Featured: Week of Oct. 8

By on Oct 7, 2012 in Issue Archives

Throughout the month of October, Wild Violet is leading up to Halloween by exploring some darker terrain, suitable for the holiday of spirits and monsters. In this week’s installment, we visit four dystopias.

Richard Wolkomir’s “Swamp” takes us inside a secretive society living in American’s southern swamplands. 

Donna Marie Robb’s “The Banished” shows us a deceptively pleasant New Eden brought by eugenics. 

Robert Woolridge’s “The Debt Breakers” depicts a futuristic world ruled by banks.

David Hancock’s “Chum” looks at the potentially dire consequences of bioengineering. 


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Alyce Wilson is the editor of Wild Violet and in her copious spare time writes humor, non-fiction, fiction and poetry, keeps an online journal, and is working on a book, Belated Mommy: How to Cope With Being an Older Mom. Her first chapbook, Picturebook of the Martyrs; her e-book/pamphlet, Stay Out of the Bin! An Editor's Tips on Getting Published in Lit Mags (which she plans to update this year); her book of essays and columns, The Art of Life; and her humorous nonfiction ebook, Dedicated Idiocy: How Monty Python Fandom Changed My Life, can all be ordered from her Web site, AlyceWilson.com. She lives with her husband and son in the Philadelphia area and takes far too many photos of her handsome, creative third grader, nicknamed Kung Fu Panda.