The Jersey Devil and Jesus are best buds

jpd cover nov 13One of my favorite things about working with Jersey Devil Press is that it NEVER gets old. Every issue feels like the best issue ever — I always love the work we get to publish.

This month, we also get to introduce our new online editor, our old friend Laura Garrison, who is stepping up to fill the very large shoes of Mike Sweeney. And she fills his shoes perfectly! (Not that I’m saying she has big feet. . . .) The work she has curated for this issue had me hooked from page one, and I love every word of every story!

We start with a magical wooden Jesus who is undone by Chinese food (who wouldn’t be?). Then we get a junkyard full of dynamite on The Rez and what might be the most awkward date of all time. There’s a weird shapless, sexless, ageless quasi-human playing a bizarre game of Questions in a shitty fast food joint, and a demonic slug living inside an egg and waiting to take over the known world. And we end with a deadly explosion and the heroic actions of a man made of paper.

All of that behind the haunting but gorgeous cover by painter De Anne Hodum.

Because you wouldn’t expect anything less from the Jersey Devil!

Read up, gang.

Published by Samuel Snoek-Brown

I write fiction and teach college writing and literature. I'm the author of the story collection There Is No Other Way to Worship Them, the novel Hagridden, and the flash fiction chapbooks Box Cutters and Where There Is Ruin.

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