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Toasted Cake 225! In which we quit.

After jumping through 57 portals under your command, it's time to say goodbye.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

Aimee Picchi is a journalist and SFF writer who lives in Burlington, Vermont. Her short fiction has appeared in publications including Intergalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science Fiction, and Flash Fiction Online. A classical musician by training, she's a graduate of Juilliard Pre-College and University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music. Find her at aimeepicchi.com or on Twitter at @aimeepicchi.




Toasted Cake 224! In which we try to score points, sometimes violently.

On Monday evening, my sister got decapitated by a tube on the Northern Line at King's Cross

This story first appeared in Outlook Springs.

This story has a content warning for a darkly humorous discussion of very many different kinds of death.

Michelle Ann King was born in East London and now lives in Essex. She has published stories of fantasy, science fiction, and horror in over ninety different magazines and anthologies, including Interzone, Strange Horizons, and Black Static. Her favourite author is Stephen King (sadly, no relation), and she also loves zombies, Las Vegas, and good Scotch whisky. Her first two short story collections are available in ebook and paperback from Amazon and other online retailers. See transientcactus.co.uk for details.



Toasted Cake 223! In which we have many valuable insider tips to share.

First I wrote a book. Don't skip this step.

This story first appeared in Fireside.

Dominica Phetteplace is a writer and math tutor. Her work has appeared in Asimov's, Analog, F&SF, Clarkesworld and Lightspeed, among other venues.


Toasted Cake 222! In which we try to find just the right inhabitants.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a house in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a family so, with the dawn warming my gables, I redistribute the notification.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

M. J. Pettit lives as a settler in Toronto, Canada and an immigrant in Manchester, UK. By day (and night and many weekends) he is an undisciplined academic trying to figure out how science and society fit together. An avid reader of short fiction, his own stories have appeared in Daily SF, Nature, and other venues. He is happily no longer the world's foremost expert on raccoon intelligence. You can often find him proximate to kale, canals, or cats.

Toasted Cake 221! In which we long for the candied carrots.

Occasionally, I dream of moonlit meadows illuminated by the light of the eagle moon and the courtesan moon.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

Nin Harris is an author, poet, and tenured postcolonial Gothic scholar  who exists in a perpetual state of unheimlich. Nin writes Gothic  fiction, cyberpunk, nerdcore post-apocalyptic fiction, planetary  romance, and various other forms of hyphenated weird fiction. Nin's  publishing credits include Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Strange Horizons, and  The Dark.  

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Toasted Cake 219! In which we hatch an ecosystem.

The back door is tinged purple when I go out to throw my morning coffee grounds onto the compost heap.

This story first appeared at Fireside.

Hugo and three-time Nebula Award finalist Caroline M. Yoachim is a prolific author of short stories, appearing in Lightspeed, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, and Asimov's, among other places. Her debut short story collection, Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World & Other Stories, came out in 2016. For more, check out her website at carolineyoachim.com.

Toasted Cake #218! In which we consider the noses on the eggs.

After the faces appeared on the egg shells I could no longer bring myself to cook with them.

This story originally appeared at The Colored Lens.

Steve Toase lives in Munich, Germany. His work has appeared in Lackington's, Aurealis, Not One Of Us, Cabinet des Feés and Pantheon Magazine amongst others. In 2014 Call Out (first published in Innsmouth Magazine) was reprinted in The Best Horror Of The Year 6. From 2014 he worked with Becky Cherriman and Imove on Haunt, the Saboteur Award shortlisted project inspired by his own teenage experiences, about Harrogate's haunting presence in the lives of people experiencing homelessness in the town. He also likes old motorbikes and vintage cocktails. You can keep up to date with his work via tinyletter.com/stevetoase, facebook.com/stevetoase1, stevetoase.wordpress.com and @stevetoase




Toasted Cake 217! In which we try not to fall into the sweetmeats.

Lord Seetseet Reetseetseet, Earl of Breakaday, alit on the rim of the sweetmeat chalice and pecked at the candied plum atop the pile.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

Aimee Ogden is a former science teacher and software tester; now she writes stories about sad astronauts and angry princesses. Her work has also appeared in Shimmer, Apex, and Escape Pod.



