October 2021 Index of Short SF/F/H

Apex Magazine #126
(October 2021)
Cover by Megan Feheley

Issue 126 of Apex is this year’s special “Indigenous Futurists” issue, guest edited by Allison Mills. It was made possible when the magazine’s Kickstarter fundraiser for 2021 hit its highest stretch goal. In addition to six original works of fiction, issue 126 features a classic reprint from Rebecca Roanhorse and essay by Sloane Leong.

Apparition Literary Magazine Issue 16
(October 2021)
Cover Art by Erion Makuo

This issue also features poems by May Chong and Shaoni C. White, an interview with Artist-in-Residence Erion Makuo, and an essay by Jessica Cho.

Aurealis #145
(October 2021)
Cover Art by Atelier Sommerland

This issue features three works of original fiction and three essays.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies #340
(October 9, 2021)
Cover Art: “Colossus” by Godwin Akpan

Issue #340 of Beneath Ceaseless Skies is a special, double-length issue celebrating the 13th anniversary of the magazine.

Clarkesworld Magazine #181
(October 2021)
Cover Art: “Mermay 2021” by Alexander Thümler

The fifteenth anniversary issue of Clarkesworld also features interviews with Cadwell Turnbull and Tobias S. Buckell, and the essay “The Mermaid Problem” by Carrie Sessarego.

Constelación Magazine #2
(October 2021)
Cover art by Samuel Araya

The second Issue of this bilingual periodical includes essays by Ramiro Sanchiz (trans. with Christina Jurado) an Ana Llurba (trans. by NM Whitley).

The Dark Magazine #77
(October 2021)
Cover Art “Spectral Warmth” by Sam Heimer
Dark Matter Magazine
(Halloween Special Issue, October 2021)
Cover art “One for You” by Sam Heimer

Instead of it’s usual pay-to-read format, this special issue of Dark Matter is free to read online. Following its fourteen works of original fiction are a reprint, four poems, an interview with the Tales to Terrify podcast, and two short comics.

DreamForge Anvil Issue 5
(October 2021)
Escape Pod – Black Future Month
(October 2021)
Cover Art by Barry Brown Jr.
Fantasy Magazine #72
(October 2021)
Cover art by Pugun & Photo Studio/Adobe Stock Image

Issue 72 also features poems by Jennifer Crow and Stewart C. Baker, and an essay on writing about insects by Premee Mohamed.

Fireside Magazine #96
(October 2021)
FIYAH #20 – Love, Death, & Androids (Autumn 2021)
Cover art by Morgan Madeline

The Autumn issue also features poems by Abu Bakr Sadiq and Renee S. Christopher, and an essay by KL Burd.

Flash Fiction Online #97
(October 2021)

The three original flashes in this issue are accompanied by a reprint from Kristi DeMeester and a short interview with Matthew F. Amati.

Grimdark Magazine #28
(October 2021)
Cover Art by Carlos Diaz

Issue 28 of this quarterly zine contains an essay on the history of the grimdark subgenre by Aaron S. Jones, a review of Joe Abrecrombie’s new novel, the essay Of Home an Heritage by Lee Murray, and interviews with Matthew Ward and Anna Smith Spark.

Kaleidotrope
(Autumn 2021)
Cover art by Josue Ledesma
Lightspeed Magazine #137
(October 2021)
Cover art by Chainat/Adobe Stock

Also featured in the October issue of Lightspeed: reprints from Rich Larson and Endria Isa Richardson; book reviews from Lashawn M. Wanak, Arley Sorg, and Chris Kluwe; plus an excerpt from the new novel Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki.

Metaphorosis
(October 2021)
Cover art by VQGAN+CLIP
Nightmare Magazine #109
(October 2021)
Cover art by Grandfailure/Adobe Stock
Strange Horizons, “Bespoke Nightmares” by Carolina Valentine
(October 18, 2021)
Cover Art by Nina Satie
Tor.com, “Sand” by Jasmin Kirkbride
(October 13, 2021)
Cover Art by Juan Bernabeu
Tor.com, “Small Monsters” by E. Lily Yu
(October 20, 2021)
Cover Art by Armando Veve
Weird Horror #3
(Fall 2021)
Cover Art by Fernando JFL

This issue includes columns by Simon Stranzas and Orrin Grey, as well as book and film reviews.

