... I met you in the summer when the butterflies began to dance. ...
A haunting tale of a wounded veteran and the artist commissioned to sculpt him a new face. Beautifully written with a slow building, seamless twist. I listened to the story on the Nightmare Magazine podcast, narrated by the always excellent Stefan Rudnicki.
The Summer Mask by Karen Lowachee appeared in the Nov 2017 issue of Nightmare Magazine.
... "You can't come on the voyage," the Ululu sneered, folding his wings in a very cross manner. "Winged folk only." ...
A mouse wants to fly with the avian crowd but he doesn't have wings. A short tale with a timely theme. I appreciate the creative way the author addresses discrimination.
Daily Science Fiction is one of my favorite places for a good, quick read.
Winged Folk Only by Mary E. Lowd appears in Daily Science Fiction.
... I come this close to giving the cemetery a miss. ...
A woman visiting the graves of her parents on Christmas Eve, hears another woman talking into her cell phone, sobbing. Reluctant to go to her sister's house where she is expected, she surprises herself by approaching the woman.
An intriguing opening for a Christmas story and one that will take you to unexpected places. Though there were moments of things being too coincidental, the urgency and poignancy of the story made that easy to shove aside.
I loved the setting, the awkwardness, the raw emotions that brought it all to life.
Cemetery Christmas by Linda McCullough Moore appeared in the Nov/Dec 2017 issue of The Saturday Evening Post.