1. “When Soft Voices Die” by Harding Young
It was the same moon as it had always been. It still waxed and waned and it still ran its cycles and dared us to bask in its romance.
2. “The Marotte” by Tony Pi
Though it pained me to see my tools of magic fed to the fire, I would gladly forfeit all worldly possessions to save my beloved.
3. “The Young Necromancer’s Guide to Re-Capitation” by Marissa Lingen and Alec Austin
“Good minions are hard to find,” Ivan said, shaking his head sadly. “At least when you don’t make your own.”
4. “Remembrance” by Brandon Crilly
She and Dorothy fought a weekly battle over that image, two women in their early thirties feuding like little girls. Anna refused to give up.
5. “A Place to Be” by Adria Laycraft
Her job was more about gathering herbs and roots, and maybe doing a bit of hunting, than it was about watching for people.
6. “Double Vision” by Kevin Harkness
Chartrand lifted his limp hair and displayed an entire constellation of deep scars flanking the long one in the centre of his forehead.
7. “the end of pockets” by Frederick Mundle
1. “Preaching Loudly to the Choir (so others might hear the message)” Editorial by Susan MacGregor
2. “Adria Laycraft and the Writer’s Way” Interview by Roberta Laurie
3. “Lynne and Steve Fahnestalk” Interview by Cat McDonald
Brandon Crilly is a high school History and English teacher from Burlington, Ontario. His speculative fiction has appeared in The End (2013), The Pleasure, the Pain and the Profit (2013) and That Not Forgotten (2012). For more information about Brandon’s work, please visit brandoncrilly.wordpress.com.
Kevin Harkness is a Vancouver, British Columbia, writer who published his first novel, City of Demons, through Tyche Books. He lives on a hill overlooking the city harbour and blames the view for not writing as much as he should. This reasoning may be the best fiction he has yet produced.
Roberta Laurie is an instructor, writer, editor and lecturer. She teaches in the Bachelor of Communication Studies Program at MacEwan University and is currently writing her second book, Touching This Storied Land: Navigating the Narratives and Debate that Surround the Alberta Oil Sands.
Adria Laycraft is a grateful member of IFWA and a proud survivor of the Odyssey Workshop. Publications include Hypersonic Tales, In Places Between, DKA Magazine, and various other nooks and crannies online. She works as a freelance copywriter, wrote Be a Freelance Writer Now, and does publicity stuff for Edge Books.
Marissa Lingen and Alec Austin collaborate on their stories on visits to each other’s homes in California and Minnesota. Marissa’s website is www.marissalingen.com.
Frederick Mundle’s poetry has appeared in several Canadian and American journals: The Antigonish Review, CV2, Other Voices, Nashwaak Review, Southern Poetry Review (Georgia), River Review (Maine). Pieces of his work have appeared in anthologies. As well, he has published a collection of poems entitled views from apartment 301. Frederick writes and composes music and children’s stories, had a newspaper column and hosted an FM radio program, both entitled Catch the Light. Currently he lives and writes in New Brunswick.
Tony Pi is a Toronto-based writer who has regularly contributed to On Spec. He was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2009, and his work can be found in Clarkesworld, InterGalactic Medicine Show, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and many other short fiction venues. Visit his website at tonypi.com.
Harding Young is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada who enjoyed several years writing and having plays produced in Montreal. In 2000, he moved to Toronto to begin a career in government communications, and has turned his pen toward crime fiction. His publications include a story about a homicidal cat in the anthology Twisted Cat Tales, as well as a piece in the former Canadian Storyteller Magazine. More recently, his work has appeared on the webzine Powder Burn Flash. He currently resides in Toronto where he writes a blog (Oriolelounge.com) about cocktails, fiction and caring for a diabetic (though no longer homicidal) cat.
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