By Gareth Lyn Powell

A Mare Inebrium story

Mare Inebrium universe created by Dan L. Hollifield

        The man was drunk when he came in. He ordered a beer and pulled a stool up to the bar. He had a neural parasite stuck to his head, its tentacles wedged deep into his brain.

        'Ugh,' said Trixie, the barmaid. 'Where'd you pick that up?'

        The parasite looked down.

        'The bar next door,' it said.


Bio: The modest and prolific Mr. Powell says only that 'Aphelion kindly included one of my short stories AND one of my poems in their 'Best of 2004' selections. My blog ( contains full details of my other publications.'


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