Issue 34 (Mar 2012)
Special thank you to Karen Burnham, Julius Maramba and two anonymous donators for their generous contribution to this issue of Expanded Horizons.
Man, let me tell you about the nighttime. A blank canvas. A lame brick wall. Except for the walking dead who traveled with their own colors. It was work to be able to see them. A stroke of my paintbrush fingers in midair would reveal the aura of the closest one. A few more strokes, and the fully formed spook would appear. Crazy-ass nighttime. Like Whodini said. Except it ain’t the freaks. It’s the spooks.
I read a photocopied copy of the Necronomicon in Mexico City when I was in junior high and living on the fourth floor of a building which smelled like garbage.
Locked in the back room of the temple, I had nothing to do but stare at my slippers. A pair of gold phoenixes arched across the red toes, carrying chrysanthemum blooms in their beaks and promising marital joy. The slippers had come from the mayor’s daughter’s wedding chest; they were far too fine for a fisherman’s family.
Joya was already headed toward the river when a passer-by told her about the mysterious boat.
She intended to make the most of her freedom while she had it. By this time next week, she’d be dressed in a saree and shown off to boys and going nowhere unescorted.
Jennifer Chung is the author of Terroryaki!, winning entry in the 2011 Three Day Novel Contest. Terroryaki!, her debut novel, is perhaps best described as humorous light horror, difficult to classify, but clearly speculative!