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Our latest issue has fiction by Denzel Xavier Scott, Jennifer R. Donohue, Anna-Claire McGrath, Anya Leigh Josephs, Stephen M.A., Marc Joan; poetry from Olalekan Daniel Kehinde, Dylan Haston, Lindsay King-Miller, Diana Dima; and nonfiction from Stephanie French and Amanda Downum

Whole city came back wrong, an old man says as he buys a lottery ticket at the liquor store window. If I win big, I’m getting out of here.

The resurrection of New York had been the greatest feat of necromantic magic known in the modern age. As usual, no one had wanted the necromancers there at all.

They’d started with witches, back in that winter three years, a million lifetimes ago. Between stockpiling food and hoarding toilet paper, people started buying up good-luck spells. A blue candle, for protection. Spell jars from the back of bodegas, promising to catch and hold evil. The mayor had counsel with three of the city’s wisest crones, who instructed him which runes he could lay at the city’s ports to make sure the disease didn’t take hold.

The City Unsleeping,
by Anya Leigh Josephs

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The Deadlands is a quarterly speculative fiction magazine. We publish short stories, poems, and essays about the other realms, of the ends we face here, and the beginnings we find elsewhere. It is an adventure into the unknown, to meet those who live there still, even though they may be dead. Death is a journey we all will take, but we’d like to peek at the map before we go.

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