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Issue 20 (Birds)

With apologies to ornithophobes, Issue 20 (Fall 2019) is devoted to “Birds” of all kinds. It’s also a double anniversary issue to celebrate reaching this lofty round number. This special (and especially large) collection has 11 stories, 12 illustrations, and more birds than we could count, whether they’re harbinger or omen, songster or trickster, friend or foe. 

Issue 20 Cover

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Table of Contents


The Water-Bearer and the Hawk-King, by H. Pueyo

A Map to a Future Unlike Any Past, by Karolina Fedyk

Heavy Reprises of a Dark Berceuse, by Priya Sridhar

Report on the Wren Queen’s Dementia, by Rhonda Eikamp

The House of the Camphor, by Mina Ikemoto Ghosh

The Capacity to Serve, by Simon Christiansen

The Litany of Feathers, by Sharon J. Gochenour

Wite Cro, by Natasha C. Calder

Shaman, by Damien Mckeating

Kairo’s Flock, by Avra Margariti

City of Wings and Song, by Sara Norja


Kat Weaver (cover art) is an artist who sometimes writes and a writer who sometimes makes art. She has previously published written work in Apex Magazine, Luna Station Quarterly, and Lackington’s. In addition to previous issues of Lackington’s, her illustrations can be found in Metaphorosis, Persistent Visions, the World Fantasy Award-winning She Walks in Shadows anthology, and Crossed Genres: Hidden Youth. She lives in Minneapolis with her girlfriend and two birds.

Many thanks to the talented artists who drew interior art for this issue: Patricia Bingham, Carrion House, Diana M. Chien, Grace P. Fong, Michelle MB, Pear Nuallak, Paula Arwen Owen, Gregory St. John, Richard Wagner, Carol Wellart, and P. Emerson Williams.

ISSN: 2292-5775

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