#40 (2008)

Published October 2008

Theme: Waiting or Leaving

“Most everyone here seems to be either waiting or leaving…. Eagles and crows, pinions and prey, and the angel inside: but that’s not the half of it. We have murder ballads and sad, sad blues, three men up and one man left behind, exchange students and alien eyes, a wife’s waking, an assassin’s morning, and the middle hours, vampires and sirens, a salt-sunk sea and the waiting begun again.”

  • Flotsam, by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • Cold Spring Calling-On (poem), by Sonya Taaffe
  • Pinion, by Amanda Downum
  • The Eyes However (poem), by Karen R. Porter
  • One Man Home, by Shane Nelson
  • Foreign Exchange Student (poem), by David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • The Assassin’s Morning (poem), by J.J. Steinfeld
  • Charlie, by Patricia Russo
  • The Middle Hours (poem), by Danny Adams
  • On Waking (poem), by Marcie Lynn Tentchoff
  • Song of the Mother (poem), by Gemma Files
  • Tales of Eaglesnest, by Jennifer Rachel Baumer
  • No Blues Sadder Than This (poem), by Kent Kruse
  • Blue Vervain Murder Ballad #2: Jack of Diamonds, by Erik Amundsen
  • Art: Dale Rhodes (cover), John Stanton