Journal of Unlikely Entomology Number 5 May 2013
Edited by Bernie Mojzes and A.C. Wise
Cover Artist: The Hive by Athina Saloniti
Review by Sam Tomaino
Unlikely Story, LLC eZine
Date: 26 June 2013
Links: Journal of Unlikely Entomology / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
This is issue 5 of Journal of Unlikely Entomology an online magazine with an unusual focus -- bugs. You can download a pdf of this issue at www.grumpsjournal.com and pay for it, or not.
The fiction begins with "Ecdysis" by Nicole Cipri -- Libby is a fourteen-year-old orphan, living with an abusive uncle on his farm when the locusts come. What can she do? A real chiller of a tale.
"Spiders, Centipedes & Holes" by Cat Rambo -- This is a curious one-pager telling us how centipedes, spiders and holes make their way in the world. Nicely done.
"The Space Between" by Lew Andrada -- Senith and Rozan are bug-like members of a race called the B'latta that have lost a war with Earth. They became prisoners of war but are now working for a farmer named Kobayashi and his wife Izumi. Senith misses his mate, Noora, and when Izumi offers him the chance to write home, he takes it. More I will not say except that I just loved this story. It was just perfect!
"Silent Drops of Crimson and Gold Rain" by Pam L.Wallace -- Sara has returned to her family home for a 'Celebration of Life' for her sister, Rebekah, who died six months ago. There is little to celebrate about Rebekah's life or hers, but she remembers their childhood and Rebekah's fascination with bugs. She steps for a while into the Twilight Zone. Maybe things will get better for her in this beautifully-written, bittersweet tale.
"The Lonely Barricade at Dawn" by Jesse William Olson -- This one starts off in the mind of a centipede crawling down a wall and scaring a little girl. The scene shifts to humans dealing with another kind of bug. Quite horrifying.
"Jeanette's Feast" by Michelle Ann King -- Gavin is a single father whose 13-year-old daughter. Jeanette, has an insatiable appetite. His mother gives him two weeks to do something about it or she's throwing them both out. After trying a couple of things, he buys two cockroaches as pets. Nice black humor here.
"B." by Nicola Belte -- Our narrator's wife, "B" for Bridget, has died and he misses her terribly. We see him in a bar, chatting up a young girl and gradually get an unsettling feeling as the story winds its way to the end. Another chilling tale.
Another good issue of the Journal of Unlikely Entomology! Look them up on their website and give them some money when you download the issue.