An Explanatory Note on Hyalads by Adrik Kemp

There is much to be said for elemental spirits in folklore. There are dryads for the trees, mermaids and sprites for the water and air, demons for fire and gods for thunder. But when you start to veer away from the elements into manmade territory, these myths and legends start to become more scarce. In…

Adrik Kemp, an IN THE AIR Author Interview

On the verge of a new anthology, we are celebrating IN THE AIR with a behind the scenes view of authors and their stories. Here’s a look at Adrik Kemp and his story “The Cult of the Hyalad.”   ABOUT THE STORY Tell me a little about your story and the world you’ve created. This is…

Transcendence by Brendan Foley

“My name was Cornelius Stack, and I have been lost to the wind for over a hundred years. Or so I think. I suppose I was once like you. I can remember the feel of skin, of my fingertips as they brushed against pieces of paper, played against the bark of a tree. I can…

A TRANSCENDENT Excerpt: “In Comes the Cold” by M.C. St. John

“It is bloody freezing,” his wife said. “Bernard, say something. Anything.” “What am I to say that I haven’t uttered to the old man before?” “Perhaps raising your voice.” “I do. I do.” “Upstairs. Not here.” Too late. Their daughter, Alice, wriggled awake in Maggie’s arms and cried. Maggie bounced the baby as best she…

Outlaw Language by Lawrence Berry

The editors and publishers ruling the Transmundane Press universe are unique in being connoisseurs of inventive language. They encourage stories where the words themselves are hooked to electric current. I write a monthly column called Forbidden Words (And When To Use Them) on the vocabulary of dark speculative fiction and the most brilliant new words…

Brendan Foley, an IN THE AIR Author Interview

On the verge of a new anthology, we are celebrating IN THE AIR with a behind the scenes view of authors and their stories. Here’s a look at Brendan Foley and his story “And Then You May Hear My Whisper.”   ABOUT THE STORY Tell me a little about your story and the world you’ve created….

A TRANSCENDENT Excerpt: “Grey Man Walking Past” by David Kotok

The hammer is hard under the pillow. I sacrifice the cushion at my chest for the comfort of my cheek. The wooden handle is reassuring somehow, the cold metal lump of the head more so. It wasn’t my idea. The waitress at the Eastern Promise, the new girl with dyed tresses and ribbons, talked about…

Lawrence Berry, an IN THE AIR Author Interview

On the verge of a new anthology, we are celebrating IN THE AIR with a behind the scenes view of authors and their stories. Here’s a look at Lawrence Berry and his story “Abra.”   ABOUT THE STORY Tell me a little about your story and the world you’ve created.   A mutant is made into a…

Robert Walton, an IN THE AIR Author Interview

On the verge of a new anthology, we are celebrating IN THE AIR with a behind the scenes view of authors and their stories. Here’s a look at Robert Walton and his story “Aeolian Variations.”   ABOUT THE STORY Tell me a little about your story and the world you’ve created. I’m from Long Beach, so…

Sound. Bite. by Rohit Sawant

“Music is the shorthand of emotion.” -Leo Tolstoy I must’ve been about six or so when a friend of my dad’s invited us for dinner. His son was a little older than me, and we spent the evening goofing around, and at some point he showed me his new keyboard. I watched fascinated as he…