Toasted Cake 216! In which we unwrap the Impermex.


Kurt Gasman hurried home to his wife, eyes on every moving shadow and flicker of light.


This story first appeared in Every Day Fiction.


S. Hutson Blount has had the usual odd employment history common to those engaging in the disreputable business of fiction. Though possessing no higher education, he pretends that his Navy technical training counts as college. He was spotted in Seattle in the summer of 2005 associating with more talented graduates of his Clarion West class. When he's not thinking up more ways to tell lies to people for money, he masquerades as a devoted husband.



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Toasted Cake 215! In which we delete.

The basket scratches my skin, but I hold onto it, dreaming of the smell of freshly boiled bamboo and my mom's humming as she turns the ladle.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

D.A. Xiaolin Spires steps into portals and reappears in sites such as Hawai'i, NY, various parts of Asia and elsewhere, with her keyboard appendage attached. Besides Toasted Cake, her work appears or is forthcoming in publications such as Clarkesworld, Analog, Strange Horizons, Nature, Terraform, Grievous Angel, Fireside, Galaxy's Edge, StarShipSofa, Andromeda Spaceways (Year's Best Issue), Diabolical Plots, Factor Four, Pantheon, Outlook Springs, ROBOT DINOSAURS, Shoreline of Infinity, LONTAR, Mithila Review, Reckoning, Issues in Earth Science, Liminality, Star*Line, Polu Texni, Argot, Eye to the Telescope, Liquid Imagination, Gathering Storm Magazine, Little Blue Marble, Story Seed Vault, and anthologies of the strange and beautiful: Deep Signal, Ride the Star Wind, Sharp and Sugar Tooth, Broad Knowledge, Future Visions and Battling in All Her Finery. She can be found on Twitter: @spireswriter and on her website: daxiaolinspires.wordpress.com.




Toasted Cake 214! In which we nope out of the story.


It was another damn cottage, another damn grandmother, frail and helpless, waiting for a handout sent via grandchild.

Tara Campbell's story Another Damn Cottage first appeared in Spelk.


Every mermaid's mother warned against the dangers of rescuing humans.

Alethea Kontis's story Well-Behaved Mermaids Rarely Make Fairy Tales first appeared in Tales of Arilland.


Tara Campbell is a Kimbilio Fellow, a fiction editor at Barrelhouse and an MFA candidate at American University. Prior publication credits include stories at Masters Review, Strange Horizons, and Toasted Cake Podcast; as well as a novel, TreeVolution, and a collection, Circe's Bicycle. Her new book, Midnight at the Organporium, will be released in April 2019. Find her at taracampbell.com.

Alethea Kontis is a New York Times bestselling author, a princess, and a geek. Author of over twenty books and contributor to over thirty more, her award-winning writing has been published for multiple age groups across all genres. Host of "Princess Alethea's Fairy Tale Rants" and Princess Alethea's Traveling Sideshow every year at Dragon Con, Alethea also narrates for ACX, IGMS, Escape Pod, Pseudopod, and Cast of Wonders. Alethea currently resides on the Space Coast of Florida with her teddy bear, Charlie. Find out more about Princess Alethea and the magic, wonderful world in which she lives here: hpatreon.com/princessalethea.





Toasted Cake 213! In which we totally clear our upliftings for safety and sociability.

Dear Dr. Higglebottem, The board has received troubling reports from a group of hyper-dolphins about your recent activities on Tau Ceti f.

This story first appeared in Flash Fiction Online.

This story has a content warning for mild swearing.

Stewart C Baker is an academic librarian, speculative fiction writer and poet, and the editor-in-chief of sub-Q Magazine. His fiction has appeared in Nature, Galaxy's Edge, and Flash Fiction Online, among other places. Stewart was born in England, has lived in South Carolina, Japan, and California (in that order), and currently resides in Oregon with his family­­--although if anyone asks, he'll usually say he's from the Internet.



Toasted Cake 212! In which we split our lifeline in two.

Alina's family had a history with witches.

This story first appeared in Flash Fiction Online.

