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Issue 131—May 2022

Issue 129 cover

Art by Reza Afshar

EDITORIAL


Musings from Maryland
        by Lesley Conner

ORIGINAL FICTION

Hoodie
by Tonya Liburd
A Monster in the Shape of a Boy
by Hannah Yang
The Fruit of the Princess Tree
by Sage Tyrtle
Americana!
by Sam Asher
In the Monster's Mouth
by Tim Waggoner (Available 6/7)
Shevitsa
by Koji A. Dae (Available 6/9)

CLASSIC FICTION

Simbiyu and the Nameless
by Eugen Bacon (Available 6/14)
As the Sun Dies
by Jaym Gates (Available 6/16)

NONFICTION

You in Your Headmeats
        by Errick Nunnally

Mysterious Island
        by Jeffrey Ford

REVIEWS

Words for Thought: Short Fiction Review
        by A.C. Wise (Available 6/21)

Book Review: Wendy, Darling by AC Wise
        by Marie Croke (Available 6/21)
Book Review: Inheriting Her Ghosts by S.H. Cooper
        by Tracy Robinson (Available 6/21)

INTERVIEWS

Interview with Author Hannah Yang
        by Andrea Johnson
Interview with Author Sam Asher
        by Andrea Johnson (Available 5/28)

Interview with Artist Reza Afshar
        by Bradley Powers (Available 6/23)

 

From the Blog

May Snap Judgment Cancelled

May Snap Judgment Cancelled

We are sad to let you all know that due to an unforeseen schedule conflict, we’ve had to cancel the upcoming Snap Judgment event. We’re working hard to reschedule and hope to have some exciting announcements for you in the future. Our biggest apologies to those of you...

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SHORT FICTION

Americana!

Americana!

The man smooths over his mustache like it accentuates his Americanness, which it sort of does, and lifts the brim of his old Portland Sea Dogs cap to show his forehead, which I suppose he considers to be authentically American, like it has a mark of the treasury on it. He has the stim-marks behind the ears that tell me he’s a junkie, for splug, or wobble, or germ. Which is why he’s selling his rifle, I’m sure.

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The Fruit of the Princess Tree

The Fruit of the Princess Tree

Songbirds swoop around the Tree, but never alight there. There is nothing to eat. Princess Five nibbles her white glove. Princess Fourteen forces her sapphire ring over the joint of her thumb to make herself cry, so she can taste the salt of her tears. Princess Two waits until everyone is asleep and tries to eat a candy-pink petal. It hurts and tastes of blood.

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A HISTORY OF GENRE FICTION

ISSUES

STORIES

WORDS