Abe experienced the odd sensation of Madame Oljon inside his head aligning her face with his, pushing eyes and lips forward past his own as they both stared at the small figure near the center of the room sitting cross-legged on a high cushion, naked save for a loincloth, smiling idiotically (not unlike, Abe thought, the wizard Philoneus’s own idiotic smile).

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Steve Rasnic Tem is a past winner of the World Fantasy, British Fantasy, & Bram Stoker awards. He has recent and upcoming stories in Asimov's, Postscripts, and the anthologies Werewolves and Shape Shifters, Visitants, Mountain Magic, and Spectres in Coal Dust. A collection of all his story collaborations with wife Melanie Tem, In Concert, recently came out from Centipede Press. Speaking Volumes (www.speakingvolumes.us) has brought out Invisible, a six CD audio and downloadable MP3 collection of some of his recent stories, most previously uncollected, and his first two novels have just been re-released as ebooks from crossroadpress.com.

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