The Readers’ Guide
What’s in Issue 405
Robert is still doing his best to spell things out to Donna, but he may not have chosen the ideal tactics. She’s in for quite a shock or three ... And Donna finally learns the truth about who she really is. But she decided long ago that she didn’t really care to know. And it’s all so much more complicated now.|
Michael E. Lloyd, Donna’s Men
The Council of Elders have been following DJ’s career and have had just about all the excitement they can take. Learning from Obsidian’s experience and seeing an opening for new management at Jeanie’s Jams, they give DJ a transfer and a promotion — and a new lease on life.|
Oonah V. Joslin, A Genie in a Jam
Chapter 17: Life Is Sweet, conclusion
Victor Hugo comes to London in 1854 in search of literary inspiration. He’ll find it, all right.|
Marina J. Neary, Hugo in London, scene 1; scene 2
New contributor Benjamin Batorsky depicts a nightmare contagion in a neo-Lovecraftian mode: The Fly on the Window, part 1; conclusion.|
What were we saying in Challenge 404 about deals with the Devil being notoriously tricky business? Manlio Locatelli gets cold comfort from a lesson in defining terms: Antonio Bellomi, Satanic Degrees — Gradi satanici.
Have you just about had it with zombie movies? Here’s the antidote: break open a book of spells. But brush up on your Latin; the spells may give you more than you bargain for: Jaleta Clegg, Just Like the Movies.
A natural haunt for Halloween is the ‘in’ thing these days. Just don’t mess with Mother Nature; she always has the last word: Sean Hower, The Coed, Some Ants, and a Flood.
New contributor Mike Phillips introduces the Crow Witch to young Sally Maloney. The crow brings a portent of evil, but Sally is fed up with going along with the crowd, and she has a pumpkin locked and loaded: The Planting of the Spectre.
|John Stocks, Dark Star|
|Welcome||Bewildering Stories welcomes Benjamin Batorsky, Lee Di Cintio, and Mike Phillips.|
Stefan Brenner, In Search of Lost Truth: Donna’s Men|
Cleveland W. Gibson and Kai Laursen, “The Whale Hunt”
Oonah V. Joslin and Don Webb, Is DJ a Superhero?
|Challenge||Challenge 405 calculates Five Degrees of Integration.|
New contributor Lee Di Cintio, Halloween Rider|
NASA: Picture of the Day
This Week’s Sky at a Glance
Bewildering Stories News
Happy Halloween: This is as close to Halloween as our annual “horror-day” issue can come in this year’s calendar. But no worries about a week’s anticipation: Bewildering Stories may not be all Halloween all the time, but there’s plenty of it to be found whenever you like.
Serials reminder: Both Donna’s Men and A Genie in a Jam conclude in this issue. As always, we welcome readers’ Challenge responses and articles for The Critics’ Corner. Those received will appear beginning in issue 406.
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.”
Readers’ reactions are always welcome.
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