Carla Myers, an award-winning author of fantastical and flash fiction, brings us this loopy, lyrical tale of verbivorous squirrels and their habit of snatching sentences out of the air and burying them for the winter.
“Consciousness,” by Ceridwen Hall, examines the self through the rearview mirror of Philip K. Dick’s sedan. Who’s driving? And who are the passengers? And where are we going, anyway? Is that a signpost up ahead, or just a mirage on the highway?
Don’t be fooled by its breezy, almost blase tone. Ruth Crossman’s subversive inversion of the Cinderella fairy tale, “The Shoes,” is a small-scale tragedy of disturbing power and contemporary relevance.
A perfect romance or a claustrophobic prison sentence? Elizabeth Stix brings the inarticulate paralysis and stifling compromise of a suffocating relationship to lurid life in her reality-warping short tale “Gustavo and Emiline.”
The all-powerful child is a memorable and chilling figure in weird fiction — from the original Star Trek’s “Charlie X” to the Twilight Zone-adaptation of Jerome Bixby’s “It’s a Good Life.” Oakland writer Laur A. Freymiller updates the trope for the #MeToo era in this striking narrative of abuse, confrontation, and literal erasure.
“I am a carpet of pornography formed by discarded sex worker advertisements along the Las Vegas strip, circa 1995.” So begins Joel Page’s blithely surreal tale of sex, commerce, and the personification of the object.
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Trust is a slippery prospect in Gene Wolfe’s collection of interconnected novellas, “The Fifth Head of Cerberus” — and while the oft-unfortunate characters that populate the book certainly have their own issues of trust, confidence and reliability in their lives, the one who really is left grasping after truth, and even a genuine sense of reality within this singular narrative collection, is the reader.
Active from the ’70s into the early ’00s, Butler was one of the first African American women to make an impact in science fiction. As a writer of extraordinary, painful humanity and uncompromising vision, we’d suggest that perhaps one of her only real peers is J.G. Ballard.
The unknown illustrator of the Aurora Consurgens, an obscure alchemical treatise of the 15th century, produced metaphor-rich artworks that are strange, disturbing, raw — and curiously intriguing.
The art of Ohio-based painter Robert Walker leaps from genre tropes to the nakedly reactive core of your id, creating images that are visceral, beautiful, full of intrigue — and real danger. From his “environmental surrealism” to a gorgeously disturbing Wonderland, you are advised to proceed with caution.
Somewhere between a punk-rock Harvey Kurtzman and R. Crumb guesting on “Top Chef” are Craig Latchaw’s gleefully gross gourmet recipes, seasoned with all the farmworker abuses, assembly-line injuries, and accumulated factory filth of today’s food industry.