Our fall issue centres around a subject we’ve not often discussed before in these pages: family and parenting.
Adam Smith’s “A Painted Room” quietly tackles the fears and joys and resentments of parenting—and how those changes in turn change you. Sarah Byrne’s “Loved and Lost” struggles with the question of whether there is a world too bad to bring a child into, and the tenuous balance between pain and hope. And finally, Danielle Coombs debuts in our pages with “Melusine”, a breathtaking reply to everything we assume about the selkie story.
Our poetry this month, from Brittany Warman, Sarah Terry, Quinn White, and Dominik Parisien, pries into the relationships we have with our parents and our children: be they here, or far gone, or ghostly. And as always, our book reviewers bring us their thoughts on two of this fall’s new releases.
We hope you enjoy this quarter’s issue, and if so, please consider dropping something into our tip jar. Ideomancer relies on reader donations to pay its contributors for their excellent fiction and poetry, and even five dollars makes a big difference.
Enjoy the issue, and have an excellent autumn.
Vol. 12 Issue 3
“A Painted Room” – Adam Smith
“Loved and Lost” – Sarah Byrne
“Melusine” – Danielle Coombs
“Speech of the Witch of the End” – Brittany Warman
“Tuesday Tuesday, Born on Wednesday, Was Born to Travel Time” – Sarah Terry
“Cosmology” – Quinn White
“When He Fell” – Dominik Parisien
Beth Bernobich’s Allegiance – Liz Bourke
Jaime Lee Moyer’s Delia’s Shadow – Liz Bourke