By Victor Milán The Wild Cards universe has been thrilling readers for over 25 years. From the darkly brilliant imagination of Victor Milán, the novelette “Evernight” takes readers down to the depths of the Parisian catacombs. Candace Sessou is known to be many things: the ace known as The Darkness, a  skilled negotiator in theContinue reading Evernight

Our King and His Court

By Rich Larson Waiting outside El Tirano’s obsidian doors, Scipio looks down at the boy clinging to his blood-crusted hand. “¿Todo bien?” he asks. Mateo nods, face slack and vacant. Everything is not all right, of course. His small shoulders are hunched, his chin tucked to chest, his eyes glassed over with shock, fear, exhaustion.Continue reading Our King and His Court

Into the Gray

By Margaret Killjoy “You’re using me,” I said. “That might be true, but I also love you.” One is the Lady of the Waking Waters, an immortal mermaid. The other is a thief, who steals lives until a wish can be fulfilled, and a life-changing choice must be made. I only led the worst ofContinue reading Into the Gray

The Library of Lost Things

By Matthew Bright Welcome to the Library of Lost Things, where the shelves are stuffed with books that have fallen through the cracks—from volumes of lovelorn teenage poetry to famous works of literature long destroyed or lost. They’re all here, pulled from history and watched over by the Librarian, curated by the Collectors, nibbled onContinue reading The Library of Lost Things

Mental Diplopia

By Julianna Baggott There seems to be a strange new disease spreading around the world. People are getting stuck in the past in mostly happy memories. They are straddling the line between now and then. Although the disease ends in death, the infected seem to go willingly. The epidemiologist seeks the answers to this viralContinue reading Mental Diplopia

Bitter Grounds

By Neil Gaiman We hope you enjoy this reprint, which first appeared in the Mojo: Conjure Stories anthology and subsequently in the collection Fragile Things. 1. “Come back early or never come” In every way that counted, I was dead. Inside somewhere maybe I was screaming and weeping and howling like an animal, but that was another personContinue reading Bitter Grounds

Worth Her Weight in Gold

By Sarah Gailey Winslow Remington Houndstooth, notorious outlaw, handsomest heartbreaker in the American South, has just finished a lucrative job, but he’s faced with a hippo-sized problem that would test even the most seasoned of hoppers. A slyly funny, raucous adventure in the alternate America of Sarah Gailey’s River of Teeth and Taste of Marrow. Winslow’s Problem WinslowContinue reading Worth Her Weight in Gold

Fundamental Kaizen Principles

By Tonny Wandella Kaizen is a Japanese phrase that signifies “positive change.” It refers to an organization’s complete hierarchy’s constant improvement of all functions. The guiding principle of Kaizen is straightforward: routines can always be improved, especially if you are performing satisfactorily at the present. Furthermore, all issues are viewed as chances to improve. CreatingContinue reading “Fundamental Kaizen Principles”

The Guile

By Ian McDonald When an AI that monitors casino gambling in Reno taunts a magician by revealing all his tricks, the magician is determined to exact his revenge. Best trick I ever saw? A lanky streak-of-piss Dutchman did it right in front of my eyes. A ring, a watch, a wallet. Some covering patter aboutContinue reading The Guile


By Susan Palwick Two women who have been friends since they were children—one a recovering alcoholic brought up by parents who believe they’re alien abductees, the other an orphan with an eating disorder—contend with a secret that might doom their friendship. So here’s the thing. You’re scared shitless, because you know something heavy’s going downContinue reading Recoveries