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Dec. 2015 (Issue 39)

This month, we e have original fiction from Damien Angelica Walters (“The Judas Child”) and Caspian Gray (“King of Ashland County”), along with reprints by Tim Lebbon (“Reconstructing Amy”) and Nancy Etchemendy (“Honey in the Wound”). Over on our column on horror, “The H Word” we’re exploring holiday horror, and of course we’ll have author spotlights with our authors, a showcase on our cover artist, and a feature interview with author Kim Liggett.

In This Issue: Dec. 2015 (Issue 39)

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Fiction

The Judas Child

A kid in a baseball cap and a Ninja Turtles t-shirt is sitting on the park bench, swinging his legs. The boy stands off to the side until he’s sure there are no grown-ups nearby, and then he flops down on the bench, hiding his misshapen left hand while pretending to pick a scab from his knee with the other. Turtle leans forward, the hat’s brim turning his eyes to shadow. The boy guesses he’s eight, maybe, or close enough. Not too skinny either. The monster doesn’t like it when they’re skinny.

Author Spotlight

Nonfiction

Editorial, December 2015

Be sure to read the Editorial for all our news and updates, as well as a run-down of this month’s content.

Fiction

Reconstructing Amy

Sometimes life changes without letting anyone know. It’s said that a child becomes an adult when he or she recognises the fact of their inevitable death. And perhaps the process of death begins when the realisation that a partner is never, ever coming back first strikes home.

Author Spotlight

Nonfiction

The H Word: A Horde of Holiday Horror

Christmastime. Cold white snow outside, warmth from a glowing fire and loved ones inside. A tree beaming with decorations and tinsel. Brightly wrapped presents beneath. A veritable feast of turkey and all the trimmings. The hope of a new year ahead and treasured memories of the year coming to an end. And somewhere, lurking in the shadows, a vicious murderer in a Santa Claus suit, wielding a blood-soaked axe . . .

Fiction

The King of Ashland County

Uncle Reggie couldn’t afford to fly to Ireland to find a selkie wife, so instead he drove across the country to Carmel-by-the-Sea and came back with a selkie queer. I was fifteen then, and so ready to get out of Perrysville that California sounded like paradise.

Author Spotlight

Artist Showcase

Artist Showcase: Kerem Beyit

Kerem Beyit is a Turkish illustrator, whose work has been featured by Wizards of the Coast, Disney, Paizo Publishing, Blizzard Entertainment, Lucasarts, Simone & Schuster, and many others. Drawing has been a passion of his ever since he could remember. In his homeland, art is not perceived to be a way to earn a living, therefore it took a while for him to adopt his passion professionally, but since 2004 he has been working in a very disciplined fashion. Book covers, character design and fantasy-themed illustrations in general make up the bulk of his works. Learn more at kerembeyit.daportfolio.com.

Fiction

Honey in the Wound

For the better part of my life, I have borne the circumstances of Avery Channing’s death in silence, at first because I wished to forget them, later because I doubted anyone would believe the truth, and later still because I feared I might suffer eternal damnation for my part in the whole terrible business. But time has worked a certain alchemy.

Author Spotlight

Nonfiction

Interview: Kim Liggett

[The book required] years and years of research, much of which I never had the opportunity to use, but it was vital to the process. I delved into alchemy, sacred geography, the Quivira and their language—I even got a chance to read a transcript of Coronado’s journal from the expedition. The truth is more fantastic than anything I could ever come up with.