The poems and flash fiction in this issue tend to feature ornery characters, leading to lots of humor and dark twists. Something else besides the flower is in the gifted pot in “The Lovely Amaryllis,” leading to some really great images and humor in a story told through email. “Sack Race to the River” reads like magical realism, starting dark and just getting darker. “Bad Spelling” is all about the title pun, with an abrupt and horrific twist. I found “Broads and Batwings” pretty opaque but I think there is something Lovecraftian to it. “Troublemake” introduces a character with a signature voice, one to root for in a circus setting.
Richard Leis is a writer and poet living in Tucson, Arizona. His poetry has been published in Impossible Archetype and is forthcoming from The Laurel Review. A piece of flash fiction is forthcoming from Cold Creek Review. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published online at Tiny Donkey and Fairy Tale Review’s “Fairy-Tale Files.” Richard is also Downlink Lead for HiRISE at the University of Arizona. View all posts by Richard Leis