Happy Halloween from The Fabulist, with our first horror story, “Household Gods,” a lurid shocker by Oxford divinities scholar Tara Isabella Burton. It is a dire telling, and the protagonist’s travails are vividly described, caveat lector. Illustration by Adam Myers.
Don’t mind the gnawing sense of dread that comes with reading California author John Zic’s chilling Fabulist debut, “A Secret Mother.” It’s an immersive narrative of two teenagers on a certain sort of road trip — and a nerve-wracking spiral into their sociopathic alternate reality.
Fabulist art director Adam Myers’ “Rock Fantasia” illustrations were inspired by rock ‘n’ roll lyrics written by authors Michael Moorcock and John Shirley. They were produced in a limited print edition for the 2013 and 2014 Nebula Awards Weekend conventioneer book bags.
Jenny Bitner’s latest yarn is a skewed but compassionate fantasy of love and convalescence, and of real life and death. It is a companion to her earlier contribution to The Fabulist, “Hansel & Me”; both are excerpted from her unpublished novel “Here is a Game We Can Play.”
Our summer program of publishing an original work of short fiction or poetry (almost) every week is now at an end. Forthcoming this fall is a great lineup of stories and fragments exploring fantastical and extraordinary lives, worlds and incidents — almost all in the most ordinary of places.
California author Tantra Bensko returns to The Fabulist with this surrealist, briskly hallucinogenic vignette, showcasing her vivid prose and loopy, dreamlike plot constructions. (Image source: The Tucson Daily Photo.)