A very warm welcome to issue one of Between Worlds Zine. It is our absolute thrill to introduce you to five writers, one debuting here, each of whom having peered beyond our world and returned to tell the tale.
We are extremely proud to announce Kevin Myers, debuting exclusively on Between Worlds. ‘The Secret of Magic’ is undoubtedly the seed of something greater, and indeed author Kevin Myers tells me that he has been working on stories all set within the same world of Edaira. Dark and unnerving, this is clearly a part of a larger world that demands exploring. Suffice to say, we want more.
Tyrean Martinson’s escapist fantasy is both harrowing and fantastical. For every enticing appearance of the eponymous ‘shimmer’, we see just another reason for Jamie to desire escape from the horrors of her life. ‘Shimmer’ is unflinchingly real and beautiful to read – a masterful execution of flash fiction.
Emma Tonkin’s ‘Parallel Computing’ is a tour de force of strong humour, dialogue and character voice. Contrasting the mundane nature of beginning a new office job with the fantastical twist, ‘Parallel Computing’ is a joy to read that uses the genre in a fascinating way. You’ll never look at energy costs in the same way again.
An extremely promising writer, Stanton McCaffery’s ‘Out of Body Vacation’ is brimming with story and foreshadowing at every turn. Bill’s astral journey through both the spirit world and his host’s history, coupled with our growing unease, speeds the story towards a stunning conclusion that will leave you desperate for more.
‘The Collective Unconscious and How to Get Out’ is about as meta as stories come. Deeply humourous and surprisingly heartfelt, Hamilton Perez makes us care about the archetypal hero – here known as Archie – more than we thought possible. Perez not only examines issues of belonging here, but asks the most important question of all – where do we go once our stories are over?