Short fiction for Retropunks


January 2021

Curiosities #8 is here

One dozen odd, bizarre, and genre-defying stories to entertain and delight. Go on a roadtrip to a Lovecraftian hell-pit. Witness acrobats leaping into the void. Sail uncharted waters with the deadliest of crewmates. Explore a shadow dimension populated by echos of the film industry. Experience the Louvre in the throes of the cataclysmic Artpocalypse. Fear the clown. And yes, we have… a Zombie Gorilla!
From darkly humorous to Bizarro adjacent, these are the strangest stories ever to have landed in the Curiosities mailroom.

Available now on Amazon in trade paperback, Kindle, and Kindle Unlimited. Follow the handy links in our store page.

Some Numbers

Behind-the-scenes numbers for 2020:

907 manuscripts were submitted

in the 69 days that we were open

by 634 authors and 1 translator.

27 manuscripts accepted (3%)

4 were successful revisions

3 were reprints

2 were translations

at least 1 was written where English was a second language, and possibly 2 others.

The most fortunate author was Gwen Katz, who submitted twice and was accepted twice.

The least fortunate author submitted 13 times.

We had 5 active readers in the slush pile— 3 Americans, 1 Canadian, and 1 from Spain.

The most commonly used characters were (in descending order) Death, The Devil, and Jack the Ripper. This has been very consistent over the years.

We published 25 stories and 2 author interviews in 2 issues.

We aired 13 stories in 12 podcast episodes.

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