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A Smugglerific Cover: Duck Duck God by José Iriarte

In which we reveal the cover for the fifth story in our 2017 season of Gods and Monsters: Duck Duck God by José Iriarte!

Behold the smugglerific cover!

Duck Duck God

About the Story

“This boy is of my line, and on this day I recognize him and grant him his inheritance.”

For kindergarten teacher Monica Quintana, it seemed like any other day right up until the point when little Nicky Swanson became a god. (It might not sound like a big deal, but a five-year-old possessing the power to turn people into literal pests is a challenge even for the most seasoned educator.)

Between handling school bureaucracy, all the other mortal students in her class, and perpetually complaining parents, now Monica also needs to control the growing powers of an impetuous (if adorable) child-god.

Piece of proverbial cake, right?


A Word From Your Friendly Neighborhood Editors (and Book Smugglers)

As editors, we’ve been lucky enough to receive a few stories that are practically perfect upon submission. Duck Duck God by José Iriarte is one of those stories–the title initially made us skeptical, but then we read the submission and couldn’t stop laughing. Duck Duck God is the comedy in this year’s short story call in addition to being our one traditional Greek pantheon tale; it’s sweet, incisive in its approach towards the public education system bureaucracy (José is a teacher as well), and most importantly, it’s hilarious. We hope you’ll enjoy this riff on demigod-dom!


About the Author: José Iriarte

José Iriarte is a Cuban-American writer, high school math teacher, and father of two. He lives in EPCOT with his spouse Lisa. His fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, Terraform, and other venues. Learn more at his website:

About the Artist: Emma Glaze

Duck Duck God (no text)

Emma Glaze is a freelance artist and illustrator living in Las Vegas. She has a passion for color, floral prints, bones, and dad music. Reach her at or @bedsafely on twitter


How to Get the Story

Duck Duck God will be published officially on August 8, 2017. You can purchase the DRM-free ebook (EPUB, MOBI) that contains the story as well as an essay from the author available for purchase on all major ebook retail sites and directly from us.

Preorder the Ebook Today
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Want the book right now? Buy the DRM-free ebook edition directly from us and read the story today:

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1 Comment

  • Bob Kilt
    November 17, 2020 at 5:49 am

    good post

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