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The Readers’ Guide

What’s in Issue 689

News Bewildering Stories has no official holiday issues; what issue wouldn’t be one? However, issue 689 seems ready-made for Halloween, with stories, poems and artwork ranging from disquieting to spooky. Put on your scary clown costume, stay home, and enjoy!
Novel Jackson Bain takes Jiri to a doctor for an illicit injection. Jiri visits his mother in her comfortable new quarters. She gives him sound advice but might add an old adage: “Loose lips sink ships.”
Bill Kowaleski, Living Standards
Chapter 5: A Visit to a Doctor
Serial Beelzy is understandably displeased with Tom Teufel’s performance as a demon. But Tom is not really comfortable in Heaven. What to do? Well, what are friends for? Bill Prindle, A Demonic Dilemma, part 5; conclusion.
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Wanna get published? Just remember Owmapow’s experience. Is the medium the message, as the saying goes? Not necessarily: Channie Greenberg, Shredded Pages.

New contributor Walter Kwiatkowski reminds us that winter is coming in the wilds of north Ontario. While you’re there, heed the local legends and beware of Frosty Jack.
Drama Got creepy-crawlies in your home? What if they took the form of an ostensibly congenial but very hungry visitor? Charles C. Cole, Bugs.
Poetry New contributor Richard Stevenson, Batsquatch
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Poetry
Shola Balogun, Martyr’s Day
Robert Shmigelsky, Where Darklords Come From

Departments

Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Walter Kiwatkowski and Richard Stevenson.
Challenge Challenge 689 goes all gastropodal in Mollusc Mail.
The Reading
Room
Sherman Smith, Silencing the Blues Man excerpt
Don Webb reviews Margaret MacMillan, The Uses and Abuses of History.
The Art
Gallery
Denny Marshall, Ink of Loss
Richard Ong, Witch’s Den

A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art
NASA: Picture of the Day
Sky and Telescope, This Week’s Sky at a Glance

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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