Fantasy magazine

From Modern Mythcraft to Magical Surrealism


Survival reduced to pickets wakes me at night. Walls painted in stench, each day the beginning of my last. A siren of coppers chases rioters waving placards about paradigm shifts. Faces of my dead friends break out from the wind, imprint on each uniform’s head, sketching shapes with colourless lips. Hearts weeping, bones humming. I exit by an alleyway, words raining like a president’s bisque full of grime. I duck into cold roads of the city, walls pissing unfinished graffiti: I. Can’t. Brea… A hobo with an umbrella hands me a parcel of dreams. More sirens—is there a better life? I take each folded dream and its prosthetic limbs, flick it to immortality. Text is your legacy! I call to the drifter losing himself in the brolly as I flee.

Eat it! Lest

the world murmurs

oaths buried

in your manuscript.

• • • •

It’s a Doofus

Escape is a burst of tears stowed with an eon. Next [n. /nɛkst] is temporality. Held in abeyance at a wonky intersection of slog and poise. An interchange of fact and fiction. Imagine this: a cerebral download metamorphosed with a nincompoop. The world is spinning with lost chronicles, missing ballots, sad songs. A jaunt of storms. A zigzag of lightning.

crackling to stillness

at the foot of a brand

new gravestone.

Eugen Bacon

Eugen Bacon. An angled shoulder up photo of a black woman with short hair.

Eugen Bacon is an African Australian author of several novels and fiction collections. She’s a 2022 World Fantasy Award finalist, and her recent books Ivory’s Story, Danged Black Thing, and Saving Shadows are finalists in the BSFA Awards. Eugen was announced in the honor list of the 2022 Otherwise Fellowships for “doing exciting work in gender and speculative fiction.” She has won, been longlisted or commended in international awards, including the Aurealis Award, Foreword Indies, Bridport Prize, Copyright Agency Prize, Horror Writers Association Diversity Grant, Otherwise, Rhysling, Australian Shadows, Ditmar Awards and Nommo Awards for Speculative Fiction by Africans. Visit her website at and Twitter feed @EugenBacon.