Issue 13 Introduction

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Welcome to Issue #13 of Fantasy Scroll Magazine.

Ladies and gentlemen-welcome to the summer. It’s finally here, hot and steamy. Well, at least in the US Northeast. Between Copa Americana, The Euro 2016, the upcoming Olympics, and the many other events going on at the same time, it seems like this is the summer of sports.

I hope our Issue 13 will manage to distract you from all that and, at least for a few hours a day, emerge you into a world of wonder. As you will see, this issue doesn’t have a cohesive theme, but jumps between sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, hoping to keep you on edge, reading through the end.

We start with Marco Panessa’s “TOP SECRET: The Union Station Hypersphere Incident.” Science buffs will love this story and will probably comment that, all jokes aside, what’s described in there is actually possible.

The Stubbornness of Wizards” by Eugene Morgulis continues the master-apprentice theme from our previous issue, and follows a young wizard with really strong opinions.

B. Morris Allen delights us with his fast-paced story, “O!,” a short, yet poignant little tale.

Next is a truly creepy flash story by Steve Toase called “Pealing Skin.” The title says it all. Or does it?

My Mother After Life” by Amethyst Loscocco follows—another flash story in this issue. “No Gods but Men” is next, a fantasy short story by Evan Dicken.

Holly Schofield’s story “Standard Deviant” is next, a reprint from Lightspeed Magazine‘s special issue, “Women Destroy Science Fiction.”

Murmuration” by Jennifer Noelle Welch, and “Phase II” by Frank Oreto are next. There are two very different stories that will surely entertain you.

The last short story in this issue is “Bedroom Community,” an apocalyptic little tale about human interaction.

We end the fiction section with another installment of Shamrock, the graphic novel by Josh Brown with art by Alberto Hernandez. We are at episode 8- Illusion.

In the non-fiction section, we’ve included a movie review for “The Curse of the Sleeping Beauty,” directed by Pearry Reginald Teo, and a movie review for Madeline Ashby’s “Company Town.” Because our non-fiction editor, Amber, had some health issues, we decided to keep the interviews for next time. We wish her a speedy recovery!

Well, that’s all folks. Enjoy the summer, enjoy the games, and, most of all, enjoy our Issue 13!

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Iulian Ionescu

About Iulian Ionescu

Iulian is the Editor-in-Chief and publisher of Fantasy Scroll Mag. He is a science fiction and fantasy writer who enjoys blogging and technology. He runs the fiction writing blog Fantasy Scroll and if you want to know more about his works, check out his author page.