Apex Magazine

Black, Norris
An Incident at Hellpoint Prime
4,916 words
Apex Magazine #126 (October 2021)
Loyer, Jessie
Marked by Bears
4,134 words
Apex Magazine #126 (October 2021)
Morris, Tiffany
When Evening Arrives
842 words
Apex Magazine #126 (October 2021)
Rentz, Pamela
Security Breach at Sugar Pines
4,179 words
Apex Magazine #126 (October 2021)
Wabaunsee, Kevin
Spirits of the Broken Lands
4,970 words
Apex Magazine #126 (October 2021)
Van Alst, Jr., Theodore C.
Happy Trails
1,146 words
Apex Magazine #126 (October 2021)

Apparition

Bu, Yiwen
Feudal Superstition
3,835 words
Apparition Literary Magazine #16: Wonder (October 2021)
Croke, Marie
Flock of Words and Wonder
2,015 words
Apparition Literary Magazine #16: Wonder (October 2021)
Grauer, Alyson
Lavender, Juniper, Gunpowder, Smoke
4,433 words
Apparition Literary Magazine #16: Wonder (October 2021)
Gupta, Atreyee
Cocoon
1,681 words
Apparition Literary Magazine #16: Wonder (October 2021)
Singer, Alexandra
A Home for the Hungry Tide
5,191 words
Apparition Literary Magazine #16: Wonder (October 2021)

Aurealis

Higgins, John
The List
4,576 words
Aurealis #145 (October 2021)
Lewis, Clark
The Corner of Seventh and Marino
7,329 words
Aurealis #145 (October 2021)
Ryles, Carroll
She Who Played for the Morrocks
4,052 words
Aurealis #145 (October 2021)

Beneath ceaseless skies

#340
Duncan, R.K.
Nemesis and the Sorcerer
5,174 words
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #340 (October 7, 2021)
McCarron, March
Song So Pure and Cruel
10,657 words
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #340 (October 7, 2021)
Parker, K.J.
Stronger
11,334 words
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #340 (October 7, 2021)
Vaughn, Carrie
The Burning Girl
10,708 words
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #340 (October 7, 2021)
#341
Drnovšek Zorko, Filip Hajdar
The Last Days of Summer in the City of Olives
4,805 words
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #341 (October 21, 2021)
Willrich, Chris
A Manslaughter of Crows
28,234 words
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #341 (October 21, 2021)

cast of wonders

Randall, Ember
On the Tip of Her Tongue
6,087 words (Audio 51m03s; Katherine Inskip, narrator)
Cast of Wonders #468 (October 6, 2021)
Obodoechina, Chelsea
They Shall Find Home Once More
4,313 words (Audio 34m23s; Hamdalah Lawal, narrator)
Cast of Wonders #467 (October 5, 2021)
Ogbewe, Amadin
What If We Remembered?
2,269 words (Audio 18m38s; Solomon Osadolo, narrator)
Cast of Wonders #469 (October 9, 2021)

Clarkesworld

Balder, Bo
The Answer Was Snails
5,139 words
Clarkesworld Magazine #181 (October 2021)
Clark, M.L.
Love Unflinching, at Low- to Zero-G
12,928 words
Clarkesworld Magazine #181 (October 2021)
Cooper, Brenda
Paper of Elephants
4,018 words
Clarkesworld Magazine #181 (October 2021)
Curtis, Anamaria
A Well-Worn Path
4,415 words
Clarkesworld Magazine #181 (October 2021)
Fei Dao (trans. Ken Liu)
Legend of the Giant
7,113 words
Clarkesworld Magazine #181 (October 2021)
Fomley, Eric and Rich Larson
Through
6,138 words
Clarkesworld Magazine #181 (October 2021)
Tidhar, Lavie
Rain Falling in the Pines
7,486 words
Clarkesworld Magazine #181 (October 2021)

