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

Nicasio’s List of Influences (poetry editor)


Czeslaw Milosz
C.P. Cavafy
Merlinda Bobis
Lisel Mueller
Ada Limón 
R.B. Lemberg
Hanif Abdurraqib

Novels & Novellas

Wounded Little Gods by Eliza Victoria
The Likeness by Tana French
Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi
The Impossible Resurrection of Grief by Octavia Cade
The Death of Ivan Illych by Leo Tolstoy 

Autumn Light by Pico Iyer
The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib 
On Fear by Mary Ruefle

Short stories
We, the Girls Who Did Not Make It by E.A. Petricone
The Translator, at Low Tide by Vajra Chandrasekera
Asphalt, River, Mother, Child by Isabel Yap
Unfurl/ed by Jes Rausch
Bloodchild by Octavia E. Butler

Movies & TV
The Terror
Neon Genesis Evangelion

“Putting the Dog to Sleep” by The Antlers
“I Fell in Love With a Dead Boy” by Antony and the Johnsons
“Crossbones Style” by Cat Power
“Monster Hospital (MSTRKRFT Remix)” by Metric

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