Julian Lawler’s The Prophet of Dreams has finished the exposition. Now act II begins, and the portents are terrible: a general comes limping home with news that shatters the complacency of “The City’s” inhabitants. And they get a foretaste of what awaits them in the coming siege in “The Wounds of Defeat.”
Toby Wallis finishes standing a modern mythical tale on its head in the conclusion to “The Artificer.” In a somber, realistic world complete with zombie villains, rotten leather goes a lot farther than ruby slippers.
In part 2 of Michael J A Tyzuk’s “Take the Helena,” Michelle and the hero become not only a couple but quite a team. They’re making ready to go into action, and we’re looking forward to it.
A new contributor, Susan Jane, shows a mother and her little daughter caught in a dilemma: they have compassion but also physical and mental limits. If you have an old pair of earmuffs lying around, hang on to them: “They Fly and They Float” shows when you might really need them.
Another new contributor, P. D. Morton, paints two action-filled, symbolic scenes where young Manuel meets the forces of the Patron — and the ghost riders — in “Justice.”
Thomas R. sketches the biography of the longest-living semi-immortal in the fourth profile of “Anti-Geria.” How old is she? She’s so old that she considers the “New World” old.
We have two new contributors in this issue. Our next issue will bring you three: Dustin LaValley, Craig Snyder, and Clint Venezuela. The index lists the short titles of three stories as “dark,” “fried1,” “silverfish,” and “moonlight.” Is issue 83 a Cajun clambake at night? Um, no. But it is guaranteed to scare, perplex and amuse you. In short, they’re all truly Bewildering Stories.
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