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About Gordon B. White
Gordon B. White is a 2017 graduate of the Clarion West Writing Workshop, and the author of the horror/weird fiction collection "As Summer's Mask Slips and Other Disruptions" (Trepidatio Publishing 2020). His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in dozens of venues, including The Best Horror of the Year Vol. 12 and the Bram Stoker Award® winning anthology Borderlands 6. Gordon also contributes reviews and interviews to outlets including Nightmare, Lightspeed, Hellnotes, and The Outer Dark podcast. You can find him online at www.gordonbwhite.com or on Twitter at @GordonBWhite.
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We are not discrimination.
We are not hate.
We are not fear.
We are not oppression.
We Are Not This.
Table of Contents
TL;DR - by Michael G. Williams
Trapped - by Theresa Glover
The Slave Trader's Wedding - by AJ Hartley
In the Pasture - by David Childers
The Gem of Acitus - by Jay Requard
The Map of the Way - by Kay McSpadden
For Small Creatures Such as We - by Jennifer Julian
Behind the Canvas - by Caryn Sutorus
Hair Shirt Drag - by Gordon White
Another Way - by S.H. Roddey
Ebony - by Andrea Judy
A Rose, A Dragon - by T. Frock
One-Up-One-Down - by Jake Bible
Out of the Shadows - by Darin Kennedy
The Seventh Sunrise - by James P. McDonald
The Butcher's Witch - by Stuart Jaffe
Headstrong - by Nicole Givens Kurtz
Buttons - by Gail Z. Martin
A Dear, Lovely Thing - by Natania Barron
Scorpio Rising - by C.R.R. Lavene
The Color of Love - by Tamsin Silver
Our Lady of the Flowers Saved My Life - by Charlotte Henley Babb
Threshold Sanctuary - by Erin Penn
God Don't Like Ugly - by Tonia Brown
My Name - by Calandra Usher
The Soldier Who Swung at the End of a Thread - by M. David Blake
Inverted Perception - by Faith Naff
Missing Muse - by Melissa McArthur
Bog - by Trevor Curtis
Lovebite - by Jason Gilbert
The Dark Lady - by Lucy Blue
Rallying for Regular Lives - by Joanne Spataro
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"Eye of the Beholder" - John McIlveen
"Those Rockports Won’t Get You to Heaven" - Jack Ketchum
"The Last Plague Doctor" - Rebecca J. Allred
"Sinkers" - Dan Waters
"Time is a Face on the Water" - Michael Bailey
"Summer Gullet" - John Boden
"Dead Letter Office" - Brian Knight & Trent Zelazny
"Cocoa" - Bob Pastorella
"The Dress" - Peter Salomon
"The Dishes Are Done" - Carol Pierson Holding
"Red Rabbit" - Steve Rasnic Tem
"Miracle Meadows" - Darren O. Godfrey
"Lockjaw" - David Annandale
"Window" - Anya Martin
"Shattered" - G. Daniel Gunn & Paul Tremblay
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"In God’s Own Image" - Sean M. Davis
"Special Delivery" - Tim Waggoner
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21 stories by L Chan, Gordon B. White, Aaron Vlek, Cody Goodfellow, Sam Schreiber, Luke R. J. Maynard, H. P. Lovecraft, Sam Grieve, Premee Mohamed, Edward Morris, Jonathan Raab, Garrett Cook, Andrew Kozma, Morgan Crooks, Matthew M. Bartlett, Megan Arkenberg, Autumn Christian, Rodney Turner, Erica Ruppert, Anton Rose, and Seras Niketa.