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

Editorial: Issue 8

If you’ve paid attention to the cover of this issue, you might have noticed something different. From now on, ‘Innsmouth Magazine’ will be the name of our triannual fiction issues, while ‘Innsmouth Free Press’ is the name of the micro-publishing company that publishes Innsmouth Magazine. It’s a small change, but one that will help avoid confusion, as we launch more anthologies and books in the next few years.

Talking about launches, this is the first issue of …

IFPEditorial: Issue 8

Fiction: Graffito Flow

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By W. H. Pugmire

Silver moonshine filtered through the mist of dusk. Lifting her eyes to heaven, a blind woman sang to darkness. Autumn wind brushed against her lank hair and moaned softly at chapped red ears. She listened to the sound and whispered an accompaniment as the breeze embraced her like a friend who kisses throat with chilly fondness. Night and …

IFPFiction: Graffito Flow

Fiction: And Out Came Words of Fire

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By Paul Jessup

At first, I thought they were burns – like some form of branding. Bruises along her skin, raised under the flesh. She was barely married – I could see her hair was tied in the traditional newlywed knots, which swung in a pendulum arc around her head as she stumbled along the stone steps to the Temple of Saxis.…

IFPFiction: And Out Came Words of Fire

Fiction: We Are All Ghosts

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By Peter Darbyshire

This is the way the world ends.

Not with a bang but with the silence of the grave.

I don’t bother testing the walls of the tomb you’ve buried me in. I know there’s no way out. After all, you built it to contain not only me, but what’s inside me. I cannot escape. We cannot escape.

But I …

IFPFiction: We Are All Ghosts

Fiction: We Can Watch the White Doves Go

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By T.J. McIntyre

The view from the top of the cliff revealed miles of unobstructed Alabama countryside. The river below stretched on and on, a glowing yellow snake lit by the waning sun. It slithered between rolling hills and square plots of farmland. Smitty imagined that if he looked hard enough, he might be able to see where the river met the …

IFPFiction: We Can Watch the White Doves Go