“It’s taken magic to a primitive new place” – The New Pornographers, “The Bleeding Heart Show”

The Wolf Forest by Rhiannon Rasmussen-Silverstein

Fiction

“Redwing” by Maigen Turner

The redwings still shrieked, out in the moonless dark. Irritating birds — they swarmed Kuet if she trespassed the meadow’s north end, and bit the horses at midsummer when they wanted blood for their chicks­­ — but they gave better warning than guard dogs.

“A Gift of Dead Flesh” by Andrew Kaye

The first blow made Aurelio stumble. The second knocked him to the ground. He rolled into an uneasy crouch, his vision locked at floor level: dust, wood grain, the dull shine of his attacker’s boots.

“Victoria’s One-Way Ticket” by Emily Cataneo

Victoria knew: when your fingernails fall off, it’s time to go.

“The Glamour” by Eric Schaller

You adopt the mythologies of another culture without even trying, so you end up cursing in the name of a god and an afterlife in which you do not believe.

“Read Shift” by Sharon D. King

Old Father Hubbard finished the last of his in­-room coffee — which was cold — and set his mug down on the little round table.

“Spinning the Thread” by Gregory Norman Bossert

The second time I woke up this morning, the shotgun was gone from between my teeth.

Poetry

“Hibernal” by Megan Arkenberg

“Breaking Bread on Sugar Loaf” by David Murphy

“For C.” by Valentina Cano

Miscellany

Horoscopes

Illustration: Rhiannon Rasmussen-Silverstein is an illustrator and graphic designer. She works both in traditional and digital media, and her interest is in juxtaposition and layering, especially with comparing and contrasting humanity with elements of monstrosity and phantasm. Find her work at www.rhiannonrs.com and follow her on twitter @charibdys.

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