October Country

While we at the The Fabulist pepper our publishing schedule with eerie, creepy and spooky tales throughout the year, each October we take particular care to make the most of this especially magical, strange and uncanny of seasons …

The Blood

By Sarah Boudreau / October 28, 2022 / 0 Comments

We normally don’t do funny, but when we do funny, it’s sly, dry, and, in this case, archly creepy. Plus! 26 life for Magic: The Gathering fans. Happy Halloween!

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Each Note More Perfect Than the Last

By Rob Francis / October 21, 2022 / 0 Comments

In which we consider the implicit violence and moral horror of the Pied Piper tale.

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Tree Full of Robins

By Ashley Libey / October 14, 2022 / 0 Comments

In this dark fantasia, a bereaved young mother finds a cold sort of sanctuary in the wild wood in winter.

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The Exultation of Eidolochrome

By Mel Reynes / October 7, 2022 / 0 Comments

Don’t be fooled by the breezy, chatty tone of this deeply creepy tale of internet romance and obsession.

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By Morgan MacVaugh / October 29, 2021 / 0 Comments

In this freaked-out and alienated new flash fiction, the mask and its wearer appear to be indistinguishable. Happy Halloween!

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Model of the City in an Instrumentarium

By Vladimir Poleganov / October 22, 2021 / 0 Comments

This weird, wonderfully atmospheric “dark city” tale leavens its fantastical Old World noir with disorienting, marvelously creepy paranoia. We love it, and know you will too. Translated from the Bulgarian by Peter Bachev.

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Devil in Her Heart

By Loren Rhoads / October 15, 2021 / 0 Comments

Please enjoy this delightful little tale, in which the secret of a certain Fab Foursome’s extraordinary success is revealed.

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The Dark Between Cells

By Erik Bergholm / October 8, 2021 / 0 Comments

Minnesota poet Erik Bergholm’s lush and haunted verse invokes vast gulfs of space and time, and secret, devouring intimacies.

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Harvest Moon • October 2021

By Fabulist Staff / October 1, 2021 / 0 Comments

Already October. The year ripening, yielding, and still so much ahead. Our careful cultivation of these pages has yielded a frightfully fantastical lineup for you this October — plus some news to share that has us howling with delight. Take a breath. Shall we begin? 1) New fiction, poetry, and more We’re so pleased with […]

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Non Ego Te Absolvo

By Paul Negri / October 30, 2020 / 0 Comments

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

By Jesse Sensibar / October 16, 2020 / 0 Comments

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

By Alpheus Williams / October 9, 2020 / 0 Comments

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

By Laur A. Freymiller / October 3, 2020 / 0 Comments

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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All That I Left Behind (We Are)

By L.S. Johnson / October 31, 2018 / 1 Comment

L.S. Johnson’s chilling tale of pyschological horror is a seasonal gift from all of us at The Fabulist to you, the hapless reader. Happy Halloween!

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"Milanese Soothsayer," illustration by Adam Myers

Household Gods

By Tara Isabella Burton / October 31, 2014 / 0 Comments

“Household Gods,” a feverish shocker by Oxford divinities scholar Tara Isabella Burton, is the first horror story ever published by The Fabulist, and the protagonist’s travails are vividly described, caveat lector.

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Illustration by Adam Myers

A Secret Mother

By John Zic / October 29, 2014 / 0 Comments

Don’t mind the gnawing sense of dread that comes with reading California author John Zic’s chilling Fabulist debut, “A Secret Mother.” It’s an immersive narrative of two teenagers on a certain sort of road trip — and a nerve-wracking spiral into their sociopathic alternate reality.

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Losing His Head

By Michael C. Keith / October 30, 2009 / 0 Comments

In which a collector of celebrity skulls is undone by his completist ambitions.

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Incident at Oscuro

By Steve Moore / October 16, 2009 / 0 Comments

A remote roadside encounter brings one driver into strange proximity with a time of myths and legends …

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