CONSTELACIÓN

Atienza, Brie
Sunk Cost / Inmersión a largo plazo (Traducido por Ana Escudero)
3,472 words / 4,020 palabras
Constelación Magazine #2 (October 2021)
Bailton, Adria
Gnashing Teeth from the Deep and the Children Hang on Tight, A Checklist / Lista: Rechinan los dientes desde las profundidades y los niños se aferran fuerte (Traducido por Natasha Besoky)
233 words / 283 palabras
Constelación Magazine #2 (October 2021)
Brooks-Flemister, Jendayi
The Chicken Line / A la cola del pollo (Traducido por Eva Blázquez Fernández) 
3,740 words / 4,160 palabras
Constelación Magazine #2 (October 2021)
Damián Miravete, Gabriela
Mujeres soñando con el amor, mientras son observadas por un ser inmortal / Women Dreaming About Love, While Watched by an Immortal Being (Translated by Paloma Marcela Carvalho de Castilho)
2,793 palabras / 2,968 words
Constelación Magazine #2 (October 2021)
García-Rosas, Nelly Geraldine
Install new_sun / Instalar nuevo_sol (Traducido por Diana Barberena Jonas)
3,919 words / 3,924 palabras
Constelación Magazine #2 (October 2021)
Gómez Vélez, Juan Diego
Criaturas Cotidianas/ Everyday Creatures (Traducido por Eliana González Ugarte)
2,098 palabras / 2,316 words
Constelación Magazine #2 (October 2021)
Mira de Echeverría, Teresa P.
Apolo Licio, Apolo Veráva / Apolo Licio, Apolo Veráva (Translated by Arturo Sierra)
5,463 palabras / 5,380 words
Constelación Magazine #2 (October 2021)
Sand, R.P.
Rat Tail Tea and Buttermilk Biscuits / Té de cola de rata y galletitas de suero de leche (Traducido por Natasha Besoky)
1,313 words / 1,518 palabras
Constelación Magazine #2 (October 2021)

The dark

Fintushel, Eliot
Fiat, Fiat, Fiat
3,291 words
The Dark Magazine #77 (October 2021)
Ize-Iyamu, Osahon
There's Nothing Left Without the Smoke
5,128 words
The Dark Magazine #77 (October 2021)
Ogamba, Frances
The Hide's Effect
4,253 words
The Dark Magazine #77 (October 2021)
Ogden, Aimee
Hundreds of Little Absences
5,986 words
The Dark Magazine #77 (October 2021)

Dark Matter

Altabef, Ken
Potato
1,619 words
Dark Matter Halloween Special Issue (October 2021)
Andrew, Matt
Annihilate Mankind and Impress Your Friends: A Correspondence Course
2,883 words
Dark Matter Halloween Special Issue (October 2021)
Corwin, P.T.
A Place for the Dead and Dying
1,682 words
Dark Matter Halloween Special Issue (October 2021)
Gianfrancisco, Taylor
Purple Spiders
1,075 words
Dark Matter Halloween Special Issue (October 2021)
Huong, Lituo
Fluff & Fold
922 words
Dark Matter Halloween Special Issue (October 2021)
Joslyn, Mark
Jodie
4,544 words
Dark Matter Halloween Special Issue (October 2021)
Madden, Anna
Lady of the Dullahan
3,427 words
Dark Matter Halloween Special Issue (October 2021)
Michaels, Alan Vincent
The Last Science Fiction Story
3,549 words
Dark Matter Halloween Special Issue (October 2021)
Pearce, Josh
Freehold
4,659 words
Dark Matter Halloween Special Issue (October 2021)
Piper, Hailey
Queen of the Cloven Heart
2,297 words
Dark Matter Halloween Special Issue (October 2021)
Robson, Michael Adam
The Master of the House
1,210 words
Dark Matter Halloween Special Issue (October 2021)
Sobel, Alex
The Devil's Travel Agency
3,745 words
Dark Matter Halloween Special Issue (October 2021)

Diabolical plots

Khaw, Cassandra and Matt Dovey
Audio Recording Left by the CEO of the Ranvannian Colony to Her Daughter, on the Survival Imperative of Maximising Profits
2,313 words
Diabolical Plots #80A (October 2021)
Pankau, Kurt
It’s Real Meat!™
3,198 words
Diabolical Plots #80B (October 2021)

Dreamforge Anvil

Crawford, Crystal
Our Kind
4,171 words
DreamForge Anvil Issue 5 (October 2021)
Cunningham, Elaine
Mermaids in the Garden
3,094 words
DreamForge Anvil Issue 5 (October 2021)
Mietke, A.J.
Kill Your Darlings
3,666 words
DreamForge Anvil Issue 5 (October 2021)
Stead, Kelley
Unlinked
4,221 words
DreamForge Anvil Issue 5 (October 2021)

Escape Pod

Jennings, Alex
T_ME
7,344 words (Audio 1h03m07s; Bria Strothers and Eric Luke, narrators)
Escape Pod #807 (October 21, 2021)
Kindred, L.P.
Open 27 Hours
4,434 words (Audio 39m52s; Eden Royce, narrator)
Escape Pod #805 (October 7, 2021)
Munroe, Lina
Win Again
3,465 words (Audio 31m17s; Joniece Abbott-Pratt, narrator) 
Escape Pod #808 (October 28, 2021)
Patel, Anjali
Bright Lights Flying Beneath the Ocean
1,569 words (Audio 19m20s; Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali, narrator)
Escape Pod #806 (October 14, 2021)

