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Issue 6 – Winter 2021

After Vermeer, by Dina Brodsky

The Literary Issue

The Brits used to be proud of the saying, “The sun never sets on the British Empire.” Those days are long gone, thankfully, but the phrase came to mind when considering the writers featured in this new issue. Our writers this time hail from Canada, Ireland, Israel, Puerto Rico, and Australia, in addition to the continental United States. Instead of being united by subjugation, these talented people are connected by a passion for writing. So you might say the sun never sets on great storytelling.

There is movement, however glacial, toward this form of unification. It’s mostly visual and digital, but the core of it is the human need to tell and to hear stories. It is what connects us and what helps break down barriers between us. Perhaps the truth of that lies within the fact that despite our many technological advancements, so many people still take joy in writing and reading the old-fashioned way, in a simple book with words on pages.

We hope you enjoy this one.

– Joe, Zac, Renee, Marci, David, Zoë, Ronak, Lauren, Ai, and Tommy

Table of Contents (click the links for stories and excerpts)

Hunting Crows Year-Round, Phillip Scott Mandel
Love Drips and Gathers, Fiachra Kelleher
A Room for Your Name, Rolando André López Torres
Patrimony, Dave Karrel
The Leaf Queen, Carolyn Fay
Barbed Wire Fence, Carl Meuser
The Edge of Elsewhere, Margaret Irish
No One Looks Up, Julia L. Offen
Kisses, Lilian Cohen
Molyneaux’s Problem, Kate Krautkramer
The Hey, Emilee Prado
Make Up the Difference, Henry Presente
About the Cover
Issue 6 Contributors

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Current Issue

The Literary-Speculative Issue

In our last speculative issue most of the stories were science fiction. This time, many of the works lean toward fantasy, mythology (Greek, Irish, Japanese, and other), and horror. It’s not like we plan these things out; rather it’s that the submissions we receive adhere to a theory of currents. Just as some people believe there are currents or cycles in the flow of time, there seem to be ideas that occur simultaneously to many writers at once. Or maybe it’s us—having been impressed by a particular story, we become primed to look for others of a similar tone or genre.

An unusual topic, perhaps, to muse upon, but that’s where the mind can wander when gifted with a little extra time during the holidays. And speaking of which, the holidays are also a good time to read and to think and to wish good will and good health to others, particularly as we continue to cope with the Covid curse. (Which is not to say we are looking for submissions about Covid, however.) Anyway, the Orcans wish you a happy and productive New Year.

– Joe, Zac, Renee, Marci, David, Ronak, K.A., Jacob, and Tommy

Table of Contents (click the links for stories and excerpts)

The Trade, Erin MacNair
A Brief History of Dowsing, Jaq Evans
Somewhere in Layers, Cristina Trapani-Scott
Pomegranate, Joshua Jones Lofflin
Wax, Ruth McAuliffe
The Toad Catcher’s Wife, Dawn Vogel
The Lights Above, Sarah Hozumi
My Púca, Mary Rohrer-Dann
An Uncanny Vacation, Travis Roberson
More, Redfern Jon Barrett
Guesthouse, Christi Nogle
Bleeding Light, Richard Holinger
The Other Side of Things, A.L. Rowser
The Sins That Sink Us, Laura Kincaid
Rare Creatures, Lee Kelly
The Lights of Passing, Frances Koziar

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Editor’s Note: We have not Americanized spellings and grammar native to other English-speaking countries, but have left them in their original form in order to fully convey the voices of our authors.