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City of Weird conjures what we fear: death, darkness, ghosts. Hungry sea monsters and alien slime molds. Blood drinkers and game show hosts. Set in Portland, Oregon, these thirty stories blend imagination, literary writing, and pop culture into a cohesive weirdness that honors the city’s personality, its bookstores and bridges and solo volcano, as well as the tradition of sci-fi pulp magazines. Including such authors as Rene Denfeld, Justin Hocking, Leni Zumas, and Kevin Sampsell, editor Gigi Little has curated a collection that is quirky, chilling, often profoundand always perfectly weird.
Graphic designer Gigi Little is the creative force behind Forest Avenue Press’ visual identity. Outside of the domain of Forest Avenue, she has written and illustrated two children’s picture books and her fiction and essays have appeared in anthologies and literary journals.
Table of Contents
Introduction from the Editor
FROM THE DEEP The Sturgeon Queen Rene Denfeld / 9
Octopocalypse: a Love Story Brigitte Winter / 15
Orca Culture Leigh Anne Kranz / 27
FROM THE SKIES Transformation Dan DeWeese / 34
How I Got this Job Brian Reid / 43
A Sky So Blue Stefanie Freele / 49
Alder Underground Jonah Barrett / 53
How Do You Say Gentrification in Martian Jonathan Hill / 74
TO THE DOGS A Code for Everything Andrew Stark / 80
Yay Bradley K. Rosen / 85
Out of Order Kevin Meyer / 99
IN THE BOOKS Aromageddon Jason Squamata / 120
The Mind-Body Problem Susan DeFreitas / 126
The Color Off the Shelf Karen Munro / 141
OF THE DEAD This Many Lost Things Nicole Rosevear / 158
Squatty and Weasel Boy Doug Chase / 165
Stone Cold Monk Linda Rand / 181
The Heft of Ashes Kirsten Larson / 183
OF THE UNDEAD Vampire Justin Hocking / 196
The Fixer: a Serial - 1 - The Duchess Sean Davis / 198
The Deflowering Suzy Vitello / 208
Trainwreck Leslie What / 222
INTO THE WEIRD Tunnels Leni Zumas / 236
Waiting for the Question Art Edwards / 241
Letters to The Oregonian in the Year 30,000 BC Mark Russell / 249
In Transit Kevin Sampsell / 253
NO RETURN Notes from the Underground City Stevan Allred / 260