Welcome to Issue #11 of Fantasy Scroll Magazine.
Hello 2016, what are you doing to us?
As I sit here writing this intro up in north New Jersey, the weather is a balmy 6 degrees Fahrenheit with 50mph gusts whipping through the trees dropping windchills to near -30. A few weeks ago, as I recall, it was in the 60’s. Talk about a strange winter.
On television, we enter another other-worldly land of fiction and a news cycle filled with even more fantasy and horror – the US primary elections. As of this writing, we’re down to 8 candidates across the two parties. While Bernie Sanders wants to give away all our stories on the Internet (our stories are free online), another fact is we must still pay our authors, and really wouldn’t object to some donations by Wall Street or even some of the big boys like Soros or the Koch brothers. Yes, we will even appoint them Generals if they make the appropriate donation to our Starlight Patrol. Or heck, they could just look at our many subscription options or purchase individual issues or our Year One Anthology, Dragons, Droids & Doom at most online e-retailers.
For old-school readers, we also have hard copies of Dragons, Droids & Doom, available online, at a few bookstores in north New Jersey and New York state, and coming to a convention near you in 2016. Iulian and I are marking up the calendar figuring out which parties to crash at conventions this year. Lunacon and Philcon are guarantees, and we have quite a few more listed as possibles and probables. Stay tuned to our website as we confirm.
Enough of my blabbering, how about some stories!?!?!
We start 2016 with the heartfelt and enchanting “Sundark and Winterling” by Suzanne J. Willis featuring one of the most extraordinary homes you could imagine. The story hits all the right notes.
We then move on to Paul Magnan’s “Red Cup”, a unique story that takes an inside look of trials and tribulations of a flower; no, it’s not all roses for our hero Red Cup.
Next we are swept into a chaotic world with Stephen Walter Simpson’s “The Water Moon” following the fascinating life, and secret to some, of the lead character, Ivan.
We welcome another contribution by J.W. Alden, this time a flash fiction gem, “Battle Lines” which hits us early and hard, as the best science fiction flash stories can do.
How can you settle the hostilities and egos and a decision between rival guildsman? “Talking with Honored Guests” by Alexander Monteagudo may provide one fiery way how.
Fantasy Scroll Magazine was long overdue for a pet alien love story, and we found a beaut with Ian Creasey’s “How I Lost Eleven Stone And Found Love,” a much more endearing story than the title suggests.
We are happy that “The Great Excuse” by Jacob Michael King has found a home here at FSM; I won’t give much away, but I will say that Lovecraft would be proud.
“The Velna Valsis” by Henry Szabranski is short, but sometimes a short jab to the gut is all you need to make your point, and this one hits the reader hard.
The unintentional running theme of loss, fitting for the dead of winter, closes out Issue eleven with the haunting and disturbing tale “Have You Seen Me?” by Josh Vogt. This is a story you want to see, and a final scene you may not forget.
In addition, the fiction section includes another installment in Josh Brown’s graphic story, Shamrock—Episode 6, Perseverance.
Our non-fiction section includes entertaining and informative interviews with Karri Thompson, author of the Van Winkle Project series and A.L. Davroe, author of several YA novels. The section also includes a book review of Bruce Edward Golden’s Tales of My Ancestors and a movie review of the dystopian adventure Turbo Kid, which flew under the radar in theaters last summer.
So sit down, curl up under a blanket with a hot mug of whatever tickles your tongue and get ready to enjoy hours within fascinating new worlds of Fantasy Scroll Magazine’s latest issue.
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