Issue #185 is the special Halloween issue, and contains new fiction from Ian McHugh and Cory Skerry, a podcast by Rebecca Campbell, and a reprint by Christopher Green. It is cover-dated October 29.
“Demons Enough,” by Ian McHugh
The leech crouched in the broken hole where the window had been. Its glamour made it hard to discern details. Thorfinn had seen leeches in daylight, knew the ragged, filthy reality. His gaze flickered involuntarily up to the dark hollows of its eyes. It was an effort to tear away again from the hypnotic stare.
“Bloodless,” by Cory Skerry
The strange moment broke, and suddenly the stranger in her circle was an enemy again, and Kamalija struck out with her knife. He had already ducked back, and the blade dragged then stopped at the line where they’d poured her blood, as if the air was made of clay. She couldn’t force it any further, and she watched his back as he bounded into the forest.
Audio Fiction Podcast:
“Unearthly Landscape by a Lady” by Rebecca Campbell (Duration: 28:02 — 19.26MB)
I could not imagine that my charge could conceive something so strange, so unpleasant.
From the Archives:
“Father’s Kill,” by Christopher Green (from BCS issue #24, August 27, 2009)
I lock both Father and the night away.
Ian McHugh has previously appeared in Asimov’s, Clockwork Phoenix, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Cory Skerry’s last story for Beneath Ceaseless Skies was “Sinking Among Lilies” (Issue #92). Rebecca Campbell has appeared in Interfictions 6, and her first novel, The Paradise Engine, was published in 2013. Christopher Green has appeared in Nossa Morte, The Edge of Propinquity, and Dreaming Again.
Read issue 185 online completely free here.
The cover art this issue is “Sundown” by Feliks Grzesiczek.
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