Welcome to Issue 18 of Zooscape!
Sometimes it’s easier to stare danger in the face, unflinching, if you tell yourself the darkness wears fur and paws; or maybe hooves, horns, fins, or feathery wings.
Visit the nightmares and apocalypses in these stories, and come out the other side stronger for having faced humanity’s collective fears… and possibly even made friends with them.
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Susurrus by Azure Arther
How Pepper Learned Magic by Renee Carter Hall
A Strange and Terrible Wonder by Katie McIvor
What Dark Plutonian Horror Beckons from the Shadows? by Christopher Blake
The Four Sharks of the Apocalypse by Tessa Yang
What Little Remains by Mercy Morbid
Hope for the Harbingers by Allison Thai
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Now for a couple of announcements…
First, unlike some other speculative fiction markets, Zooscape will not be instituting any sort of policy banning AI or asking writers to disclose whether they used AI in writing their stories. We don’t discriminate against writers based on what tools they use. If an author can sign our contract, then it’s no business of ours how they wrote their story.
Secondly — and this one is exciting! — we are finally going to begin releasing anthologies bundling our previous issues into volumes. We’ve partnered with the new small publisher, Deep Sky Anchor Press, and the first volume will be released on September 8th at Furvana. You can learn more from their press announcement here.
And as always, if you want to support Zooscape, check out our Patreon.