The cornfield’s dirt is black and its stalks are luminous. The broken heavens above are shaped of dark fog; there are places where a purple void studded with white stars show through. I am grateful that my eyes can interpret light from such distances. I undulate in the dirt, waiting for my mother- in-law, feeling the…

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Hal Shrieve

Hal Schrieve is a librarian and lives in Queens. Ze is the author of Out of Salem, a National Book Award longlist selection in 2019. Hir prose and cartoon work has appeared in Vetch magazine of trans poetics and the Nerve Endings and We’re Still Here anthologies. Hal draws comics.

Daniel Reneau

Daniel Reneau is a Denver-based illustrator skilled in digital and traditional mediums, and specializes in horror, fantasy, science fiction, and comic book illustration. He is the co-creator of the graphic novel Zombiraq, a winner of the 2013 L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of the Future Award, and a graduate of the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Learn more at

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