speculative prose

Zoopoiesis, with Mountains, by Rhonda Eikamp

Stand This is the insufflation. Imagine a white place. She’s in the white place, or she is the white place. She’s wearing a gown, in a white bed. Her name … Continue reading

February 9, 2017

The Hedgehog and the Pine Cone, by Gwynne Garfinkle

This is the story of Purple and Green, two hedgehogs who were the best of friends. They rolled and played on the forest floor. The hedgehogs were spiny and guarded, … Continue reading

February 9, 2017

Issue 12 (Fall 2016) – Animals

November 2, 2016

Issue 12 Table of Contents

Foxes. Horses. Hares. Pheasants. Lizards. Hedgehogs. The ubiquitous hound. Our “Animals” collection features everything from the traditional animal story to the unexpected modern take. This bestiary is grim and full of … Continue reading

October 25, 2016

Issue 11 Foreword

The thing about things is, they’re ubiquitous—so much so I didn’t have to put out a call to fill this collection. The tales in Issue 11 accumulated over the course … Continue reading

October 25, 2016

How I Came to Be Raised by Balniwan the Fool, by Adrian Simmons

There is no place more blessed than the five hills of Father’s clan. The very gods led Grandfather here, the very spirits welcomed us. Envy and hatred followed us, and … Continue reading

October 25, 2016

Ought from Is, by Brittany Pladek

My gift killed autumn before it killed God. In the woods behind the abbey, the sugar maples are a lace of rubies and the elms a scatter of gold, as … Continue reading

October 25, 2016

The First of Frost, by H.L. Fullerton

I saw your work today. My tower room overlooks the gardens. I was petal-gazing—so much prettier than stars!—and I recognized your designs. So appropriate since it’s Longest Night—an anniversary for … Continue reading

October 25, 2016

The Sapphire Fiend, by Devan Barlow

  “The girl walked into the forest, for she was not afraid of monsters.” The Sapphire Fiend laughed, a sound sharp as the gems on her mask. “What is this?” … Continue reading

October 25, 2016

Invasion, by Erik Amundsen

When the lake gets low, you can see the heads of the swimming gods. They’re made of some white stone that does not stain or erode and repels the creeping … Continue reading

October 25, 2016