“Up and up you go, for to steal the secrets of the heavens. Will you share them with me, my bright and brilliant spy?”
– Bishop Allen, “Butterfly Nets”
F I C T I O N
“Where There’s Magic” by Michelle Ann King
The witch had a favorite saying: where there’s life, there’s magic. There was a second part — where there’s magic, there’s death — but she usually kept that to herself.
“Ecdysis” by Kurt Hunt
Even when they crawl into your room at night, their claws gripping the floorboards — do not speak to them.
“The Kid, the Witch, and the Tank-Grown Girl” by Neil Carstairs
The Witch’s download unwrapped itself into a packet that set up residence in the access processor patched into his skull. Within the time it took Tommy to feel the data burst, his wiring was dormant again.
“Lost Things” by Dana Beehr
The sun was sinking past the Rift in the sky like a glaring wound, and the three moons were starting their ascent when the raft and its strange occupant came drifting up to the dilapidated shack at the center of the marsh.
P O E T R Y
“Daughter” by Lynette Mejía
“Second Chance” by Darrell Lindsday
“Max in Wolf-Suit” by Sandi Leibowitz
Illustration: After Tex McCranie finished his illustration degree he moved to the North Carolina mountains. He draws, paints, reads, and admires the landscape while trying to figure out how to “make it” as an illustrator.