Ralan has moved Fantasy Scroll Mag to the dead zone. We’ve lost several zines recently including Fantastic Stories (2017-01-19), New Zenith (2017-01-23), Betwixt (2017-02-06), and Triptych Tales (2017-02-27). (Terraform is also listed as “only sleeping” but, whatever their submission condition, they just published a story yesterday.)
Fantasy Scroll Mag paid a mere penny a word. There are some zines (not naming names!) that make me wonder where they get all their money and why they choose to waste it the way they do. While I only read a few issues and it was clear that FSM was no prozine, I was surprised at the great bang for their penny they got and I figured I’d memorialize the zine by dredging up some old recs and mentions.
- “Jenny Is Killing Turtles Again” by Alexander Danner, Fantasy Scroll Mag #6 (2015-04), fantasy short story
- “Beyond the Visible Spectrum” by Axel Taiari, Fantasy Scroll Mag #7 (2015-06), sf short story
- “My Brother’s Keeper” by Beth Cato, Fantasy Scroll Mag #6 (2015-04), fantasy short story (honorable mention)
- “Dragon Rodeo Queen” by Kate Sheeran Swed, Fantasy Scroll Mag #7 (2015-06), fantasy short story (honorable mention)
A zine I miss even more is Unlikely Story (2016-12-20). Again, I only read a couple of issues but how you make “clown fear”-themed issues and issues on bugs (and computers) and so on and make them good, I don’t know, but they were my kind of crazy.
- “Break the Face in the Jar by the Door” by Carlie St. George, Unlikely Story #11.5 (2015-04), fantasy short story (flash)
- “The Confession of Whistling Dixie” by Fiona Moore, Unlikely Story #11 (2015-02), sf short story
- “Everyone’s A Clown” by Caroline M. Yoachim, Unlikely Story #11.5 (2015-04), fantasy short story (flash, honorable mention)
- “It’s Machine Code” by Curtis C. Chen, Unlikely Story #11 (2015-02), sf short story (honorable mention)
- “Jump Cut” by Lauren C. Teffeau, Unlikely Story #11 (2015-02), sf short story (honorable mention)
Finally, I’ll note Cosmos (2016-03-18). Somewhat like Nature in the UK, Cosmos is an Australian science zine which brought pretty good science fiction (of a rare sort) to the web for awhile (and, unlike Nature, wasn’t limited to flash).
- “Skins” by Rjurik Davidson, Cosmos 2015-06-15, sf short story
- “The Glow of His Eyes, the Depth of His Gaze” by Lee Battersby, Cosmos 2015-01-05, sf short story (honorable mention)
- “The Marriage of the Corn King” by Claire McKenna, Cosmos 2015-01-12, sf short story (honorable mention)
Who knows? Maybe if you give these zines a million hits and buy back-issues and whatnot, they’ll come back to life. And there are plenty still alive so check ’em out.
Finally, some tunes…
Bet you weren’t expecting this one.
Queen – “Another One Bites the Dust”
Aside from the chorus taken out of context, this one doesn’t even apply. But like I’m going to let that stop me.
Joan Jett – “You Don’t Know What You’ve Got”