Life after Elon Musk

In 100 years we build the most powerful computer in the universe. In 1000 years, led by Elon Musk, humanity flees the earth. They leave the computer behind. In a million years a new intelligent species evolves on earth. Eventually they discover the computer and, through years of trial and …

Hobo Skillzz

Years ago, when I was still Vlad Kraven, magician, I worked in a little magic nook inside a Union Square costume shop. It attracted a lot of strange and fascinating characters, but one stands out above the rest. He went by the name of Nevada Dan, and he was a Tornado of a …

​Survival Horror + Balloons (Short story) 

​ Two words, generated at random by the Idea Machine, and turned into a writing prompt. One of the hardest writing exercises I’ve ever tried. This one is for Halloween.  ___ You are four years old, and you are surrounded by kids. It’s your birthday. You just got a giant stuffed …

A 15 Year Old Memory

​Brooklyn. September 11, 2001. ​It really does feel like yesterday. There were whispers of a bad accident throughout my high school. Math class, second period, our classroom was facing the city. There was smoke. The school let us out early. The buses were so overcrowded that they were struggling to move. …

Five Stories – The Idea Machine 

Last week, as a writing exercise on the Idea Machine (http://ideamachine.xyz), I generated two random words/topics a day, to combine them into unique stories. I had no idea where this would take me. Writing these stories at 5 am didn’t make it any easier, so all awkward language and typos …

A Beating Heart (a short story)

A Beating Heart By Vlad Kraven It was a warm spring night, just past 2 am. The moon was hidden behind a veil of gloomy clouds. At the time I was a resident surgeon at an inner-city hospital in New York. I stepped out for a breath of fresh air, lamenting that …