Unanswered Prayers, by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt

Talbot sank into his starliner seat and sighed. He had done it. It cost his family fortune and a life’s servitude to Cassandra Colony, but he was finally free.

No more fear. No more family curse. No more waking up with the coppery tang of blood in his mouth. Planet Cassandra had no satellite.

The ship’s intercom clicked on. “Attention, passengers. We’ve slipped into hyperspace. For those wanting to view this amazing sight, the windows filter the intense radiation down to the soft glow of a full moon.”

Talbot scrambled to pull the shade. Too late. Then the screaming began.


Donald Jacob Uitvlugt lives on neither coast of the United States, but mostly in a haunted memory palace of his own design. He strives to write what he calls “haiku fiction,” small stories with big impact. His works have previously appeared in numerous print and online venues, including Necrotic Tissue, the Journal of Unlikely Entomology, and the Wily Writers podcast, as well as the anthologies A Fistful of Horrors and Satan’s Toybox: Terrifying Teddies. His short story “Arcadia,” featuring a completely different sort of sci-fi werewolf, is scheduled to appear in the 2013 Chaosium anthology, The Mark of the Beast.

Posted on December 28, 2012, in Issue 6: Big Bad Wolf in a Big Bad Universe and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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