RED CLOTH, WHITE GIRAFFE // Yvette Lisa Ndlovu – 4065 words
When a deceased young woman’s burial is delayed by family members’ greed, her spirit is forced to chart a new path to a meaningful afterlife.
THE LAST TESTAMENT // Aurelius Raines II – 5049 words
An android that resembles its young inventor’s slain big brother grows to realize the purpose behind its creation: vengeance. TW for a passage of police violence against a Black person.
THE BLACK MENAGERIE // Endria Isa Richardson – 6952 words
Past and present, conjure and haunts weave through this San Francisco-based tale of a wary author inexorably drawn to a mysterious, timeless woman.
YOUR NAME IS OBLIVIA // Vincent Tirado – 4451 words
At the Styx & Stones Bar and Grill, an enigmatic bartender named Oblivia infuses memory itself into her patrons’ drinks—for a price.
THE TECHNICOLOR SIMULATIONS: TEST #2020-Z // Maya C. James
LATE MOONWALK // Uche Ogbuji
LIBATIONS // Soonest Nathaniel