Editorial: The Darkness Inside Wendy Nikel
There’s something about these days of autumn in the northern hemisphere, with their chilling breezes and lengthening shadows, that makes one’s mind linger on the strange, the eerie, and the macabre. As our bodies seek our warm, winter shelters and our mugs of pumpkin-spiced lattes, our minds wander to what might be out there, lurking just beyond our view.
But sometimes, what’s even more frightening and peculiar is the darkness that lurks in the more familiar things. The things we’ve grown accustomed to. The things that don’t initially seem frightening… until we take a hard look inside.
Our flash fiction stories this month explore that darkness that lurks inside things that initially seem harmless: A girl. A cottage. An unmarked bottle in the fridge. They challenge us to grapple with our initial perceptions and the question of what’s right and what’s wrong. They dare us to look inside ourselves and face what we might find there.
Struggle along with a young woman of two minds in Sarah Pauling’s “Litany in the Heart of Exorcism” (Oct 1). Creep up on tiptoe to peer in the glowing cottage windows of “Like a Sunday House” by Linda Niehoff (Oct 8). Join the argument posed by Aimee Picchi’s “AITA for Using My Side Hustle to Help My Boyfriend Escape the Clutches of Death?” (Oct 15). And delve into the darkness of grief and sorrow with “Like Feather, Like Bone” by Kristi DeMeester (Oct 22).
These four short-short stories, ranging in tone from the horrific to the humorous, are sure to pull you in and refuse to let go.
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