Issue No. 15, Winter 2015

"Ritual" -- Stella Isis Rothe
Stella Isis Rothe

Daniel Ableev, *1981 in Novosibirsk, Russia, is a certified strangeologist from Bonn, Germany; he has studied law and comparative literature, writes for the metal magazine Legacy, composes avantsounds for Freuynde + Gaesdte and co-edits DIE NOVELLE – Zeitschrift für Experimentelles; publications in German & English, print & online (Born to Fear: Interviews with Thomas Ligotti, The Dream People, Alu etc.). /

Catherine Arra lives in upstate New York. A former English and writing teacher, her poetry and prose have been published in various journals online and in print. Recent work appears or will soon appear in The Timberline Review, Writers Tribe Review, Boston Literary Magazine and Sugared Water. Her chapbooks are: Slamming & Splitting (Red Ochre Press, 2014) and Loving from the Backbone (Flutter Press, 2015).

Andrea Blythe writes speculative poetry and fiction, which has appeared in various publications, including Nonbinary Review, Linden Avenue, Strange Horizons, and Bear Creek Haiku.

Perhaps in age and at night, Kharla Brillo started writing late, with some of her work being mainly published on her blog, Midnight and Metaphors. Several of her prose and poems also appeared in Persephone’s Daughters Magazine, Philippine Daily Inquirer , and Thought Catalog. At current, she’s pursuing her Master’s in Psychology at the University of the Philippines Diliman. Her first poetry book, Other Than Sadness, is a collection of poems hand selected from the first two years of her writing.

Gael DeRoane’s work has appeared in London Journal of Fiction, Opiate, Page & Spine, Clockwise Cat, and Fiction on the Web. His novella Arvin the Discontented Spider is available at Amazon in e-book format. Mr. DeRoane is a tennis coach and a cat whisperer, although they seldom listen.

Jonathan Louis Duckworth is an MFA student at Florida International University, where he serves as a reader and copy-editor for Gulf Stream Magazine. His fiction and poetry appears in or is forthcoming in Literary Orphans, Fourteen Hills, Sliver of Stone, decomP, Cha, The Penny Dreadful, Off the Coast, Gravel, and elsewhere.

Thomas Gillaspy is a northern California photographer with an interest in urban minimalism. His photography has been featured in numerous magazines including the literary journals: Compose, DMQ Review and Citron Review. Further information and additional examples of his work are available here.

Cordelia Hanemann has published works in several literary and historical journals and anthologies, including Southwest Review, Mainstreet Rag, Déjà vu, and has two chapbooks to her credit: Fevered Longings and Through a Glass Darkly. An watercolorist and writer, she is currently working on a novel about her roots in Cajun Louisiana.

Rebecca Harrison sneezes like Donald Duck and can be summoned by a cake signal in the sky. Her best friend is a dog who can count. She’s been nominated for Best of the Net, and was a finalist in the first Wyvern Lit flash fiction contest. Her stories can also be read at Pigeonholes Magazine, Maudlin House, Luna Station Quarterly, and elsewhere.

Dah Helmer’s most recent book is The Translator from Transcendent Zero Press. His first three books are from Stillpoint Books. Dah’s poetry has been published by editors from the U.S., the U.K., Ireland, Canada, China, Philippines, and India. His poems recently appeared in Lost Coast Review, Recusant, The Cape Rock, River&South Review, Acumen Journal, Sandy River Review, Stone Voices Magazine, The Linnet’s Wings, and Diverse Voices Quarterly. Dah lives in Berkeley, California, where he is working on the manuscripts for his fifth and sixth books.

Nancy Iannucci is a historian who teaches history and lives poetry in Troy, NY. She has always been entranced by the mysticism of life and the fine line that exists between our world and the mystical. She feels, at times, like she inhabits some place in the middle and expresses herself through writing trying to reconcile her own existence in between these two realms; her work has been published by Performance Poets Association, Three Line Poetry, Red Wolf Journal, Faerie Magazine (FB photography), and she also has work forthcoming in Mirror Dance. She is currently working on her first chapbook. ​

Shanon M. Ingles is a video game writer, designer and copywriter living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Her 15 year career has encompassed every kind of writing — from journalism, advertising, screenwriting, to game writing at companies like Electronic Arts, 505 Games, Sony, and NBC Universal. She earned a B.A. in cognitive psychology from New College of Florida and attended graduate school at University of Texas at Austin’s Radio-Television-Film program, where she was awarded a Michener Fellowship for screenwriting. Shanon currently works as an episodic game writer for Telltale Games.

Mary Kenney is a writer, creator, and marketer living in Chicago. Her first love is high fantasy, but she loves experimenting with science fiction and urban fantasy (often with weird results). Her nonfiction work has appeared in The New York Times, Global Post, Salon, and more. When not writing or reading, she’s usually gaming, backpacking, or hiking.

