Horror & Dark Fantasy

Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017

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Dec. 2017 (Issue 63)

We have original fiction from Nino Cipri (“Which Super Little Dead Girl™ Are You?”) and Matthew Kressel (“Will You Meet Me There, Out Beyond the Bend?”), along with reprints by Tamsyn Muir (“The Woman in the Hill”) and Lisa Morton (“Poppi’s Monster”). As for nonfiction, we’ve got Paul Jessup discussing ontological horror and the weird in the latest installment of our column on horror, “The H Word,” plus we have author spotlights with our authors, and Adam-Troy Castro brings us a movie review.

In This Issue: Dec. 2017 (Issue 63)

Editorial

Editorial: December 2017

Be sure to check out the Editorial for a rundown of this month’s content and to catch up with all the latest news.

Fiction

Which Super Little Dead Girl™ Are You? Take Our Quiz and Find Out!

Everyone knows and loves the Super Little Dead Girls™! These feisty girls are all gutsy, gallant, and gung-ho about fighting monsters and undead menaces, but they’ve got their distinct personalities, too. Take our quiz to find out which Super Little Dead Girl™ is your super alter-ego! (1.) On a Friday night, where could a potential murderer or evil spirit most likely find you?

Author Spotlight

Fiction

The Woman in the Hill

This is the last time I intend ever to write to you. Though you may take this letter as a freak or crank, I ask that you reconsider how likely it is that I would write such madness—that is, unless I knew it were the truth. In my need to convince you I will lay out the events using only fact—what I saw with my own eyes and have subsequently acted upon based on rational belief—and at the last, pray to God you believe me. I know you heard the gossip and the insinuation surrounding my young friend Elizabeth W—.

Nonfiction

The H Word: Someone Changed the Bones in Our Homes

I may be agnostic now, but I was raised in the Catholic Church. A childhood that was haunted by the smell of burnt candle wax and images of torture as objects of reverie. It was here that I was told about the most terrifying thing my young child mind would ever experience: what the church called transubstantiation. This idea that something can appear the same and be changed on the spiritual level. That this piece of wafer was actually parts of a corpse. That this glass of wine was really blood. An idea that terrified me to the bone.

Fiction

Will You Meet Me There, Out Beyond the Bend?

She stands on the side of the road in the dewy high grass and waits. She wanders among the tangled weeds heavy with crickets, and waits. She drifts among the gathering fireflies blinking their yellow-green light into the darkening forest. And waits, and waits, and waits. They will come, she knows. They will come and see her and take her away from this dreadful place. They will clothe her and feed her and wrap her in a warm blanket, and everything will be perfect again. She knows it’s only a matter of time.

Will You Meet Me There, Out Beyond the Bend?

Author Spotlight

Matthew Kressel

Fiction

Poppi’s Monster

Poppi had hurt her bad this time, worse than usual. She’d known it would be bad as soon as he’d walked in the door. It was after ten p.m., he was late and her baby-sitter Heather from down the street had left at seven. She was sprawled in front of the blaring TV, working on an Aladdin coloring book she’d bought last year with lunch money she had secretly saved. She hadn’t seen the movie, of course, but she liked to look at the bright printed scenes on the cover and the line drawings inside and pretend that she had.

Poppi’s Monster

Nonfiction

Movie Review: Mother!

This month, Adam-Troy Castro reviews the enormously polarizing film, Mother!.

Mother!