Category Archives: Magic Realism

The Vodnik

THE WATER GOBLIN | Emily Koon. →Read the story @ Paper Darts. “The Water Goblin,” a short story by Emily Koon recently published in Paper Darts, is a deeply felt, beautifully stylized portrait of crisis within a family undergoing a cultural transition. … Continue reading

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More Birdie, Less Shuttlecock

ME AND BIRDIE | Alina Stefanescu ⇒Read the story in Broad! (Summer 2015 – “Sci-Fi and the Speculative”) The story is on page 16 of the downloadable PDF. For a long time now, one of the more commonly dispensed pieces of … Continue reading

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Why Weeping Into Sausages Is More Poignant Than Just Weeping, and Other Insights

THE ROOM INSIDE MY FATHER’S ROOM. Lincoln Michel. ⇒Read the story @ Catapult.   A good story is all about details, as any writer will surely tell you. Careful use of details is not the same thing as complexity, or … Continue reading

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Yet Another Story About–Wait, WHAT???

THE NEW MIDDLE CLASS | Dolan Morgan. Midnight Breakfast. ⇒Today we’re going to do something a little bit different. The topic of today’s conversation, “The New Middle Class” by Dolan Morgan, published in Midnight Breakfast, is unique in that the story swerves … Continue reading

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Animal Confidence

SHE’S A WORK OF ART | Kelly Lynn Thomas. Animal Literary Magazine. ⇒Animal is a literary magazine dedicated to animals, literally and figuratively. It’s a really effective premise that offers a lot of thematic leeway while also giving the journal … Continue reading

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Never Fall Asleep Next to a Swan because It Will Rip Out Your Teeth

SWANS | William VanDenBerg Squalorly. ⇒What a cool and dark and very dream-like story. This story is brief, for sure, but definitely packs a punch. Like its subject, swans, this piece is incredibly graceful in its style, plot movement, figurative language, … Continue reading

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Death & Weightlessness

THE SLOW ACTS | Sanaë Lemoine. Cleaver Magazine. ⇒Reading this story is like biting into a piece of gourmet candy: a dark chocolate shell, smooth caramel filling, and at the very center of this delicious confection, a live wasp. This … Continue reading

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