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Editorial

In This Issue

Our publication timing brought us closer to Halloween, which is great for some scary stories — but it also brought us closer to the Frankenstorm that’s rising in the East. Best wishes to all those affected by the storm as these pages go live. Two great new stories — Zombie March by Brynn MacNabb, and […]

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The Power of One

Sometimes a story comes along in which one character captivates you, or one person steers events in surprising and satisfying ways.  Or one act that makes a meaningful difference.  Or one life that, only months before, had not existed but whose story needed to be told for the benefit of the cosmic alignment of stars […]

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Hope in the Midst

An ancient Irish carol says, “The darkest midnight in December, no snow, nor hail, nor winter storm / Shall hinder us for to remember the babe that on this night was born.”  Those haunting lines speak of hope in the midst of the the deepest despair.   Our Christmas story this year is just as […]

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Death Comes for Flash Fiction

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”  ~Benjamin Franklin I read a book recently.  I won’t reveal the title.  But it seemed like an awful lot of people died.  Just when one family finally got a handle on life and things were looking up for them, Wham! the […]

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O is for October

O, it turns out, is also for Oddness, and oddness is the prevailing theme of the month. “You know an odd feeling?” said comedian George Carlin. “Sitting on the toilet eating a chocolate bar.” What? Where did that come from? Why is that funny? Because it’s odd. Because it surprises you with some ordinary experiences […]

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Back-to-School Time

Here in the northern hemisphere it’s back-to-school time.  For some it’s a melancholy time.  For others it’s a cause for rejoicing.  For me, well, it’s business as usual. For the boy in our first story, school means facing hard truths—about himself, about the world, about compassion.  Eli Hastings’ “The Cell I’m In” is a strongly […]

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Strength in Numbers

I like to believe I can fend for myself — that I’m a strong, capable woman who can take life on the chin. But every now and again, when I’m sent reeling toward either end of the spectrum, extreme happiness or sadness, I find I’m not quite so invincible by myself. I need companionship. Family, […]

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It’s Complicated

It’s summertime. At my house, that means the kids are home, I’m exhausted, and my husband is getting mid-afternoon phone calls asking when he’s coming home to rescue me from our two adorable wild-lings. Family is messy and uncontrollable. Just ask anyone with a child in diapers who’s picked cereal out of her hair. But […]

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A June Challenge

Each month I make a sometimes thin attempt at finding some common link between the stories we publish.  Maybe they’re all fantasies.  Maybe they’re all about people coping with death.  Maybe they’re all about winning a lottery–money or Shirley Jackson-esque.  Sometimes it’s easy.  Sometimes it’s a bit of a stretch. Here I sit with two […]

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Change

I like quotes. www.brainyquote.com is one of my favorite sites. This month I typed in ‘change’ in honor of this month’s stories. I found this that fits at least two of them quite nicely: “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”  ~Viktor E. Frankl In “Anywhere […]

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