From the Editors
Welcome to Issue 2.1 of The Dread Machine!
This quarter, our team gravitated to active, chaotic stories like Punk’s Not Dead by Andrew Giffin, Pricking of My Thumb by Cory Daignault, and Camera’s Up! Action On! by H.L. Fullerton. These tales didn’t seem to notice our presence as readers, let alone care if we knew what the hell was going on. Each of these writers thrust us into a vivid new reality and pulled us through outright mayhem, leaving us dizzy, breathless, and eager to share their stories with others.
We also enjoyed slipping into some more dreamlike pieces—Silence by Melinda Brasher, Riding Dark by Marisca Pichette, Dōngzhì by Celine Low, and Palliative Dehiscence by Jason P. Burnham. Each are haunting and beautifully written, containing unforgettable imagery.
You’ll find some stories about lovers separated by space (Nothing Separates You by James Parenti) and time (Observer Effect by Geoffrey W. Cole), and a few about things that go missing (a child, in The Other Me by Alex Sobel, and a dangerous biosynthetic salamander in Goodly Creatures by Austin Shirey).