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.
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.
I’m thrilled to let you know that my story, “Girl Singing with Farm”, was accepted by Reckoning!! Reckoning is an annual journal of creative writing on environmental justice. Oh yeah, you know I’m thrilled to have had a story accepted by them.
I will be letting you and everyone I see know when “Girl Singing with Farm”, and the other fine stories the good folks at Reckoning took on, is available.
There’s so much to say, and at the moment, I can’t even begin. Therefore, I’ve been quiet lately. Not because I have nothing to say, but because I have too much to say, too much I want to point out, too much to express.
Pantheon Magazine picked up my story “Stars Reflected in Every Drop” for their Tethys-themed issue! This story is one of my favorites and I am absolutely thrilled it’s found a wonderful home at Pantheon.
From Pantheon Magazine’s call for submissions:
“Tethys is the Titan daughter of the sky and the earth, guardian of fresh water, mother of the river gods and sea nymphs.
Tell us stories about rivers and inland seas, about water caverns–and those who protect them. Tell us about what happens to those who trespass against Tethys. We want to read about the delicate creatures blooming in rain puddles and about the dark awareness at the bottom of cenotes.”
I’ll let you know when it’s up (the issue is scheduled to appear online this fall).
My short story “Backlash of the Rapunzel Incident” will be published in August 2016 in the Mad Scientist Journal! Well, I can’t really take the credit since it is Frau Doktor J. G. Holzinger’s, Assistant Professor of Social Behavior and Antiquities, proposal for funding which I merely stumbled upon and forwarded to the Journal. I’m really looking forward to sharing her quirky, fun, alt-alt-historical political thriller of a tale with you later this year, which is to say this is a completely serious and academically fascinating project. I hope she gets her funding.
You’ve let your subscription falter or haven’t heard of this fine Journal? From their “About” page:
Though initially established in 1818, time travel has allowed The Mad Scientist Journal to become the preeminent scientific journal for atypical scientific theories and journeys throughout all of space and time.
Or maybe that’s not actually true. Perhaps it is more accurate to describe this as a mad-scientist themed e-zine. If you are interested in writing for us, please check out our submissions page.
A new story or article is published every Monday. Every Monday.
Will let you all know when publication is imminent!
In the mean time, happy cold and snow (for us Northern Hemispherers).
It’s out! The Book Smugglers have released the “First Contact” anthology. Behold:
“An intergalactic negotiation commences between a husband and wife, and actual aliens from outer space. A romantic encounter kindles between the last human alive and a fallen star. A young woman discovers her ability to choose her fate for the first time. An experimental application questions what it means to be alive and to be self-aware. An overlooked and unheard antiheroine comes of age, and realizes her self-potential.
First Contact: Five Tales of First Encounters collects five short stories that examine the concept of “first contact” from diverse, feminist, and original perspectives.
The Merger by Sunil Patel
Luminous by A.E. Ash
The Vishakanya’s Choice by Roshani Chokshi
Application for the Delegation of First Contact: Questionnaire, Part B by Kathrin Kohler
The Bridegroom by Amelia Mangan
All stories originally published and edited by “The Book Smugglers.”
You can download the PDF or scroll through the PDF online. You can read and answer the questions in whatever format you desire or just read the questions and ponder them without responding and applying for the Delegation of First Contact. It’s up to you.
You can also read my essay about the inspirations and influences that led me to write this strange little story in questionnaire format here. I mention Carl Sagan, the Dreamtime, and quote a quatrain of Rumi’s.
The Book Smugglers will publish the full issue, one story per month, on their website. Don’t miss:
“The Merger” by Sunil Patel, available 06/23/15;
“Luminous” by A. E. Ash, available 07/21/15; or
“The Vishakanya’s Choice” by Roshani Chokshi, available 08/25/15!
You can read about these stories and recommended books of First Contact here.