We are pumped, people. The weirdness has been pouring in. We had around 700 submissions to Issue Two, even though we sent the call for submissions two weeks late and still haven’t gotten submittable. Seven-hundred submissions! Via email! We are grateful to each and every person who submitted. Just like Issue One, Issue Two is made up completely from the slush pile. Our little operation is blowing up and begging for us to expand, which is a little scary, but mostly exciting. In fact, the weirderary staff is growing already. We brought in new book reviewers, and our mailman Gary Cunningham stepped up to the plate again, this time to interview novelist and doctor Jacob Appel.
One super cool thing about the submissions we received this round is that they were more in the ballpark of what we’re looking for. Our revamped About page must be conveying what we want pretty well. The heaps of stories about ooze and creatures with red eyes are behind us (not that there’s anything wrong with those, if that’s what you’re going for). We’ve entered an era of more comics, more hybrid pieces, and more experimental forms. Keep it coming! For the next round, we’d like to receive more creative nonfiction, and a wider diversity of voices.
Reading for weirderary is like walking into a laboratory of literary experiments. Whether it’s through the story of a sugar lover, art-inspired timelines, copious chugs of milk, or any of the other poetry, fiction, nonfiction, comics, and hybrid things found in this issue, we hope you can feel the spirit we feel, of people taking risks, trying new things, and breaking ground in every direction. So, please, enter Issue Two and see the weird things we found.
Bill Wolak is a poet, photographer, and collage artist. His collages have been published in The Annual, Peculiar Mormyrid, Danse Macabre, Dirty Chai, Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal, Lost Coast Review, Yellow Chair Review, Otis Nebula, and Horror Sleaze Trash. He has just published his twelfth book of poetry entitled Love Opens the Hands with Nirala Press. Recently, he was a featured poet at The Mihai Eminescu International Poetry Festival in Craiova, Romania. Mr. Wolak teaches Creative Writing at William Paterson University in New Jersey.