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......MUTANT RAIN FOREST ISSUE........JUNE, 2016
Illustrations above by Shasta Lawton.

Be sure to Subscribe and Follow this blog to keep updated on the FREEZINE of Fantasy and Science Fiction. If you or a friend are interested in submitting your short stories or longer works for daily serialization in a future issue, please contact us at freezinefantasysciencefiction@gmail.com, and we will reply in due time. Thank you for your participation in helping to support this nonprofit creative writing platform. Don't miss out on the current issue featuring Sanford Meschkow, John Shirley, Brian Stoneking, Vincent Daemon, and Bruce Boston. Featuring art by Will Ferret, Jason Heckenliable, Kara Koma, Marge Simon, and Shasta Lawton.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

MUTANT RAIN FOREST ISSUE


  WELCOME TO THE 20TH ISSUE OF THE FREEZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION


For this extra special edition of our nonprofit cyber-rag, we're featuring four short stories: INEVITABLE, by Sanford Meschkow, MEERGA by John Shirley, THE RECIDIVIST by Brian "Flesheater" Stoneking, and LATE NIGHT EXTERMINATOR by Vincent Daemon; in addition, we close out this special commemorative issue with five poems by Bruce Boston reprinted from the 1992 Horror's Head Press collection he co-authored with Robert Frazier CHRONICLES OF THE MUTANT RAIN FOREST.

Click the images below to read the stories and poems in this issue:

INEVITABLE    by Sanford Meschkow                          art by Les Bossinas for NASA

In this vision of a crew aboard the space craft Ultima Thule, the author explores the questions of whether it's a commanding officer's duty to motivate junior officers toward a promotion along with more startling inquiries into the nature of their mission to space.



MEERGA     by John Shirley                                                                art by Will Ferret

In this moving short story about a near future where synthetic women are mass produced as sexual pets, the author looks beneath the genetically modified skin to peer deeply into our real human condition. Here's a tale about the triumph of the human spirit battling sexual objectification at its most perversely extreme. 



THE RECIDIVIST     by Brian "Flesheater" Stoneking    art by Jason Heckenliable

Personnel in hazmat suits at a military quarantine lab are holding a very special prisoner in lockdown. He is the perfect killing machine and carries with him a terrible secret. It's up to General Manning and his crew at the research station to insure this rogue agent does not escape to kill again. 



LATE NIGHT EXTERMINATOR     by Vincent Daemon              art by Kara Koma
 
We return to Vincent Daemon's twisted world of Dolton, Pennsylvania with the mis- adventure of Lee, who is not a doctor nor a paramedic, he's an exterminator.  He fucking kills bugs.  Lee's seen a lot of sick things in and around this tweaker town.  Lee's ready for the job when he gets a desperate call after midnight. The question for our readers remains: are you prepared?



5 poems by Bruce Boston from CHRONICLES OF THE MUTANT RAIN FOREST
http://freezineoffantasyandsciencefiction.blogspot.com/2016/06/mutant-rain-forest-i.html
                                            featuring 4 watercolors by Marge Simon plus an illustration by Shasta Lawton




And that's a wrap for the 20th issue (count 'em)of the FREEZINE of Fantasy and Science Fiction.  I want to give an emphatic shout out and props to the following authors and artists for having dared to contribute their outstanding stories and artwork to keep this free experimental weblog/zine going well into it's seventh year. Thank you to Sanford Meschkow, John Shirley, Brian Stoneking, Vincent Daemon, and Bruce Boston for contributing your original material to our cause. Thank you to Marge Simon for the four beautiful watercolors that went along with the first four Mutant Rain Forest poems; and thank you to Shasta Lawton for contributing the banner art in addition to the illustration for the fifth Mutant Rain Forest poem.  A heap of thanks goes out to Jason Heckenliable for allowing the use of my cellphone snapshot of his reptoid painting for Flesheater's The Recidivist; thanks to Brother Chief Cat Will Ferret for his gracious contribution providing a visual counterpoint to John Shirley's story; and a million thanks goes out to Kara Koma for her bugged out illustration used in Vinnie's Late Night Exterminator.  




