Hishi – David A. Gray

Hishi’s claws ticked on the polished floor as she ran. The sound was barely audible, yet the teeming corridors emptied ahead of her. News had spread through the great city, out and down from the bloody throne room, that a new blend – an Excisor – had been dispatched to seek vengeance. Ten million people wondered who this Excisor was going to kill today. A very few knew, and prepared as best they could. “Sure…

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It came from Paul A. Hamilton

Paul A. Hamilton’s story “Oven Game” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 18 August 2017. I originally wrote “Oven Game” as an unsolicited piece for a specific magazine with a certain quirky, dark aesthetic. I don’t usually write without any concepts or outlines at all, just stringing words together, but this story I just sat down at my kitchen table and tried to warp my imagination around something odd and a bit unsettling. Which probably…

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A question for Luke Elliott

Q: What do you think is the single most important quality for a good writer to possess?

A: Persistence. There will be days you want to quit. There will be months where you feel like all you are doing is banging your head against the keyboard and producing nothing remotely readable. You will get rejections. Oh, so many rejections. Saying “persistence” might be trite, but as long as you continue to learn and grow, it’s the path to success.


Luke Elliott’s story “Always Dawn to Forever Night” will be
published on Friday, 2 March 2018.

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About Dimitra Nikolaidou

Dimitra Nikolaidou is a PhD candidate, researching role-playing games and speculative fiction at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Thessaloniki, Greece. She is the chief editor and in-house writer for Archetypo Publications. Finally, she teaches creative writing focused on speculative fiction at Tales of the Wyrd. She is always planning trips in Europe and excursions in the woods, and sometimes even manages to take them. Dimitra Nikolaidou’s story “Any Old Disease” will be published on…

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Hold This Star for Me – Mark David Adam

When David got to work that morning, he discovered a large shell on his desk holding down errant pieces of paper. He smiled. His coworkers were always razzing him about how messy his desk was and now, it seemed, someone had taken it upon themselves to assist him. He picked up the seashell; it was as big as his fist. It didn’t have pointy bits like a conch but was smooth, almost like a marshmallow…

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