Burn Your Bridges by Austin P. Sheehan

There is a darkness coming. The forest echoes with thunder, the air is thick with fear. There is pain ahead.

My heart races, but mind is calm and sure. This is what I have been waiting for; the night of thunder, the night of pain. My axe glints in the torchlight – it too has waited long.

Tasting the fear in the air, I drop the flaming torch onto the wooden bridge. The only way off this cursed island.

Axe in hand, I return to the village with a smile on my lips and a song of revenge in my heart.


Austin P. Sheehan is a writer of speculative fiction, a lover of language, literature and ’90s TV.

Armed with a psychology degree, he went out into the world to further study humanity, and now prefers the company of his wife and their greyhounds.

He grew up in the valleys of Victoria’s high country, and despite living in Melbourne for the past decade, he always feels at home amongst the mountains. In fact you’ll often find mountains in his stories, whether they’re sci-fi, fantasy or alternative history.

Austin has also been getting coffees and doing photocopying as the work experience kid at the Aussie Speculative Fiction group.

If you want to discover what secrets are hidden in the mountains, go to his website here or find him on twitter @AustinPSheehan

Austin’s short story, ‘The Teacup‘ was published in Aussie Speculative Fiction’s anthology, ‘Beginnings.’ ASF also published Austin’s story ‘A Violent Shade of Green‘ in January 2019.


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