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What’s in Issue 336

Novella Lord “Max” Nagual gives his servant Brian Mudd an object lesson in the ways of the ‘maximum demon’. Brian knows his complicity is wrong but feels helpless to resist: John W. Steele, Beyond the Island, chapter 8.
Serial The professor is given a complete makeover for his research into fame. Despite appearances, he’s really the same as before: Sarah Trachtenberg, Manufacturing Celebrity, part 2; part 3.
New contributor Rae Bryant suggests a suitable lesson for a male chauvinist pig: The Narrowest Ring.

Be careful of elegant ancient maps; if the symbols come to life, even a plumber may not help much: D. A. Madigan, The Drowned Scroll, part 1; conclusion.

Sometimes a hallucination may be trying to tell us something: Casey Quinn, Margaret’s Garden Creation.

New contributor H. E. Sappenfield introduces Carol, who finds the bicycle of her dreams. But Carol’s dreams are more than even she has bargained for: Tryst, part 1; conclusion.
New contributor Graeme Reynolds looks at a werewolf from the wolves’ viewpoint: Leader of the Pack.

New contributor Jennifer Sturch has a tree tell of generational and cultural change — for the better: Swinging on the Tree.
Poetry Arnold Hollander, Whispers in My Mind
Anna Ruiz, Naked Ravens
Memoir Gabriel Timar, The World is a Jungle
Book One: The Pleasant Jungle
How did Colonel Francis meet his end? No one really knows, and that’s probably just as well. He may have enjoyed his demise as much as his acquaintances did in speculating about it.
The Mystery of the Boots and Underwear


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Rae Bryant, Graeme Reynolds, and H. E. Sappenfield.
The Critics’
Discussion: Structural Irony in “The Drowned Scroll” and “Leader of the Pack”
Challenge Challenge 335 Response: Carmen Ruggero, Plot Problems in “Smile”
Challenge 336 Wild Rides
O. J. Anderson, The Occult Interpretation of Iron Man
The Art
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art
NASA: Picture of the Day
Earth Observatory Picture of the Day

Randomly selected Bewildering motto:

Randomly selected classic rejection notice:

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.”

To Bewildering Stories’ schedule: In Times to Come

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