This list is not exhaustive, but if you wonder what we’re about, it’s a good place to begin.

Elise’s List of Influences (fiction editor)

Passage, Connie Willis
Wylding Hall, Elizabeth Hand
Gods of Jade and Shadow, Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
What Dreams May Come, Richard Matheson

The Year of Magical Thinking. Joan Didion
The Faraway Nearby, Rebecca Solnit


The Divine Comedy, Dante
Because I could not stop for death, Emily Dickinson
The Raven, Poe

Short stories, myths:
Three Miles Up, Sarah Jane Howard
Mr Death, by Alix E. Harrow (Apex 121)
The Earth and Everything Under, KM Ferebee (Shimmer 19)
You Can Do It Again, Ian Michael Bell (Shimmer 21)
Palingenesis, Megan Arkenberg (Shimmer 29)
The Masque of the Red Death, Poe

Films & TV:
Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies, Flatliners, Ghost, The Sixth Sense,
Big Fish, What Dreams May Come

Graphic Novels:
The Sandman, Neil Gaiman

Sonya’s List of Influences (poetry editor)

Epic of Gilgamesh
Ishtar’s Descent to the Underworld
Book 10 of the Odyssey
Book 6 of the Aeneid
Book 6 of the Pharsalia
Seamus Heaney’s North (1975) and Station Island (1984)
Rika Lesser’s Etruscan Things (1983)
Sean O’Brien’s The Drowned Book (2007)
Alice Notley’s Songs and Stories of the Ghouls (2011)
Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Farthest Shore (1972) and The Other Wind (2001)
Robinson Jeffers’s “To Death
U.A. Fanthorpe, “Rising Damp

An-sky’s The Dybbuk (1920)
Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen (1998)

Jean Cocteau’s Orphée (1950)
Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal (1957)
Derek Jarman’s War Requiem (1989)
Marcin Wrona’s Demon (2015)

Sean’s List of Influences (Publisher)

Look Homeward, Angel, Thomas Wolfe
Her Fearful Symmetry, Audrey Niffenegger
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, Claire North
Gideon the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir
Dead Astronauts, Jeff VanderMeer
The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
Fall; or, Dodge in Hell, Neil Stephenson
The Library at Mount Char, Scott Hawkins
Reincarnation Blues, Michael Poore.

Tin House

Short(er) Fiction
Magic For Beginners, Kelly Link
River Water, Becca De La Rosa (Shimmer 10)

Graphic Novels:
Locke and Key, Hill and Rodríguez

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