The incredible, amazing, wonderful folks at Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet have included my short story “Recursion” in issue No. 34.
The print version is $5. (This is a steal; the magazine is wonderfully put together and has over fifty pages of fiction, poetry and a non-fiction piece.) Ebook is $2.99.
“Recursion” was inspired by an existential, Lovecraftian thought and my desire to write a story-within-a-story. It does not use the word “eldritch.”
Along with that, you get some damn great writing.
Amanda Marbais‘s “Colossal,” opens with a classic case of I-wish-I-wrote-that:
Gerald is a reformed stutterer and droid-porn addict. That doesn’t broach the issue that he is also a colossal squid.
No. I won’t tell you any more. You have to read it yourself.
Hazel Crowley‘s strong poetry is a perfect blend of sight and sound, including this bit I quite like:
and, one day,
fists full of stars,
we will riot on
Marco Kaye‘s “The New Ancient of Sophocles High” combines a modern high school with characters of ancient Greece. The deceptively breezy style is paired with precise imagery and deep emotion:
When no one else was in the bathroom, I made a gun with my fingers and, quietly as I could, forced myself to vomit.
Over the weekend, Pitkins had gained seven pounds, placing him squarely in the one-fify two slot. After he stepped down I was all, “What’d you eat?” and Pitkins was like, “Two birthday parties in a row, bro.”
That was the Gods for you, constantly scheming up new forms of degradation. You had to love them. You literally had to.
I read Nicole Kimberling‘s Pumpkin and Mushroom Moussake recipe (in “Savory Cinderella”) not with any plans to make the dish, but because it was written in such a delightful manner (“Step One: Butcher the Pumpkin” is a winning line).