14 Months Old, Lady Monsters

The stories

Dog, by John Minichillo (nominated for Best Small Fictions 2017)
Accomplice or Hostage, by Michelle Ross (nominated for a Pushcart Prize)
Three Monsters, by Rebecca Fishow
A Compendium of Chinese Ghosts, Part I and II, by Elaine Chiew
The Smallest of Things, by Lucy Durneen
Charybdis, by A. E. Weisgerber (nominated for Best Small Fictions 2017)
Ninth Stepping, by Kim Magowan
De Monstris, by Jessy Randall and Daniel M. Shapiro
The Park is a Giant Octopus and Monsters May Lurk Here, by Briget Heidmous and Jessy Randall
Two Terrible Stories, by Joseph Young
Astrid Hulderbarn, by Jeremiah Tan
Slicer, by Susan Tepper
Weepers, by Victoria Briggs
See Me, by Anna Cabe
Bride 2, by Jennifer Kircher Carr
She Feels Self-Conscious about Her Teeth, by Meghan Phillips
I Have My Mother’s Eyes, by Elizabeth Lovatt
Experimental Woman, by Subashini Navaratnam
Medusa in Orlando, by David James Poissant


The Editor’s Letter

This has been maybe our favourite issue so far. The variety of responses to the Lady Monsters prompt was exceptional, and we were wowed many, many times putting this together. I’m not going to say any more – just go and read all the stories to see what I mean!


Best Small Fictions Nominations

Randall Brown, Disintegration
Al Kratz, It’s been a Long Time since I’ve Rock and Rolled
John MinichilloDog
Amy Rossi, If You Need Me, I’ll Be Over Here Marking My Life In Bob Seger Songs
A. E. Weisgerber, Charybdis


Laura Solomon Free Books

At some point this month we will be publishing a short story by Laura Solomon. Laura Solomon has written many award-winning stories, poems and plays. Laura Solomon has been diagnosed with an oligodendroglioma brain tumour. She is giving away six of her books for free at her website: http://www.laurasolomon.co.nz/. Please take a look.



Art by Ivan Bilibin


Jellyfish Fact

Nomura’s Jellyfish, the Monster Jellyfish, can grow from the size of a grain of rice to the size of a pro-basketballer in six months, and their numbers are expanding almost as fast. As a result, scientists are looking for new uses for them, including Japanese vanilla and jellyfish ice-cream.