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 of 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!

PREORDER: This issue will be released on July 15, 2020. If you preorder now, your copy will be sent out as speedily as possible after this release date.