Upcoming Issue
When darkness fell, monsters arose. When nightmares first drove us from peaceful sleep, monsters lingered in daylit memory, denizens of the liminal. Monsters have tormented, provoked, and inspired the human imagination from earliest times. Dating back to the dawn of myth and folklore, these representatives of otherness and terror have roamed our narratives, inhabiting countless forms and displaying endlessly weird proclivities. Grendel and Gorgon, Kraken and Snallygaster, Wyvern and Wendigo, Tokoloshe and Chupacabra—each has different cultural origins and geographies, and each horrifies in different ways. If Frankenstein’s monster, the Golem, and androids were fabricated by human hands, are not the elusive Yeti and shape-shifting Ryūjin, the thirsty vampire and bellicose Martian equally fashioned from human ingenuity, the mind’s eye seeing beyond the ordinary? And what of Jekyll and Hyde, where monster and man share one body?

We bring our monsters to life through art and science, through projection and dreaming and madness. We animate and battle them. We encourage them to battle one another. We are drawn to them and fascinated by them, yet also loathe them. We find them where they don’t even exist. It may be that we need monsters in ways we can scarcely begin to fathom.

Conjunctions:74, Grendel’s Kin: The Monsters Issue explores, through innovative fiction, poetry, and essays, the many ways in which monsters are sublime and horrifying and an important part of the human legacy from one generation to the next. Contributors will include Julia Elliott, Elizabeth Hand, Madeleine Kearin, Lucy Ives, James Morrow, Sallie Tisdale, Brian Evenson, Matthew Baker, Joyce Carol Oates, Arra Lynn Ross, Catherine Imbriglio, Selena Anderson, Joanna Ruocco, Lucas Southworth, Sofia Samatar, Ethan Rutherford, Terese Svoboda, and many others.

Between now and February 1st, please mail your provocative, innovative, risk-taking fiction, poetry, and narrative nonfiction to our editorial office:

Bradford Morrow, Editor
21 East 10th Street, 3E
New York, NY 10003

Please do not send your work to us via email, unless you are currently outside the US.

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In Print

Vol. 73
Earth Elegies
Fall 2019
Edited by Bradford Morrow


A Selected Text from Conjunctions:73, Earth Elegies
December 6, 2019
Where nostalgia is the pain arising from moving away from a loved place, solastalgia occurs without you going anywhere; it is the landscape that “leaves” from around you. The last decade—and especially the last two or three years—have seen an intensification and a globalization of this distinctive Anthropocene effect
A Selected Text from Conjunctions:73, Earth Elegies
November 29, 2019
Kintsugi, an ancient Japanese art form, entails repairing cracked pottery by reattaching the shards with gold lacquer powder mixed with the adhesive. This is done so that a warm glow appears to radiate from the jagged tracery made by the fractures between the glued parts, emphasizing the “scars” that define a critical moment in the history of the pottery piece.
November 26, 2019
When as a resistance fighter for Greece, Xenakis heard the din of warfare but not the bullets individually, he determined in recollection that his composing would respect the mass phenomenon, and yes, he did later in life go out in a storm to time intervals between the lightning strikes.
Monday, March 2, 2020
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