Iconoclasts and troublemakers run amok in this issue, watched over by S Ross Browne‘s powerful cover painting, The Huntress.
A young vagabond risks her soul against magical forces to save a world that’s been anything but kind to her in the opening chapter of Brenda Carre’s novel Gret; and Spencer Stevens encounters a rebel heiress in his search for his own lost love in The Highwayman’s Deception, Book Four of the Seven Swans mysteries by Mel Anastasiou.
Aliens, dragons, and trolls are not what you might expect in A M Soto’s ‘Pack Up YourTroubles’, Charity Tahmaseb’s ‘A Knight at the Royal Arms’, and Kris Sayer’s ‘Gruff’.
Chill out by the pool in two Californian tales. Murder and sexting go hand in hand in Adam Golub’s ‘The Pool Guy’, and ‘Cannery Row’ by Susan Pieters is a bittersweet coming of age tale.
Our poetry editor Dan Cowper has selected three brilliant works for this issue. In Benjamin Hertwig’s ‘Inglewood Courts, Edmonton’, a young Croatian ventures into strange territory; Nicholas Christian’s ‘Wassail in Ink’ leaves us guessing at seven words; and Jenny Blackford startles with ‘The Hair in the Bag’.
Short and sweet with a sting: this issue holds the Bumblebee Flash Fiction contest winner ‘Crushed Velvet’, a comic tale of rebellious clothing by Ingrid Jendrzejewski; and runner-up ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’, Jay Allisan’s glimpse into a utopian yet all-too- familiar future.
You may relax, but these characters cannot: a hurt and hungry man takes centre stage in Angela Post’s ‘Sourdough’, the Surrey International Writers’ Conference Storyteller’s Award runner-up; and JM Landels’s Allaigna wields swords and magic in her search for her father in the latest instalment from Book Two of the fantasy trilogy.