Editorial on Vision

I tried to come up with some jokes for the third editorial. I really did.

Third time’s a charm… something something magic and speculative fiction… [insert embarrassingly terrible magic pun here].

Third issue… Third date… Putting out on the third date… Oh gods NO.

So many cringe-worthy attempts.

I wanted to bring you an editorial of the light n’ breezy variety. Corny jokes and whimsy. Even puns.

Why? Because poor personal coping skills, if I’m being honest. I tend to make jokes in the worst of times, when I’m uncomfortable or uncertain. (My own child once lovingly described me to another adult as “the mom who doesn’t know when NOT to tell a joke.” It’s true.)

The world is a mess. So many terrible things are happening. It’s easy to feel all sorts of despairing and impotent these days, and sitting down to write an editorial seemed extra ridiculous and self-indulgent.

I felt guilty putting effort into making words that weren’t going to help anybody. Nothing I have to say here is going to reunite families ripped apart at the border, or free children in cages, or stop the murdering of unarmed POC, or prevent the next school shooting.

But the stories and poems of this issue aren’t self-indulgent. They’re necessary. Fiction can be beautiful escapism, or it can shine a light on important truths, and both are worthy pursuits.

The Apparition Lit team are really proud to bring you our “Vision” issue:

“They Are Still Building It” by C.S. Malerich and “Visionary” by Rhonda Eikamp are powerful examples of when fiction combines fantastical and real-world horrors.

“Phantasm” by Magdi Hazaa and “The Lady of Light” by Jason A. Zwiker are both evocative, dreamlike stories to get lost in.

“Where Dead Men Go to Dream” by A.C. Wise is a reprint story our editors fell in love with because it uniquely fits our “vision” theme.

Poems “The Beasts of Late Winter” by Casey Reinhard and “Virtuality” by Lynne Sargent are filled with stunning, visceral imagery.

Essay “The Horrors of the Unseen” by Rebecca Bennett about how media exploits vision to deliver effective scares.

Interview with cover artist Julie Dillon about her artistic vision.

We hope you enjoy the third issue and maybe even find a little solace inside its virtual pages.

Apparition Literary Magazine is funded by the editors and by your kind donations. If you’d like to support us, you can follow us on Facebook or Twitter and please consider donating and/or subscribing via our website. Our 2019 goal is to increase pay from .01 cent a word to the professional payment of .06 a word.

Thank you for reading,

Clarke Doty
Associate Editor

  • Clarke Doty
    Clarke Doty Owner/Senior Editor

    Clarke is a hospice nurse. When she’s not keeping busy with assorted existential crises over the impermanence of life and the perpetual, senseless human suffering in the world and stuff like cancer and constant reminders of her own insignificance in the universe and how everyone dies and everything ends and does any of it really matter and why can’t I sleep, she likes to read stories and sometimes write stories. You can follow Clarke following Amy, Rebecca, and Tacoma at @ClarkeDoty.

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