A TRANSCENDENT Excerpt: Kathryn Hore’s “Dark Moon”

By the time the path twists into the forest, the sunlight has gone, leaving no more than the pale light of the waning quarter moon. She is more comfortable with that, with the trees stretching overhead and the darkness buffeted around her. When there is light and space, an open stretch of ground, she can…

Three Dreams of a Philosophical Nature by William Curnow

10 November 1619. Returning to the army of the Duke of Bavaria, Rene Descartes, then aged twenty-three, found himself caught in a snowstorm in the town of Neubourg on the banks of the Danube. With nothing to do, and no company to do it with, he retreated to his room, contemplating the nature of truth…

Our TRANSCENDENT Authors: a Featured Interview with Case C. Capehart

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 Case C. Capehart and his story “Wretched Nobelesse.”   ABOUT THE STORY What inspired your story? The butterfly parable from Zhuangzi. I also have kind of a thing for monster…

A TRANSCENDENT Excerpt: Alistair Rey’s “Sightseeing”

We entered through the gates, passing the old crumbling structures. Behind these, a network of deserted streets fanned out before us, snaking in odd directions with little sense of structure or design. Dust littered each avenue, and debris crunched under our feet as we advanced further into the medina. The height of the surrounding buildings…

A TRANSCENDENT Excerpt: Elana Gomel’s “Dreaming of Ravens”

“You are lucky,” he said, unconsciously echoing my foster mother. “I had patients who tried to kill themselves because they could not bear their nightly terrors.” “I would rather have nightmares than oblivion.” “Trust me, you wouldn’t. Look, we all dream. We have to. This is how our brains process the information we acquire during…

The Mask of Me by E.N. Dahl

People say, “Write what you know.” That’s terrible advice. Stephen King never went to prison, yet The Green Mile is highly acclaimed. Dean Koontz (probably) has no direct experience with time travel or quantum physics. Stephanie M. Wytovich has never, to my knowledge, been the madam of a brothel. Wrath James White likely never murdered anyone….

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…