BCS 039: Mister Hadj’s Sunset Ride

Issue #44

But when Mister Hadj started in on them cowboy songs—well, as sure as I’m standing here, when that man got to crooning a tune he made the earth itself cry. This ain’t just me tale-telling, you hear? I seen tears fall from big red rocks when the old man hummed. Heard stones weep as they parted before him. So when Mister Hadj said that a stone in the road told him where to find Parson Lucifer, I didn’t doubt it.

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Saladin Ahmed is a 2009 finalist for the Nebula, Campbell, and Harper's Pen Awards. His fiction appears in Strange Horizons, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, Clockwork Phoenix 2, and the Portuguese F/SF magazine Bang!. His poems have appeared in over a dozen journals and anthologies. He was born in Detroit and lives with his wife and newborn twins in Brooklyn.

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