Vol. 5 of Subtopian Magazine is out. This month it features the short story Hypocrite Wedding, set in the universe of my someday-forthcoming novel, Subterran. So come on down to Infrastratos Headquarters, we have complimentary Gummy Tummies for your everyday needs–pop just a few of these and you’ll be ready to dance the night away.
Also in this issue, I enjoyed Jeff Costello’s “Road Notes”, a little slice of modern-day Americana. Katie Wilson’s “Wunderland in Candyland” is excellent; Trevor Richardson’s editor’s note and his article “Overturning Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and Why That’s Way More Interesting Than It Sounds” are spot-on.
My novelette, The True Unerring Secrets of Utopia, is in this month’s issue of Subtopian Magazine; a cautionary tale about what happens when you stay in one town for too long.
“Ed had both won and lost the Cold War. He was the local authority on everything, was there when the town was founded and when it burned down seventeen times. He didn’t care that everyone he had once known had gone missing; he never liked them anyway. Ed’s wife Sallie was an 107-year-old barmaid. She had the most perky little breasts and golden blonde hair that went on for days. They could both remember when postage stamps were 9 cents. Ed went through a period in his life where he preferred boys to girls and that’s how we got to know each other. Every time I looked at him I thought of an Old West saloon, all guns and poker and whiskey you could run your car on. I used to fantasize that he owned a cathouse and that I worked for him and was his favorite. You’d think he would chew tobacco a lot and barbeque hot dogs but he was a vegetarian. I never really knew Ed. He was a permanent resident in town but he always seemed to be away on vacation.”
Read the rest here if you desire, and have a gander at some of the other great stories, poems and articles housed in Vol. 4.