Editorial: Issue 9

Welcome to another issue of Innsmouth Magazine, which, I’m glad to remind you, can now be purchased via Amazon or Smashwords for your e-reader. It’s also our fundraiser month, so if you can spare a dollar, now’s the time to do so!

With that self-publicity out of the way, let’s focus on the stories. We’ve got six of them, this time. There’s a bit of classic Lovecraft with “The Grey Cairns”, which is set in a shadowy, 19th-century …

IFPEditorial: Issue 9

Fiction: The Grey Cairns

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By C. G. Leslie

Monday, 3rd August 1846

Dearest Elizabeth,

I think of you always. I felt it important to record my thoughts if only to explain in my own mind the perils we seem destined to suffer on this quest. Of course, Dr. Johnson makes the same promises he brought to our house: promises of treasure, of the …

IFPFiction: The Grey Cairns

Fiction: The Divers

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By Dave Chua

When we saw the grey ship, the excitement rippled through all of us. It made a sound that filled up the sky and water, scaring the gulls and scattering them. On the boat, my mother looked up from her cooking and nodded to me in defeated surrender. Being careful not to gloat, I walked carefully past …

IFPFiction: The Divers

Fiction: Five Houses on the Shore

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By L Lark

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When the fish crawled out of the ocean to steal their cattle, the Xhosa refused to help them.

“We warned you,” they said – two young men caked in white clay, wearing white robes, like ghosts. Their Dutch was imperfect, missing vowels and interrupted by intermittent clicks. The tribe had entered into a shaky ceasefire …

IFPFiction: Five Houses on the Shore

Fiction: The Wouri Horror

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By Fritz Bogott

They look like fat grey worms. Étienne’s couriers hand-carry them through Douala International Airport to Cape Town, Bangkok, Kiev, Mexico City – anywhere with a surgical reamer and a sterile suite – and into your temporal cortex they go. A little skull-putty and a band-aid, and you’re off to the pub for a celebratory pint. None …

IFPFiction: The Wouri Horror

Fiction: Full Moon

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By J.M. Ramage

Roman Elzer looked up at Karolinka Observatory, unimpressed. It was, like so many buildings of the Communist era, a dull, concrete structure, box-shaped save for the iron-and-glass dome for the telescope. It sat on the side of a mountain, right on the border with Slovakia, surrounded by dark firs. Elizabeth Manning was waiting by the door, …

IFPFiction: Full Moon

Fiction: A Man of Letters

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By Peter Rawlik

Dedicated to Cailin Kiernan, who inspired it.

A Man of Letters by Marcus Theodore Page

Arkham: Witch Hill Press, 20**. $49.95, Hardcover, 400 Pages.

Reviewed by E.P. Fyte

It should be obvious to regular readers of my reviews that I am not a fan of the fiction written by Marcus Page. I found his novel, Dark

IFPFiction: A Man of Letters