Bards & Sages Quarterly, July 2012

Check out this awesome cover of Bards & Sages Quarterly, July 2012 issue. What’s even better are the stories inside from authors Milo James Fowler, Stephen McQuiggan, Tim McDaniel, myself with “The Poison of Its Filamentous Lariats,” and many more.

My story is about Rhyan Gray, a botany biologist, whose presence is requested in the small town of Zig Zag, Oregon, to investigate a potential mold that seems to be causing hallucinations, delirium, and even fatalities in the people who live near the Gulley.  Here’s an excerpt:

Wilkins crossed his arms and craned his head again.  “Does this really sound like a mold to you, Professor Gray?” 

She found his tone accusatory, perhaps prompting her to yield answers that had distinct solutions, regardless if they comprised even a portion of the truth.  “Possibly,” she decidedly replied.  “Maybe a species of hallucinogenic mushrooms, those containing psilocybin and psilocin.”

The mayor bent a frown to Detective Manning.  “But some people are disappearing.  This is much more than a few poisonous mushrooms.”

“That may be an unrelated explanation,” Ryhan said.

“Are you implying that we have a murderer in ZigZag?”  Detective Manning faced her with an expression not unlike that of the Peregrine falcon above her head.

“I’m only pointing out the possible complexities of this case. 

He ambled over to the roll-top desk, having decided on some whiskey after all.  He took a drink and smacked his lips when he finished.  His eyes bore down on Ryhan’s, predatory like.  “Why don’t you just focus on the mold investigation, Professor, and leave the rest to me.”

“I had already planned on that, Detective.”

* * *

Though I’m excited to have this story accepted and published with Bards & Sages Quarterly, I am somewhat disappointed to find that some grammar and sentence structure was changed without my knowing. One resulted in a minor grammatical error and other changes involved formats that I had included for subtle reading pauses. I realize this is part of publishing, that editors tailor stories to suit their preferences, but at the same time, I’m counting on my story to look the same in print as it does in the galley.

Nevertheless, I hope you’ll support small press and order a copy today, Kindle | Amazonsubscribe to Bards & Sages Quarterly or submit your best.

Cheers to all my TOC comrades!

6 thoughts on “Bards & Sages Quarterly, July 2012”

  1. Thanks, Milo. I definitely enjoyed “Autonomic Zen and the Art of Destruction.” Your perspectives in science fiction writing are always so unique, coupled with great prose, they are winners.
    You know, I didn’t read the fine print, and shame on me, because I always say I will next time, which I never do. But it’s a great publication, so I’m not going to get bent out of shape.
    Cheers to more shared TOC!


  2. I enjoyed your story! Perfect ending — not that it was deserved, but maybe some people might believe what somebody said about somebody’s experience with SOMETHING now, right? (Tried not to give away any spoilers there…)

    Don’t most contracts state that no final changes will be made without the author’s permission? I can’t remember the B&S one — maybe it has one of those “except for grammar” stipulations. I’ve seen those before. Grrrr. =[

    Anyhow, it’s an honor to share another ToC with you, Erin! One of many more, I hope.


  3. Thanks, Laura. I agree. I’m pretty easy going when it comes to making changes to a story (often the editor sees a better angle), but I like to be notified before it’s printed into foreverland.


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