Monday, September 30, 2013

Late September Issue

Welcome to the Late September Issue
of the FREEZINE of Fantasy and Science Fiction.
The nanohorde relayed a transmission recently
indicating their need for a trilogy of terror stories.
Three of our longest standing Freezine veterans
have stood up to put forth their offerings here.  
I want to thank Gil Bavel and Adam Bolivar
for their excellent contributions. In addition,
thanks to Jesse Stevens for your wonderful
artwork utilized once again for Gil Bavel's story. 

+Click the respective images below
to read the corresponding stories+

Gil James Bavel's

Artwork used in Idol Curiosity by Jesse Stevens  

Who doesn't appreciate a good old fashioned 
Curio Shoppe yarn every now and again?  
We begin our Late September Issue 
with the return of our veteran author Gil 
"Cardinal Sin" Bavel, whose short tale 
you'll find here manages to encapsulate an old 
idea into a modern setting with surefooted grace 
and directness.  The nano-editors at the Freezine 
sure hope you'll enjoy reading this short story 
as much as we certainly did.

If you like the artwork, Jesse Stevens is the original 
Freezine artist. His name above links directly to 
a gallery of images he created especially for our 
world wide electronic publication. Those images, 
in turn, hyperlink directly to their stories archived 
for posterity here on  We at the Freezine
pray an EMP doesn't render all our hard work obsolete.
Without all the original artwork to complement our zine,
this literary cybervessel might sink like a stone
into the Bermuda Triangle of the Internet. 

Shaun Lawton's

Artwork used in Shuggoleth by Shaun Lawton

SHUGGOLETH originally appeared in issue #1 of
Grave Demand: The Journal Of Transgressive 
Thought In Literature And Culture
 released in January of 2012.

The title of this excursion into quasi-Lovecraftian fiction 
is a neologism I crafted of the words Shuggoth & shibboleth:
Lovecraft fans know all too well what a Shoggoth is,
and a shibboleth is an old Hebrew word indicating
 an idea or saying that is commonly believed and carried 
down through the ages and more often than not considered 
superstitious, old-fashioned, or even untrue. 
(Incidentally, Shoggoth has been known to be 
spelled both as"Shaggoth" and "Shuggoth".) 
I have taken the care to improve the text
of this story since it's initial publication 
last year in Grave Demand magazine.  
The version you read now on the FREEZINE
is what I consider to be the definitive edition. 

Adam Bolivar's

Artwork used in Servitors Of The Outer Darkness 
A depiction of an aureus of Octavian circa 30 BC
courtesy of the Public Domain 

When I received Adam Bolivar's short story submission Servitors Of The Outer Darkness, I knew I had in my possession the perfect example of what a FREEZINE story should be.  It has all the elements of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, not to mention the coveted weird tale itself, and even a subtle nod to our webzine's own original contribution to literature, the Weird Jack Tale, once again courtesy of Mr. Bolivar, whose fascination and expertise with the ancient realm of arcane knowledge our readers should remain ever grateful for, if their appreciation for stories runs congruent to that of our own dedicated staff here at this zine.

We at the Freezine remain grateful that the nanohorde or nanofleet as it's been referred to found their way into my bloodstream.  It is they who have decreed that I put out this thing after all.  Most of the older subscribers here know this already, but I wanted our newer readers to also know that I often wonder who's controlling this subatomic microfleet of nanobots in my bloodstream, anyway?  Where or whence they come from is anybody's guess.  The point is they're having us gather up a whole lot of unique quality stories written by both aspiring and surviving writers of all trades and craftiworks.

The Freezine of Fantasy and Science Fiction was originally conceived back in the day when Minds In Collision (otherwise known as the internet message board with a nail in it) over at (hosting John Shirley's site) was in full swing before its eventual surrender to the various other networking social utility sites that were digitally sprouting up all over the cybernetic webscape at the time, predominantly among them that collective wellspring of happy personas we all have come to mutually know and love on facebook.  

Nevermind that, yet bare witness to this.  Subscribe and Follow the Freezine today and you will receive occasional messages in your Inbox containing pure high quality "enter octane attainment", what we call "educational opportunities for learning how to keep reading cool stories available for free on the interwebs" and at any mobile device near you. 
So Subscribe and Follow immediately and then stay tuned this October and see if the FREEZINE leaves a surprise in your mailbox. 

 Feel Free To Join our growing crew of writers.
Submit your short story or longer works for consideration
in a future issue either as a stand alone tale or serial.

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Archive of Stories
and Authors

Sanford Meschkow's

Sanford Meschkow is a retired former
NYer who married a Philly suburban
Main Line girl. Sanford has been pub-
lished in a 1970s issue of AMAZING.
We welcome him here on the FREE-
ZINE of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

Brian "Flesheater" Stoneking's

Brian "Flesheater" Stoneking's

Brian "Flesheater" Stoneking currently
resides in the high desert of Phoenix,
Arizona where he enjoys campy horror
movies within the comfort of an Insane
Asylum. Search for his science fiction
stories at The Intestinal Fortitude in
the Flesheater's World section.
The Memory Sector is his first
appearance in the Freezine of
Fantasy and Science Fiction.

Owen R. Powell's

Little is known of the mysterious
Owen R. Powell (oftentimes referred
to as Orp online). That is because he
usually keeps moving. The story
Noetic Vacations marks his first
appearance in the Freezine.

Edward Morris's

Edward Morris is a 2011 nominee for
the Pushcart Prize in literature, has
also been nominated for the 2009
Rhysling Award and the 2005 British
Science Fiction Association Award.
His short stories have been published
over a hundred and twenty times in
four languages, most recently at
PerhihelionSF, the Red Penny Papers'
SUPERPOW! anthology, and The
Magazine of Bizarro Fiction. He lives
and works in Portland as a writer,
editor, spoken word MC and bouncer,
and is also a regular guest author at
the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival.

