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Julie is the unintentional straight man to life's comedy. Her writing has been published in Daily Science Fiction, Dreams & Nightmares, and more. She runs a Patreon full of small joys at patreon.com/abetterjulie.
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One minute you'll be transported to a vaccine research center in Australia where a virus is on the brink of being unleashed upon the world. The next minute, you'll find yourself digging through ancient ruins in search of the legendary (and cursed?) Phoenician Puzzle Sphere.
The infamous Box takes many different forms in this collection. Sometimes it's a cardboard box full of old photographs. Other times, it's entire warehouses of untested rape kits.
Full of origin stories and sequels, ranging from humorous to horrific, you can always count on Timeless Tales to bring the unexpected.
Editorial – Paul Jessup
The White Snake Part 1 – Humberto Maggi
We Ride the Stillness – Deborah Walker
Sisters – Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
The Tale that Wrote Itself – Berit Ellingsen
On the Acquisition of a Very Fine Steed – Virginia Mohlere
Verses on St. Andrews – Berrien C Henderson
Carnival Microbial – Octavia Cade
Eat Me, Drink Me, Set Me Free – Julie Reeser
What the Hoffenphaafs Know – Samantha Henderson
Wardrobe of Metaphysical Maps – Julia August
A Lover’s Discourse: Five Fragments and a Memory of War – Fábio Fernandes
Lunching with the Sphinxes – Richard Bowes
A sampling of the stories included in this issue:
A homeless man finds a strange door in the bathroom of a Brooklyn bakery that brings to life haunted memories of his past in The Bathroom Door.
Greta's Cats is a story of unresolved relationship conflicts, the afterlife ... and a dozen cats.
When a ruthless journalist takes creative license with an exclusive interview with Santa, Santa gives the man the Christmas he deserves in Santa’s Last Interview.
In this issue: Carina Bissett, Jilly Dreadful, Stacy Greathouse, Madeline Dyer, Julie Reeser, Daniel Ari, Greg Beatty, Barbara Duffey, Jennifer Hopkins, Kelly Nelson, Gregg Chamberlain, Kat Cameron, Margaret Bashaar, Elizabeth Johnston, Russ Bickerstaff, Soren James, Joe Young, Deborah Herman, Stephen Mead, Jenni Baker, Sarah Clare, Ruth Foley, Laura Sook Duncombe, Doug D'Elia, S. J. Chambers, Lennart Lundh, Judith Roney, Roger Lovelace, Jennifer Morrell, Luke Spooner, Donna Vorreyer, Nick Nafpliotis, Joseph Sale, Lucas Scheelk, Dev Varma, Sheri Wright, Geoff Mosse, Jeremy Berg, Jaclyn Weber, Emma Burcart, MANDEM, Christian Roman
In this issue: Carina Bissett, Rosemary Tantra Bensko, Magdalena Ball, Erin Elizabeth Smith, Olivia Wolfgang-Smith, Brian Barr, Olivia Vande Woude, Steph Post, Laurie Blanton, WM Wimmer, Alex Vigue, Sandy Feinstein, Emma Fissenden, Julie Reeser, Gregg Chamberlain, T.A. Noonan, Pablo Valcarcel, Tanaka Mhishi, Brittney Corrigan, Theodora Ziolkowski, Sarah Frances Moran, Christina Lynch, Anessa Jordan, Morris Allen, Casey Tingle, Erin Dorney, Soumya Mishra, Toti O'Brien, Alia Volz, Lynn White, Gretchen Tessmer, Edd Vick, Jeff Fleischer, Lorraine Schein, Jennifer Grant, Trish Hopkinson, AJ Huffman, Bethanie Humphreys, Jenny Bhatt, John C. Mannone
“Cataclysm” by Madeline Popelka (The death of a cat brings about the end of the world); “The Things We Hide” by Clarissa N G (Yuen deals with a haunting while mourning); “Return To Waypoint 5” by Josh Roseman (Kage seeks dangerous answers about family and connections at an old space port); “Bit by Bit” by Cheryl McAlister (An unlikely pairing highlights the need for connection); “The Patchwork Girl” by Zack Miller (A post-pandemic world doesn't change needs of a girl missing a family); “Searching” by Lisa Shapter (Three men decide the fate of a lost corpsman); “Establishment” by Ken Poyner (The local watering hole isn't just for the bone and protein crowd); “The Degenerate” by Joe Christopher (A young working man finds an unlikely reason to change direction); “Maybe This’ll Be the One That Finally Gets Me” by Ben Spies (A veteran recounts his experience in the gulf coast disaster); “Gathering Gold” by Julie Reeser (Mae deals with loss of her mother and transition to a new life)
This draws from fantasy, crime, science fiction and straight drama for our selections. Such genre variety is brought together under the common thread of rich characterization. In all the stories this month, these are human beings at odds. Whether facing a gun, an alien, the choice to live or to die or the vastness of space, each of these players respond from a very deep place of truth. And regardless of which genre can be applied, the authors have surprises in store.