This month’s issue explores the realms often left unseen, those emotional spaces we tend to tuck out of sight. We’ve delved into the messy complexity of life – grief, depression, anxiety, fear, loneliness, and loss. Life is seldom tidy, and arguably, the most compelling fiction is that which lifts the veil to expose what lies beneath.
Our first story, “Dave the Terrible” by FFO alumnus Brent Baldwin, explores the profound strength of the human spirit in grappling with grief. While primarily a literary story, Dave invokes elements of the fantastical as unconventional yet effective vehicles for healing.
In E. M. Linden’s “When the Forest Comes to You,” we witness Keith’s longing for the tranquility he’s only found within a story. If you’re a fan of Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are,” this story might resonate with a familiar echo.
“Patrice” by Meredith Gordon offers a sensitive look into a mother’s journey – the birth of her child, a challenging spinal condition, and the chaotic blend of hope and fear, vulnerability and strength. It’s a beautifully penned narrative that uncovers unexpected answers at the intersection of complex emotions.
Lastly, we’re pleased to present “Café Negro” by Julian Riccobon as our reprint this month. Originally published The Accentos Review (October 2022).