Fantasy

A., Zebib K.
Heirlooms
3,151 words
Fantasy Magazine #72 (October 2021)
Garfinkle, Gwynne
Emily and the What-if Imp
1,003 words
Fantasy Magazine #72 (October 2021)
King, Allison
Breath of the Dragon King
993 words
Fantasy Magazine #72 (October 2021)
Rentz, Pamela
Obstruction
4,600 words
Fantasy Magazine #72 (October 2021)

Fireside

Bianchi, Jana
Not Quite What We're Looking For Right Now
308 words
Fireside #96 (October 2021)
Cahill, Martin
The Fifth Horseman
2,694 words
Fireside #96 (October 2021)
Doocy, Maiga
Of Honey and Grave Dirt
2,341 words
Fireside #96 (October 2021)
Thull, R.L.
Congratulations, Clockholder!
945 words
Fireside #96 (October 2021)

FIYAH

Kurtz, Nicole Givens
The Trumpet Player
3,929 words
FIYAH Issue #20 - Love, Death, & Androids (Autumn 2021)
Mahamed, Maryan
Performance Review
2,949 words
FIYAH Issue #20 - Love, Death, & Androids (Autumn 2021)
Park, Emir G.
The Body of Theseus
5,148 words
FIYAH Issue #20 - Love, Death, & Androids (Autumn 2021)
Scott, Cynthia C.
Smiley Faces with Blackberry Jam on Toast
5,557 words
FIYAH Issue #20 - Love, Death, & Androids (Autumn 2021)
Walker, K.S.
The First of Us: The Geordonn Story
3,098 words
FIYAH Issue #20 - Love, Death, & Androids (Autumn 2021)

Flash Fiction Online

Niehoff, Linda
Like a Sunday House
957 words
Flash Fiction Online #97 (October 2021)
Pauling, Sarah
Litany in the Heart of Exorcism
904 words
Flash Fiction Online #97 (October 2021)
Picchi, Aimee
AITA for Using My Side Hustle to Help My Boyfriend Escape the Clutches of Death?
998 words
Flash Fiction Online #97 (October 2021)

giganotosaurus

Farjo, Mireille
Julissa's Haunted Rodeo
9,429 words
GigaNotoSaurus (October 1, 2021)

Grimdark

Buelhman, Christopher
The Spoiler
1,940 words
Grimdark Magazine #28 (October 2021)
de Castell, Sebastien
The Sword of Seven Tears
3,822 words
Grimdark Magazine #28 (October 2021)
Hurley, Kameron
The Tomb of the Flesh Dealer
7,776 words
Grimdark Magazine #28 (October 2021)
Villoso, K.S.
An Eye for an Eye
3,923 words
Grimdark Magazine #28 (October 2021)

Kaleidotrope

Barber, David
The Beck Conjecture
1,366 words
Kaleidotrope (Autumn 2021)
Fullerton, H.L.
Courtnée Luvs Rock Stars
1,056 words
Kaleidotrope (Autumn 2021)
Jeschonek, Robert
And Miles to Go After I Sleep
6,014 words
Kaleidotrope (Autumn 2021)
Kinney, Benjamin C.
The Promise of Iron
5,745 words
Kaleidotrope (Autumn 2021)
Mudie, Timothy
A Heavy Head, a Heavy Yoke
6,126 words
Kaleidotrope (Autumn 2021)
Ness, Mari
Somewhens
775 words
Kaleidotrope (Autumn 2021)
Nova, Tarver
Sentinel Crows
4,543 words
Kaleidotrope (Autumn 2021)
Ogden, Aimee
The Antithesis of Virtue
7,495 words
Kaleidotrope (Autumn 2021)

Lightspeed

Doucette, Gene
Memoranda from the End of the World
5,400 words
Lightspeed Magazine #137 (October 2021)
Lee, P H and Rachel Swirsky
The Ash-Girl and the Salmon Prince
Part I: 6,622 words; Part II: 5,478 words
Lightspeed Magazine #137 (October 2021)
Moore, Coral Alejandra
The Right Dragon
1,480 words
Lightspeed Magazine #137 (October 2021)
Tobler, E. Catherine
Those Who Went
520 words
Lightspeed Magazine #137 (October 2021)
Wang, Yang-Yang
Every Single Brain
3,261 words
Lightspeed Magazine #137 (October 2021)

