A very warm welcome to issue three of Between Worlds. We are thrilled to introduce seven writers and seven very different stories, in what might be our strongest issue yet.
What if, in the future, a Tinder-like app allowed us to swipe through alternate realities to find the perfect match? Nicholas Perilli’s ‘Inter’ a character-driven story brimming with humour. Perilli is a maestro of pacing, conducting us from contemplation to action to a chilling, memorable conclusion.
‘The Nostre Witch’ is a carefully-crafted Lovecraftian tale that leads both reader and narrator into the depths of eldritch madness. A perfect fit for our ethos, the very town of Nostre seems set apart from the rest of reality by uncharted roads, while the narrator’s obsessive journey to find the witch brims with dread at every turn. Perfectly executed Lovecraftian language and tone from a promising young author.
L.R. School’s five vignettes couldn’t be different from one another, yet they coalesce into a chilling tale surrounding a book that feeds off spiritual energy and the experiences of five individuals who come into contact with it. Moving from horror to surrealism, ‘Five Angles’ is a superb tale.
Leigh Harlen’s ‘Bridges’ really hit home for us. Returning to one’s hometown after a long time is always somewhat of an otherworldly act, let alone for the funeral of a parent. Leigh approaches our theme on multiple levels, from the natural to the supernatural, rising to a chilling and beautiful crescendo by the story’s end. This is also our second LGBTQA+ story, and proudly our first acceptance from a queer author.
‘Men From Topeka’ is an extremely accomplished post-apocalyptic tale, where an alternate history Cuban Missile Crisis sparked nuclear war, and a wasteland where radiation sorcerers rule. Now, two pilgrims from Topeka arrive at Alan’s homestead and turn his family upside down.
Brimming with a heavy atmosphere, masterful dialogue and a healthy dose of humour, we remain desperate to experience more of Andrew Muff’s tortured, irradiated world.
“So you found me. Well done. Don’t think for a moment that I’m merely a story. Oh no, not even close. I have thoughts, feelings, ideas, just like you. Just like any other sentient being.” This sentient story beckons to be read, to be shared; to live forever. Darius Jones blurs the line between reader and read. Where do you begin, and where does the story end?
Natalie Chudnovsky’s ‘Pregnant Women Like My Radishes Best’ portrays a witch stuck between juxtaposing lives – that of past and present, keeping her tradition alive while dealing with the modern world. The dark humour that arises from this juxtaposition solidifies its place in this issue.