The Bones of the Matter, fiction by Cassandra Khaw


Can’t wait for the new issue? Neither can we. Here is a delicious sneak peek from See the Elephant, Issue Two, Love & War in the Slipstream. 

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WITCHCRAFT COMES EASY to mothers. It’s a profession you learn from childbirth, an alchemy of instinct and long hours spent deciphering a colicky infant’s wails. It’s a magic of thunderous affection and the calm, cold-water certainty that you will murder for your young.

Even so, not many are quite as powerful as Mei Fong’s mother. At sixty-two, her eldritch gifts are in ascendance, no longer pillowed by the meekness of her forties, nor dogged by the existential anxieties of her fifties. Mei Fong understands this, the way she understands the machinery of her fingers, the clumsiness of desire. It’s why she’s here this evening, storm-chilled and aching from a bruised heart. Read more »

May 1 Launch Date for See the Elephant, Issue Two!

Love and War in the SlipstreamFINALLetter from the Editor

I’m delighted to announce the official release date for issue two of See the Elephant, Love & War in the Slipstream, May 1, 2016!

The term slipstream was coined by Bruce Sterling and refers to fiction that weaves elements of literary, fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres, in both serious and humorous ways. This streaming weave blurs the lines between consensus and non-consensus reality. It enables us to slip through the cracks into new ways of thinking and feeling.

As you might expect, the stories in this issue cover a lot of ground. Some offer the merest whiff of the strange, others mix the real and unreal in equal proportions, still others jump feet-first into bizarre worlds that bear only a passing resemblance to ours. These stories also represent a diversity in authorship, and include women and men, straight and LGBTQ, and authors from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. We have stories from seasoned authors, and three stories by the winners of our 2015 New Voices contest.

We believe that diversity in authorship should be part of slipstream, for there is nothing more potentially disorienting or enlightening than looking through the eyes of someone who has vastly different life experiences and perspectives than one’s own. We need that now, more than ever. To paraphrase the old Chinese curse, we do live in interesting times—and interesting times require interesting solutions.

Many thanks to the authors and artists who have contributed their fine work to this issue. Thanks to everyone who worked on it at Metaphysical Circus Press: Mary Boyes, Nicholas Shipman, Lauren Colie, Vanessa Del Fabbro, Cassidy Sheehan, Victoria Shampine, Casey Leon, Isabel Lee, and Abby Edwards.

Most of all, thanks to our readers. See the Elephant is a labor of love dedicated to serving writers and readers of slipstream, weird, metaphysical and visionary fiction. If you like what we are doing, please continue to support us through word of mouth, by signing up for our newsletter (if you haven’t already) and by following Metaphysical Circus Press on Facebook and Twitter @metacircuspress.

It’s a noisy world. Adding your voice to ours, even in ways that might seem small, could be of great help to this magazine, and the writers and artists within.

Yours Truly in the Love of the Strange and the War against the Mundane,

Melanie Lamaga

Court Marshall of Samuel James Wilson, fiction by Frederick K. Foote Jr.


“Court Martial of Samuel James Wilson” won a second place prize in our 2015 New Voices Contest. Subsequently, it appeared in a collection of the author’s work, For the Sake of Soul, published by Blue Nile Press in October 2015.

fiction, weird, african-american, Vietnam War“ALL RIGHT CAPTAIN Clay, it’s your turn to drink from the bitter cup. You need to weave your peculiar brand of Southern Gothic magic and turn this acerbic cup into a wine that’ll astonish the palate and amaze the mind. You do understand me?”

I’m standing at attention, the only JAG in the Office that’s required to do so. This Yankee colonel has a distinct bias against everything Southern.


The uncouth three-hundred pound polar bear in an Army uniform belches. Read more »

Cover and TOC Reveal! See the Elephant, Issue Two

Love and War in the SlipstreamFINAL_webHere is a sneak peek of the cover and TOC for issue two! The cover art is “Neue Welt” by Michael Waitz. Stories and authors for your weird reading pleasure, as follows:

The Bones of the Matter
by Cassandra Khaw
The Lost Books of the Painter’s Wife
by Diane Glancy
The Rising Up
by Karen Heuler
Girl in Satin Watering Rhododendron Bush
by Rose Wednesday 
Summon Up the Blood
by Michael Canfield
Big Feet
by Leslie What
The Cat’s House
by Alana I. Capria
Inspiration 1.2
by Jane Lebak
They Got Louie
by F. Brett Cox
Fairview 619
by Rebecca Schwarz
The Lawn Fairy War 
by James Van Pelt
The Absence of Cows
by Kristen Falso-Capaldi (New Voices Contest 1st prize winner)
by Brian T. Hodges (New Voices Contest, 2nd place winner)
Crocodile Tale
M. Glyde. (New Voices Contest, honorable mention)