303 days before his suicide, Judge Haloran realizes he ought to have consulted an expert by Jacqueline Boucher
A Murder of Cows by Ahimaz Rajessh
Myth with Furry Orgy in an Abandoned Warehouse Broken Up by the Cops by Todd Dillard
The Tale of the Fish by Elizabeth Ruth Deyro
Heraclitus by Thomas Centolella
A Basic Foundation for Riley by Ryan Jory
Melanzane al Forno by Jennifer Harvey
Flat Earth by Claire Hopple
Fidelity by Jason Christian
Clean by Avital Gad-Cykman
A Silent Flash of Cold White Light by Will Donnelly
Sackcloth and Ashley by David Drury
Excerpts from the Diary of Matthew Ward by Mason Binkley
Elementary by Monet Patrice Thomas
The Ages by Lila Rabinovich
Personal Effects by Colleen Kearney Rich
We’ve had some wonderful stories this month, and we have more wonderful stories next month too – by an exciting mix of established and emerging writers, old and new. We’re also excited this month about the National School Walkout protesting guns in America. May this help make a difference – you are wonderful people!
The National School Walkout made us think about the future, and reading this month’s stories again with that in mind makes for an interesting exercise. We see some of the problems of the present in these tales, and some of the joys too. We see eyes on what will happen next. We won’t say what we concluded reading this month’s work, but hope you enjoy contemplating it as much as we did.
The image we chose this month is of young children playing in the limitless ocean, enjoying themselves, ruling the world. The jellyfish fact we chose this month talks about the possible takeover of that world by jellies the size of fridges. Both of these things are true! Fans of jellyfish though we are, we hope the picture is the future. But we’ll never forget there are things under the water those kids splash about in.
Image (modified): Pexels CC0
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