Issue 87: What Music They Make

cover by KMO


Even More Shivers And Chills!!!, by Togi Kayako (土宜草子)

auferetur cordis pulsatio, by Domashita Romero (地下ロメロ)

Betrothed, by Iron Eater *

Aiken Sings the Circle of Life, by Hyakunichisou 13 (百日草 十三)

Rose Red and the Huntsmen, by shukyou (主教) *

* illustrated

The Deal, by Sparrow


Journal entry, October 2020

I must have been asleep, for certainly if I had been fully awake I must have noticed the approach of such a remarkable issue. In the gloom the contents looked of considerable size, and as several artworks graced the text, it perhaps seemed bigger than it really is.

I heard a heavy step approaching behind my screen, and saw through the pixels the gleam of coming light. Then there was the sound of rattling chains and the clanking of massive bolts drawn back. A key was turned with the loud grating noise of long disuse, and the great cover swung back.

Within stood a glorious set of stories and art, sexy and queer and completely free for my perusal and enjoyment. They stood illuminated before my eyes as the device shone like a beacon, throwing long quivering shadows as it flickered in the dark of my room. I felt within my breast a stirring desire to tell the world about them, to share such marvelous news with all my friends. The Editors motioned me in with a courtly gesture, saying in excellent English, but with a strange intonation:

“Welcome to Shousetsu Bang*Bang! Enter our new issue freely and of your own free will!”

For summaries, authors’ notes, and more, see this issue’s entry on the Shousetsu Bang*Bang wiki.