A TRANSCENDENT Excerpt: “‘Round Back” by John Pedersen

We get a call to do this job. My dad and I. It was one of those days, gray skies, windy, air heavy like it wanted to rain but couldn’t. Looked like a septic sinkhole had opened up underneath the amphitheater. Ain’t no septic tank there, but all right. A big pit spread out underneath…

IN THE AIR Cover Reveal

Our new anthology is on its way! Now that we’ve been consistently publishing anthologies, we’re proud to bring new voices to our team and to continue representing our veteran contributors. This collection is going to change what you think about one of our most underrated elements: Air.   Dean Samed always does a wonderful job!  …

A TRANSCENDENT Excerpt: “A Family Film” by Rachel DiMaggio

The more you try to remember, the murkier things get. There was popcorn, of course, and tucked around your feet, a crocheted blanket with granny squares of hunter green and brown. Your brother hugged a couch pillow, peeking over it. At first, you’re thrilled by the figure, standing outside the townhouse window, a monolith on…

A TRANSCENDENT Excerpt: “Join the Mob” by Daniel Loring Keating

I wake to the sort of acrid bright sunlight that hangovers are made from, entering my bedroom through the window that overlooks C Street. Outside, people are whooping and hollering and laughing. The road is flooded with humanity, all of them with pure happiness on their faces. My calendar shows that it is a regular…

Our TRANSCENDENT Authors: a Featured Interview with Eddie Generous

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 Eddie Generous and his story “To Quiet the Pen.”   ABOUT THE STORY What inspired your story? I graduated college during the opening stages of the most recent big recession….

A TRANSCENDENT Excerpt: “Lives of Ghosts” by Zoe Harrington

I can only just make out the image of Annie on the screen with our daughter, Maddie, propped on her lap. She must be getting heavy ,and I press down on my leg trying to remember what ‘heavy’ feels like? She’s almost 140cm tall. They’d marked it on the door at home. I will always…

A TRANSCENDENT Excerpt: “Candlesticks” by Chris Campeau

It came with little surprise to Dom that Oma was up and walking the house in the middle of the night. The nursing staff at Immaculate warned him that it might happen. Miranda, the placement student, told him that it was common for the elderly to sleepwalk. Dom crept out of bed and crossed the…

A TRANSCENDENT Excerpt: “Karma Books” by B.B. Wellstone

A bead of sweat pools between Karen’s shoulder blades and slithers down her back. There’s a table she hasn’t noticed before: a circular pedestal with a rich, glossy-red finish and an intricate pattern of half-moons and stars carved into the side. It stands out among the cheap folding tables like a classic, mint-condition Rolls Royce…

A TRANSCENDENT Excerpt: “Erasure Artist” by Mark Melnicove

She invites you out for lunch, but when you arrive she has already eaten, the kitchen is shut down, and the check is on you. When you confront her with her rudeness, she dazzles you with her perfume, and a few of her kisses, though aimed for everyone, manage to unloosen your tie. She promises…

A TRANSCENDENT Excerpt: “Little Choices” by Arlen Feldman

Strawberry, vanilla, or chocolate. In theory, it shouldn’t matter. They just poured the gunk down the feeding tube directly into my stomach. In practice, though—the stuff worked its way back up my esophagus. Chalky battery acid. Maybe if I drank the stuff properly, it wouldn’t be too bad. The way I got it was disgusting….