Biohazard #DealMeIn19

My Deal Me In deck gave me a heart again, so I got to read another Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt story!

This one isn’t a Drabble (100-word story). So I got to spend a little more time with her words. Yay!

“The House of the Vord”

by Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

This science fiction told me something I didn’t know about octopus biology. Disappointed in you, octopusses. Deeply, deeply disappointed. Try harder. Do better.

ANYWAY, this piece is told in first person in a serious, confessional style, which shows itself to be inevitable by the end. True science fiction, science- AND character-driven, in very few (though more than 100) words.

If you want to read more of Alicia’s work (and you do), do yourself a favor and buy the stand-alone first book of her in-progress, PRIDE’S CHILDREN trilogy, PRIDE’S CHILDREN: PURGATORY. You can thank me later.

Deal Me In logo above designed by Mannomoi at follow her on Twitter at

If YOU need a short story to read, I have free ones here on my Free Reads page. I also have four collections for 99 cents each linked from my Short Stories page.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Write about procreation.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Biohazard #DealMeIn19

  1. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

    June 17, 2019 at 12:03pm

    Thanks, Marian.

    SF is hard – and I have read so much of it in my younger days. And then my kids have taken my books.

    I lost heart when it became wildly speculative – I have a more practical imagination – and stopped reading much new stuff. When I finish the WIP, I’ll take up so much reading again, but I’m older now, and I can’t both write and read – same neurons.

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