January 2015 (Issue 18)

Our 18th issue rings in the new year with “Jackals,” a new story by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, about how sometimes dealing with artists can be more dangerous than drinking while driving. Our second fiction offering, “All About the Ball,” continues the bête noir theme with a tale of a man and his dog. Or is it a man, another man, some women, and maybe a manticore? It’s difficult to say. We also have “Meeting the Werewolf,” a personal essay on the beast within by Barry Graham, an interview with David Liss, author of The Ethical Assassin and The Coffee Trader, and finally an in-depth review of Patricia Highsmith’s The Animal Lover’s Book of Beastly Murders.

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I need to borrow your car.” “What for?” Gregory did the thing with his head. That little shuffle and tilt she knew well. A bit to the left, avoiding her eyes for a moment, then reaching for the cigarettes in the back pocket of his jeans. It was only five o’clock but already dark and starting […]


Bête Noir: Darkness at the Crossroads To be human is to be animal. Ironic that we as an at least loosely distinctive subset of what is quaintly referred to as the kingdom Animalia have in our boundless egoism determined that being human distinguishes us as if not faster, stronger, kinder, or more inherently beautiful than, […]



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