Looking for a read that will take you back to your childhood days of listening to fairy tales and reading fantasy series on long summer days? In SDSU Press fashion, Strangely Ever After, the 2014 pacificReview journal, puts forth a selection of short stories and poems that play with more traditional forms of fairy tales, ghost stories, and everything in between. Think Franz Kafka, Edgar Allen Poe, and the Little Red Riding Hood all in one big melting pot of poetry, photography, and fiction.
The authors featured in the journal write literature that twists the fantasy genre with elements like humorous undertones, questionable morals, and the denial of a happily ever after. Among the creatures and characters that you will encounter in the 2014 edition of pacificReview are victims that transform into the monsters that victimized them, malevolent spirits thirsty for revenge, frustrated demons, strangers who bond over their attraction to the unappealing, deceptive faeries, and clueless teenagers.
Contributing artists include Jamie Klenk, Gale Acuff, Diane de Anda, Jane Beal, Lisa Beebe, A.J. Benenati, and Chrystal Berche, among other talented writers and photographers. Strangely Ever After is edited by Jacquelyn Phillips, Samantha Richardson, Shannon Snyder, Melissa Hill, and Dakota Lenz.
Once you get your copy of Strangely Ever After sit back, listen to a mood setting lullaby by The Cure, and enjoy the strange and thrilling ride.
You can also look forward to our upcoming 2016 publication of pacificReview, an annual SDSU Press journal. This year's theme, LURKING ANONYMITY, will gather interpretations of our relation to technology in terms of reliance and behavior and what it indicates about our humanity.