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Far Fetched Fables No. 116 Nelly Geraldine García-Rosas and Paul Jessup

July 26, 2016 by Gary Dowell

“In Xochitl in Cuicatl in Shub-Niggurath” by Nelly Geraldine García-Rosas, translated by Silvia Moreno-García

(Originally published in Sword & Mythos.)

Screams. The sun had not risen yet when the Mexica priests entered the Valley of Toluca, carrying the effigies of their gods. They carried the whistles of death tied around their necks: small clay skulls that produced terrifying shrieks when they blew them. This is how they announced the arrival of war, and with it, of Huitzilopochli and Tezcatlipoca, the lords that the Matlazinca would be forced to worship after being defeated by the Mexica.

Šuti spat when she saw the procession coming closer. Those feathered puppets would never be her gods.

Nelly Geraldine Garcia-Rosas is Mexican but lives in the UK with her husband. Her stories have appeared in anthologies like The Apex Book of World SF 3 and She Walks in Shadows. She can be found online at nellygeraldine.com or tweeting mostly in Spanish as @kitsune_ng.


“Sun Sorrow” by Paul Jessup

(Originally published in Sword & Mythos.)

…and then Beyla sat down, under the lost arch and thought again of Carcosa, and the hidden secrets she’d searched for in its crowded temples and burning libraries. She picked up the rabbit head, deep in her own thoughts, staring into the dead eyes. Wanting to forget. Wanting to remember. Perverse, the way her mind worked. She rubbed the tips of the ears, pushing them back against the head. Slick, like hair. The oracle. She had found him. He was dead, but she had found him.

Paul Jessup is a critically acclaimed and award winning author, poet, and playwright. He’s been published in numerous anthologies and magazines, and has three books out by various small presses. You can find him online at pauljessup.com.


About the Narrators:

Karen Bovenmyer earned an MFA in Creative Writing: Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine in 2011. She has published approximately 25 poems, short stories, and novellas and has a novel coming out next year. She teaches and mentors students at Iowa State University and serves as the Nonfiction Assistant Editor of Escape Artists’ Mothership Zeta Magazine. Karen’s narrations can be heard on the Strange Horizons, StarShip Sofa, Gallery of Curiosities, and Pseudopod podcasts. You can find her online at karenbovenmyer.com.

Julie C. Day’s fiction has appeared in such venues as Interzone, Podcastle, and Resurrection House’s anthology XIII. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program and a Masters of Science in Microbiology from the University of Massachusetts. You can find Julie’s latest story “Florida Miracles” in Interzone 261. As well as narrating for StarshipSofa, Julie is also the host of the Small Beer Press podcast. If you want to hear more of Julie’s voice, you can find her narration of Carmen Maria Machado’s “I Bury Myself” at smallbeerpress.com. Finally!: You can find Julie herself on Twitter @thisjulieday or through her website stillwingingit.com.



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