Samantha Kolesnik is a writer living near Philadelphia. She is the Editor in Chief of the online literary magazine, Five on the Fifth. Her short screenplay, “The Price of Bones”, was recently a Finalist at the 15th Annual Los Angeles Shriekfest Horror and Sci Fi Film Festival.

Virginia Konchan is the author of Vox Populi (Finishing Line Press) and a short story collection, Anatomical Gift (forthcoming, Noctuary Press). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Best New Poets, The Believer, The New Republic, and Verse, her criticism in Boston Review, and her fiction in StoryQuarterly, Requited, and Joyland, among other places. Co-founder of Matter, a journal of poetry and political commentary, she lives in Montreal.

Anatoly Kudryavitsky has published three collections, the latest being Capering Moons (Doghouse Books, 2011). His latest novel entitled DisUNITY has been brought out by Glagoslav Publications in 2013. He lives in Dublin, Ireland, where he is the editor of Shamrock Haiku Journal.

Sandi Leibowitz is a school librarian, classical singer and writer of speculative fiction and poetry. Her work appears in Liminality, Mythic Delirium, Inkscrawl, Kaleidotrope, Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year 5 and other magazines and anthologies. A native New Yorker, she has ridden in a hot-air balloon over the Rio Grande, traveled in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela, and visited with Arthur in Avalon.

Gwendolyn Joyce Mintz is a writer and photographer. She sews and reads when she can.

Kelsey Nuttall has written a series of faux-romantic poems that turn Alice in Wonderland (and the Old World forms used therein) on their heads. She has been fascinated, lately, with the way stories of heroines she read as a girl influence her feminist outlook now–sometimes in ways she doesn’t want them to. Her series is an exploration of that.

Toti O’Brien’s work has appeared in Synesthesia, Siren, The Harpoon Review, and Litro NY , among other journals and anthologies.

Bindia Persaud lives in Southern Ontario and works as an editor. Her work has appeared in Expanded Horizons and The South Asian Review.

Rebekah Rempel studied creative writing at the University of Victoria. Her poems have appeared in the anthologies Force Field: 77 Women Poets of British Columbia (Mother Tongue Publishing) and Unfurled: Collected Poetry from Northern BC Women (Caitlin Press), as well as the journals Lake, Room, Cactus Heart Press, and One Throne Magazine. Her poems are also forthcoming in Prairie Fire and Contemporary Verse 2. Additionally, she contributed to the Written in Stone Project that displays poetry in a park in Dawson Creek, BC.

Stella Isis Rothe is a Metro Detroit artist, writer, and photographer who lives half in this world, half in daydreams. She likes things that exist only in the corners of your eyes, and her work is meant to convey that ephemeral, fleeting quality.

Susan Sailer’s poems have recently appeared in Paterson Literary Review, Kestrel, and Sugared Water. To date she has published a chapbook, Coal, a book, Ship of Light, and have a second book forthcoming in 2016, The God of Roundabouts.

LeighAnna Schesser lives in south-central Kansas with her husband, two children, half-wild garden, and many overstuffed bookshelves. She spends her days exploring the world and the arts with her toddler, snuggling and laughing with her baby, fiddling, and prioritizing good books and hot cups of coffee over housework. She earned her B.A. in Theology at Benedictine College and M.F.A. at North Carolina State University. Her work has appeared in Transcendence Magazine, Verse-Virtual, Synaesthesia Magazine, and Kindred. Her chapbook Heartland is forthcoming from Anchor & Plume in June 2016. She blogs at

Adeeba Shahid Talukder is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program, where she received her MFA in Creative Writing. She translates Urdu and Persian poetry, and seeks to recreate the Urdu and Persian poetic universe in her own work in English. Her poetry and translations have appeared in Stirring: A Literary Collection, Consequence Magazine, PBS Frontline, and The Huffington Post. Adeeba lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Kara Valore is a poet, a part-time adult education instructor and a full-time mother of three. Her poetry has appeared in the Reclaiming Our Voices Anthology 2015, Writer’s Eye Competition 2014, various Pennsylvania Poetry Society Prize Anthologies and her work has been recognized in the YorkFest Literary Competitions in 2015 and 2004.

Phyllis Wax writes in Milwaukee on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. Her poetry has appeared in many journals and anthologies, both print and online. She has read her poems on the radio, and in coffee shops and bars. They have been exhibited in fiber art/poetry shows in galleries, libraries, a bank and a theater lobby. She co-edited the 2002 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar. Phyllis can be reached at

Laura Madeline Wiseman is the author of twenty books and chapbooks, including Drink (BlazeVOX Books, 2015) and Wake (Aldrich Press, 2015).

"Dark" -- Thomas Gillaspy
Thomas Gillaspy