Feng Sun Chen released a poetry book, Butcher’s Tree. It might grant wishes after you read it. Or give you magical nightmares. Worth reading to find out.
Writer Lawrence Santoro started Tales to Terrify, sister podcast to the Hugo Award Winning StarShipSofa. I recommend subscribing to both. Tales to Terrify gave its first offering on January 20 with a strange and dark story by Martin Mundt about human furniture, and is already on its third offering. Mr. Santoro also recently released a book of short fiction, Drink for the Thirst to Come, through Silverthought Press.
Midwest winter in January and it’s forty degrees. Welcome weather over the usually frigid temperatures that prickle your nostrils when you inhale.
Aesthetically beautiful, this season can act as Mother Nature’s cosmetics. White, glittery makeup applied over cracked streets, littered alleyways, bare trees. Attractive until you have to commute in heavy slush and snow. An easy bike ride or drive for groceries becomes a white-knuckle activity. Hit a patch of black ice and hope the tires purchase dry pavement before you spin into an intersection, streetlight, parked car, or worse. The season keeps police and ambulance sirens busy.
I’m being a little dramatic. I’m just not a fan of traveling through snow, prefer to respect it as I would a sleeping polar bear. Admire and tread lightly.
Slice of life: “That sucks. That sucks. That sucks. It’s disgusting. It’s wrong. I would—” Woman yelling in her garage but cut off by the descending door.