As the winter wind sets garbage cans rolling like tumbleweeds and snowdrifts bury parked cars along with all hope of an early spring, we invite you to maximize your hygge quotient with a hot toddy and our eighty-sixth issue.
According to G. K. “T-Biscuit” Chesterton, “Folk lore means that the soul is sane, but that the universe is wild and full of marvels.” Well, each of this month’s four stories features an ordinary person in extraordinary circumstances. Becca Borawski Jenkins describes a world of sideshow performers where the regular dude is the odd one out. Daniele De Serto lives the dream of being a basketball superstar, with amusingly surreal results. Isaac Teile’s low-ranking henchman beats the odds, much to everyone’s annoyed surprise, and Hamdy Elgammal dares to imagine a world where humans and giant insects can fall in love. Speaking of sweet things, the charming cover art from Borda D. Adrian will melt the icicles right off your heart.
Hug it online or squeeze the .pdf.
We are seven today, but we must be precocious, based on the frequency with which people inquire, “What are you, twelve?”
And even though it’s our birthday, we have presents for you: a supernatural fishy tale, an absolutely true Hollywood story, a surreal case of sartorial revenge, and―because we love you―a hilarious attempt at canine exorcism. Plus, this month’s cover art punches tired gender norms in the spleen.
So happy birthday to us. And for the record, while we do not live in a zoo, we welcome comparisons to a monkey on both the visual and olfactory levels.
Scratch it online or sniff the .pdf.
You know how sometimes you get up for a glass of water in the middle of the night and catch a glimpse of yourself in the bathroom mirror in the dim blue glow of the nightlight and realize you are looking at an alternate universe where everything is almost, but not quite, the same as it is in our world?
Our June issue has a lot of that feeling. There are three stories about ordinary people―a woman who never cries, a television enthusiast, and an insurance claims adjuster―who have extraordinary experiences, and one poem about an extraordinary person who works in that most ordinary of places, a department store. And our sweet-creepy (sweepy?) cover art nails that surreal feeling perfectly.
Yin it online or yang the .pdf.