Read my winning story in Writers of the Future v38
"Lazarus presents a dizzying, clever, and complex tale and he lands a very tricky ending."
"Lazarus Black is a terrific writer with an irresistible narrative flare. A real winner — you can bet on it!"
"A great story! He really knows how to write."
"Really clever writing."
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “'Psychic Poker' was a brain trip that ended perfectly!
And I loved the character voice!" (Goodreads and Amazon)
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "'Psychic Poker' by Lazarus Black is a remarkable modern gambler story with a very clever twist ending that kept me wanting more." (Goodreads and Amazon)
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Psychic Poker," was especially enjoyable because it broke many of my personal rules about what makes good short fiction and succeeded anyway." (Goodreads)
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Clever and slick writing make Psychic Poker a smooth easy read while unpredictable but believable events make for an entertaining and hugely enjoyable story. Shame it was so short." (Goodreads)
⭐⭐⭐⭐ "LESSONS LEARNT FROM ['PSYCHIC POKER']: The need to know the emergency number of ones environment even though you have never had an emergency. (Goodreads)
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "'Psychic Poker'" offers thematic dialogue that you can really get into! And the cyclical ending is lovely as well. (Goodreads and Amazon)
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“Writers of the Future Vol 38 is a literary smorgasbord where each new story comes with a feeling of excitement and mystery. With so many short stories one might imagine it easy to put down between breaks, but instead it's a binge read. Just one more, you think, and the next thing you know the entire book is gone! I truly enjoyed it. As each story comes up you never quite know what you're going to get, and it’s so delightful finding out. The illustrations alone make Writers of the Future Vol. 38 worth every single penny and minute spent!”
—The International Review of Books, (Gold Badge of Achievement)
“This anthology includes last year’s WotF winners, which is reflected by the overall high quality of the stories. This anthology contains thirteen original stories that are described as powerful, unpredictable, nicely crafted, appealing story with many twists, has an engaging balance, one successfully re-invents time travel stories, and another pulls the reader in from the mystery’s opening and zips along until the shadowy end.”