Museum Beetles: a fantasy short story

Stormcrow Books
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For the people who live in the vast, uncharted halls of the Museum, the world is changing. Great Beetles escape their gold and crystal display cabinet and begin to colonise the other rooms. Devouring, growing, changing. Slowly, the people's world is destroyed.

Facing oblivion, one person suggests the impossible. To escape the unending halls and go outside. No one knows if such a thing is possible, if there even is an outside. But soon there is little choice but to try...

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About the author

Simon is a fantasy and sci/fi writer, the author of over 100 published short stories, quite a lot of poetry and the novels The GenehunterEngn and the Cloven Land fantasy trilogy.

His short stories have appeared in Analog, Nature, Daily Science Fiction, Abyss and Apex and many more.

He lives in the UK and is a member of the British Fantasy Society.

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Publisher
Stormcrow Books
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Published on
Mar 30, 2018
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Pages
18
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Fantasy / General
Fiction / Magical Realism
Fiction / Short Stories (single author)
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