Archive for March, 2009

Welcome to Issue 9, March 2009

by the Editors
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Welcome to Issue 9! This issue we seem to have an unintentional theme of mythology and folklore. Many of this issue’s selections can trace their inspiration to much older tales and legends. We’re fascinated by some of the modern spins our authors have put on these old stories, and hope you’ll enjoy them as much as we did.

Happy reading!

Agony At Yggdrasil

by Eugene Lewis Carter III
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Agony At Yggdrasil

The Grace of the Foolish

by Jennifer Linnaea
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In the thirtieth summer of her life, the sacred clown of the goddess Aelmatia stood in the rain in the market square, laughing. Water ran in rivulets down her face; the bright blue and red cloth of her shirt clung to her arms as she slapped her hands on her body in an imitation ofRead more…

The Pig’s End

by Julia Kelso
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He jerked awake, bloody, in pain. He rumbled in confusion. This wasn’t the pain he was used to. His blood not shed like this. He lurched to his feet and let out a bellow of surprise at the pain shooting through his legs and back. He could feel the sharp tugging of raw edges thatRead more…

Marshmallows

by Catherine Cheek
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For Milana, meeting one of the Old Ones was like meeting a tiger in the woods. It was a rare, once-in-a-life-time story that might impress strangers at parties, but only if you survived long enough to repeat it.

The Lady and the Dragon

by Chandelle Lance
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A dragon. Everyone was off to see the dragon, to give Mary to him. I was left behind, alone. Father said it wasn’t dignified for a lady to see Mary taken by the dragon. It wasn’t like I had never seen the dragon before. No one could miss his massive form when he came toRead more…

The Alchemist’s Wife

by Paula R. Stiles
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My husband told me yesterday that I was pure silver. Some women would accept this as the greatest of compliments. “Some women” are not married to my husband. Late that morning, he ordered me down to the dank badger’s lair in the cellar that he calls a “laboratory”, crowded with curling tubes and decanters fullRead more…

Blackbird Pie

by Autumn Canter
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When my mother had me out, she knew she’d been cuckolded as easy as a finger snap. She could look back on the very moment–in the market with a basket full of gutted fish hanging from the crease of her elbow and her son pulling at her free hand while swiping snot from under hisRead more…