Introduction

We’re going to tell it to you straight—this is not your everyday collection of fiction. In Ken Poyner’s story, “The Scarecrow,” the reader is given insight into a strange kind of hunt, one that traverses back roads and cornfields. Rupprecht Mayer’s flash fiction, “Description of a Coast” dwells in the possibility of another world—a world of water. He writes, “What happens to the kids? Yeah? Down there they reproduce by spawning, and there are plenty of young.” Both Tommy Dean’s, “Baby, Alone,” and LaToya Watkins’, “Man Work,” explore the imagined and real consequences of parenting. In each, we held our breath until the end. Our editors hope you find these small windows of imagination as curious and engaging as we did.