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Dear Readers,

The September issue is here! This issue brings you a nine-tailed man-eating fox in Vietnam, Indian dance that can reach otherworldly beings, and a very special sheitel.

If you like the issue and appreciate our efforts, please consider making a donation to Expanded Horizons through the PayPal button on the site. See you next month!
Dear Readers,

The July issue is here! This issue brings you fantasy, sci fi, and two stories rooted in folklore. Inside, you will explore art, magic, love, fertility, Jewish mythology, and talking shoes (literally)!

If you like the issue and appreciate our efforts, please consider making a donation to Expanded Horizons through the PayPal button on the site. See you next month!
Dear Readers,

Our fiftieth issue is here at last, bringing you folklore, magic and creepiness from around the world. Because we didn't release an issue this spring, we will be releasing two issues this summer, maybe three. So stay tuned for more diverse spec fic next month!
Dear Readers,

The January issue is here! Journey with us this month as we explore the perilous wilds of space, outwit a Rakshasa, sneak into a witch’s cottage, and ponder the meaning of race — to an android.

If you like the issue and appreciate our efforts, please consider making a donation to Expanded Horizons through PayPal. See you next month!
We're back with another issue! This one takes us far out into space, to some very unlikely places, where we meet some very unusual characters. Along the way, we also have a brush with mythology, folklore and fairytales... college life and television screenwriting. Let the journey begin!

If you like the issue and appreciate our efforts, please consider making a donation to Expanded Horizons through PayPal. See you next month!
Hi everyone!

Our Issue 47 is live! Enjoy!

Dash
OK, so it seems like I didn't announce issue 45 in here. OOPS.

We've got an Issue 46 going on. It's awesome! You all should read it! And I've got the stories lined up for the next issue, too -- NEXT MONTH! And I have most of the stories lined up for issue after that as well! Whee!

I didn't (permanently) fall off the face of the Earth, I promise. >_<;
Hi everyone!

Our November issue has arrived! This issue features fiction set in four very different places: The rocky Irish coast, a suburb in the Philippines, the Desert (even as it mysteriously appears inside your own home), and on a far off world in the remains of an ancient alien city. We have Filipino spirit healers, magic realism, a lesbian selkie romance, and a contemplation of what human (and alien) colonization of space might mean for our collective linguistic future. Come inside and enjoy!
Dear Readers,

After a long wait, our July issue has arrived! This issue features three new stories, one updated version of a story previously published in Expanded Horizons, and a spec fic poem. Three stories this month feature gay/lesbian/queer characters, and two of these stories take place in an alternate universe Texas. (This wasn't planned!)

I'm also proud to announce that "They Come In Through The Walls" (Issue 35, May 2012) by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam has been translated into French and reprinted in the anthology TÉNÈBRES:

http://www.dreampress.com/

Do you have a story that debuted in Expanded Horizons and has since been translated or reprinted? Please drop me a line and let me know. I'd love to announce your success! (I know you're out there. ;) )

I hope you enjoy the issue, and ask that you please donate via Paypal if you appreciate our efforts!

- Dash

On Stories With Gay Lovers Dying

As some of you may or may not be aware, there is a trend in fiction that stories with same sex couples often end with one or both partners dead, more often than is the case with straight couples. In my slush pile, I mostly see this in stories about gay men, and very rarely see it about lesbians. (Stories with lesbians dying may exist elsewhere -- we just don't see it often.)

As author Chimamanda Adichie cautious in her famous TED Talk, we must beware of the danger of a single story. We must reflect on the "single stories" of others we ourselves carry, and we must take steps to create, and promote, other narratives, especially of marginalized people and experiences.

So we absolutely need more stories about same sex partners (any kind of queer partners, actually) that don't end in tragic death. LGBTQ youth need to see stories about people like them, which have happy endings (or at least where everyone's not dead!!).

No really, we need happy endings too.

But that is not the same thing as saying that there is no place for queer stories which do end in the death of one or both partners.

I have a hunch that perhaps we see so many of these stories today because of the legacy of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and the many personal and community traumas endured by the gay community on account of that. Perhaps many straight people grew up only hearing about gay people in this context, and so in their minds, the "single story" can only end with tragedy and death. Or perhaps they've lost friends or loved ones due to AIDS themselves. Perhaps also for many gay people, writing stories which end in tragic death is a conscious or unconscious way of processing this trauma, even part of the psychic healing process -- a way to deal with these personal and communal wounds.

On top of this I would like to add that not all LGBTQ people can safely come out, so please be cautious before judging people who write such stories. If you don't know them closely and personally, you don't know what they have endured and survived.

tl;dr: We need more diversity of narratives, so we can create MORE SPACE for narratives, not shut out narratives that wrestle with dark and uncomfortable subjects.