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What’s in Issue 340

Novella Brian makes a date with Karen. He’s looking forward to it, but with a certain amount of dread: John W. Steele, Beyond the Island, chapter 14; chapter 15.
Serial Five-year old Bobby continues his odyssey through his night terror. Some real-life issues can be resolved only in nightmares: David Smolenski, You’re a Big Boy Now, part 3; conclusion.
Young Butch hankers for the beauteous Darla. But when he and his friends visit the sinister carnival that has come to their little town, Butch learns a lesson about her, himself, and extremes: Doug Hiser, The Carnival of the Goat Man, part 1; conclusion.

Lola the Amazing Tattooed Girl’s secret is not her tattoos; it’s her nature: Stephanie Scarborough, Seaside Sideshow.

Paul, a woodsman, is easily cowed by the tyrant Orgin, but Paul discovers in the forest a spirit of resistance: Stuart Sharp, The Woods and a Wedding, part 1; conclusion.
New contributor Ella Blackhart relays a letter from Charlotte, who has learned what the Sirens were really like: Sirenum Scopuli.

One bratty kid can be a nuisance; but forty-nine of them? Julie Wornan, Information Theory.
Poetry Mary B. McArdle, The Reluctant Astronaut
Bill Bowler, Reading Carlos Williams
Oonah V. Joslin, Days of Damselflies
Memoir Gabriel Timar, The World is a Jungle
Book Three: The Civilized Jungle
After the “violent jungle,” the “civilized jungle” has welcome pleasurable moments:
On the High Seas


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Ella Blackhart.
Challenge Challenge 340 examines The Stuff of Dreams.
The Reading
Danielle L. Parker reviews Kelly McCullough, Web Mage
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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