Featured: Week of Oct. 22

By on Oct 21, 2012 in Issue Archives

On the week before Halloween, while putting together costumes and stocking up on candy, we often become aware of a strangeness in the air. Is it the chill of impending winter? Is it the collective, temporary obsession with otherworldly experiences? Or does this time of year really open the door to something odd and alien? This week’s contributors illustrate such encounters.

In “Slug Boy,” a story by Raud Kennedy, an office worker contemplates reincarnation and the seemingly otherwordly nature of a slug.

In “House to House,” a poem by Bruce McRae, traveling salesmen peddle strange items that inspire desire and fear. 

In “A Solitary Man,” a story by Margaret Karmazin, a reclusive schoolteacher finds himself playing host to extraterrestrials. 

In “They Come Back,” a story by Amberle L. Husbands, a reporter awaits a possible alien encounter foretold by ancient prophecy.


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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 and infrequently keeps an online journal. 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 ; her book of essays and columns, The Art of Life; her humorous nonfiction ebook, Dedicated Idiocy: How Monty Python Fandom Changed My Life, and her newest poetry collection, Owning the Ghosts, can all be ordered from her Web site, AlyceWilson.com. In late 2019, she published a volume of poetry by her third great-grandfather, Reading's Physician Poet: Poems by Dr. James Meredith Mathews, which also contains genealogical information about the Mathews family. She lives with her husband and son in the Philadelphia area and takes far too many photos of her handsome, creative son, nicknamed Kung Fu Panda.