a strange word, something intangible. She did not know what the word meant, it was all Greek to her, but she did know what the apple meant, what it represented, and she knew how that made her feel ...READ CHAPTER 21 OF 'OPERATION SUNRISE' NOW

NEW READERS! START HERE


READ 'OPERATION SUNRISE' FROM THE BEGINNING

Wednesday

SERIAL: STILETOEYE & RAZORGUT AND THE WRATH OF ANUBIS


I don't know about you guys, but I fucking love Dwayne Coltrane and the HyperDeathPsychoRockThree's serial,StiletoEye & RazorGut. Quite apart from the controversy over the saga's authorship and the delightfully zany mis-spelling of the heroes names' by the editor (yours truly), this is a series of which I never tire. Every time the dynamic duo chow down on their customary feast of cheeseburgers and milkshakes, I give a happy sigh, knowing that I'm in for another blood-drenched tale of insanity; or a catalogue of obscenity and horror straight from the Lovecraft mythos, or classic horror, or simply the authors' warped minds. What do you think of their adventures? Who's your favourite villain or monster so far? Let me know in the comments below! The original image for this chapter is by CESRAS.

StilletoEye and RazorGut coasted along the serene river bank in Betsy, their sleek black 55 Cadillac. Along the desert shore were nubile tanned maidens, eating dates out of each other and frolicking in the river, uncaring of the crocodiles meandering along in the desert heat ...READ CHAPTER 13 NOW

NEW READERS!

READ 'STILETOEYE & RAZORGUT' FROM THE BEGINNING!

Tuesday

FLASH FICTION: THE BORDER


Lynsey Miller's deliciously dark vignettes are small windows inyo lonely, skewed lives. Her previous stories dealt with old age ('Tuesday Afternoon') and birth ('Mine'), here she looks at family relationships with an equally detached but compelling style. In her other life, Lynsey makes short films - her writing always displays a visual artist's eye for framing and description. 

Beside her, her husband sits watching. Ruing what she’s become. He spots their eldest child cavorting in the pool, basking in her newly acquired beauty. Acutely aware that all eyes, male eyes, are upon her. He smiles, proud, hoping it will last. Hoping that daughters do not in fact become like their mothers ...READ FLASH FICTION: 'THE BORDER' NOW

FLASH FICTION: ICARUS


Ross McCleary's short stories are very brief, so I'll keep his intro the same. This one's a homage to a famous chidren's book, by way of chaos theory. Illustration by Gillian Ann Duffy.

Once upon a time there was a caterpillar in much in need of nourishment ...READ FLASH FICTION: 'ICARUS' NOW

COVER ART BY INNA PROROVNER


This month's cover art is by Inna Prorovner, a Russian born photographer currently living in Glasgow.

Every month we feature an image by an up-and-coming photographer, artist or illustrator, If you would like to see your work featured on the cover of our site, please contact Bram at editor.weaponizer@gmail.com.

Monday

SERIAL: KANSAS, CHAPTER 10: ON APPROACH


Matthew McLean's post-cyberpunk espionage thriller KANSAS continues, as we delve into Hatcher's past, experiencing some up-close-and-personal wetwork in the deep jungle. For those readers just joining us, you can read KANSAS from Chapter 1 here, and there's a Series Catchup post here!


The jungle was alive as the man in green crouched next to the tree. Height was important. Most human beings instinctively looked within a foot of their own head level when scanning for people. In the jungle, you would also look for patterns that did not fit the native foliage. The camouflage that the man in green wore had been specially designed and tested to guarantee that, if used properly, it would never betray the wearer's outline. ‘If used properly’ was always the key phrase, Hatcher noted to himself as he listened for movement in the stillness of the jungle. Hearing none he gingerly stepped forward, creeping from the cover of the tree in a slow deliberate movement to the next patch of shadow ...READ SERIAL: 'KANSAS' CHAPTER 10 NOW

FICTION: WHAT THE STARS HOLD


Happy new year and welcome back to Weaponizer! Lets get stuck straight in to this year's stories, with a grim little black comedy from Peter Morrison, author of the magnificent political horror tales 'Cut Now, Cut Deep' and 'The Lady,' and the writer of the Remote Voices blog.

“Happy new year! Welcome back to our first show of the New Year! Wow, here we are January 2011!” she smiles, her lips splitting her face, a flash of too white teeth, cleaned with some beta-laboratory compound that’s years off being legal. Her breasts are pert and hard and bullet proof in the low cut top she is wearing, the kind of bionic enhancements that could hurt a man, and from the constant red top coverage she has a new one of those every week. Still, she is the brains of this outfit, the host of this collection of harpies ...READ FICTION: 'WHAT THE STARS HOLD' NOW

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