Table of Contents, Issue #11

Welcome to Flytrap #11, the first (we hope) issue in the revival of our ‘zine. It’s full of wonders and pleasures; enjoy.

Table of Contents


The Authenticator by Greg van Eekhout
On the Banks of the Fall Creek by William Akin
Rocket Summer by Sarah Grey
The Secret Diary by Cassie Alexander
The Island of White Houses by Alisa Alering
The Girl at the Edge of the Sea by Melissa Marr
Lighting Candles by Stephanie Burgis
The Philiad by Dominica Phetteplace
The Sea City Six by Jenn Reese
The Pickup Artist at the End of the World, Plus Stuffed Bunny by Jessica May Lin

POEMS by Megan Arkenberg

The Signatory
The Prince’s Heart Has Seven Doors
For a Wanderer


Life Among the Obliterati: Everything’s Gone by Nick Mamatas
Words & Stuff: Stuff and Nonsense by Jed Hartman
Mars Needs Music by Brian M. Rosen

All the artwork for this issue is by Aislinn Quicksilver Harvey. More of her delightful drawings can be found at


Hello, old friends. Hello, new friends.

The former know what we’re doing here. For the latter, some history: once upon a time we (Heather Shaw & Tim Pratt) co-edited a ‘zine called Flytrap. It looked a bit like this one, unless you’re reading this on the internet or an e-reader, in which case: totally different, we used to just be print, I know, the past was a weird place.


We went on hiatus back in 2008, soon after our son was born, because we didn’t have time to be editors and parents. But now the kid is six, and gives us a bit more free time, so we decided to edit again. We ran a Kickstarter campaign last year, thinking it might be nice to pay people more than the pittance we once provided, and lo! It worked. We got to do one of our favorite things: give artists money. And now you get to peruse what we paid them for.

A bit of history: from 2003-2008, we published ten issues of Flytrap, and included stories, poems, and essays by writers like Barth Anderson, Christopher Barzak, Elizabeth Bear, Stephanie Burgis, Haddayr Copley-Woods, Alan DeNiro, Jeffrey Ford, Theodora Goss, Daphne Gottlieb, Jed Hartman, M.K. Hobson, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Jay Lake, Jen Larsen, Kristin Livdahl, Nick Mamatas, Melissa Marr, David Moles, Sarah Monette, Sarah Prineas, Jenn Reese, M. Rickert, Benjamin Rosenbaum, David J. Schwartz, Steve Rasnic Tem, Lavie Tidhar, Catherynne M. Valente, Jeff VanderMeer, Greg van Eekhout, Ray Vukcevich, Leslie What, and even more amazingly talented people, if such a thing can be believed.

We welcome back a few of those old friends for this issue, and add to their ranks new names like William Akin, Alisa Alering, Cassie Alexander, Megan Arkenberg, Sarah Grey, Aislinn Quicksilver Harvey, Jessica May Lin, Dominica Phetteplace, and Brian M. Rosen. The result is a spectacular spectacle of (mostly speculative) fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and art.

This was fun. We’ll probably do it again and publish another issue in the Fall. We’re not offering subscriptions at this time — we have commitment issues, are embracing an irregular schedule, and also it’s possible we might decide to take a lot of naps instead of putting together issue #12 — but keep an eye on and we’ll let you know what’s going on.

Thanks for supporting us!

–Heather Shaw & Tim Pratt