Jan 7, 2015 | announcement

Issue 19 — From the Editor

Welcome to Issue 19 and the last days of 2014. It’s been warm here in Boston, but I can feel winter lurking just beyond the turn of the year. Our short story this month, Tuesdays With Molakesh the Destroyer, is set amid the snow and cold of a Minnesota winter, following the icy relationship between a teenager and her new neighbor, who just happens to be a demon. The story is a return to Fireside for Megan Grey, who had the flash story Missingin Issue 15. Galen Dara’s illustration for Tuesdays with Molakesh the Destroyer has immediately become one of my favorites.

In flash fiction, we have Brent Baldwin’s Who We Once Were, Who We Will Never Be, the tale of a woman struggling to fulfill the dream of her and her husband, increasingly on her own. And we have She Waits by Laurel Halbany, who takes us inside Medusa’s home and her farewell to a man she loves. And in Chapter Four of Lilith Saintcrow’s serial She Wolf and Cub, the arrival of Abby’s old handler, Sam, is only the herald of much bigger problems …

© 2015 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.