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ISSUE 22

October 2012

FICTION

Ladybird

by E. Catherine Tobler

At my single word, the man in the chair arched, trying to get closer to the voice. The ropes strained, and so too did his muscles. This room could have been anywhere, anywhen; I could not count how many had come to this place to be so tortured. […]

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The Eel Question

by Mae Empson

“Papa promised me an eel of my own if I can propose a sufficiently interesting experiment,” Janika explained to the boy who delivered their milk. He didn’t speak English or German, but she was so excited that she needed to tell someone. […]

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Riding Atlas

by Ferrett Steinmetz

They were naked, now, on a dirty mattress. “Neither of you have eaten or drunk anything for twenty-four hours?” Ryan asked, hauling equipment into the room: sloshing plastic buckets, packs of hypodermic needles, coils of tubing, straps. “And no drugs in your system?” […]

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Hoarfrost

by Michelle Muenzler

When the first snow falls, it burns. The other women dance in the flurry without me, beneath a moon clouded by giants’ breath. Snowflakes spin into their open mouths and dust their outstretched hands […]

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The Book in Dutch

by M. Bennardo

In twenty years, Lynd had never really looked at the book. It had come into his possession as a parasite — an unwanted hanger-on that had happened to be grouped with the books he really wanted at an auction. […]

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Judith of Lions

by R.S. Bohn

Judith of the lions looked beyond the fence, beyond the cave of skulls. Cottonwood and scrub brush blocked her view of the highway. The expanding silence had at last been broken. The cicadas had come again. […]

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3LBE 22

FICTION

Front & Back cover art by Rew X