The Monsters Issue
No. 16, summer 2020
Our summer issue is brimming with monsters, both real and imagined. These creatures creep out from the darkness, when we least expect it, threatening the safety—but more importantly, the sanity—of a colorful cast of characters. From a retelling of Jurassic Park—that rips both bodies and cultural appropriation to shreds—to womanizing monsters who create graveyards of broken women, F(r)iction #16 follows people running from things that go bump into the night, and, well, not running fast enough.
As the kickoff issue for our new redesign, we also launched a brand-new opening feature: “The Purpose of Monsters” takes a historical—and perhaps cynical—look at the origins of the most famous monster myths. As always, we also have one hell of an original comic—this time, “Personal Mythology” written by Tracey Maye and drawn by Arthur Asa forces a mirror in front of the monster we hide inside ourselves. Whether it’s heartbreaking creative nonfiction by Joanna Valente about the human monsters around us or a deep dive into war through the Community Feature with the Veterans Writing Project, this issue looks at many monstrosities in our society. And, who better to step into the spotlight for our Pioneering Author feature than horror legend, Benjamin Percy? In addition to a tour through the darkness of his career path and writing process (including lots of his own illustrations!), Ben brings us an original short exploring “monster as place.”
So get out your flashlights, dear readers, and get ready to be captured by the darkness of F(r)iction #16. We hope you make it out alive!
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In this issue:
- Editor’s Note, Words By Dani Hedlund, Art By Samantha Dow
- The Purpose of Monsters, Words By Dani Hedlund, Art By Samantha Dow
- One Thousand Hands, Words By Rhiannon Snow, Art By Samantha Dow
- Three Poems, Words By Ronda Broatch, Art By Hailey Brown
- Yurássic Park, Words By John Manuel Arias, Art By Brian Demers
- Someone Else’s Soul, Words By Marisa Crane, Art By Daniel Reneau
- Claire Camille Psychic and Tarot Readings, Words By Ellen Azevedo, Art By Ejiwa Ebenebe
- Consumed, Words By Damhnait Monaghan, Art By Enrica Angiolini
- A Life in Silence, Words By Joanne Valente, Art By Enrica Angiolini
- Strange Pathways: A Pioneering Writer Feature with Benjamin Percy, Words By Benjamin Percy, Art By Ejiwa Ebenebe
- Waif OD, Words By Richard Holeton, Art By Julian Mateus
- From Above, From Below: A Feature with the Veterans Writing Project, Words By Randy Brown, Joe Couillard, Jake Sheff, Charity Winters, Art By Tyler Champion
- Colossal, Words By Tara Laskowski, Art By Samantha Dow
- My Pleasure, Words By Ross Reagan, Art By Noel Hill
- Breaking Ground: A Debut Author Feature with Alex Landragin, Words By Kate Weinberg, Art By Daniel Reneau
- Personal Mythology, Words By Tracey Maye, Art By Arthur Asa, Nakoo, and Florian Shahab
- Three Poems, Words By Faylita Hicks, Art By Hailey Brown
- After the Snake, Words By Latifa Ayad, Art By Daniel Reneau