Issue 4 :: Spring 2009

Jesse Lindsay is a freelance artist, designer, and teacher at the National Tattoo Academy in Salem, OR. His work is based largely on dreams and research into subjects such as ancient culture, mythology, alchemy, mathematics, ritual, and the occult, as well as anything else that happens to catch his interest. He currently resides near the Oregon coast, where he works on projects ranging from drawings, paintings, and commission illustrations to clothing and stickers. Jesse enjoys zombie films, Tom Waits, drinking, and waiting for the apocalypse. Home page:"> Email:">

The Strangers Are Tuning (art)

Idolomantis diabolica (art)

Brittany Reid Warren is a twenty-five-year-old Army Captain freshly home from her second tour in Iraq. She's an avid reader and writer, and has been writing poems and short stories since always. She is currently at work on her first novel.

Unbound (stories)

Nik Houser grew up in Texas. He went to school far from there. He now lives even farther from where he went to school than from where he grew up. His work has recently appeared in Year's Best Fantasy and Horror and Best American Fantasy.

Q&A (stories)

Adam Ramirez is primarily known as a fine art photographer under the alias Optimism Photography ("> This business first took shape in 2004, but expands continually with his growing knowledge, technical skill, and curiosity. Adam continues to explore the combination of different forms of expression. He produces from the inside out, feeding off everyday emotions, nostalgia, and much more. He pulls from a myriad of inspirations, drawing on anything from animation to fine art. He is truly self-driven and aspires to continue to succeed in the visual art field without compromising integrity for finances.

Mortality (art)

From the visions of cats, vampires, insane trees, and family antics jumbled in her head, Lida Broadhurst shapes her prose and poetry. When it is too hot, too cold, or too rainy in Oakland, CA, the visions are weirder than usual. Her work has appeared in Mythic Delirium, Nemonymous #1, GUD, and many other publications. One of her poems was nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Rhysling Award.

Unlike Red Tape, the Yellow (poetry)

Ladee Hubbard is a writer living in New Orleans. Her fiction has been published in the journal Sleepingfishnet and her poetry is forthcoming in the poetry journal RHINO.

Flip Lady (1986) (stories)

Lisa A. Grabenstetter enjoys writing, illustrating, binding, and otherwise enabling book habits in herself and others. A recent graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, she lives in Maryland and there communes with the monsters. More of her work can be found at"> She is always open to thoughts, ideas, and commissions.

Writing the Harvest (art)

The Catoblepas (art)

Mithran Somasundrum grew up in London and currently lives in Bangkok. He has published short fiction in Natural Bridge, The Sun, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, and the minnesota review, among others, and has a story forthcoming in Zahir. He recently completed a slipstream novel. He is a proofreader for Strange Horizons.

The Dancing Aliens (stories)

Shweta Narayan is a cultural crazy quilt; she's lived in six countries on three continents. It's given her something of an outsider's view, and she writes a lot about shapeshifters and people caught between worlds. She also loves using folk tales and fairy tales from all over in her stories. Shweta has work in places like Coyote Wild and The Journal of Mythic Arts, and forthcoming in Shimmer and the anthology The Beastly Bride. She was the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship recipient at the Clarion Writers Workshop in 2007. She can be found on the web at">

Daya and Dharma (stories)

Rossana Reginato is a self-taught Italian artist, living and working in Florence, the cradle of classical art. Since she was a teen, she's developed a passion for anything related to gothic, dark, and horror stuff. This brought her to apply her highly-detailed style to the expression of the dark side of (dis)humanity. Most of her works are surreal drawings or paintings somehow related to the fantasy/horror world. Check some of them out at…">… or">

Hidden (art)

Jim Pascual Agustin was born in the Philippines. His early years were spent in a communal house, where he struggled to remember all the names of his numerous cousins. Fr. James O'Brien, an Irish-American Jesuit, opened up the world of literature for Jim. Beneath an Angry Star (1992, Anvil) was his first book of poetry. In October 1994, he moved to Cape Town, South Africa. He welcomes feedback on his writings. Email Jim at">

Ghosts of Sweaty Air (poetry)

Ward Crockett is a freelance writer and filmmaker from Denver, CO, but currently he resides in Chicago, IL. His writing appears or is forthcoming in right hand pointing, ROCKSTAR, Foliate Oak, Danger City II, thieves jargon, Sinister Tales, and Kaleidotrope. Ward sometimes hears that he is strange, but usually he just hears a Who. Check out his film work at">

Teaching Assistant (poetry)

The only word that came to mind when Tree DeAngelis sat down to write her artistic statement was photographer. Many other perhaps-more-important words should have come first, such as mother, wife, daughter, but none of these seemed right. Her daughter looks at her, and, yes, she sees her loving mother, but what she sees first is a photographer. A woman trying to do what she loves in life. Will she be famous? Will her images live forever? Maybe, maybe not, but she believes some dreams are not dreams, and she has the rest of her life to live in hers.

Shaula (art)

D. Elizabeth Wasden studied in Moscow, Russia several years ago and holds History and Russian Studies degrees from Syracuse University. She occasionally dreams of samovars, sturgeon, civil wars, and lemon trees and writes about them in her LiveJournal ("> Her fiction has appeared in Talebones, Electric Velocipede, and Fantasy Magazine.