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5 comments:

  1. ar Trek, The Host, The Shining, Cloverfield, Galaxy Of Terror, Taken, Santa Sangre, The Fountain, The Exorcist, Frances, Day Of The Dolphin, Papillon, Ben-Hur, Old Joy, Cannibal Apocalypse, Kill Bill, Day Of The Dead, Land Of The Dead, Diary Of The Dead, Se7en, The Boondock Saints, Sin City, Mishima, Jackie Brown, Children Of Men, Y Tu Mama Tambien, The Lion In Winter, Tootsie, Zodiac, El Topo, WAKING LIFE, A Scanner Darkly, This Is Spinal Tap, Holy Mountain, Fight Club, Pink Floyd: The Wall, Birdy, One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest, Escape From New York, White Heat, The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen, Requiem For A Dream, Sid & Nancy, Martin, Spider, Old Boy, Videodrome, Reservoir Dogs, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Mad Max, Phantasm, Blade Runner, Withnail & I, The Bad Lieutenant, Buckaroo Banzai, Being John Malkovich, Time Bandits, Frailty, Naked Lunch, The Thing, Kung Fu Hustle, Hedwig & the Angry Inch, Hellraiser, How To Get Ahead In Advertising, The Devils Rejects, Spirited Away, Gangs of NY, Some Like It Hot, There Will Be Blood, LOTR, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, The Crow, Angels With Dirty Faces, The Descent, Split, Knightriders, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Tideland, From Beyond, Re-animator, The Warriors, Death Proof, Leon The Professional, Borat, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Jesus Christ Superstar, Conan the Barbarian, The Ring, The Sound Of Music, Donnie Darko, Idiocracy, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Phantom Of The Paradise, Full Metal Jacket' - now thats a film list! 'How To Get Ahead In Advertising come on you're better than that. The Sound Of Music, Donnie Darko, Idiotcracy, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind' what? really? anyway ... you must be pretty smart to reconisge me as a 'Writer'" ! im no writer but thanks for adressing me as one. where im from im usally adressed as 'Pedo' or 'Nounce' anyway but thanks for RECONISING me as a 'Writer' (I wrote my first poem/story a year ago) anyway can I take your comments and qoute them on FB, twitter etc. as coming from you? trust me you will notice the diffrence in your book sales! anyway i lookin for a Writing 'teacher' my grammer & punction are poor too non exsistence(left school at 13)like that means something - see im learning from u all ready! arghhh fuck i admit it ...im no writer im a alcoholic speed/porn addicted 30 year old benafit clamer (been dead twice) what im trying to say IS I NEED A MENTOR! i willl pay for you service not much mind you tenner via paypal for each piece of writing i submit for revising/editoring the works think of me as a kinda "Kes/Casper" who draws pictures in pen, drawings going on my last sale (4 for 900 pounds worth LAST I SOLD(out)? does that work?) What IM TRYING TO SAY IS I NEED An EDITOR AND YOU NEED A STEWDENT A KINDA eZRA pound too Me (t.S ELOIT) OR toilet as i call him (who secretlly is quite proud of the fact that he is one of the best writers he as thus far horror-wise anyway read! & I read Kafka and Joyceprick as i call him ) who baiscally in a word i needs: MANGERMENT! "
    im a stud in NY and i ant scored once!" im not a fool...you know that. im a a maggot on a diemound - & you r the diemound that im paraistcally feeding off. my add . callec6@gmail.com wow! that was alot of writing more than more this week (1 week = 4 syablles) SO Lets get together write now in swwet harmony BECOZ YOUR COMMENTS Which are geniunlly funny and consrutive which kinda make upfor 14 yrs of itellectaiile FAMIN*. p.s this is not a joke im spilling my guts - confesing the world

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    1. especally when I mention.. the words ..Bitch or Bucho...that was it BUCHO! fuck now im just takin lines from The film DESPEROD ... THI IS NO A JOKE COMMENT this took a hell of a lot of amtephmine and tears of blood.

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    2. too type! im on the edge of tears ... "Don't wait too be hunted too hide, that was always my motto" - Molloy, Beckett........ yours sinserally Cal Leckie spk soon I hope.

