Issue 58

Cover art by Julie Benbassat.

Gathering from the response to issue 57, we’ve got a lot of dedicated followers, so here’s issue 58, just in time for summer reading.

Our fiction runs several gamuts: a twisted prom night and a one-night stand, troubled offspring-parent relationships (to put it mildly), a strange stone, an arrest of a suspect in the park, the eerie items that the ocean yields, a music camp from hell, fiendishly smart fish, a multi-cephalic encounter, deaths by fire and water, a fortuneteller, a maddeningly equable husband, birds out of hand, and of course unrequited love.

This issue also features two author interviews, one with the Iraqi writer Diaa Jubaili and the other with the maritime engineer Mark Jednaszewski.

As with the previous issue, our writers are all over the map, in as many senses as you can imagine.

We’d like to thank our authors, without whom we’d have no material, our staff, without whom we’d have no magazine, and all those who submitted, putting their talent on display.

So check out the issue, selectively if you must, and tell others if you like what you read.

David Galef
Editor in Chief
Vestal Review

Not Fade Away, by Brett Biebel

Tupilak, by Verity Borthwick

The Thirteenth Head, by Brinda Charry

Buddy System, by Gary Fincke

After the Fire, by Juan Gomez

Just the Same, by Nicole Hebdon

Cataclysm, by Richard Holinger

The Night Girl, by Diaa Jubaili, trans. Chip Rossetti

Appetites of Birds, by Christina Kapp

Dig to the Devil, by Bradley Kehoe

One-Night Stand, by Masha Kisel

Corinne, by Linda McMullen

Byron’s Rebellion, by Jerome Newsome

Gladiator’s Moon, by T. L. Ransome

A Fish Story, by Mary Rohrer-Dann

Morning to Night, by Neysa Tapanes

You say that like I’m going to die, by Lucy Zhang    

For reviews and interviews, please go here.