Thirteen February pro-rate webzines (the same as last month‘s list except that a new bimonthly issue of Compelling replaced the defunct Fantastic) produced forty-three stories of 196,912 words. I most appreciated six (amounting to 14% of the whole).
- “The Perfect Porn” by Carl Franzen, Terraform, short story (rec)
- “Tav” by Dustin Kennedy, Compelling, novelette (rec)
- “The Terminator” by Laurence Suhner, Nature, short story (rec)
- “The Garbage Doll” by Jessica Amanda Salmonson, Nightmare, short story (rec)
- “Gravity’s Exile” by Grace Seybold, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, novelette (rec)
- “Marking the Witch” by Lina Rather, Flash Fiction Online, short story (rec)
There are several honorable mentions this month, so I’ll give them their own section. In principle, the only webzine stories I write up on this site are recs but you can read about the Lightspeed honorable mentions in my review of the whole issue at Tangent, if you wish. As far as the others, “Cupids” would appeal mostly to some women, people with an interest in postmodern mythology, or those who respond to its sense of humor (I like classical mythology and thought it was kind of funny) and “Thule” would have interest to some fans of Poe (he plays a large role in the story – perhaps larger than the author even intends, given its theme) and to those who can get through its over-engineering to enjoy its rococo prose and sneakily involving action.
- “The Last Garden” by Jack Skillingstead, Lightspeed, short story
- “Probably Still the Chosen One” by Kelly Barnhill, Lightspeed, short story
- “Some Cupids Kill With Arrows” by Tansy Rayner Roberts, Uncanny, short story
- “The Thule Stowaway” by Maria Dahvana Headley, Uncanny, novelette