“On the twenty-third day at oh-dark-thirty, we, carrying only our rucksacks packed with the most essential goods, were herded, half- conscious, onto a coach bus and whisked away into the unknown.” An excerpt from Brandon Caro’s debut novel, Old Silk Road, coming out Oct. 13 from Post Hill Press.
Sam DiBella unpacks the game design and cryptic narrative of the interactive movie video game, Her Story, in which the user must solve a murder using only a police database of interview clips.
“problem with contributing to my Roth IRA is that I have to believe that ‘retiring’ will still be a thing that people do”: An excerpt from Stacy Szymaszek’s Journal of Ugly Sites and Other Journals, forthcoming from Fence in 2015.
Christine Shan Shan Hou
“Cloud face / Golden trimming / Manicure mansion / Valley finger / Ghostly piano / Uncanny organ / Funeral throne / Abnormal arboretum”: Two new poems by Christine Shan Shan Hou, selected by Fanzine’s Fall poetry editor, Julia Cohen.
Nicholas Rys spoke with Sean Kilpatrick about voice, influence, and lack of narrative in his latest book, Sucker June.
“The chef possessed a third eye.” Gastronomically unnerving new short fiction from Vanessa Norton.
Dick Cheney has a heart? Well, he does now at least, rendered by its impression in Heather Fuller’s tragicomic verse.
Jana du Plessis
Jana du Plessis’s essay on Tinder, meeting people online, getting over heartbreak, small talk, and clichés.
“A little boy told me he saw her drinking bleach / from a bucket out his back porch.” Two new poems from Courtney Kersten.
The third installment of Jeff Jackson’s Ideal Home Noise takes a look at new and updated releases from Wim Wenders, Costas-Gravas, and Stewart Home.