Mysterious Islands, Giant Trees, and Reptilian Aliens: Cirsova Magazine Summer Special #2

Mysterious Islands, Giant Trees, and Reptilian Aliens: Cirsova Magazine Summer Special #2

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Cover by Robert Zoltan

On May 22, Cirsova Magazine announced the release of their second Summer Special issue (full and very impressive title: Cirsova Magazine of Thrilling Adventure and Daring Suspense: Summer Special #2). The first one was released last June and was a sturdy 293 pages; it contained tales by Misha Burnett, Schuyler Hernstrom, and others, including a big science fiction novella by Caroline Furlong.

This year’s version is a little most modest (143 pages), but it contains a full eleven stores by James Hutchings, Mark Pellegrini, Lauren E Reynolds, David Skinner, and many others. Not to mention a gorgeous cover by Robert Zoltan! Here’s the complete Table of Contents, with tasty story teasers.

“Just Don’t Open the Door” by Mark Pellegrini
Sean lives next to a weird house with bricked-up windows and an overgrown yard… One day, he sees the strange man living next door leaving in a panicked hurry, offering one brusque warning!

“The Greenery Has Come Again” by Paul Lucas
James’s childhood home is no longer his own, and returning proves an uncanny experience as the mystery surrounding the giant tree his mother named Yggdrasil blooms like the greenwood itself!

“Mission 21” by Schuyler Hernstrom
Codename Joker: he’s the best at what he does — wet works ops against the reptilian aliens that eat human flesh! Can he keep his perfect record when a bystander gets caught in the crossfire?!

“Sail Safe” by Vonnie Winslow Crist
At Port Crystal, the facility director’s daughter is… not her daughter! Can Radko Urban get Sally Brogan, who was kidnapped as an embryo, off the station before they’re both made?!

“Shakespeare Among the Stars” by Jill Hand
Lured onto a space cruise by romantic letters from a handsome holo actor that turned out to be part of a marketing campaign, Kivrin has run out of money and is stuck working the waste tanks!

“How I Spent My Summer Vacation” by Tony Beaulieu
A young girl’s parents die mysteriously while investigating a strange book: The All Story! When Paige Hamil finds her parents’ notes and The All Story, Valvidian Corp agents aren’t far behind!

“Shallow Ripples” by Lauren E Reynolds
Polluted yet picturesque, the streams and creeks near Andy and Joey’s small town attract their fair share of partying teens despite the disturbing rumors and legends — and deaths!

“Scent of the Yaka Aka Yo” by J. Manfred Weichsel
Three castaways find themselves on a mysterious island inhabited almost entirely by women… and their strange king who condemns the men to death by the sinister Yaka Aka Yo!

“The Fourth Gift” by David Skinner
Baltasar, one of Ulrik’s many Menders, diligently performs his task of recreating the Solar System — until a mysterious anomaly forming around the Moon threatens the outcome of the Plan!

“The Sarcomancer” by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt
Zain, priest of the old gods, continues his trek across Leng in search of his brother and comes across a destitute village that has been deprived of its young by a mad flesh-crafting sorcerer!

“The Last Day in Iram” by James Hutchings
You have had a vision that the city of Iram is doomed! The paranoid sultan is privy to the same portents, but refuses to allow any to leave the city — will you escape before the end comes?!

Cirsova Magazine of Thrilling Adventure and Daring Suspense: Summer Special #2 was published by Cirsova Publishing on May 22, 2020. It is 143 pages, priced at $14.99 in print and $3.99 in digital formats. The cover us by Robert Zoltan. Get more info and order back issues (or buy some of their cool merch) at their website.

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I’m not sure if I can even post this here, but you might be interested in my one man magazine


It would be hard for me to count. I include serials and short stories, all of them with their own characters.

P. Alexander

Thanks for the plug!

This one is actually longer than last Summer Special [90k words of fiction vs. 75k words, vs 50k of a normal issue]. The reduced page count is an artifact of kindle conversion shenanigans and the fact that we dropped the font size down by 2 points so that we could offer extra content without raising the prices substantially.

John E. Boyle


I have every other issue of Cirsova and I must say that every one was worth reading (and rereading, for many of those authors).


Funnily enough, i was reading Skelos #1 yesterday and in there found an advertisement for Cirsova #1 (2016 i think) which an endorsing blurb from someone called “John O’Neill” 🙂

I think i will try that summer special and the first issue of Joe’s magazine too.

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