Long Winter by Night (stories)

Lisa Feinstein's work has appeared in various journals such as The Vincent Brothers Review, Poetry Midwest, Flutter Poetry Journal, HazMat Review, and Up the Staircase. Her chapbook Praise for Pondo: The Series was recently published by Gold Wake Press. Lisa prides herself on being an extreme snowflake collector, a retired counterfeiter, an aspiring buttonhole maker, and an all-around nice guy. Contact/email Lisa at">

Jesus Fucks an Atheist and Calls It Love (poetry)

Christy Rodgers lives in San Francisco, and writes speculative nonfiction. Her work has appeared in Dissident Voice, LiP Magazine, and WHAT IF? Journal of Radical Possibilities, which she also published. WHAT IF? still has a ghostly web presence:">

What Kafka Knew (reports)

Ursula Vernon is the author and illustrator of Nurk, Digger, and a number of other projects. The daughter of an artist, she spent her youth attempting to rebel and become a scientist, but eventually succumbed to the siren song of paint. Her work has been nominated for an Eisner award--in Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition--and a number of Web Cartoonists' Choice Awards. In addition to writing and making art, Ms. Vernon is an avid birdwatcher, an occasional neophyte practitioner of the sword art of iaido, and an amateur thrower of pots. She lives in Pittsboro, North Carolina.

The Sheep (art)

J(ae)D Brames ("> loves navigating windy rural roads at speeds approaching the sound barrier, and, while he would swerve into a ditch before dispatching an innocent cat or deer, he has taken out more than his share of joggers. This is the first time anyone has thought his work good enough to represent their magazine, and for that he is joy-jumpingly grateful.

Unfinished Stories (stories)

Rose Lemberg used to delete her poems. In January 2008, she had a bright idea to send one out. Since then she has sold poetry to Star*Line, Goblin Fruit, Abyss & Apex, and Mythic Delirium. Rose lives in the Midwest, where she is an assistant professor of Marginal and Nostalgic Studies.

To a Skylark (poetry)

Kerry Hudson is twenty-seven and lives and writes in Hackney, East London. The vibrancy, diversity, and intense dirtiness of the city inspire her stories and poems. Three years ago, Kerry gave up a promising career as a Christmas Elf to work in the nonprofit sector (thus spreading joy all twelve months) and currently works for an HIV and AIDS charity. If there was ever any doubt, Kerry Hudson will write for cake.

The Thirst (stories)

Formerly the Managing Editor for Scrivener Creative Review, Adrian Versteegh has written for Cultural Digest, Cerebration, Gold Dust, Hotel, Intersexions, Anamesa, Brio Literary Journal, Whispers From The Shattered Forum, and other organs obscure and outré. His short fiction has been internationally anthologized. He lives in New York.

Vore; or, Levity in Dungeons (stories)

eric orchard is an illustrator with several picture books out, a few book covers, and an ongoing online comic.

Werewolf (art)

Allan Richard Shapiro would much rather have been an astronaut, as there is no truer form of nothing than nothingness. But since Allan Richard Shapiro does not fly well, he chose to become a writer, and has discovered a better sense of nothing within his own soul. And now, he would much rather be an architect. Further reverberations by Allan Richard Shapiro can be found in The Ne'er-Do-Well (">, except Allan Richard Shapiro is referred to there as Allan Shapiro, having written "How Jacob Met Daphne" before he had his Richard reattached.

How Ramona Saved the Ducks (stories)

Brian Beatty's jokes, poems, and stories have appeared in numerous print and online pubs, including Alba, Conduit, elimae, Gulf Coast, Hobart, Juked, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, MicroHorror, milk, Monkeybicycle, Opium Magazine, Phoebe, The Quarterly, The Rake, Seventeen, and Yankee Pot Roast. He lives in Minneapolis.

Quack (poetry)

Abigail Hilton is a nurse living in Portland, Oregon with two cats and a variety of carnivorous plants. She is pursuing a masters degree. Her fiction has been featured in Beyond Centauri and The Drabblecast. Information about her podcast novel, The Prophet of Panamindorah, can be found at">

Forests of the Night (stories)

Zac Carter: Born in 1978 in a tiny North Carolina town. Currently resides in Las Vegas. Everything between those two things is subject to extensive revision. Can be reached at">

this infants spine (poetry)

Ian McHugh is a graduate of Clarion West 2006 and the 2008 annual grand prize winner in the Writers of the Future Contest. So far in 2009, in addition to "Stiletto", he has stories out or due out in Asimov's Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Pseuodpod, The Drabblecast, All Hallows, and the anthology Clockwork Phoenix 2. For a list of past publications and some stories available free online, see"> For "Stiletto", he has to thank Maura for getting pissed off at the two pages it took the characters to cross the road to get coffee.

Stiletto (stories)

Matthew Keuter is a writer living uphill in San Francisco, CA. His poetry has appeared in journals across the U.S. and in London. He has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His works for the stage have been performed in AK, AZ, CO, NY, and London. His first collection of poetry, The Short Imposition of Living, was published by Rain Mountain Press in 2008. He is currently an editor at Mudfish Art & Poetry.

Flotsam, 1968 - Extant (poetry)

Note to J. (poetry)

Anne Goodwin's short stories have been placed in competitions and published online and in print in Britain, Europe, and the USA. Her short story "Kinky Norm" was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her novel in progress has the working title Sugar and Snails. Further details on her writing can be found at">

How's Your Sister? (stories)

Laura L. Sullivan is a former newspaper editor, former biologist, former deputy sheriff, constant writer, current mother, and novelist. Her debut novel, the young adult/fantasy Under the Green Hill, is coming out in 2010 from Holt.

A Man of Kiri Maru (stories)

Joseph Larkin lives, creates, and explores the slick and shapeless borders of perceived reality in Seattle, WA. You can see more of Larkin's work at">

Bird Liquor and the Boastful Ghost (art)

After two years of teaching and travel in Central Europe and the Middle East, T. F. Davenport has returned to the womb of the university. He is pursuing a doctorate in cognitive science at the University of California in San Diego. His fiction has appeared in ChiZine and Postcards from Hell, and his genre-related nonfiction in Strange Horizons.

Maya's World (stories)