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Welcome to the latest issue of Mythaxis! It’s always a pleasure to be able to present a new selection of fiction, and on this occasion we have seven names and faces entirely new to these pages, with original stories that seek to transport the reader through such disparate experiences as creeping disquiet, mythical nostalgia, misplaced mundanity, mortal fear, fatalistic optimism, optimistic fatalism, and even silver-tongued self-confidence!

But in addition to these new arrivals, closing out this issue you will also find an old, familiar friend, and (for long-time readers) old, familiar fiction as well.

One of the changes I hoped to work when taking the reins at Mythaxis was to widen the range of authors appearing. This has been achieved, but doing so inevitably meant there would be less opportunities for previous contributors. One of those was Les Sklaroff, whose friendship with our original editor Gil Williamson resulted in the appearance of many stories over the years, the majority of them set in Snoak City, a strange metropolis regularly plagued by distinctive personalities, unpredictable objects, and atypical events.

Rather than consign our past to the past, we’ve decided to create a side-project within Mythaxis to celebrate Snoak City, bringing together all those loosely interconnected threads which wound through the magazine over the years. The result is Sketches of Snoak City, currently in its fledgling 1st Edition, but certain to be expanded (in ways which shall, for the time being, remain a closely guarded secret).

I can reveal, though, that plans are already underway to do something much the same in collaboration with another former contributor, author of a long-lost narrative of day-jobbing lives lived under the eye of globe-spanning corporate interests. Watch out for that in the future—maybe not today, and hopefully not tomorrow…

unless we’re already there, of course

Andrew Leon Hudson

Author image of Andrew Leon Hudson Andrew is a technical writer by day, and is technically a writer by night as well. In addition to editing Mythaxis he has been published in a small handful of quality zines, and co-authored a serialised alternate history adventure novel. He lives in Barcelona, Spain, and doesn’t do things online often enough to count.

ISSUE 26 - Thanks and Salutations! Many thanks to our talented cover artist, Bobby Cooper, for permission to use his wonderlandish image Finnekus, the flower-breathing dragon for this issue’s cover. Bobby works with colored pencil, tempting the night sky with music, poetry, and even dance until it sends him sheets of black paper to draw upon. The results are strange and beautiful — you can check them out on his Instagram, and he has an online shop with myriad cool options too.