Introducing Epic Grit Free Reads, a new feature here at Epic Grit. We will be posting links to freely available short fiction and nonfiction articles for readers who like the grit.

In honor of the upcoming release of Sharp Ends by Joe Abercrombie, we link two stories from that collection: "Two’s Company" and "Some Desperado." Both are presented at Tor.com.

We also link to the 2015 Nebula Award Nominatee "And You Shall Know Her By The Trail Of Dead" by Brooke Bolander, presented by Lightspeed Magazine.

For nonfiction there are two intriguing articles. "The ‘darker link’ between ancient human sacrifice and our modern world" by Sarah Kaplan is a science article discussing recently published findings that link human sacrifice to the stratification of society. "A Long Walk’s End" by William Browning is a true crime story of a fugitive who took to the Appalachian Trail.

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There is a Readlist at http://readlists.com/40b66c5e/ where you can reference the list and send the stories to your Kindle, iPhone/iPad, Dropbox, email, or download an epub file.