From the Editors
Welcome to the fourth installment of The Dread Machine. This quarter’s issue features original fiction by Ai Jiang, J.L. Akagi, Josh Rountree, and many more. We snagged an unforgettable reprint from Christina Ladd and are presenting our first triple-feature with three stories by Mark Towse. You’ll also find a poetic dive into cyberhell, a king’s grotesque suit, and more beautiful, dark stanzas designed to paint pictures that will haunt your dreams.
Our Q4 Stats and Annual Stats are now available! You can see them here.
If you haven’t heard, we switched things up a bit on our first anniversary. We want our stories to be read, shared, and loved by the whole world, so we’re converting to a nonprofit organization, and starting in January, stories will be made publicly available the quarter after they’re published. Only active subscribers—our loyal Cultists—will get to read stories when they’re released each week. Subscribers also receive issues in epub format, plus all downloads we develop during their subscription period, including our games, interactive narratives, and Katerina Belikova’s gorgeous cover art as downloadable desktop and phone backgrounds! (Individual Access Packs will remain available, but will only include the epub and cover art.)