foxglove hymnal

A literary journal of fantasy and horror | Submissions are now open

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Foxglove Hymnal is back!

We are now accepting submissions of original, previously unpublished artwork, poetry, and short fiction, in the genres of fantasy or horror, for our Winter 2015 edition. Foxglove Hymnal’s mission is to provide a forum for new, diverse voices. To that end, we encourage submissions from people of all backgrounds. We are especially interested in stories and artwork with female, LGBTQ, non-white, and disabled characters. Send us your liminal, send us your weird, send us your vagina dentata horror and non-Christian apocalypses! We will consider all horror or fantasy-related content including nudity and gore; however, we reserve the right to reject submissions for any reason.

If you’re not sure if your piece is what we’re looking for, please submit it so we can take a look at it. You can also check out our website, to see what kind of material we’ve previously published. Submissions will be open until October 31st, 2014.

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The Black Telephone

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by Gemma Files

It rings in the night, inside
your closet, under your bed. In that
spare guestroom you never use. When you
pick up the receiver, you smell
someone else’s breath. The dial-tone
skips like a heartbeat. At first,
only dead air. Then some vague
water-logged words, unfathomable.

This is the drone of bees, the slur
of shifting earth, of silt. This is
the underground din of termites
dug deep and murmuring, hunger-drunk,
a crowd-wide madness of consumption
that will leave them homeless, dead
in sheaves, the wood gone to wax-paper,
a killing-jar hive.

Communication comes at a price. Language
infects. The wire spreads its blight, its vector.

Where are you calling from? you ask.
A distant voice answers, speaking no human tongue,
with no human tongue. Nothing you recognize.
Yet you reply courteously, patiently, telling it: No,
I don’t know you; I can’t make out what you’re saying.
Who? No one here by that name. What? No;
I don’t know. How did you get this number?

What do you mean, ‘what number’?

Foxglove Hymnal is now accepting submissions for our second edition, to be published in early 2015! If you have short fiction, poetry, or art of the fantasy or horror variety, and you’d like to see it published next to other awesome work, hop on over to our submissions page for more details.

Words for My Mothers

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by Anneliese Markle

Mine is a family of Amazons
one-breasted bitches
taking knives to their cheekbones
to swallow their menfolk whole.
I grew up among their thunder-thighs,
gripping tight their lightning hands
in black forests of their hair on end,
tow-headed, I was never lost.
Now there’s no closet space for spears
in pink-walled condominiums,
and they each wear one round falsie
to potluck-and-pinochle night.
I remember the sloping hips that sheltered me
from lions and panthers and invading Greeks,
but they worry more these days about
the menfolk’s sodium and
the niece’s nose ring.
We’re fresh prey for cable psychology
on Nemo’s couches in the lounge.
They call us codependent women,
but I remember our kamikaze hearts.

Foxglove Hymnal is now accepting submissions for our second edition, to be published in early 2015. If you have short fiction, poetry, or art of the fantasy or horror variety, hop on over to our submissions page for more details on how to submit your work.

foxglovehymnal:

Foxglove Hymnal is back!

We are now accepting submissions of original, previously unpublished artwork, poetry, and short fiction, in the genres of fantasy or horror, for our Winter 2015 edition. Foxglove Hymnal’s mission is to provide a forum for new, diverse voices. To that end, we encourage submissions from people of all backgrounds. We are especially interested in stories and artwork with female, LGBTQ, non-white, and disabled characters. Send us your liminal, send us your weird, send us your vagina dentata horror and non-Christian apocalypses! We will consider all horror or fantasy-related content including nudity and gore; however, we reserve the right to reject submissions for any reason.

If you’re not sure if your piece is what we’re looking for, please submit it so we can take a look at it. You can also check out our website, to see what kind of material we’ve previously published. Submissions will be open until October 31st, 2014.

Submission guidelines under the cut:

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foxglovehymnal:

Foxglove Hymnal is back!

We are now accepting submissions of original, previously unpublished artwork, poetry, and short fiction, in the genres of fantasy or horror, for our Winter 2015 edition. Foxglove Hymnal’s mission is to provide a forum for new, diverse voices. To that end, we encourage submissions from people of all backgrounds. We are especially interested in stories and artwork with female, LGBTQ, non-white, and disabled characters. Send us your liminal, send us your weird, send us your vagina dentata horror and non-Christian apocalypses! We will consider all horror or fantasy-related content including nudity and gore; however, we reserve the right to reject submissions for any reason.

If you’re not sure if your piece is what we’re looking for, please submit it so we can take a look at it. You can also check out our website, to see what kind of material we’ve previously published. Submissions will be open until October 31st, 2014.

Submission guidelines under the cut:

Read More

Foxglove Hymnal is back!

We are now accepting submissions of original, previously unpublished artwork, poetry, and short fiction, in the genres of fantasy or horror, for our Winter 2015 edition. Foxglove Hymnal’s mission is to provide a forum for new, diverse voices. To that end, we encourage submissions from people of all backgrounds. We are especially interested in stories and artwork with female, LGBTQ, non-white, and disabled characters. Send us your liminal, send us your weird, send us your vagina dentata horror and non-Christian apocalypses! We will consider all horror or fantasy-related content including nudity and gore; however, we reserve the right to reject submissions for any reason.

If you’re not sure if your piece is what we’re looking for, please submit it so we can take a look at it. You can also check out our website, to see what kind of material we’ve previously published. Submissions will be open until October 31st, 2014.

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To Build a Man

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by Anneliese Markle

This is how you build a man.
(You cannot build a woman,
as they are tricky and build themselves.)

You must first glut yourself on motherlove.
Know that motherlove is deep and dangerous,
and if you think it too risky, wine will do.
(If you have a good source of motherlove, sell it.
Then you’ll have no need to build a man.)

Drink until you swell and belch, then eat
olives and oranges and day-old lamb,
pomegranate seeds. (Save a few.)
Fennel and parsley will clear your head.
When you cannot take another bite,
take two and three and stop.

These are certain objects novices use:
beeswax, dog bones, rose petals and moonblood.
These are not reliable.
(Those men are delicate and overwrought
and will melt if left in the car.)

Beg a barber for a bag of hair.
Buy an old leather coat.
Break the wineglass, sticky with juice,
over the plate and pomegranates.
Bury them in a pinewood box.

With three nights and a dream,
you will have yourself a man.
Give him a strong name, tell it to him often.
In the beginning, they’re quick to forget,
and wander, and roam, and swoon.

A constructed man is a flimsy thing.
If you ever need to tear him down,
simply call him by another name.
(The pine box will have your coat,
your wineglass,
your plate, and your bag of hair.)