August 2022

We are now closed to fiction submissions. If you missed the opportunity to send us a story, we'll be open again in January of 2023.

We received 239 submissions this time. This is a little lower than usual, but we did not promote the submission period as much as we usually do, mostly because Donald was in New York for work and Kristin was hosting family for the entirety of July.  And we've barely started reading. But Donald's back, and Kristin's nieces head home to Canada this weekend, so we'll have less inclination for sightseeing this next month, and more time for Mysterion.

The Boston skyline, foregrounded by the wake of the whale watching boat we were on.

Kristin is endlessly fascinated by historic cooking arrangements, such as this hearth in a reconstructed English settlers' cottage at the Plimoth Patuxet Museum.


We published two stories this month, "Mark the Days" by Kat Heckenbach and "The Gift to be Healed" by Annaliese Lemmon. Both are reprints, and well worth a look--or a second look, if you read them the first time.

Coming up is our first three-time Mysterion author, Frederick Gero Heimbach. As with the previous stories of his that we've published, "The City Above the Shelf" and "You Shall See Him in the East," "The Tithe," mixes faith and horror, this time in a far-future science fiction setting. Look forward to it on August 22nd.

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The cats are doing well. They particularly enjoy their time on the front porch, watching people and animals go by. There are birds, rabbits and squirrels, and we know there's a coyote in the neighborhood (the main reason our cats are indoor cats). They seem to have adapted to our nieces, who've been here since early July, and accepted them as part of the household. We'll see if they miss them when they leave.

Maxwell in the nook above the broom closet.

 Marie getting in on the action.

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