speculative prose

Issue 5 Foreword

Our “beldams” theme was a tricky one to fill, given its relative narrowness, but I’m glad Lackington’s put out the call. Submitters didn’t disappoint. Do I take anything away from … Continue reading

February 12, 2015

2014 Roundup

Our first year did not end with a whimper, nor did it start with one thanks to amazing support from the SFF community. In 2014, we published 9 invited authors, … Continue reading

December 3, 2014

Issue 4 Foreword

And with this issue we close out our first year. 2014 accumulated friends, illustrations, fictions, and lessons learned, and it succeeded better than I ever imagined. Contributors have been generous … Continue reading

October 28, 2014

Slight Shift

Issue 4 is out in the world! And very happy we are with it, too. Our subscribers will have already spotted a copy in their inbox via Weightless Books (or will … Continue reading

October 28, 2014

Issue 3 Foreword

I wonder how many quest stories the average homo sapiens has heard or read or imagined by the time they’re forty? The quest motif is the firmament under our myths, … Continue reading

August 18, 2014

Issue 2 Foreword

Thank you to the readers, donors, reviewers, submitters, and contributors who signal-boosted our inaugural issue and made it buoyant. Your support has carried us nicely into Issue 2 (and beyond; … Continue reading

May 13, 2014

The Hemingway/Wilde Fallacy

When I taught English, there was only one Rule of Literature I wanted undergrads to take away from my classes: different readers want different things, and different writers want to … Continue reading

May 7, 2014

Quests and Institutions

As we settle into the swing of things at Lackington’s, our modus op adjusts for a better fit. Some might call these adjustments growing pains, except they haven’t been at … Continue reading

March 26, 2014

A Long Foreword with a Long Title to Introduce Our Fond New Venture

A story must start with a bang. A character must have an arc. A tale must show more than a slice of life. These Grade 10 English “musts” for short-story writing … Continue reading

February 13, 2014