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If a bear…
by Kathrin Köhler

You know in the same way that anyone who lives in an isolated village in a deep-shadowed wood knows anything: it’s been repeated so often you’ve choked on it since you were a child. One day a bear will show up at your doorstep.
(1000 words)

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Yes, dear readers, that is my name on the cover of Shimmer’s 42nd issue!
My story “If a bear…” and a few interview questions and answers appear therein, along with three other gorgeous, shimmery tales. This issue will not leave you hungry.

When I received my author’s copy, I went to proofread, but wound up reading reading the whole issue, because, as expected of the fine folk at Shimmer, this is a breathtaking issue.

Issue #42 of Shimmer contains the answer to life, the universe, and everything. Promise.

The Triumphant Ward of the Railroad and the Sea
by Sara Saab (available 3/6)

Almost everyone I entertain over a frosted fifth of vodka — bottle balanced precariously on a foldout tray, half my attention on keeping it upright — wants to know how I became a competitive eater. Also, how I found myself living on the Dbovotav Coastal Express. (5500 words)

They Have a Name For That
by Sara Beitia (available 3/20)
Mother insists everyone always said what an attractive quartet the family was, and there’s a stair wall lined with years of family portraits to bear this out. And now Cal and her groom will have children of their own, probably immediately, and they’ll be beautiful, of course, because Calliope won’t have it otherwise, and somehow that’ll settle it, because her life is a fairytale, so she can’t conceive otherwise. It’s not her fault. (6100 words)

The Imitation Sea
by Lora Gray (available 4/3)
You find the dead Angel at five a.m. in the slurry of broken bottles and rotting fish on the Lake Erie shore. It almost looks human in the morning light, a ten-year-old, maybe eleven, boyish, face bloated, limp and blue and doughy.  (3200 words)

If a bear…
by Kathrin Köhler (available 4/17)

You know in the same way that anyone who lives in an isolated village in a deep-shadowed wood knows anything: it’s been repeated so often you’ve choked on it since you were a child. One day a bear will show up at your doorstep. (1000 words)

There’s four delicious stories to eat, imbibe, or read, as you prefer.

Perhaps you’ll find the answers you’ve been looking for. If you’re lucky, you just might find a question you didn’t even know to ask.

 

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