Issue 4

On the Cover: illustration, “Tunnel Entrance,” by David Demaret.

“Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh.”

-Exodus 6:1



Interview: Nancy Kilpatrick
by Jeremy Billingsley
Called “Canada’s answer to Anne Rice” by Fangoria, Nancy Kilpatrick is a veteran horror author with forty-plus years of experience in writing and editing award-winning fiction, attending conventions, and dealing with publishers of all kinds. Nancy’s a master of the craft and knows what it takes to be a successful author, and for this issue’s Q&A, she kindly shares with us some of the valuable insights and pro tips she’s learned.


The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Review by Jeremy Billingsley
Dissecting the craft of the quintessential horror novel.


Twentieth Century American Horror
Article by Jeremy Billingsley
A comparative and comprehensive look at unnatural literature through the lens of King, Lovecraft, and Jackson.


A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
Article by Jason Duke
Why coming of age stories are best suited to the fantasy tale.


The Riddle-Master of Hed by Patricia A. McKillip
Article by Jason Duke
A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.


Kingdom of Dust and Boils
Story by Wendy Nikel
Pharaoh’s son has a new keeper of secrets.


The Immortal O. Ryan
Story by Deborah L. Davitt
The Space Marines are looking for a few good… Vampires?


The Death of Giraurd De Vallays
Featured Military Author
Story by Alexandru Constantin
Belsant must get her dying liege to the temple of Vallays in time to perform last rites, but the Seneschal has betrayed the city, and her Holy Order has been branded as heretics by the new priest.




Issue 3

On the Cover: David undergoes the ‘therapy’ approved by The Rehabilitation Agency in Mitchell Malloy’s gruesomely stunning illustration of “Caroline.”

War is the mother of everything.




Interview: Failbetter Games
by Michael McHenry
For this issue, we asked the staff at Failbetter Games for a little of their time to talk about the creative process behind their video games, and they gave us a bunch.


A Modern-Day Vampire
Article by Karen M. Smith
There will always be a ghoulish fascination with vampires, werewolves, and zombies because of what they represent–freedom, baby!


The Devil in the Details
Article by Karen M. Smith
How important are the details in a story? And how much detail is important?


I never believed in ghosts, unless that thing is one: A consideration of F. Marion Crawford’s “The Screaming Skull”
Article by Phillip Englund
Everything you wanted to know about F. Marion Crawford’s horrific tale, “The Screaming Skull.”


Review: Glitch, by N.M. Lombardi
Review by Judith Field
Stories from the far side of the singularity.


Taddock’s Ride
Story by Michael Nethercott
To survive a suicidal charge, a British cavalryman must follow a mysterious sergeant into a whirlwind of madness.


Wyrd Times
Story by Richard Zwicker
The once great warrior and dragonslayer Wiglaff has survived to lead his exiled people back to their ancestral homeland. But what could be making the powerful nation which drove them out all those years ago leave so abruptly?


The Starlight Circus
Story by Tara Calaby
After an encounter with a creepy clown at the circus, Mikey starts behaving more and more strangely. Can Steve find a way to drive out the increasingly malevolent spirit trying to take over his son’s body before Mikey is lost forever?


Featured story by Aeryn Rudel
Barbara is doing the best she can to cure her husband, David, of a horrifying condition, but in the end, it is the determined love of their young daughter, Caroline, that destroys his humanity.


Robot Surgery
Comic by Andrew Muff

Things get surgical when John must eliminate a killer robot on the loose aboard his spaceship.


Post Human
Illustration by Elena Betti


Author Spotlight: Aeryn Rudel




Issue 2

On the Cover: The blood-magic assassin, Djimon, battles the vile gangster, Duke, and his army of heavily-armed minions in artist Joas Miller’s depiction of “Sanguinary.”

Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sul­len-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandaled feet.

-Robert E. Howard, Conan the Barbarian



Interview: The Cromcast
by Michael McHenry
The Cromcast podcasters, Josh, Jon, and Luke, talk about why they started a podcast dedicated to the writing of Robert E. Howard, and what they think Howard would have to say about civilization today.


Why Write Fantasy?
Article by Judith Field
There is more to a fairy tale than just living happily ever after.


Is Fantasy Hocus Without Pocus?
Article by Karen M. Smith
Can a story without magic be fantasy?


The Phonebooth
Featured Military Veteran story by Michael Reyes
The payphone outside ex-convict Romero’s apartment hasn’t worked in ages, but now it’s ringing again, causing reality itself to come apart at the seams.


Earth is for Earthers
Story by Alexis Lantgen
The return to Earth of genetically modded humans sparks a race riot that has deadly consequences for one family.


Body of Evidence
Story by Ben Howels
The new magistrate’s open-and-shut murder case takes an unforeseen turn when the murderer’s sister arrives with an Arbiter and his pet to seek justice.


Featured story by Kevin Weir
A magic-wielding assassin in the future betrays the crime boss of New Montreal to save a little girl. But since magic is done at the cost of the assassin’s own blood, will he have enough to defeat an entire army of heavily-armed gangsters?


Author Spotlight: Kevin Weir




Issue 1

On the Cover: Joas Miller spectacularly brings to life the final showdown between an ex-soldier turned criminal, and the samurai assassin sent to kill him, in Aeryn Rudel’s dark urban fantasy tale, “Paper Cut.”



Interview: David Morrell
by Michael Johnson
NY Times best-selling author David Morrell describes Rambo in one word and discusses craft and the business of writing.


Interview: Margaret Weis
by Michael McHenry
Margaret Weis discusses her Dragon Corsairs series, adapting Star of the Guardian to the big screen, and her experience in creating Dragonlance, one of the most famous and iconic campaign settings of all time for the Dungeons and Dragons game system.


The IX by Andrew P. Weston
Review by Ann Stolinsky
Sometimes, death is only the beginning of the adventure.


Eternal War by Livio Gambarini
Review by Ann Stolinsky
Thirteenth century Florence is being besieged by war on two fronts, the Material World and the Spiritual World.


The Orion Incident
Featured Military Veteran story by David W. Amendola
Killer robots are the least of the problems plaguing an insubordinate interstellar soldier when she is ordered to investigate a ghost ship from her past.


Taste the New Drug
Story by Rhoads Brazos
Nightmares become reality when a jaded soldier and his band of mercenaries accidentally unleash a hideous pestilence on their city.


Star Jelly
Story by Brenda Kezar
Anna must keep a little girl, Lindsey, safe after strange and lethal organisms fall from the sky, turning a quiet neighborhood on the beach into a gauntlet of terror.


Paper Cut
Featured story by Aeryn Rudel
When a soldier turned hired killer angers a powerful crime boss, he could never have imagined the kind of assassin coming after him. His weapons are useless. His wits may not be enough…


Author Spotlight: Aeryn Rudel