* Online lit mags are publishing some of the most intriguing writing available today. Every Monday, I post a pointer to a site that offers fiction and/or poetry either as free content or as samples from subscriber issues. Today’s pointer is to Moon Milk Review.
from MMR’s About page:
Moon Milk Review is a nonprofit literary and arts magazine that takes its title from Italo Calvino’s short story, “The Distance of the Moon.” Our aesthetic veers toward the same ”otherlands” or “slipstream” in literary style, including an appreciation for magical realist, surrealist, metarealist and realist works with an offbeat spin.
Currently, MMR runs monthly issues of free fiction and a multi-media gallery with artwork and music. We are planning an annual anthology that will feature new fiction and a few pieces chosen from that year’s monthlies as well as artwork. More information soon to come.
When you want a quick, on the slip, culture fix, stop by Moon Milk Review, where you can always find free fiction, artwork and music, all in one place.
fiction excerpt from “Zero Dark Thirty” by John Emerson:
It is the silken hour of morningtide as a fat, polka-dot spider crawls along the edge of a dust and plaster-encrusted windowsill. Briefly, it pauses to examine a vertical, paint-smeared iron bar: one of three that obstruct an easterly view out of a small, broken glass window, above a narrow, rectangular bed, where a short, thin man lays sleeping, sleeping still. Then, forward-march, and the spider moves from light into shadow, from shadow into a thin, tapered crack of crumbling mortar that flakes and falls in a spatter of powdery ash upon the twisted countenance of the sleeping man.