On Fire

Published by Transmundane Press

“Bunsen Burn and Beaker Bubble”

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Hank paused on his way around to the back. Did he, too, register the far away cry of a fire truck? But no, he rushed towards the main door, which was ajar.

“Stay outside,” he said.

Like hell. She followed him, burying the twinge of resentment.

Back when she studied toward her degree in chemistry, one of the apartments on her floor was broken into. Passing by the bustle of cops, she peeked inside, noting the room’s disarray.

Except for books on the top row and some hardbacks leaning drunkenly against each other, the blonde-oak shelves lining the wall were empty. The rest of the books scattered throughout the house, carelessly flung here and there, the majority of them torn and missing pages. An open book near her bore a cluster of Y-shaped marks stamped on the scrunched leaves, a result from being trampled. A confetti of torn pages lay at the foot of the shelf nearest the door.

Weaving through the butchered mess, she crossed into the hallway. A glow pulsed around Hank’s shadow. He stood at the back door, shaking in the light of his books burning.

The fire roared, and over it the beating of her heart echoed in her ears.

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Brief Interview on Editor Alisha Costanzo’s Website

Rohit Sawant, a Featured Spotlight


February 12, 2018

If you haven’t heard of the On Fire anthology, this mini-interview and excerpt series will showcase the amazing authors I get to work with and their writing. Meet Rohit Sawant.

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Zach Brewster-Geisz to Read Excerpt

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Zach Brewster-Geisz, Featured Spotlight by Rohit Sawant

January 28, 2018

A few years back, I was browsing LibriVox when I came across the audiobook for G.K. Chesterton’s The Man Who Was Thursday. Having binged on G.K.C’s essays and short stories at the time, I was eager to check out his longer works, so I streamed it and found myself hooked from the get-go. Had I just read the opening poem on page, I would’ve admired its lyrical quality and moved on to the first chapter. But listening to it narrated by Zach Brewster-Geisz left a delightfully indelibly impression, and I wound up replaying it.

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Find out more about Zach at www.zachbg.com

On Fire makes Amazon’s Bestseller’s List

December 02, 2017


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More on inspiration behind the story, dealing with writer’s block.

November 12, 2017

I enjoyed the mixture of occult witchcraft and gothic Poe; what made you think about mixing the two?

The story started out as two unrelated concepts. In one, an old man finds his library trashed by delinquents and dies of shock, cursing them with his last breath. While I liked the inciting incident, the second half of it seemed tad melodramatic and lacked a fresh take, so I dropped it. The other idea…

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Guest Post at Transmundane Press’s Blog


Fire in Entertainment

November 11, 2017

Enjoy an exclusive guest post from Rohit Sawant, author of “Bunsen Burn and Beaker Bubble,” which will be featured in the upcoming anthology ON FIRE set for release on 12.01.17.

You cannot put a Fire out—

A Thing that can ignite

Can go, itself, without a Fan—

Upon the slowest Night—

– Emily Dickinson

If cave dwellers from millennia ago were to describe their first interaction with fire, they’d probably borrow Bulwer-Lytton’s famous, and much parodied, opening sentence, “It was a dark and stormy night.” That the surrounding stone walls…

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Interview at Transmundane Press’s Blog


Rohit Sawant, a Featured Interview

November 03, 2017

If you haven’t heard of our new project, the On Fire anthology, this interview series will showcase our authors and their writing lives beyond their ignited tales. In Rohit Sawant’s “Bunsen Burn and Beaker Bubble,” a delinquent student sets fire to a teacher’s collection of books, cursing himself to suffer vengeance befitting of Poe.

Read the full interview here.

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