The Way to the Tower

I She rests in bed and considers eating her fingers. Not for real, not actually chewing them off, but pulling at dry skin, calluses going to seed, and putting them in her mouth. She’s never known hunger quite like this. She turns herself over and over like a pebble on the beach, but she’s never…

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Jennifer Pullen

Jennifer Pullen received her BA from Whitworth University, her MFA from Eastern Washington University, and her PhD from Ohio University. She originally hails from the forests of Washington State, but is now an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Ohio Northern University. Her research, writing, and teaching focuses on fairy tales, mythology, folklore, science fiction and fantasy literature, gender studies, and environmental studies. Her fiction and poetry have been published by presses and journals including: Omnidawn Publishing, Meerkat Press, Clockhouse, Lunch Ticket, Gravel, and Phantom Drift Limited.

Daniel Reneau

Daniel 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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