Some Say the World Will End in Fire by R. Daniel Lester

Some Say the World Will End in Fire by R. Daniel Lester

R. Daniel Lester’s writing has appeared in print and online in multiple publications, including Adbusters, Geist, Broken Pencil, Pulp Literature, Switchblade and, most recently, Retreats from Oblivion: The Journal of NoirCon. His novella, Dead Clown Blues, from Shotgun Honey and Down & Out Books, was shortlisted for a 2018 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novella by the Crime Continue reading Some Say the World Will End in Fire by R. Daniel Lester

Demeter’s Daughter by Gretchen Tessmer

Demeter’s Daughter by Gretchen Tessmer

Gretchen Tessmer is a writer/attorney based in the U.S./Canadian borderlands of Northern New York. She writes both poetry and short fiction, with work appearing in Nature, Strange Horizons and Daily Science Fiction, among other venues. You can find her on Twitter and Tumblr. in poorly designed seasonsI stand in smoldering fields, fidgetingwith fingers dug deepin Continue reading Demeter’s Daughter by Gretchen Tessmer

Around the Fire by Courtney O’Banion Smith

Around the Fire by Courtney O’Banion Smith

Courtney O’Banion Smith writes, edits, and raises her sons in Houston, Texas. Her work has appeared in several print and online publications including The Ekphrastic Review and Relief. Find her on Twitter @cobanionsmith. You can also find Courtney here. What was it like? Well, we believedour little corner was everythingand like everywhere else and always would Continue reading Around the Fire by Courtney O’Banion Smith

An Accidental Coven by Laura Blackwell

An Accidental Coven by Laura Blackwell

One Saturday night six months ago, my husband and I attended a party where we saw three women wearing the same dress. To save those present from embarrassment, I will not identify them by name, career, or family status, but instead describe the fateful three by their avocations: the Artist, the Athlete, and the Gardener. Continue reading An Accidental Coven by Laura Blackwell

The Memory of a Memory by Marc A. Criley

The Memory of a Memory by Marc A. Criley

I crack time. Part the seam, step into gray-green gloom. I wait as eyes adjust, hear the seam flutter closed. Bookshelves line the corridor, extend into the past. Shelves crammed with books, spines to the wall, smelling of ozone and rose water. Hardcovers, paperbacks, trades, loose leaf. The past as hardcopy, minutes pressed against minutes, Continue reading The Memory of a Memory by Marc A. Criley