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.|
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.
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|
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art|
NASA: Picture of the Day
|Darlene Santori reviews Bruce Golden, Better Than Chocolate|
|Editorial||Jerry Wright, xxx|
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