Well, summer has hit (at least in my hometown, it has!) We’re sporting a new look on our cover and a new feature in our pages. In place of our typical nonfiction article, we’re presenting this month’s topic, diversity in urban fantasy, in an interview format. Our guest is Djibril al-Ayad, who has been publishing short fiction from underrepresented voices for the past ten years.
We’ve also got two amazing short stories for you this month, both from authors who are no strangers to the professional short story market.
Our first story is from H.L. Fullerton, whose previous work can be found in Buzzy, Penumbra, and Flash Fiction Online. In this new story, “D.J.’s Locker”, a troubled teen’s dark past is shoved in his face when a series of sand dollars, each with a message, starts to appear at his school.
Our second story is from Michael T. Banker. His short fiction has been featured in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show as well as Writers of the Future, Volume 31. In his story, “Tides Beckoning”, a young woman caught between the world of the sea and the world of humans struggles to find her true home.
If you still need a taste of the ocean, you can check out part five of our serialized story, “Dead Records”. Marcus may have finally found a way to stop musician/siren Aura from making her listeners go insane, but it’s taking a toll on her that even she might not be aware of.
Last but not least, our book reviewers bring you their opinions on Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey and Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger.
As always, thanks for reading!
-Katrina S. Forest