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, Madeline Kearin, Lucy Ives, James Morrow, Sallie Tisdale, Brian Evenson, 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. 72
Spring 2019
Edited by Bradford Morrow


October 22, 2019
It’s civic because it has a surface. It’s worse than it seems, but at least it keeps seeming. Though I become butter in the face of such hard-knifed buildings, I’d like to locate a harmony that does not equal plan. That doesn’t tilt the map toward a penthouse.
October 15, 2019
On the highway, saw the eyes of a sheep staring through slats
of a trailer transport. Who?

I thought for both of us. The choices
I had; those it didn’t.
October 8, 2019
I wanted to take you out shoplifting
mascara, reenacting all the scenes from
Marie Antoinette. I wanted us to fall 
back repeatedly into a bed of extravagant
dresses, eat really good chocolates, listen
to even better music, smell really good.
Is that too literal?
The Bard Fiction Prize and Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner reads from Maggie Brown & Others
Monday, October 28, 2019
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium