Trains to Nowhere and Other Stories of World War II
Trains to Nowhere and Other Stories of World War II
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Trains to Nowhere is the story of a modern man who searches to uncover his connection to the Holocaust after experiencing waking dreams and nightmares of the fictional Senbruch concentration camp. Also featured in this volume are two short stories set against the chaotic backdrop of World War II. "Barbarossa Diary" is the story of a young man going off to fight on the Eastern Front and "Haarth the Hunter" depicts the struggle between an American recon squadron and a Nazi biological super-weapon.


The Senbruch Concentration Camp never sleeps. There are always trains coming and going, always the motion and sounds of loading and unloading, always guards passing, always spotlights sweeping, always dog barking, always smoke of human fat frying, frying in eternal ovens.

In rare quiet times, one can hear the wind wash through the barbed-wire fences like a slow moan.

Inside the barracks there is always needing needing, hunger hunger, spit and blood and aching bones. The corrugated tin roofs shed no starlight but if one is a dreamer one can still see them shine in the night sky. Occasionally there is the distant rumble of bombers in the distance but even if one is a dreamer a bomb is too much to wish for.

Across the camp young lovers embrace. There is no time here for ceremony, no time for religion. God is outside of the camp, or dead. There is only time for a rushed embrace, hastened words, and the almost painful promise: "When this is all over, we shall marry and buy a home. We shall have many children and worship in God's temple."

Outside, dawn is approaching. The guards change shifts and the spotlights dim their fevered glances.

It is tomorrow at Senbruch, but it is also today, and the yesterday before. It is last night.

R. David Fulcher is a twenty-nine year old author of poetry, science fiction, fantasy, and horror fiction. His work has appeared in numerous small press publications, including: Heliocentric Net, Gateways, Shadowfeast, The Reaper, Frightnet, Silken Ropes, Twilight Showcase, The Martian Wave, Burning Sky, The Fiction Network, Shadowlands, Lovecraft's Mystery Magazine, Weird Times, Just Write, Writer's Open Forum, The Barrelhouse, Tales from the Grave, Audiozine, and Vampires Anonymous. In addition, he is the editor of the small press magazine Samsara.

R. David Fulcher resides in Ashburn, Virginia.


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