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    3. “Are we, intellectual sirs, not actively or passively 'producing' more and more words, more books, more articles, ceaselessly refilling the pot-boiler of speech, gorging ourselves on it rather, seizing books and 'experiences', to metamorphose them as quickly as possible into other words, plugging us in here, being plugged in there, just like Mina on her blue squared oilcloth, extending the market and the trade in words of course, but also multiplying the chances of jouissance, scraping up intensities wherever possible, and never being sufficiently dead, for we too are required to go from forty to the hundred a day, and we will never play the whore enough, we will never be dead enough”
      ― Jean-François Lyotard, Libidinal Economy....took me a long time to find this qoute about 3 hrs to long

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    4. Callum Leckie I remember you the ghost of yr image haunts me through static electricity - - thanks for taking the time to comment so profusely, seems I hooked a live one after all this time and it's about time I tell you. Keep checking yr callec6@gmail.com inbox, I will be sure to email you soon and by that I mean any time which often remains unpredictable especially when you're sitting on and/or watching the pot. Thanks for checking out the FREEZINE now in it's 8th year, I will continue putting this cyberrag out in my own good time, and as for mentoring and working with you on generating word texts with which to poison the world to the point of madness, why it sounds like a rollicking endeavor so just give me some time to gather my wits, of which there's only one, it's around here somewhere so be patient. My cathode crystal tells me you moved here from the UK, no? In the core of the rotten old apple no less. Stay tuned to this same bat channel and if you haven't already "Followed" this Freezine on Blogger I'll assume you'll do so now--we need the boost in membership as this here remains a rather elite motley crew of random souls gathered together for some of the best fiction and artwork this side of Sagittarius-A*

      *Yours in cybertext {Bruce Boston coined that phrase I might add} Shaun L.

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Archive of Stories
and Authors

Sanford Meschkow's
INEVITABLE

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
THE RECIDIVIST



Brian "Flesheater" Stoneking's
THE MEMORY SECTOR

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
NOETIC VACATIONS

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
MERCY STREET

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)
GROUND PORK


Gene Stewart's
CRYPTID'S LAIR

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
explore.

Adam Bolivar's
SERVITORS OF THE
OUTER DARKNESS


Adam Bolivar's
THE DEVIL & SIR
FRANCIS DRAKE



Adam Bolivar's
THE TIME-EATER


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
A PLANET OF YOUR OWN


David Agranoff's
THE FALLEN GUARDIAN'S MANDATE


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
GRAVEYARD WALTZ


Daniel José Older's
THE COLLECTOR


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
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.


Johnny Strike's
AS YOU WISH



Johnny Strike's
NIGHT FLAMERS



Johnny Strike's
THE HOMELESS MUTANTS



Johnny Strike will beat you with his guitar
and leave you lying in the gutter wishing you
had never dared enter his under ground world
of fake passports, lucky amulets, rain soaked
hotels, and occult mystique. If you don't leave
nice comments under his story, he's sure to sic
his band CRIME on you. He also wrote the novel
Ports Of Hell (Headpress), recommended by
William S. Burroughs. You don't receive kudos
from William Lee himself unless you are the
epitome of cool. Besides, have you listened to
CRIME's album Exalted Masters? It was
released in 2007 on the Crime Music label,
on vinyl only, featuring a slew of their old
rare hits. Its real punk music from seasoned
veterans. Now go track yourself down a copy
before its out of print. The Freezine of Fantasy
and Science Fiction is proud to host the story
that contains the line which titles his first
From Above (Rudos and Rubes).


Paul Stuart's
SEA?TV!


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 paul@twilightlane.com,
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
MAU BAST


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
THE PORCELAIN WOMAN


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
with LIPSTICK



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


G. Alden Davis's
THE FOLD


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
A NEW METAPHYSICAL STUDY
REGARDING THE BEHAVIOR
OF PLANT LIFE


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
PLASTIC CHILDREN


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
THE HOUSE IN THE PORT


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
THE GOLDEN THIRD EYE


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.)