• That Man Behind the Curtain: April 2017

    by  • May 18, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Table at Pulicon

    April was the hard push at reading slush, and very little else was accomplished. Here’s what the numbers looked like. The Money Aspect Amounts in parentheses are losses/expenses. Hosting: ($17.06) Stories: ($75.00) Art: ($582.08) Advertising: ($30.00) Processing Fees: ($26.49) Conventions: ($80.00) Donations: $38.71 Ad Revenue: $0.48 Kickstarter: $22.00 Physical Sales: $146.00 Online Book Sales: $41.09...

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    An Interview with Matt Youngmark

    by  • May 17, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Cover for The "Wonderful" Wizard of Futhermucking Oz

    Matt Youngmark recently agreed to sit down for a virtual interview with editor Dawn Vogel. Not only is he a friend of the MSJ editors, he’s also done a couple memorable covers for our quarterly magazine, and he’s also the guy who does the fancy layout for our anthologies. Recently, he published The “Wonderful”...

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    Announcing the Utter Fabrication Table of Contents!

    by  • May 16, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Utter Fabrication cover art

    We have all the contracts back from the authors, so we feel comfortable sharing this list of stories that will be in the anthology. We received 242 submissions., ore than double our previous record amount. There were many good stories, more than we could possibly accept. The final selection process was agonizing. Of those...

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    Introduction to the Epic of Centipidus

    by  • May 15, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Art for "Introduction to the Epic of Centipidus"

    An essay by Edward Mathis, as provided by Hamilton Perez Art by Shannon Legler You were likely drawn to The Epic of Centipidus by one of two factors. The first is the legend itself: full of mystery, intrigue, adventure, and war, taking place on the smallest grand theater a story can be set. Whether it be...

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    Mad Artists Making a Creepy Podcast!

    by  • May 12, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Do you like spooky stories? Have you lost entire hours reading about monster lore and bizarre unsolved mysteries on Wikipedia? Are you super-fascinated with this one serial killer, but don’t really tell people because you don’t want them to think you’re some sort of secret psychopath? It’s okay, friends. The crew from Morbid Moment...

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    Review of Never Now Always by Desirina Boskovich

    by  • May 10, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Cover for Never Now Always

    Never Now Always by Desirina Boskovich (Broken Eye Books, 2017) is a young adult novella that explores memory, time, and family. Lolo is one of the “rapt children,” young people who are studied by aliens known as the Caretakers. The Caretakers keep these children in their labs because they are interested in learning more...

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    Lily in the Moonlight

    by  • May 8, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Art for "Lily in the Moonlight"

    An account by Professor Fia McCauley, as told to Maureen Bowden Art by Luke Spooner My namesake, Saint Fiacra, is the patron saint of gardeners, so I was destined to be a botanist. I specialised in lilies, the loveliest of flowers, but their beauty has too brief a life before it suffers, in Shakespeare’s words,...

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    by  • May 1, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Art for "Waiting"

    An essay by Riley, as provided by Eddie Newton Art by Amanda Jones Waiting. Always something difficult for me. I am more of an instant gratification kind of personality. But I learned a long time ago that there are some things worth waiting for. All sorts of people waited. A septuagenarian with a deviated...

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    Catching Up with Our Mad Scientist Authors

    by  • April 25, 2017 • 0 Comments

    We’ve been remiss in posting about other things that our alumni have been up to, so here’s a recap of some of the news we have to share! The Centropic Oracle, which hosts audio versions of short stories, includes a number of MSJ alumni among their early stories published. You can hear audio versions of...

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    Birthing Fire

    by  • April 24, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Art for "Birthing Fire"

    An essay by Dr. Henrik Ahlstrom, as provided by Dantzel Cherry Art by Shannon Legler DR27-6 wobbles one last time, and a crack laces across the marble shell, etched by a small egg tooth. White and red fluids spill out. The tooth saws back and forth a few times, then stops. I dim the...

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