MCP Press Release, See the Elephant Launch, 9.11.15

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New Magazine Focuses on Slipstream with a Metaphysical Slant

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA – July 11, 2015 – Metaphysical Circus Press is launching a new literary magazine, See the Elephant, dedicated to fiction with a metaphysical slant—fiction that questions consensual reality and pushes the boundaries of genre—by both new and established writers from a variety of cultural and philosophical traditions. The stories in See the Elephant include literary, soft science fiction, satire, folklore, visionary, supernatural, magical realist and slipstream.

Issue One revolves around transformation: children who mutate their parents with their drawings, a missionary who melds minds, a hoarder who shifts reality with origami, a seductive sasquatch who can appear male or female, a man whose voice has the power to heal or kill, and more. Contributors include Elizabeth Hand, Michael Wehunt, Nisi Shawl, Andrew S. Fuller, Eileen Gunn, Barry King, Edward Ahern, and two of the winners of the Metaphysical Circus Press New Voices contest, Zoe Fowler and J. August.

Metaphysical themes are nothing new in SF/F/H, but readers hungry for this kind of fiction may find it hard to sift through the vast variety of stories the SF/F/H universe offers and find exactly what they seek. According to publisher and editor-in-chief, Melanie Lamaga, “MCP’s mission is to cross genre boundaries and create a venue where writers and readers of this type of fiction can find each other.”

See the Elephant seeks writing that crosses cultural as well as genre boundaries, including work by women, LGBT, and writers from a variety of ethnic, cultural, spiritual and philosophical backgrounds. Lamaga says, “I live part time in Mexico. MCP Editor and Public Relations Manager, Vanessa Del Fabbro, grew up in South Africa. By looking through a variety of lenses, we can see old concepts in new ways, and allow hybrid concepts to emerge. Readers are hungry for fiction that explores the nature of reality, perhaps because the old definitions no longer serve.”

Metaphysical Circus Press is based in Idyllwild, CA, Ensenada, B.C. Mexico, and Richmond, VA, with ties to Virginia Commonwealth University. See the Elephant, Issue One will be released July 13, 2015 in eBook formats, with some stories appearing on the website. Fall releases include Bad Angels, a contemporary fantasy novel by notable author Dennis Danvers, and Broken Lines, a supernatural thriller by writing team Cricktor & Parks, to be released in eBook formats and as a web serial. Find out more at