editorial by Camille Gooderham Campbell
From the Editors
October brings autumn, fireworks, Canadian Thanksgiving, and Halloween.
It also brings something new to EDF: have you heard of Patreon? It’s a unique new way to support creative endeavours through a patronage model enhanced with goals, rewards, interaction, and the potential to do a lot of great things — visit our Patreon page to see what it’s all about. Our stories will remain free to read for all, but we need our readers, fans, and friends to step up and help out. If you enjoy EDF’s stories, if you benefit at all from what we do for the reading and writing community, please consider pledging a monthly dollar (less than the price of a coffee!) so that we can keep publishing stories for you. We need support to keep going.
Your feedback and questions are welcome. Use our contact form, join our Facebook Roundtable, Tweet at us, comment on this post… This is an important step for us as a magazine and community, so don’t be shy — we want to know what you think and how we can make this work for our community.
We always do a week of Halloween stories, and this year is no exception. We’re starting with “Halloween Stray” by Holly Geely on October 27th, and then following up with a trio of stories by long-time EDF contributors Paul A. Freeman, Patrick Perkins, and Douglas Campbell. We’ll wrap up our string of stories on October 31st with “Halloween Coming Out” by Jeff Switt.
We have a lot of staff changes this month. First of all, Rose Gardener has been promoted to editor for her consistent good judgement, hard work, and being an incredible asset to our team — congratulations, Rose! In less happy news, editorial assistant Sealey Andrews has moved on to other things and will be sorely missed — best wishes, Sealey, and good luck in all you do. Returning to a positive note, though, we have two new slush readers joining us: Lisa Finch and Michael Boettcher. We’re also bringing Alex Jones on board as our new podcast manager, so that’s super exciting as well. We’ll be getting the staff page updated over the next few days to cover all these changes…
Please send us your stories for Thanksgiving (US), Guy Fawkes Day, Remembrance Day / Veterans Day, and Diwali now (we need them by October 27th at the latest), and we’re also looking at general fall/early winter pieces at this point. We’re also ready to start seeing festive season stories for December… Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, Winter Solstice, Festivus, and anything else you can think of.
And now, on to the list of stories for the coming month…
October’s Table of Contents
|Oct 1||Lucy Gregg Muir||A Selkie Misplaced|
|Oct 2||Alexander Burns||Iron Privateers|
|Oct 3||Rob Essley||Away to Rajasthan|
|Oct 4||Alexis A. Hunter||That’s Blood|
|Oct 5||K. S. O’Neill||Forgotten|
|Oct 6||Shane Halbach||And That, My Children, Is Why We Can’t Go to Space Anymore|
|Oct 7||Esmi Rowan||Nothing To Be Afraid Of|
|Oct 8||Dave Seaman||Dark Joy|
|Oct 9||Peter Wood||There is a Season|
|Oct 10||Anna Zumbro||The Weight|
|Oct 11||K.B. Sluss||Take the Risk|
|Oct 12||Jason Thomas||The Amazing Jimmy|
|Oct 13||Andy Spiegel||Humphrey’s Debut|
|Oct 14||Connie Cockrell||Baby’s On The Roof|
|Oct 15||Wilma Bernard||Tennyson Hess|
|Oct 16||Julianne DiNenna||Recipes|
|Oct 17||SMNilsen||A Very Long Ride|
|Oct 18||Derek McMillan||The Best of Pies|
|Oct 19||Eliza Archer||The Wizard of Ordinary Things|
|Oct 20||Susanne Chapman||Very Disappointing|
|Oct 21||Helen de Búrca||The Tightrope|
|Oct 22||Moriah Geer-Hardwick||Reason Abandoned|
|Oct 23||Sean Jones||Shades of Denial|
|Oct 24||H. L. Cassel||With Polish|
|Oct 25||Glenn Rosado||Gifted|
|Oct 26||Chaz Josephs||I Don’t Want You to Go|
|Oct 27||Holly Geely||Halloween Stray|
|Oct 28||Paul A. Freeman||Farmer Leon’s Pumpkin Patch|
|Oct 29||Patrick Perkins||Trick or Treat|
|Oct 30||Douglas Campbell||The Useless Shovel|
|Oct 31||Jeff Switt||Halloween Coming Out|