Oct 7, 2013 | announcement

Issue 6 — Going to the mat

It’s October, and that means Halloween. This wasn’t exactly planned, but this month’s issue goes pretty well with the favorite holiday of every ghoul, sprite, and demon.

Our short story this month is full of costumes and masks, but not on trick or treaters. In _Sell it Like Death, James McGee takes us inside the world of lower-tier pro wrestling, where there are lots of dreamers, especially Ryan “The Rage” Rollins. This story has really stuck with me since I bought it last year. I wouldn’t have guessed a wrestling story would grab me this way, but that’s one of the things I love about doing Fireside, the surprises I get outside the genres I usually have my head in. Galen Dara has done her usual fantastic job with the art for Sell it Like Death.

We have two very different pieces of supernatural flash fiction this month. In R.D. Sullivan’s Skinned Knees, a woman pieces together a life she never thought she’d have. And in Melissa Mead’s Downstairs, Upstairs, we get a workaday look at life in Hell.

And finally, there is [The Forever Endeavor: Part Three. Dale is starting to get ideas…

© 2013 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.