Apr 7, 2014 | announcement

Issue 12 — Empty Inside

Welcome to Issue 12. Thanks again to everyone who supported our Year 3 Kickstarter. We can’t say enough how much we appreciate the love and patience you have all shown us.

But you’re here for fiction. Our short story for April is Jason Ridler’s Rocket Ship Nirvana, a non-genre story set in the summer of 1994. It follows a teen trying to navigate her anguish over the death of Kurt Cobain, who passed away 20 years ago this month. Galen Dara has a typically wonderful piece of art to go with it. In flash fiction, we have Katie Pugh’s Reborn, a sinister little tale about a mother, and Rob McMonigal’s Not So Super, which shows how most of use probably would react to gaining super powers. And in Part Nine of Chuck Wendig’s The Forever Endeavor, we start to see Dale’s plans take shape …

© 2014 Brian J. White

About the author

Brian J. White

Brian White started Fireside in 2012 with a Kickstarter and a whole lot of love. Over the next five years as editor and publisher – with the help of his amazing team and of Lauren, his wife and partner in crime – he expanded Fireside from a one-off magazine to a monthly publication to its current form, a site with weekly fiction and occasional nonfiction. Fireside published 150 stories under his tenure, as well as five novels and one novella. He is deeply proud to have had a part in bringing those stories into the world. He was gratified to have proved that writers can be paid more for their work than the industry accepted, and perhaps most proud of the #BlackSpecFic report that Fireside published in 2016. He stepped down as editor and publisher in the summer of 2017, but he remains an equity partner in the company.