From the Ancient Greek: θαύμα- “miracle/wonder” & -τρόπος “pattern/theme” or—originally—“turn/direction”

Thaumatrope is a twitter fiction magazine for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror fiction under 140 characters - edited by @nelilly.

Thaumatrope is a twitter fiction magazine for
Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror fiction
under 140 characters—edited by @nelilly.



Feb 13, 2009

His chocolate heart melted when he saw her. He dropped dead, but it was romantic just the same. “Sweetheart,” she sighed.

Feb 16, 2009

After the power went out, we read by the light of the one good idea I had. Frying the egg on that idea didn’t go as well.

Mar 14, 2009

The chemistry major went the green beer drinkers one better and that night demonstrated green pee. What happened next is better left unsaid.

Mar 15, 2009

Tiny man. Green suit. Found his charms there on the shelves for anyone to take. Cleanup. Aisle 5. There were unwanted marshmallow surprises.

Apr 8, 2009

Rory couldn’t risk the cellophane grasslands this close to the Easter harvest. He got the first of the acrylic cows in his rifle sights.

Apr 10, 2009

R&D was so excited they’d made a bunny which laid colored eggs. They hadn’t foreseen what hatched.

May 31, 2009

Our fetishistic Senator had his tastebuds transplanted onto his hand and savored 10,000 supporters in a single rally.

Jun 12, 2009

Billions watched a time-shift Valentino make love to a clone Mansfield. Where was our shifting, our cloning, so we might find such passion?

Jul 3, 2009

They were replaceable men with replaceable parts, but Radio Shack was clean out of love. — “The Song of the Modular Men”

Jul 8, 2009

Gravity stopped. Seems Antarctica was on top all along. Everyone else fell off. The penguins finally got revenge for the whole ozone thing.

Jul 18, 2009

Hail the Cranberry God! Drink of his blood. 100% blood, not from concentrate. Best worshiped before 02/06/32. Refrigerate after summoning.

Aug 11, 2009

On the dog planet, all the drinks are served in toilets. Note to self: bring bottled water next go around.

Aug 18, 2009

The mirror man reflected who we were, so we all hated him. But no one would harm him. It would be seven years bad luck added to our misery.

Sep 4, 2009

The American front held fast. We quik-grew kiosks of bargain merchandise behind their lines. They retreated at the speed of word-of-mouth.

Sep 28, 2009

We fired amino acid seeds across the surface of the world/egg below. 4 billion years later something sailed back to us.

Oct 11, 2009

Don paid a specialist big bucks for personality carbonation, but instead of being bubbly, his clients found him gassy.

Nov 1, 2009

The boxes at the grocery store all called out “Buy me!” But I chose you, little wallflower, even though I don’t know how you’ll taste.

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