Our first issue of the year explores human–or nonhuman–connection.
Our first story this month, J.D. Brames’s “Borborygmi,” is a grimly hilarious portrait of disconnection in a late-night convenience store. Michaela Kahn’s “Blight, Under the Microscope,” explores the lines between individual and force of nature, social and personal responsibility, while Steven Mohan, Jr.’s “The Promise of Touch” shows a very different and very personal end of the world.
Our poets this month are J.C. Runolfson, Mike Allen, and Amal El-Mohtar, with their respective poems, “Lifestory,” “Cosmic Secrets,” and “The Night Sisters,” which explore the idea of connection in archetypical, astronomical, and sometimes violent ways.
Putting together this first issue in the publisher’s hot seat has been a bit of an adventure for all of us as we adjust to different roles and new routines. We’re excited to enter Year Eight of Ideomancer, and hope you enjoy the ride!
We’re back with an issue dedicated to escape and utopias.
Our first tale, from Rachel Swirsky, tells of secret help hens receive as they flee the coop. It’s entitled “Exodus.” George Walker’s story, “Zorroid,” follows a woman’s perilous journey as she crosses a border, while A.C. Wise’s “Cloth from Flesh, Flesh from Bone” relates the results of searches by two very different women.
Our poets this month are G.O. Clark, Marsheila Rockwell, David Kopaska-Merkel, and J.C. Runolfson, with their respective poems, “Incandescent Lady,” “The Diamond Throne,” “Designation and Succession Among the Gods,” and “What You Never Knew About the Princess.” Enjoy!
This is my last issue as publisher of Ideomancer, as I return to my own writing. But I leave the magazine in the very capable hands of Leah Bobet, who’s been my second for the last year and longer. We hope you’ll continue to follow Ideomancer as it grows and changes, and I won’t disappear completely—I enjoy being a part of Ideomancer far too much.
We’ve thrown caution to the four winds and chosen to run an issue without a theme safety net—unless you prefer to call this one “and the kitchen sink, too.”
Nevertheless, our stories seem to revolve around families. Steve Nagy’s “Mother of Exiles” presents a man’s consciousness wrested from Alzheimer’s grip, but who must then face his personal history and save himself. In “Papa Was a Gypsy” by Shannon Celebi, a young woman discovers the truth behind family secrets, while Erika L. Satifka’s “Sea Changes” reflects upon another woman’s attempt to deal with society’s response to her unorthodox upbringing.
Our poets this month—Robert Borski, Liz Bourke, and Adam Bales— consider the Morlocks and the gods, in their respective poems, “Love Among the Morlocks,” “Mananna,” and “Father of Songs.”
I do hope you enjoy this issue.
This month, our theme seems to be dead people. Or if not quite dead, not quite your typical zombie, either.
In “The Altruist and the Dead Man” by Edward Cowan, we learn about the company you keep and life on the ledge. Darja Malcolm-Clarke presents a lyrical tale of an oceanside city on Great Nizea’s Eve, while Catherine Cheek gives us a glimpse of a woman back from the dead, along with insight to problems the newly dead face. Read it here first: it’ll also appear in John Joseph Adams’ zombie anthology, The Living Dead in September, 2008.
Jennifer Crow, Ed Gavin, and Marcie Lynn Tentchoff, our poets for this issue continue the theme. Be sure to read “Fire Begets Water,” “Palmetto Ridge,” and “Princess.”
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I hope you enjoy this issue.
This issue we’re taking a closer look at childhood and creation.
“Seer of Cities” by Nicole Kornher-Stace offers an in-depth look at a child’s imaginative play, while LaShawn Wanak offers childhood memories as a focus in “Crowntree.” L.C. Elder wraps our fiction up with “Children of Old Earth”, whose characters and problems are not at all childish.
C.A. Gardner, Jennifer Jerome, and Daniel Kaysen, our poets for this issue continue the theme with their respective poems: “Anyone’s Child”, “Expecting”, and “The Creationist’s Dream.”
Meanwhile, Sean Melican interviews John Joseph Adams.
I hope you enjoy this issue.
Vol. 7 Issue 1
“Seer of Cities” – Nicole Kornher-Stace
“Crowntree” – LaShawn M. Wanak
“Children of Old Earth” – L.E. Elder
“Anyone’s Child” – C.A. Gardner
“Expecting” – Jennifer Jerome
“The Creationist’s Dream” – Daniel Kaysen
John Joseph Adams – Sean Melican
For half of the world, this is the darkest time of the year. We have fiction and poetry to match that darkness in this issue.
Jon Hansen gives us drawing lessons with his flash, “How to Draw the Dark Lord”, while Sam Minier returns with a horrific tale of young boys and a not-so-absent father in “Behind the Walls.” Meanwhile, John Parke Davis shares a tale of the preyed upon who draw a line in the sand. Our poets, Sonya Taaffe, Liz Bourke, and Marcie Lynn Tentchoff, continue the theme with their offerings, “If Fallen Angels Dream of Flight”, “He always knew he’d drown”, and “The Dance of Seven Veils.”
Intrepid Sean Melican completes this issue with his reviews and an interview with Vandana Singh.
Enjoy our latest offerings!