Open for Submissions & New Voices Contest 2016!

Hans_Baluschek_Allegorie auf den Tod, 2002

Allegorie auf den Tod, by Hans Baluschek 2002

Greetings Readers, Writers and Lovers of Strange Stories

After a busy summer touring with the Metaphysical Circus to distant points both on and off the map, we’re back and gearing up for issues three and four of See the Elephant Magazine.

We are currently accepting open submissions, and running a very special New Voices contest for indigenous writers. Learn more here.

In the meantime, we’ll continue to entertain you with more free stories from Issue Two, and new book reviews highlighting the best in weird, slipstream and literary fantastic books by diverse and brilliant authors here at See the Elephant Online.

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As always, we remain deeply grateful for your support.

Melanie Lamaga, editor in chief.

Memorial Day in the Slipstream

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“The Conquest of Air” by Roger de La Fresnaye, 1913, public domain

Dear Readers,

Since issue two of See the Elephant Magazine features stories about love and war, it seems appropriate to say a few words in honor of Memorial Day this year. I have not been to war, myself, but from what I’ve heard and read from veterans, being in a war zone can be a surreal experience, full of intense impressions, emotions, and events that may not conform to the orderly flow of cause and effect or linear time.

People have been going to war throughout recorded history and either dying or coming back inalterably changed, carrying burdens difficult to describe, let alone manage. Therefore, weird and slipstream stories by and about war and veterans are doubly important: they are in the unique position to explore the horror and beauty that defy tidy, rational explanation and easy resolution.

So, for your Memorial Day reading, I am honored to offer another war story from issue two, Love & War in the Slipstream, “Fairview 619,” by Rebecca Schwarz. It joins two others already up on the web, “Court Marshall of Samuel James Wilson,” by Frederick K. Foote, Jr., and “Summon Up The Blood,” by Michael Canfield.

You can also click here to purchase the whole magazine in ebook or PDF format for only $2.99, either from us or from your favorite retailer. Every sale supports the future of this magazine!


With Gratitude,

Melanie Lamaga



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

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)

Springing to Life!

by Melanie Lamaga

In Celebration Of The Child by Henri Rousseau. 1903

In Celebration Of The Child by Henri Rousseau. 1903

It’s been a sluggish winter for us (and everyone we know), but here at the Metaphysical Circus, we have emerged, reborn with the equinox as nature intended. In fact, we are feeling monstrously good, and, like a freakishly large baby with a bouquet and a harlequin, we come bearing gifts.

This weekend we bring you the swan song of See the Elephant Magazine, Issue One: Errantry, an incandescent story by Elizabeth Hand, with an original illustration by Ryan Schultz!

Earlier this week, we published Paul St. John Mackintosh’s review of the wildly weird and wonderful novel Experimental Film by Gemma Files. Not to be missed.

Next week, I am delighted to announce, we will begin the countdown to See the Elephant, Issue Two: Love and War in the Slipstream. Apologies for taking so long getting this issue out, but folks, when faced with a choice between doing it on time or doing it right, we all know which is the higher road … especially when you’re the boss. I think you are going to find it was worth the wait, and to make up for tardiness, we’ve made the issue extra fat. We will be publishing the cover art, TOC and a sneak peak story in the coming week, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, I hope the buds of spring are unfurling in your hearts and minds, as well your back yards. Thank you for being part of the Metaphysical Circus. Your support means everything.

Countdown to Bad Angels Release!

Bad Angels, cover art, Dennis Danvers, Metaphysical Circus PressThe Angels Descend,  Oct 15…

Shannon’s a fallen angel. Hunted. Hiding. Her crime? She’d rather live on earth with humans—and exercise free will—than blindly serve a god she’s never met.

On the streets, Shannon keeps her wings tucked inside a hollowed out backpack and taps the will of young men. Nothing harmful. Just enough to get what she needs—until she meets George, an angel-obsessed artist, in Richmond, Virginia.

Peter Arrowsmith is in charge of seeing to the Problem of the fallen, and he’s closing in on Shannon. Trouble is, Peter’s slipping into an entanglement of his own with Bethanie, a beautiful, compulsive liar.

As Shannon flees and Peter pursues, they draw a group of misfits into their deadly battle. But as both angels and humans will learn, love can make a tragedy or a farce of even divinely inspired plans. Read more »

Seeking Beta Readers for Supernatural Thriller

The Broken Line Cover 10-25-15Greetings Friends!

As you may have noticed, in October we are launching a novel in web serial form: The Broken Line, Legacy Keyes Book One. This page-turning tale is sure to enthrall fans of supernatural thrillers, psychological suspense and literary horror fiction.

If this sounds like you, and you would like to be a beta reader  (which means you get to see it first in exchange for a sharing your reactions about what you liked and didn’t like) please email Rowan (at) for further instructions.

For the synopsis of The Broken Line, read on:

When Legacy (Lacy) Keyes was eleven years old, her schizophrenic mother tried to kill “Uncle John,” a man she believed was a demon. Lacy, now a social worker at a treatment facility for emotionally disturbed teens, has spent her whole life trying to distance herself from her mother’s actions and mental illness. However, Lacy’s debilitating migraines have become more frequent, and accompanied by voices that threaten violence or warn of danger. Despite fears for her own sanity, Lacy must face a series of increasingly bizarre and uncanny occurrences in order to protect those around her.

Cover Reveal, See the Elephant, Issue One

SEE ISSUE 1. ebook cover 1400 pix 3 (2)We are proud and excited to share the cover of our first issue of See the Elephant.

The magazine will hit the virtual stands next month, JULY, 2015. We have some great stories lined up for you–all revolving around transformation–by authors ranging from the shiny and new to the lauded and revered, as you’ll see from our list on the cover. Coming soon, sneak peek stories!