editorial by Camille Gooderham Campbell
From the Editors
Fall weather is upon us in the Northern Hemisphere, and with that comes good things like pumpkin pie and Thanksgiving (it’s in October in Canada!) and Halloween treats. And of course snuggling up with a book (or e-reader, or computer screen, or… well, you know). There’s something about autumn weather that’s just perfect for getting cozy with stories old and new.
Speaking of books, if you like poetry, Every Day Poets now has their second anthology out; pick up The Best of Every Day Poets Two for a fine selection of short poetry, with some names you may recognize from EDF. Also, we regret to report the passing of an Every Day poet — In Memoriam: William Dexter Wade.
Sorry, no Thanksgiving stories for our Canadian readers this month — we didn’t get any in! — but we wish you happy feasting anyway.
When we can, it’s always a pleasure to be able to offer stories touching on traditions and occasions from different cultures, religions and countries. This month, for Eid al-Adha, we have “Uncle Fida’s Eid” by Sarah Crysl Akhtar on October 26th.
After that, we’re into a run of Halloween mood-setting, with stories by J.L. Smith, Jessica George, Gretchen Bassier, and Emily C. Skaftun, wrapping up on October 31st with “Thirsty?” by Jennifer Ripley as our Halloween story.
We’re still looking for some Thanksgiving stories for November, and we’re ready to start looking at your winter holiday stories for December too.
Also, the Animism Collaborative Fiction Competition is still open for entries — and yes, it is open to everyone; the “you must be a resident of Canada” thing was an error that has since been rectified, so jump in and go for it. And even if you’re not up for entering the competition, it’s worth checking out just to read the fine stories already written for The Book of Emissaries by Kevin J. Anderson, Cat Rambo, Nick Mamatas, and more. Wouldn’t you like to be published in a book with them, though?
October’s Table of Contents
|Oct 1||Douglas Hackle||A Reeaaaal Badass Muthafucka|
|Oct 2||George Kuato||Self-Portrait|
|Oct 3||Adam Renn Olenn||Postcard|
|Oct 4||Konstantine Paradias||Treading the Grass|
|Oct 5||Milo James Fowler||Darker Ever After|
|Oct 6||Jeffrey A Ballard||Leeching Bad Blood|
|Oct 7||Danielle Posner Sykes||Trebarwith Strand|
|Oct 8||Jennifer Campbell-Hicks||Father Francis and His Mechanical Bees|
|Oct 9||Matthew Wells||Smaller Than A Glovebox|
|Oct 10||Dale Ivan Smith||Serenity or Sails|
|Oct 11||L. M. Myles||Shapes|
|Oct 12||Randy Whittaker||Buster|
|Oct 13||Tori Bond||Mom’s Club|
|Oct 14||Stephen Ray||The Edge|
|Oct 15||Richard J. Dowling||The It Girl|
|Oct 16||Garrett Ray Harriman||The Flame|
|Oct 17||Pippa Cooper||Selkie|
|Oct 18||Wayne Scheer||Neighborly Concern|
|Oct 19||Gerald Warfield||Bang!|
|Oct 20||JR Hume||The Writer’s Curse|
|Oct 21||Arif Khan||The Golem|
|Oct 22||Eric Del Carlo||Which Lagoon Was It, Again?|
|Oct 23||Paul A. Freeman||Hunted|
|Oct 24||Jakob Drud||A Breath of Wheat|
|Oct 25||Robert Swartwood||Rags to Riches|
|Oct 26||Sarah Crysl Akhtar||Uncle Fida’s Eid|
|Oct 27||J.L. Smith||Ossuary|
|Oct 28||Jessica George||Cold Grey|
|Oct 29||Gretchen Bassier||The Pumpkin Master|
|Oct 30||Emily C. Skaftun||10 Things to Do in Los Angeles After You Die|
|Oct 31||Jennifer Ripley||Thirsty?|