speculative prose

Issue 17 (Gothics)

Here’s our “Gothics” issue (Spring 2018) at last, with nine stories that celebrate and/or interrogate this ever-evolving tradition. Whether the tale is set in 14th-century France, 18th-century England, 21st-century Germany, a nameless stretch of desert, or a galaxy far away, certain tropes will be familiar. This collection features a story exclusive to the ebook: an “exquisite corpse” tale created in sequence by Mike Allen, Vajra Chandrasekera, Amal El-Mohtar, Natalia Theodoridou, and JY Yang.

Issue 17 cover

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Table of Contents


A Thousand Tongues of Silver, by Kate Heartfield

Satia Te Sanguineby A.J. Hammer

Letters Written to the Dearest Deceased Frances Bloodby R.M. Graves

Nothing Must Be Wastedby Arkady Martine

Swans and Roses and Snowby Laura Friis

At the Hand of Every Beastby Premee Mohamed

Verwelktagby Steve Toase

Cavity in a Hurtby J.M. Guzman

A Game of Lost and Found, by Mike Allen, Vajra Chandrasekera, Amal El-Mohtar, Natalia Theodoridou, and JY Yang (exclusive to the ebook)


Richard Wagner (cover art) is a graphic designer and illustrator living in the United States. His academic schooling consists of a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in painting and drawing as well as training in graphic design and illustration. For nearly nineteen years he taught college-level graphic design and photo-illustration classes while also freelancing. He now works on his own and enjoys focusing on being a designer/illustrator.

Many thanks to the talented artists who drew interior art for this issue: Carrion House, Michelle MB, Pear Nuallak, Paula Arwen Owen, Dotti Price, Gregory St. John, Kat Weaver, Carol Wellart, and P. Emerson Williams.

ISSN: 2292-5775

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