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Stupefying Stories: March 2017 by [Russell, Robert Lowell, Dawson, Robert, Carpenter, Thomas K., Bartsch, Sarah, DeHaan, Laura, Reiss, Alter S., Odell, Sandra M., Terebessy, Karin, Hyatt, Kurt Heinrich]
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It’s coming right at you!

Rampant Loon Press is excited to announce the release of Stupefying Stories 1.16 (March 2017), featuring:

I LIVE THE WARRIOR’S LIFE • by Robert Lowell Russell

No one knew how Mel summoned Brother Crow to this world, but the trickster was delighted to help Mel with his practical joke. Then, because Crow loved a good prank, he left the door to the spirit world open, and everything changed…


When she went into cryosleep, her husband promised to wake her as soon as they found a cure. He was a sweet and loving man, but he’d always been the forgetful sort.

IRENA PESTROVICH • by Thomas K. Carpenter

She was a special kind of FBI agent, with a special set of skills—which was good, because this was no ordinary murder.

ONE SAFFRON THREAD • by Sarah Bartsch

It’d been years since the Royal Mages had visited the orphanage, seeking children with the gift. Sativa would do anything to make sure she was the one they chose.

LONG COLD WISH • by Laura DeHaan

Never, ever, drink from a wishing well. You just don’t know what else might be down there.


The Lady Adinara Rvellin was a complete disgrace to the Imperial Service, and she worked very hard to make sure everyone knew that.

THE BUSINESS OF RATS • by Sandra M. Odell

Ratty Tomlin had never met a rat he couldn’t catch. Then he took the Beckett and Brownman job.

THE MEMORY OF WORMS • by Karin Terebessy

As her father’s illness grew worse, they hid the scissors and the kitchen knives. But the valaška remained, mounted in its place of honor above the mantelpiece.

CATCH OF THE DAY • by Kurt Heinrich Hyatt

After crash landing on an Earthlike alien world, survival should have been easy. All they had to do was catch a fish…

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  • Publisher: Rampant Loon Press (1 March 2017)
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4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining round-robin of sci-fi/fantasy stories 8 March 2017
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What a pleasure to see this magazine back in press. The March 2017 issue has a diverse collection of SF/F stories. I enjoyed the worldbuilding of "Provincial Affairs" by Alter S. Reiss and the YA-fantasy feel of "One Saffron Thread" by Sarah Bartsch. Robert Dawson's "This Is Not When You Said You Would Meet Me" made me chuckle, and the final story ("Catch of the Day" by Kurt Heinrich Hyatt) was entertaining.

The most memorable story for me was "Long Cold Wish" by Laura DeHaan. I never thought I'd like a story with a talking snake and animal necromancy, but I couldn't stop reading it. Overall, the issue has a lot to offer. You should give it a whirl.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Poor Start, Great Middle, Strong Finish 16 April 2017
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I Live the Warrior's Life by Robert Lowell Russell - Clever idea, but the story could have used a little more time in the oven. You've got to know your story's true beginning, and this one ends at the beginning of the real tale. Reads like the opening chapter of a novel.

This Is Not When You Said You Would Meet Me by Robert Dawson - See the review for "I Live the Warrior's Life", including the part where it reads like the first chapter of a novel. I'll be glad when the overly long sf story title fad goes away.

Irena Pestrovich by Thomas K. Carpenter - It takes real stones to try and sell a cyberpunk story to Bruce Bethke. That, or total obliviousness. Either way, the melding of the genre conventions with a CSI-style procedural works well. As a character, Agent Pestrovich is engaging and intriguing from the beginning. Its bright tone is strange, though, given the type of story it is, not to mention the rather gruesome details of the case. Also reads like a chapter to a larger work, but this one functions as a complete story in itself. I would read that novel, btw. Hint hint.

One Saffron Thread by Sarah Bartsch - Standard fantasy fare. A girl at the mercy of the world has dreams realized by magic, discovers she's special via the opinions of others, and has her stoicism validated by the tale's end. Good writing, but this story says nothing that hasn't already been said a hundred times since last Thursday. Reads like the first few chapters of a longer fantasy novel, and in doing so fails to explain several plot points. I'm starting to see a trend.

Long Cold Wish by Laura DeHaan- Weird-tale-meets-fairy-tale in an engrossing journey of revenge...ish. Everything about this story is pleasantly offbeat. The characterization is great, the tone perfect, and the plot as creative and inventive as I've seen in quite a while. And if I'm reading the bio correctly, at least one of these characters appears in a story in Andromeda Spaceways In-Flight Magazine, making it actually a part of a series. Not exactly like it being part of a novel, but sheesh, close enough. Still, six out of a possible five stars. I wouldn't hesitate to nominate this for a Nebula or World Fantasy Award, were I the nominating sort.

Provincial Affairs Alter S. Reiss - Good, solid storytelling. Not every story has to knock it out of the park. Sometimes, it's best to just curl up with a book that's not going to broaden your world too much, but a tale written by a pro comfortable with his/her style. Not sure if the author is a pro or not, but this story certainly reads like it. Bravo.

The Business of Rats Sandra M. Odell - D&D-style adventure story set in a Dickensian London instead of some derivative fantasy setting. Good guy and dog go to kill rats, wind up facing something more sinister instead. Like Provincial Affairs, the writing here is solid. The descriptions are vibrant. I could smell the stink, and upon finishing I felt the need to shower off the grime of a hard night's work fighting the forces of evil in a filthy warehouse. Excellent.

The Memory of Worms by Karin Terebessy - Anyone who has watched a loved one waste away, from the ravages of old age or some dreadful disease, can relate to this story. Brutal simplicity, understated storytelling. Not the most pleasant read of the issue, but certainly the most affecting. Love the ending. Sometimes, childish wish fulfillment brings on the sweetest pain, as it does here.

Catch of the Day by Kurt Heinrich Hyatt - At first, I thought the issue would end on a sour note. However, a clunky beginning eventually unfolds into an intriguing fight for survival on a Golden Age-style planet. Love the pulpy fun depicted here.