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Jan. 2016 (Issue 40)

We have original fiction from Sam J. Miller (“Angel, Monster, Man”) and Nisi Shawl (“Vulcanization”), along with reprints by Richard Bowes (“There’s a Hole in the City”) and Tia V. Travis (“Down here in the Garden”). We also have the latest installment of our column on horror, “The H Word,” plus author spotlights with our authors, a showcase on our cover artist, and a feature interview with Gary Whitta.

In This Issue: Jan. 2016 (Issue 40)

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Fiction

Angel, Monster, Man

Tom wasn’t fiction. He was not a lie. He was a higher truth, something we invented to encapsulate a reality too horrific to communicate to anyone outside our plague-devastated circle. Maybe myth, but definitely not fiction. Myth helps us make sense of facts too messy to comprehend, and that’s what Tom Minniq was supposed to be. A fable to ponder, and then forget. We birthed Tom at one of Derrick’s Sunday coffee kvetches.

Author Spotlight

Nonfiction

Editorial, January 2016

Be sure to read The Editorial for all our updates and a run-down of this month’s great content.

Fiction

Down Here in the Garden

Daren Powell sits in The Forlorn Hope outside Truckee, California and warms his bare hands on the backs of his gloves. Despite the glowing embers in the granite fireplace, despite the crackling logs and spicy smoke, the chill has penetrated even the deepest layers of his thermal t-shirts, sweater, heavy jacket, and he finds himself wrapped in the icy embrace of the Sierra Nevadas. His drinking partner waits at the bar for another bottle of Jim Beam.

Author Spotlight

Nonfiction

The H Word: Shifting Away From the Common

When it comes to shapeshifters, werewolves are at the top of the heap. There are more stories involving werewolves than any other shifter out there. While I like a good werewolf story, I’m tired of them. Their archetypical stories have been told and retold until they are rote. But I’m not going to say it’s time to give them a rest. Like all the classic monsters (vampires, zombies, mummies, et al.) they will never be put down for good.

Fiction

Vulcanization

Another black. A mere illusion, Leopold knew, but he flinched out of the half-naked nigger’s path anyway. Of course Marie Henriette noticed when he did so. The quick little taps of the queen’s high-heeled slippers echoed faster off the polished floor as she hastened to draw even with him. “My dearest—Sire—” Leopold stopped, forcing his entire retinue to stop with him. “What do you wish, my wife?”

Author Spotlight

Artist Showcase

Artist Showcase: Kirsi Salonen

Kirsi Salonen is a thirty-three-year-old visual artist, writer, and make-up artist living in Finland. She’s an award-winning digital painter with over ten years of experience working in the industry. As a freelancer, she’s had the opportunity to work in many different areas, including cover design, card illustration, concept art, and comics. She designed London’s Olympic […]

Fiction

There’s a Hole in the City

On the evening of the day after the towers fell, I was waiting by the barricades on Houston Street and LaGuardia Place for my friend Mags to come up from SoHo and have dinner with me. On the skyline, not two miles to the south, the pillars of smoke wavered slightly. But the creepily beautiful weather of September 11 still held and the wind blew in from the northeast. In Greenwich Village the air was crisp and clean with just a touch of fall about it.

Author Spotlight

Nonfiction

Interview: Gary Whitta

Garry Whitta wrote the screenplay for the post-apocalyptic thriller THE BOOK OF ELI, starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman, and also worked on the script for AFTER EARTH, an SF adventure starring Will Smith and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Gary has also written for video games and comics and he also worked on the upcoming feature film STAR WAR: ROGUE ONE, which (unfortunately) he is strictly forbidden from discussing. He recently used the Ink Shares crowdfunding platform to publish his first novel, ABOMINATION.