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WHITE RAINBOW AND BROWN DEVIL

WHITE RAINBOW AND BROWN DEVIL, by Raphael Ordonez   Francisco Carvajal y Lopez, vagabond of the Tashyan badlands, conquistador in his own mind, emerged upon a caliche bank from thickets that sang sweetly beneath the sun. The gravel floodplain stretched from north to south before him. Several sycamores, the first trees he had seen that day, […]

THAT SLEEP OF DEATH

THAT SLEEP OF DEATH, by Mary-Jean Harris   “There is no religion higher than Truth,” Lady Wickham spoke as she raised her lace handkerchief to her eyes. Before I could comment on the great sensibility of such a phrase, she exclaimed, “Isn’t it blasphemous!” As a philosopher, I could by no means agree with that, […]

THINGS OF SHREDS AND PATCHES

THINGS OF SHREDS AND PATCHES, by Norman Doege   Muffled voices and broken songs seeped like slow passion around a carved birch door. Scori, courier to the Lord-Apparent of Bremland, had ridden through the northlands to find himself in the cold dark staring at a brass knocker nestled between a pair of wooden breasts. Over […]

CRAZY SNAKE AND THE DEMONS OF OMETEPE

CRAZY SNAKE AND THE DEMONS OF OMETEPE, by Eric Atkisson   What has occurred before: Comanches, white men called them. Lords of the Southern Plains. Warriors and horsemen the likes of which had never been seen, their name was feared and their deeds were legend. From the ranks of this mighty people came one they […]

HUNGER’S END

HUNGER’S END, by Scott Shank   For nine days they had tasted no bread. For five days they had tasted no flesh. The last of their arrows they had lost to the sun-eating canopy, for the little blackcaps that flitted among the branches were too swift. Of other game, there was no trace. No creature […]

DRAGON IN AMBER

DRAGON IN AMBER, by Patrice Sarath   I raised my head and looked at the man who entered my iron prison. My captors had put rings through the once-supple leathery skin of my wings and at the base of my spiked tail, and threaded the iron chains through them so that even a small movement […]

GREAT POET EMPEROR

GREAT POET EMPEROR, by Meg Moseman   The Great Poet Emperor sways on his throne, borne on filigreed pillars by twenty-foot djinn across the wide ocean the octopus roams– across the wild blue sea! The Great Poet Emperor ceaselessly scribbles the tower of paper he conjured from hell with a bottomless bottle of lavender ink– […]

BETWEEN SEA AND FLAME

BETWEEN SEA AND FLAME, by Evan Dicken Hummingbird ran. Branches whipped across her arms, the shouts of her pursuers eclipsed by the huffing gurgle of the thing tearing through the forest behind her. There was a loud crack as one of the Sea People fired his weapon, the shot tearing through the leaves nearby. Hummingbird […]

I AM BECOME DEATH, DESTROYER OF WORLDS

I AM BECOME DEATH, DESTROYER OF WORLDS, by Raphael Ordonez     Upheld by glee over an abyss of dread, the audacious, black-and-white-painted sacred clown raced up the big slope where blue grama and sagebrush waved beneath a turquoise sky. This night he would win the acclaim of his brother-clowns for generations. He would prank […]

RAKEFIRE

RAKEFIRE, by Jason Carney   This was after several secret meetings in smoky roothouses, where whispered secrets were swapped for more secrets couched in cryptolects and allegories. With them I had been shadowing Qwayas for several years, my erstwhile lover and son’s father, who I had questions for and possibly slow death, depending on his […]

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