Fables, yarns, tales, fantasies, science fiction, magic realism and other fantastical flavors.

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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I Will Work for Love

September 7, 2020

A domestic cyborg yearns for a life of connection and commitment, but is purchased for entirely different reasons.

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Shoppingtown (My Fantasy America III)

September 5, 2020

Inspired by Italo Calvino’s masterpiece “Invisible Cities,” Oakland author Elizabeth Gonzalaz James describes three fantastical cities encountered in her travels across an American landscape of dreams and fantasy.

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Snake Shanties

August 14, 2020

Briana took her snake carefully from the cool cave, cooing while he hissed softly. He was by far the favorite of her jump ropes. Not too long, beautiful stripes, smart and devoted completely to her.

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