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Editorial

Galloping Insanity

One of our family’s favorite films is the Cary Grant classic “Arsenic and Old Lace,” in which Grant’s young and dashing character, Mortimer Brewster, about to elope with his sweetheart, discovers that his adorable maiden aunts have been happily murdering lonely old men (which they consider putting the poor dears out of their misery) and […]

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Turn, Turn, Turn

My youngest child has become something of a Rubik’s Cube fanatic.  She owns ten or so, including a 12-sided cube.  She recently learned to solve a 5X5 cube and can solve the classic 3X3 cube in about 2 minutes. When completed, of course, the Rubik’s Cube has nine differently-colored sides.  Turn the cube, and you […]

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Editorially Resolved

American novelist, Chuck Palahniuk, once said, “People don’t want their lives fixed. Nobody wants their problems solved. Their dramas. Their distractions. Their stories resolved. Their messes cleaned up. Because what would they have left? Just the big scary unknown.“ That’s true of life, isn’t it?  I mean, we all dream of a time when we […]

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An Eclectic Editorial

eclectic: adj. composed of elements drawn from a variety of sources, styles, etc. That’s the best word to describe this issue. Wish dragons, loneliness, and just plain crazy-creepy. We’re also excited to offer you podcasts of two of our stories, and interviews with their authors! Our first story, “Small Wishes” by Carol Otte, takes us […]

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In This Issue

It’s getting chilly here in New Jersey. Plants are fading, sunset is coming earlier. We’re slowly descending into the gloom of winter. The approach of the season brings its own pleasures, too, often stemming from the juxtaposition of opposites: a cup of hot apple cider steaming in the cool outside air, the smell of burning […]

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Lightening Up A Little

After last month’s moody issue — appropriately for an October issue, it was filled with death: premeditated, living, and accidental — I thought we should have a little fun. We start with “My Superpower” by Leslie A. Dow. I won’t say much about it, except to note that it sounds like the sort of blessing […]

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In This Issue

Traditionally, second-anniversary gifts are made of cotton. Last year, I noted that a paper anniversary is ironic for a Web site; this year, I saw no connection until I thought of the saying in the title, which made me think of how brief our stories are. Since that’s what’s passing for cleverness right now, I […]

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In This Issue

Thanks very much for joining us in the new year. We hope that this year will be an improvement on the last one for you and yours in the ways that count most. The Preditors & Editors Poll runs through January 14. We would be honored by nominations or votes in any of the appropriate […]

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Numbers, Numbers Everywhere

Sometimes, as I’m putting together an issue, I realize that the stories I’m publishing are all related somehow. This month it’s not completely true, but only one of the items isn’t number-related. I’ll get to that in a minute. First, the Preditors & Editors Poll numbers. Thanks to all of you who voted for us; […]

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In This Issue

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