Metaphorosis

Beckley, Laurel
Tell the Crows I'm Home
4,916 words
Metaphorosis (October 2021)
El-Koura, Karl
The Azurian Shield
9,852 words
Metaphorosis (October 2021)
Grimes, Ivy
Ennui Tea
4,087 words
Metaphorosis (October 2021)
Pillard, J.C.
The Tick of the Clock
3,325 words
Metaphorosis (October 2021)
Short, Lisa
Genesis
7,206 words
Metaphorosis (October 2021)

Nature: Futures

Algernon, S.R.
Beware of Rainbows
978 words
Nature: Futures (October 29, 2021)
Dawson, Robert
Byzantium
952 words
Nature: Futures (October 20, 2021)
Lee, P H
Friendship and Other Anomalous Results
956 words
Nature: Futures (October 8, 2021)
Lingen, Marissa
Without a Password
950 words
Nature: Futures (October 1, 2021)
Masters, Freya
Seams
870 words
Nature: Futures (October 6, 2021)
Nikel, Wendy
A Thousand Words, Unspoken
949 words
Nature: Futures (October 15, 2021)
Szal, Jeremy
Oceans Like Neurons
969 words
Nature: Futures (October 22, 2021)
Thompson, Matt
The Audit
946 words
Nature: Futures (October 27, 2021)
Wenmackers, Sylvia
Path Correction
917 words
Nature: Futures (October 13, 2021)

nightmare

Bailey, Dale
I Summon You
1,110 words
Nightmare Magazine #109 (October 2021)
Dunlap, WC
Caw
6,358 words
Nightmare Magazine #109 (October 2021)
Padgett, Jon
Flight 389
3,248 words
Nightmare Magazine #109 (October 2021)

podcastle

Chua, Ally
Catch
500 words
Podcastle #701: Flash Fiction Extravaganza (October 19, 2021)
Wittkamp, Aleksander
How the Demigod Albert Einstein Stole Nuclear Power from the Physical Gods
500 words
Podcastle #701: Flash Fiction Extravaganza (October 19, 2021)
Heike, Sylvia
When the Head Comes Knocking
497 words
Podcastle #701: Flash Fiction Extravaganza (October 19, 2021)
Czernik, Drew
Abby's T-Rex
499 words
Podcastle #701: Flash Fiction Extravaganza (October 19, 2021)

Pseudopod

Oreto, Frank
Live from the End of the World
4,425 words (Audio 39m; Katie Gill, narrator)
Pseudopod #778 (October 8, 2021)

Samovar

Bookreyeva, Anastasia
Scissors / Ножницы (trans. Ray Nayler)
4,223 words / 3,310 words
Samovar (October 25, 2021)
Farris, Clelia
Another Place / Un Altro Posto (trans. Rachel Cordasco)
9,816 words / 9,527 palabras
Samovar (October 25, 2021)

Slate: Future Tense

Ashby, Madeline
Claremont v. Florida
1,683 words
Slate: Future Tense (October 29, 2021)

Strange horizons

Franciscovich, Max
Night Shift
6,155 words
Strange Horizons (October 4, 2021)
Tay, Lisabelle
Surat Dari Hantu
3,351 words
Strange Horizons (October 11, 2021)
Valentine, Carolina
Bespoke Nightmares
2,828 words
Strange Horizons (October 18, 2021)

Tor.com

Kirkbride, Jasmin
Sand
5,487 words
Tor.com (October 13, 2021)
Yu, E. Lily
Small Monsters
7,631 words
Tor.com (October 20, 2021)
Polansky, Daniel
Baby Teeth
10,524 words
Tor.com (October 27, 2021)

Weird Horror

Burrows, Rex
The Forest Has No Immediate Plans to Kill You
1,051 words
Weird Horror #3 (Fall 2021)
Chatterjee, Saswati
In the War, the Wall
5,044 words
Weird Horror #3 (Fall 2021)
Clark, S.E.
Feast
4,613 words
Weird Horror #3 (Fall 2021)
Coles, Donyae
Thalia was Alone
3,294 words
Weird Horror #3 (Fall 2021)
DeLucci, Theresa
Only My Skin That Crawled Away
4,352 words
Weird Horror #3 (Fall 2021)
Lothian, Jack
Susan and the Most Popular Girl in School
3,108 words
Weird Horror #3 (Fall 2021)
McConvey, J.R.
Code White
3,491 words
Weird Horror #3 (Fall 2021)
Rountree, Josh
A Red Promise in the Palm of your Hand
4,528 words
Weird Horror #3 (Fall 2021)
White, Gordon B.
From October Vines
3,022 words
Weird Horror #3 (Fall 2021)

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