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Issue 34

December 2021


Jenny Longlegs

by Chris Kelso and Brian Evenson

Once again, Harry cannot stop it from coming. Blackness spreads across his field of vision, thick and slow as treacle. Sleep has him—is toying with him. For a moment he resists, and then it takes him rushing under. […]

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None of Mine Bled Dry

by Jaxton Kimble

Cormac’s mother twice-cursed the day thauma opened a channel through them, though only one curse was the magical kind. The mundane one regularly seasoned Mother’s tongue: “Hellfire on the day engineers started greasing their gears with our blood.” […]

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Dream Catchers

by Paula Keane

I jostle for position at an imaginary start line that stretches thousands of miles wide. Hydrogen clouds speed past my hull in long striations as I try to maintain my position. The winds reach over nine hundred miles an hour, and the already scorching temperatures begin to rise. […]

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Narrative of an Unnamed Supplicant

by Chloe Smith

[Scholar’s note: the following is taken from interviews held between the 15th and 18th days of the Month of Swallows, in the 1115th year since the Libraerie’s founding. The researcher has attempted to hew as closely as possible to the supplicant’s words, with some minor editing and condensation for clarity. […]

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A Selection of Tissues

by Kelly Lagor

The idea came to me late one afternoon as I pondered the naked cardboard at the heart of my last roll of toilet paper. Delivery would involve an unacceptable delay, and the thought of exposing myself to the outside world, for something as simple as toilet paper, filled me with a dread resolve. […]

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Kintsukuroi of the Lucky Few

by Holly Schofield

You couldn’t help it. I know you couldn’t. You just had to do it. I jerked back when my temple exploded in pain, and blood flowed into my eyes and mouth, salty and warm. The other kids were screaming and sirens roared but you smiled into my eyes and I felt your essence and your touch. […]

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Issue 34

December 2021

3LBE 34

Front & Back cover art by Rew X