Our TRANSCENDENT Authors: a Featured Interview with Madison Estes

In our new author series, we’ll be offering a clairvoyant peek behind the veil of who and what makes up TRANSCENDENT. Here’s a glimpse at Madison Estes and her story “House of Mirrors.”   ABOUT THE STORY What inspired your story? My struggles with low self-esteem inspired this story. I wrote “House of Mirrors” during…

A TRANSCENDENT Excerpt: Lorraine Sharma Nelson’s “Liminal State”

The empty street loomed before her, quiet save for an unsettling rustling. Leena quickened her steps, her stilettos clicking loudly on the sidewalk. Where was that stupid cab? Her phone app showed it waiting at the corner of First and Main. But she’d turned the corner to another vacant street. Screw it. I’ll walk the…

Our TRANSCENDENT Authors: a Featured Interview with E.N. Dahl

In our new author series, we’ll be offering a clairvoyant peek behind the veil of who and what makes up TRANSCENDENT. Here’s a glimpse at E.N. Dahl and her story “The Mask of Infamy.”   ABOUT THE STORY What inspired your story? Masks show up a lot in my work, as does ‘duality.’ I don’t…

Our TRANSCENDENT Authors: a Featured Interview with Shaun Horton

In our new author series, we’ll be offering a clairvoyant peek behind the veil of who and what makes up TRANSCENDENT. Here’s a glimpse at Shaun Horton and his story “Sunday School.”   ABOUT THE STORY What inspired your story? I was on a bit of a H.P. Lovecraft tangent in my writing. It combined…

Our TRANSCENDENT Authors: a Featured Interview with Melissa A. Winton

In our new author series, we’ll be offering a clairvoyant peek behind the veil of who and what makes up TRANSCENDENT. Here’s a glimpse at Melissa A. Winton and her story “Beckoned.” ABOUT THE STORY What inspired your story? Inspiration for my story came from several different sources over the course of many years. I…

Something in the Water by Matthew R. Davis

I always feared the sea, even before I understood why that fear was perfectly justified – before I knew what was hiding there, waiting for me. I remember standing skinny and shaking on the Port Pirie jetty after the other children had plunged into the murky green depths, furiously egged on by the swimming teacher…

Bad Apples by Nicholas Stella

Antagonist. The baddie. Archenemy. Call them what you will, but everyone loves a villain. Literature thrives on them. We have Pennywise, a malign entity with an affinity for appearing as a clown and dragging unsuspecting children into sewers.  There’s Voldemort as well, the archenemy of Harry Potter. And also, Grendel, the beast with an even…

Banshee by Ken McGrath

This is a true story. When I was ten years old, growing up in Thurles, County Tipperary, Ireland, a banshee haunted my town. Thurles back then had a population of seven and a half thousand. It was a good-sized country town, bustling and alive. It’s where my story, “The Astronaut’s Ghost,” is set. This was…

Our TRANSCENDENT Authors: a Featured Interview with Nicholas Stella

In our new author series, we’ll be offering a clairvoyant peek behind the veil of who and what makes up TRANSCENDENT. Here’s a glimpse at Nicholas Stella and his story “The Little Lantern.”   ABOUT THE STORY What inspired your story? I spent time studying and working in Taiwan and noticed that many of the…

Sauntering on the Crow Eye Path by Goathead Buckley

We’ve all had dreams in which moon lizards and their dark companions crawl up from the creek and snatch our brains from our sleeping heads. Hilarious, life-affirming dreams of burrowing like worms in the dirt of an alien planet only to find a bag of hot fries and a few ketchup packets, unopened. Or the…

Our TRANSCENDENT Authors: a Featured Interview with Ken McGrath

In our new author series, we’ll be offering a clairvoyant peek behind the veil of who and what makes up TRANSCENDENT. Here’s a glimpse at Ken McGrath and his story “The Astronaut’s Ghost.”   ABOUT THE STORY Did you have to do any research? If so, what kind? What did you learn? Not for this…