Gene Stewart
(writing as Art Wester)

Gene Stewart's

Gene Stewart is a writer and artist.
He currently lives in the Midwest
American Wilderness where he is
researching tales of mystical realism,
writing ficta mystica, and exploring
the dark by casting a little light into
the shadows. Follow this link to his
website where there are many samples
of his writing and much else; come

Adam Bolivar's

Adam Bolivar's

Adam Bolivar's

Adam Bolivar is an expatriate Bostonian
who has lived in New Orleans and Berkeley,
and currently resides in Portland, Oregon
with his beloved wife and fluffy gray cat
Dahlia. Adam wears round, antique glasses
and has a fondness for hats. His greatest
inspirations include H.P. Lovecraft,
Jack tales and coffee.

David Agranoff's

David Agranoff's

David Agranoff is the author of the
short story collection Screams From
A Dying World, just published by
Afterbirth Books. David is a hardcore
vegan and tireless environmentalist.
His contributions to the punk horror
scene and the planet in general have
already established him as a bright
new writer and activist to watch out
for. The Freezine of Fantasy and
Science Fiction welcomes him and
his defiant vision open-heartedly.

David is a busy man, usually at work
on several different novels or projects
at once. He is sure to leave his mark on
a world teetering over the edge of
ecological imbalance. David's latest
books include the Wuxia -Pan
(martial arts fantasy) horror
novel called Hunting The Moon Tribe,
already out from Afterbirth Books.;
The Vegan Revolution...with Zombies,
[Deadite Press, 2010]; and
[Deadite Press, 2014]

Daniel José Older's

Daniel José Older's

Daniel José Older's spiritually driven,
urban storytelling takes root at the
crossroads of myth and history.
With sardonic, uplifting and often
hilarious prose, Older draws from
his work as an overnight 911 paramedic,
a teaching artist & an antiracist/antisexist
organizer to weave fast-moving, emotionally
engaging plots that speak whispers and
shouts about power and privilege in
modern day New York City. His work
has appeared in the Freezine of Fantasy
and Science Fiction, The ShadowCast
Audio Anthology, The Tide Pool, and
the collection Sunshine/Noir, and is
featured in Sheree Renee Thomas'
Black Pot Mojo Reading Series in Harlem.
When he's not writing, teaching or
riding around in an ambulance,
Daniel can be found performing with
his Brooklyn-based soul quartet
Ghost Star. His blog about the
ridiculous and disturbing world
of EMS can be found here.

Paul Stuart's

Paul Stuart is the author of numerous
biographical blurbs written in the third
person. His previously published fiction
appears in The Vault of Punk Horror and
His non-fiction financial pieces can be found
in a shiny, west-coast magazine that features
pictures of expensive homes, as well as images
of women in casual poses and their accessories.
Consider writing him at,
if you'd like some thing from his garage. In fall
2010, look for Grade 12 Trigonometry and
Pre-Calculus -With Zombies.

Rain Grave's

Rain Graves is an award winning
author of horror, science fiction and
poetry. She is best known for the 2002
Poetry Collection, The Gossamer Eye
(along with Mark McLaughlin and
David Niall Wilson). Her most
recent book, Barfodder: Poetry
Written in Dark Bars and Questionable
Cafes, has been hailed by Publisher's
Weekly as "Bukowski meets Lovecraft..."
in January of 2009. She lives and
writes in San Francisco, performing
spoken word at events around the
country. 877-DRK-POEM -

Icy Sedgwick's

Icy Sedgwick is part writer and part
trainee supervillain. She lives in the UK
but dreams of the Old West. Her current
works include a ghost story about a Cavalier
and a Western tale of retribution. Find her
ebooks, free weekly fiction and other
shenanigans at Icy’s Cabinet of Curiosities.

Blag Dahlia's
armed to the teeth

BLAG DAHLIA is a Rock Legend.
Singer, Songwriter, producer &
founder of the notorious DWARVES.
He has written two novels, ‘NINA’ and

G. Alden Davis's

G. Alden Davis wrote his first short story
in high school, and received a creative
writing scholarship for the effort. Soon
afterward he discovered that words were
not enough, and left for art school. He was
awarded the Emeritus Fellowship along
with his BFA from Memphis College of Art
in '94, and entered the videogame industry
as a team leader and 3D artist. He has over
25 published games to his credit. Mr. Davis
is a Burningman participant of 14 years,
and he swings a mean sword in the SCA.

Shae Sveniker's

Shae is a poet/artist/student and former
resident of the Salt Pit, UT, currently living
in Simi Valley, CA. His short stories are on
Blogger and his poetry is hosted on Livejournal.

Nigel Strange's

Nigel Strange lives with his wife and
daughter, cats, and tiny dog-like thing
in their home in California where he
occasionally experiments recreationally
with lucidity. PLASTIC CHILDREN
is his first publication.

J.R. Torina's

J.R. Torina was DJ for Sonic Slaughter-
house ('90-'97), runs Sutekh Productions
(an industrial-ambient music label) and
Slaughterhouse Records (metal record
label), and was proprietor of The Abyss
(a metal-gothic-industrial c.d. shop in
SLC, now closed). He is the dark force
behind Scapegoat (an ambient-tribal-
noise-experimental unit). THE HOUSE
IN THE PORT is his first publication.

K.B. Updike, Jr's

K.B. Updike, Jr. is a young virgin
Virginia writer. KB's life work,
published 100% for free:
(We are not certain if K.B. Updike, Jr.
has lost his Virginian virginity yet.)