Fiction

Non Ego Te Absolvo

October 30, 2020

The fate of Father Ambrose in Paul Negri’s “Non Ego Te Absolvo” could easily serve as the storyline to a black metal concept album. Suffice it to say, just desserts are served to the piously deserving. Happy Halloween.

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Nobody Ever Has Before

October 16, 2020

In Arizona writer Jesse Sensibar’s “Nobody Ever Has Before,” a terrible crash on a desert highway leads to an eerie but poignant encounter between the living and the dead.

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A Dark Sage

October 9, 2020

In this dreamlike, eerie and allusive little tale, a boy’s mother “disappears into the sky,” carried off by owls, and a visitation of crows heralds a dark new presence in his life.

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On a Thursday

October 3, 2020

It’s not quite a selkie story, but Oakland writer Laur A. Freymiller’s “On A Thursday” is a haunting and contemporary spin on a timeless tale of the sea’s gifts given and taken away.

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The Age of the Cuttlefish

September 25, 2020

This sly, wry, surreal, and vaguely Lovecraftian parable is an apt season closer for the apocalyptic summer of 2020, and an unnerving point of entry for the even more uncertain autumn that’s still ahead.

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The Basque Wind

September 11, 2020

Fancy a romantic travelogue, or maybe a mythic tale of elemental passions? Don’t let Anne Wilding’s “The Basque Wind” carry you away …

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