Table of Contents Follow Me Down by Nicolette Barischoff Minotaur: An Analysis of the Species by Sean Robinson The Librarian’s Dilemma by E. Saxey The Dauphin’s Metaphysics by Eric Schwitzgebel Soteriology and Stephen Greenwood by Julia August And Other Definitions of Family by Abra Staffin-Wiebe Candidate 45, Pensri…
Table of Contents Five Things Every Successful Clown Must Do by Derek Manuel Perfect Mime by Sara K. McNeilly A Million Tiny Ropes by Virginia M. Mohlere Everyone’s A Clown by Caroline M. Yoachim Break the Face in the Jar by the Door by…
Table of Contents Jump Cut by Lauren C. Teffeau Dropped Stitches by Levi Sable It’s Machine Code by Curtis C. Chen Those Who Gave Their Island to Survive by Barry King The Confession of Whistling Dixie by Fiona Moore The Joy of Sects by…
Table of Contents Coping With Common Garden Pests by Will Kaufman On Shine Wings by Polenth Blake Prism City Blues by Naim Kabir Meltdown in Freezer Three by Luna Lindsey Miranda’s Wings by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro Gemma Bugs Out by Victorya Chase Bookends by Michael…
Table of Contents How a Map Works by Sarah Pinsker How to Recover a Relative Lost During Transmatter Shipping, In Five Easy Steps by Carrie Cuinn The Occluded by Rhonda Eikamp All of Our Past Places by Kat Howard This Gray Rock, Standing Tall by James Van Pelt The…
Table of Contents War of the Were-Mice by Julie Frost Twisty by Siobhan Gallagher Whinny If You Love Me: A Love Story by Andrew Kaye Why, Ethan, Why?!?!? 🙁 by Brynn MacNab All Flesh is Grass by Kelda Crich Preface by Bernie Mojzes Editors Note Dear Reader, Welcome to the…
It may not be April Fool’s Day anymore, but it’s still April, so it counts, right? At long last, we’ve made our final decisions for Unlikely Story #12.5: The Journal of Unlikely Observances. Now we’re delighted to unveil (in no particular order) the ToC:
Burning Day by Charles Payseur
The Death of Chaos by Anne Gibson
Old Customs by Rajiv Mote
Fear Death by Water by Arkady Martine
Little Government Gets Us Nowhere by Rhonda Eikamp
The City & the Man; The Man & the City by Joshua Dilk
Ship of Fools by Heather Morris
As always, we had tough choices to make in selecting the final line up. We received many excellent stories, so thank you to everyone who submitted work. We thoroughly enjoyed reading your pranks, your celebrations, your transformations, and your rebirths. The Journal of Unlikely Observances is going to be fantastic, and we look forward to sharing it will all of you soon!
At Unlikely Story, we take April Fools very seriously. We had every intention of sticking with tradition and having a new issue out to celebrate the day. Obviously, that isn’t going to happen. But don’t despair! The Journey of Unlikely Observances will still be published, just not on April 1st as originally planned. We have a handful of stories from February 28 & 29 to read and respond to, along with the stories we’re holding for further consideration.
Unfortunately, at this point, we’re not entirely sure when we’ll be able to get the issue published. Day job demands are eating up a lot of time, hence why we’re running behind. We’ll do our best to keep folks updated as we go along, and we apologize for the delay.
Thank you to the authors who are still waiting to hear from us for your incredible patience, and thank you to all of our readers as well. We promise that when it appears, the issue will be a fantastic one, and worth the wait.
Submissions are now open for our April Fools’ Mini-Issue — The Journal of Unlikely Observances.
This time around, we’re looking for short fiction of up to 2000 words that explore the rituals and festivals and symptomology from which April Fools’ Day derived. For more details, see our guidelines: http://www.unlikely-story.com/submission-guidelines/fiction-submissions/
The road to the circus has been a long and winding one. We may have gotten lost and taken a few wrong turns along the way. You see, we packed the mini full of clowns, but it turns out there was no room left for the map with all those red squeaky noses, bow ties, and rainbow wigs on board. They say it’s not the destination, but the journey that matters. Well, we managed both, and, at long last, the clowns have arrived. We have clown autopsies, whaling clowns, parasitic clown shoes, and clowns at the end of the world, just to name a few.
Clowns: The Unlikely Coulrophobia Remix is finally here! We have print copies in hand, and we’ll be sending them out to Kickstarter backers and contributors soon. The ebook version is available on Amazon, and we’re hoping to get the paperback version up there shortly.
Now that the clowns have arrived, what’s next for us? First, we kick up our big floppy shoes in celebration, and break out the bubbly -- seltzer water straight out of the trick flower. After that, keep your eyes on this space. We’ll have an announcement about our next project soon. In the meantime, I hope you’ll join us under the big top. We’re very proud of this anthology, and we’re delighted to share it with you.
It’s been… a year. Since its inception, Unlikely Story has undergone several changes, and 2015 was another metamorphosis year for us. We launched our first Kickstarter campaign, and had the best intentions of publishing our first print anthology within this year. Alas, the clowns took longer to get ready than we anticipated, so Clowns: The Unlikely Coulrophobia Remix will be published in early 2016. That said, it’s been a hell of a year. This is what we’ve done (and what is award eligible, if you’re so inclined) and we are extremely proud of it…
Jump Cut by Lauren C. Teffeau
Dropped Stitches by Levi Sable
It’s Machine Code by Curtis C. Chen
Those Who Gave Their Island to Survive by Barry King
The Confession of Whistling Dixie by Fiona Moore
The Joy of Sects by Joseph Tomaras
Five Things Every Successful Clown Must Do by Derek Manuel
Perfect Mime by Sarah K. McNeilly
A Million Tiny Ropes by Virginia M. Mohlere
Everyone’s a Clown by Caroline M. Yoachim
Break the Face in the Jar by the Door by Carlie St. George
Follow Me Down by Nicolette Barischoff
Minotaur: An Analysis of the Species by Sean Robinson
The Librarian’s Dilemma by E. Saxey
The Dauphin’s Metaphysics by Eric Schwitzgebel
Soteriology and Stephen Greenwood by Julia August
And Other Definitions of Family by Abra Staffin-Wiebe
Candidate 45, Pensri Suesat by Pear Nuallak
The Shapes of Us, Translucent to Your Eye by Rose Lemberg
We’re thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with all these amazing authors over the course of the year. Hopefully you enjoyed reading their stories as much as we enjoyed publishing them. See you in 2016!