Lina Rather is a speculative fiction author from Michigan now living in Washington, DC. Her work has appeared in venues including Shimmer, Lightspeed, and Flash Fiction Online. When she's not writing she can be found cooking, knitting, or perusing the local comic shop. She can be found on Twitter or at her website, linarather.wordpress.com.



Toasted Cake 211! In which we try to hide the collection.

There's a lot of preparation that goes into death--crafting a will, getting your finances and investments in order, signing up for a life insurance policy, specifying to family if you'd rather be buried or cremated--you know, just in case something happens.

This story first appeared in the anthology Alternate Hilarities: One-Star Reviews of the Afterlife.

Tiffany Michelle Brown is a native of Phoenix, Arizona, who ran away from the desert to live near sunny San Diego beaches. She has been published by Electric Spec, Under the Gum Tree, Pen and Kink Publishing, Transmundane Press, and Prolific Press. When she isn't writing, Tiffany can be found on a yoga mat, sipping whisky, or reading a comic book--sometimes all at once. Follow her adventures at tiffanymichellebrown.wordpress.com.


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Toasted Cake 210! In which we learn how to cast on.

None of it would've happened if Jane had known how to pick up a dropped stitch, and that's exactly I told Pastor when he popped in to investigate the peculiar noises coming from the Fellowship Hall.

This story first appeared in Flash Fiction Online.

Wendy Nikel is a speculative fiction author with a degree in elementary education, a fondness for road trips, and a terrible habit of forgetting where she's left her cup of tea. Her short fiction has been published by Daily Science Fiction, Nature: Futures, and is forthcoming from Analog. Her time travel novella series, beginning with The Continuum, is available from World Weaver Press. For more info, visit wendynikel.com.



Toasted Cake 209! In which we consider tunnel number 5.

It's cold and sunless in the tunnels.

This story first appeared in Nature.

Natalia Theodoridou is a writer of strange stories that have appeared in Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, Apex, and elsewhere. Natalia's story "The Birding: A Fairy Tale" won the 2018 World Fantasy award for short fiction. For more, visit natalia-theodoridou, or follow @natalia_theodor on twitter.


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Toasted Cake 208! In which we reeeeeeeallly want the Milanos.

Ten hours smiling at potential donors to the Temporal Branching Lab, and two more tour groups to go, but my snack stash held only a box of crumbs, without even a fleck of chocolate.

This story first appeared in Flash Fiction Online.

(this story has a content warning for a little bit of swearing)

Benjamin C. Kinney is a SFF writer, neuroscientist, and the Assistant Editor of the science fiction podcast magazine Escape Pod. He no longer creates cyborg monkeys, after too many nights delivering them Prozac. His short stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Diabolical Plots,, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and more. You can find him online at benjaminckinney.com or follow him on twitter @BenCKinney.



Toasted Cake 207! In which we don't forget people.

They bonded over zombies, while at a writers' convention.

This story first appeared in Daily SF.

Suvi Tausend lives in dreams and fantasies. When not working as a professional destroyer/creator of worlds and realities, she grows medicinal mushrooms and crafts jewelry. Contact her on Twitter at @SuviTausend


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Toasted Cake 206! In which we redecorate.

They were all called Barbie, and they all lived in the castle.

This story is original to Toasted Cake. Megan Lee Beals lives in Tacoma, Washington with her husband and an ancient one eyed cat. She works in a bookstore and collects hobbies like they're Pokémon. At the moment she is knitting a sweater, cutting stencils, and rebuilding a 1970's camper van with her husband. Her fiction has appeared in Cast of Wonders, Intergalactic Medicine Show, and The Iowa Review. You can find her, and a variety of illustrations for her stories on Instagram @meganbeees, or at meganleebeals.com.




Toasted Cake 205! In which we have mixed feelings about mistletoe.

"Are you sure you don't mind having a tree in the house?" Glitter's eyes flick from me to the perfectly-coiffed pine tree I'd just coaxed from our hardwood floors.

This story first appeared on the Rampant Loon.

H.L. Fullerton writes fiction--mostly about monsters, occasionally about aliens--which is sometimes published in places like Lackington's, Flash Fiction Online, and Daily Science Fiction.



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