Introduction

Unforgettable. This one word sums up the stories in this issue’s fiction selections. In Annie Josie’s “It’s Not You, It’s Jesus,” we find a cigarette smoking, allegedly knife wielding cat named Walt Whitman, belonging to Eleanor Wickett who “even lifted Pastor Elvis’ wooden pulpit once all by herself. Only the men could do that.” Then, find Ken Poyner’s “The Special”—another small town tale about a truly magnificent horse who is treasured in a most unconventional way. Breaking convention and form, J.T. Townley’s “Preview Man” offers the movie trailer as a storytelling device, creating a collage of possible plots. Our editors read these stories again and again, each time finding new joy and unexpectedness in their innovation. We hope you find the same delight here.