The uneasy alchemy of Aurora Consurgens

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.

Memory of the Future

“Memory of the Future,” Tobey Hiller’s takedown of demagoguery and the cult of personality in American politics, is rich in symbolism and revels in its absurdity.

Supermodel of the Roman Empire

Maria McLeod’s absurdly weird little fable turns an arched eyebrow at media spectacle in the latter-day Rome that is America.

All That I Left Behind (We Are)

L.S. Johnson’s chilling tale of pyschological horror is a seasonal gift from all of us at The Fabulist to you, the hapless reader. Happy Halloween!

A marriage of cats

Extravagance, vanity, disruption and the dreary fascinations of would-be celebrity weddings are revealed as essentially absurd in poet Tim Xonnelly’s abstruse contribution to The Fabulist.

The Sitting

Steve Gilmartin’s “The Sitting” is an unsettling experience of artistic objectification and being an alien in your own skin.