FICTION

Mother’s Day is celebrated all over the world because mothers are responsible for so much of who we are as people. Our upbringing – good, bad or mediocre – can be traced back to the presence, effort and, enthusiasm that our mothers gave to us. 

Regardless of how we feel about our moms, one thing is for certain, the fictional world of horror has always loved to exaggerate and play upon maternal instincts gone sour. Remember Piper Laurie in Carrie? or Mrs. Voorhees in Friday the 13th? They only wanted what was best for their babies in their own tortured, convoluted way. 

The delightful fiction offered in this issue is in the spirit of those moms who don’t quite know where to draw the line. Who see that parent-child bond as a tightrope to further their madness. So, please, enjoy, and of course, Happy Mother’s Day!

 

A Sense of Responsibility by Alexander Grunberg

The Hoard by Scott Hughes

Dreams of Cotton Candy by Avra Margarti

The Wet Nurse by Wendy Maxon

Only the Best by Cassie McDonald

Expiring Beneath Tremulous Wings by Ken McGrath

Cake by M.M. Schreier

Under an Empty Sky by John Strand 

For additional fiction in this issue, please visit our contest winners page!