Feb 21, 2019 | essay

Step into the Bad Side: Black Girl Magic Villains

by Kenesha Williams

Having virtuous Black female characters isn’t harmful by itself, but in not embracing the negative aspects of humanity it gives a limited view of the human experience…

A high-school student wearing a super hero costume fights a mosnter, while a cowardly classmate looks on.

short story

Due By the End of the Week

by Brandon O’Brien

Twenty percent of my final grade. Wrapped up in a class presentation with a ditzy cheerleader who has been in class maybe five periods total.


Roots to Touch Sky

by Sheree Renée Thomas

Coal is made from the carbon of ancient trees that did not decay to powder

short story

The Autumn of June

by Stu West

Few mortals could ever have used that shield. She is a very special woman, your grandmother.

short story

Symphony for the Space Between the Stars

by Jenn Reese

Her systems will cease to function long before she arrives at her destination. But her protocol is clear. She will follow the last path set by her captain.

short story

By the Storytelling Fire

by Jaymee Goh

The fairy demanded that he kiss the princess, for the fairy had chosen him to break the enchantment on the land. But he refused…



by Sabrina Vourvoulias

Their teeth are cut to the shape of our lives, of our terrors.

An Asian serpent surrounds a Chinese fortress. An old woman looks on.

short story

Lord Serpent

by Mary Soon Lee

The fourth demon took the form of a giant serpent, two hundred feet long and as wide in girth as a wagon.

Jan 17, 2019 | essay

Tongue-Tied: A Catalog of Losses

by Layla Al-Bedawi

The German word for language is Sprache. Lose a bit of it and it becomes Rache, which means revenge. Lose just a little more and you’re left with ache.

short story

Ten Utterances of the Vampire Word

by George Lockett

She turns to see two fearful, bloodshot eyes. They’re gone before she can speak. A cockroach itch wriggles under her tongue.

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