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What’s in Issue 366

Novel Diana Arlyn writes best-sellers in gothic fiction. When she is implicated in a fellow writer’s suicide, her life begins to resemble her own fiction:
Robert N. Stephenson, Uttuku
Serial An astronaut and his ship’s computer discover a mysterious star system in intergalactic space. The planets are frozen, and yet one of them is inhabited. The spacefarers would make a great exploration team on the brink of an astounding discovery, if they could only trust each other: Harry Lang, Beneath the Ice, part 1; part 2.
Teros, the greatest necromancer of Forlorn, learns that he cannot withhold what love demands: Dean Francis Alfar, In the Dim Plane, part 1; conclusion.

Suppose you dreamt you were a prisoner and woke up to find that you were? Or perhaps the other way around: Bertil Falk, Life Sentence, part 1; conclusion.

Alexander arrives in the sweltering, sleepy Southern town of Arlos Creek to refurbish its decrepit library. Though the task is daunting, Alexander begins to wonder whether the town might not be ‘a construction of wonder and mystery, a palace of poetical pleasures’: Walter Giersbach, Gothic Revival.

In a high-stakes casino with fast cards and fast guns, it pays to be dead: Kristen Lee Knapp, Without a Yesterday, part 1; conclusion.
In a Southern gothic locale, a tow truck can turn a fast buck: Julie Eberhart Painter, Doozy.

Marge Knowles is an example of expert plotting, and she definitely has the last word: Ron Van Sweringen, Death in the Outhouse.
Poetry Rebecca Lu Kiernan, Return to Me
Mark Parodius, Being / Machine
Anna Ruiz, Aubade
Channie Greenberg, Erudition


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Mark Parodius.
Challenge Challenge 366 skepticizes: Life Is “But” a Dream?
The Art
Sue Parman, Earthangel
The Reading
Gabriel Timar, Aura of War excerpt

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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