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Bourbon Penn

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Publication.

US Online Magazine, first issue published February 2011, with usually 2-3 issues a year (but only one in 2014 and 2015). Also available in ebook and print editions, the latter under the Blurb imprint. Edited by Erik Secker. Each issue has 5-7 short stories, with the occasional novelette; in terms of genre, they are broadly speculative fiction, favouring weird Horror – the website's description is "slipstream, cross-genre, magic realism, absurdist, and the surreal" – but sf elements are not uncommon. The cover art is varied and memorable. There is no nonfiction, save for author biographies.

Contributors have included Anya Johanna DeNiro (as Alan DeNiro), Brian Evenson, Stephen Graham Jones, Rich Larson, Priya Sharma, Emily C Skaftun, Paul Tremblay, Kali Wallace, Aliya Whiteley and A C Wise. The stories are to a high standard, with notable sf work including J Ashley Smith's "The Further Shore" (#15, March 2018); Dan Stinzi's "Exterminators" (#17, March 2019); Josh Pearce's "Unnamed Government Agency" (#21, July 2020); Rich Larson's "Scrubbed" (#18, July 2019); Louis Evans's "Lazaret" (#25, November 2021) and Fred Coppersmith's "Where the Prayers Run Like Weeds Along the Road" (#26, March 2022). Not sf, but also strong, are Charles Wilkinson's "The World Without Watercress" (#10, March 2015); Daniel Ausma's "The Front" (#12, November 2016); Holly Day's "Dog" (#11, March 2016), Brian Evenson's "Song for Unravelling the World" (#15, March 2018), Setsu Uzumé's "The Lawman's Boy" (#19, November 2019) and Elana Gomel's "Nightwood" (#22, November 2020). [SP]


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