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What’s in Issue 252

Novella A believer and a skeptic get startling news from the plant kingdom: Bob Brill, Adventures of a Botanist, Chapter 2: Claws, part 1; part 2.
Serials Duh-Li’s challenge is to escape from the dread Wyrm and sort out his relationship with the girl with the cute frown: Fahim Farook, The Wyrm’s Lair, part 3; conclusion.

Which is the wilder adventure: disposing of a wayward husband or getting access to a telescope to spy on him? Ranvir Singh Parmar, Creepers and Grapevines, Chapter 2, part 1; part 2; part 3.
An artist sells his art and heart for an illusion: Jean-Michel Calvez, A Poem for Emma — French original: Poème pour Emma.

Sometimes filling a vacancy can be a Hell of a job: Mark Eller, Vacancy Filled, part 1; conclusion.

New contributor Fernando Sorrentino depicts the passing of age and the passing of time: A Question of Age — Spanish original: Cosas de vieja.

Don’t go near Mystic Lake: you may not know exactly what’s going to get you, but it roars like a lion: John W. Steele, Mystic Lake, part 1; conclusion.

New contributor Rachel Zellers takes us to a demon diner where the customers are on the menu: The Chicken Coop, part 1; conclusion.
New contributor Gary William Crawford recalls a truly professional actress who performed in only one play: Curtain Call.

New contributor Neil Shephard shows how managing a motel can be such a drag that even a vampire would be welcome: Substitute.
Poetry Anna Ruiz, Mango
John Stocks, Utopia
New contributor K. Bruce Justice, The Portrait.
Memoir Mel Waldman recounts a tragic case history in clinical psychology: The Short Life of Johnny Apocalypse.


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Gary William Crawford, K. Bruce Justice, Neil Shephard, and Rachel Zellers.
Challenge Challenge 252 challenges you to get not only your geographical but your cultural bearings: Where in the World are We?
Letters Mari Mitchell writes about Fun with Bewildering Stories
The Art
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art
NASA: Picture of the Day
The Reading
Darlene Santori reviews Bruce Golden, Better Than Chocolate
Editorial Jerry Wright, xxx

Bewildering Stories News

Jinx: Bewildering Stories’ server was hit by lightning on Friday 13th and could not be rebooted until Saturday morning.

Reminder: Contributors in prose fiction should consider their copies obsolete; the on-line version is more accurate. Exception: contributors writing in English as a second language; their copies were letter perfect.

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Bewildering Stories’ official mottoes:

“Poems are not made with ideas; they are made with words.” — Stéphane Mallarmé
Ars longa, vita brevis. Rough translation: “Proofreading never ends.”

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