Fireside Magazine is out.
The lineup of writers appearing in Fireside is available for all to peruse, and I’m on it! *throws confetti* This is a pretty big deal for me, since there are some great names on there (Ken Liu, for one) and I’m just like the kid who got into the grown-up’s party.
I read the current issue yesterday and was mostly impressed. Mostly.
The issue has four stories. One is the first of Chuck Wendig‘s twelve part story serialization, The Forever Endeavor (Get it? Forever and ever.) and was quite good, but hops around in time a little too much for its own good. Intriguing, but confusing. It tells the story of a serial killer and a mysterious box that seems to be in the hands of brothers who don’t get along.
The Filigreed Cage by Krystal Klaxon is flash piece that is quite good. It centers around a couple in a forced marriage after aliens take over the Earth because we messed it all up. The story is cute and totally works in the small space that flash pieces are (1000 words). I’d read a book with that setting and those characters.
Mice by Keffy R. M. Kehrli is also a flash fiction piece, well written and gets off to a great start but I saw the ending coming a mile away. So will you. It tells the story of three brothers who find a picnic table in a field with magic food on it that turns people into animals. They play around and tease the little brother. Then something happens.
The short story in this issue (each issue of Fireside features a short story, Chucks serial thing and two flash fiction stories) is Delia Dawson’s Love Song of the Lizard Boy. I just read the first few paragraphs and am eager to finish it. Promising stuff.
Well…. what are you waiting for? Get a subscription to Fireside.
AND, if you buy a full Year Two subscription in the first week, anytime up to 11:59 p.m. next Tuesday, Aug. 20, you will be automatically entered in a drawing for an e-reader of your choice: a Kindle Paperwhite, a Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight, or a Kobo Glo.