“Flock of Words and Wonder” published in Apparition Lit’s Wonder Issue

My story about an abandoned magical library has been published in Apparition Lit’s Wonder issue!

“Flock of Words and Wonder” begins in the Library of All, an incredible place that can travel between worlds and houses every written work from every realm. These words arrive each day, differently shaped, a multitude of languages represented, they fly into the Library of All in the hopes of being sorted to their proper place.

On top of being published in print, this story is also available in audio, recorded by yours truly! This is my first time ever getting to record my own self reading one of my stories, so it was especially exciting (and a tad nerve-wracking!)

I would like to thank the amazing Maria Dong, the guest editor for this issue, for all her help and guidance in making this story the best it can be. I would like to also extend my appreciation for Rebecca Bennett for her edits, Amy Johnson, for her guidance, particularly for the audio version, and the entire rest of the team at Apparition Lit <3

You can read or listen to “Flock of Words and Wonder” here!

~Marie C.

Recommended Books: THE WINTERNIGHT TRILOGY by Katherine Arden


THE WINTERNIGHT TRILOGY
Katherine Arden

The Winternight Trilogy, which includes The Bear and the Nightingale, The Girl in the Tower, and The Winter of the Witch, is one of those rare beasts where each installment is as glorious as the last.

The story revolves around Vasilisa, or Vasya, who is born as the youngest child of a lord in Russia during a time when the old traditions of honoring the spirits have begun to fade in favor of Christianity. Yet, she is one who can still see the spirits, who understands the need to continue offerings to them in order to retain their protection and support in times of strife.

The Bear and the Nightingale is told in a beautiful, sedate style, traveling through Vasya’s youth, her encounters with the spirits and her struggles with a newly-come priest who begins to hear a voice that he thinks of as the voice of God. She is also introduced to Morozko, the demon of Frost and Death, who has unknown goals of his own for interacting with her, and threatened by the coming of the Bear, another of the great demon spirits who thrives in chaos and life. Continue reading

Recommended Short Fiction: COTTONMOUTH by Joelle Wellington & PROPHECY GIRLS by Sydney Paige Guerrero


My two recommended stories this week are serious in tone, centering on a woman who has been subjugated by a system and the men who run it.

COTTONMOUTH by Joelle Wellington is one of those powerful stories that have you on the edge of your seat, waiting, waiting for what’s to come. It tells the tale of a young man named Grant who finds a chained-up young women in the attic of the house he shares with his grandfather. Truly though, this tale isn’t about Grant at all, but rather all the men throughout the years like him and his grandfather, who had kept Black women in their power. Published in Apex Magazine.

PROPHECY GIRLS by Sydney Paige Guerrero is a story about Sen, the twenty-third girl to be the Chosen One of her world. Only, this time around, unlike all the previous Chosen Ones, she does not die. And in not dying, she begins to discover the truth about the system in place that demands a Chosen One’s sacrifice. A wonderful tale about a woman who faces down the cyclical nature of her subjugation. Published in Translunar Travelers Lounge.


Recommended Short Fiction: A STRANGER GOES ASHORE by Adam R Shannon & A MINNOW, OR PERHAPS A COLOSSAL SQUID by Carlos Hernandez & C S E Cooney


Two stories about finding a perfect fit, one with a transformation into a fish and the other about finding new homes for a dying people.

A MINNOW, OR PERHAPS A COLOSSAL SQUID by Carlos Hernandez & C S E Cooney is written in a partially experimental style, alternating between excerpts and letters in the perspective of one person who has been researching sirens, and a more traditional point of view of another who holds the job of apprentice to an executioner. This world is wondrous, with those who break the law being turned into a fish by the executioner until they’ve paid their dues. But what they are turned into depends on the person. Published in Mermaids Monthly.

A STRANGER GOES ASHORE by Adam R Shannon follows the story of Alain as he searches for a new island home for his people. Yet, with his people’s island crumbling and dying while ships are sent out over and over desperately hoping to find a new home, Alain has discovered something incredibly important about what they have been searching for all this time. Published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies.


Recommended Short Fiction: THE FALLING by M V Melcer & TIL HUMAN VOICES WAKE US by Jennifer Hudak


These two stories both center on difficult choices that can’t be undone.

THE FALLING by M V Melcer is a science-fiction tale about a girl living on ringed spaceship where people live on specific numbered rings depending on their usefulness and capability. This story documents her life as she discovers her passion, her calling, and the impossible decisions that come with all that she attains. Incredibly emotional and exceptionally beautiful even in its darkest moments. Published in Clarkesworld.

TIL HUMAN VOICES WAKE US by Jennifer Hudak is a lighter tale, about a girl who lives near the shore who discovers a secret about her own mother and grandmother. There is another difficult decision at play in this story, but one that leaves the reader with only minor heartache and a warm hug that will leave you smiling. Published in Mermaids Monthly.