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, Del Samatar, Ethan Rutherford, Terese Svoboda, A. D. Jameson, 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


January 14, 2020
We found the laptop in Cressey’s round room. It was black, thin, light as wood, and belonged to Dr. Marcus, the man who came on to me once, the one who smokes dope in the eaves, the philologist or psychologist. I can’t get these “terms” straight in my head anymore, what with these drugs they feed us. The afternoon pills, especially.
January 7, 2020
We turn the floodlights on the actors, extras in one of the world’s great short stories, surprising them mid-escapade, nocturnal animals caught playing dress up with our clothing, our fanciest possessions. Pearl choker on a possum, suit jacket on a raccoon. A skunk, a lynx, two tubby foxes moonlighting as twin nephews or as young men dating our daughters.
December 17, 2019
Though we mocked Dad mercilessly, our mocking was such as to lead him on convincingly. Dad! There is hope for you if, say, you are struck by lightning. So often did he sulk out on the balcony that he did seem to be inviting a strike. Or a stumble.
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe & Bar Celebrates the New Earth Elegies Issue
Thursday, January 30, 2020
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe & Bar, 126 Crosby St, New York, NY 10012