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See the Elephant is dedicated to fiction with a metaphysical slant—fiction that questions consensual reality and pushes the boundaries of genre—by both new and established writers from a variety of cultural and philosophical traditions. The stories in See the Elephant range from literary to soft science fiction to satire to folklore to visionary to magical realist to slips ...more
Kindle Edition, 155 pages
Published July 10th 2015 by Metaphysical Circus Press
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Robert Bagnall
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
A bit of a struggle to review, as this has taken me at least a year to get through, many of the stories so turgid and lacking in flow that it’s a while before I’m minded to pick it up again. Frankly, the ‘glad to have gotten through it’ feeling has swamped any opinions I may have had of the majority of the works. Andrew S Fuller’s & Zoe Fowler’s tales are honourable exceptions to that rule; Eileen Gunn’s (a reprint) the standout of the collection before the cop-out ending. ...more
Anna Tizard
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: weird-wonderful
Top quality strange. Complex, subtle stories, well written and full of variety. Weird doesn't have to be gory or terrifying, it can lift you out of the ordinary and keep you guessing - this is one of the best examples I've found so far of a short story collection that manages just that.
Esther
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very evocative first collective of stories for this magazine. Some reprints mashed in with originals. Lots of strong imagery and while veering from contemporary fantasy to far-future science fiction, it all borders very squarely on the strange. Undoubtedly, my favourite was "True Life 50 Miles" which opened it, followed by the sasquatch story "Up the Fire Road".

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"True Life 50 Miles" by Michael Wehunt - A twisted story of family love. What happens when children have the power to dr
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I picked up this issue to read my first story by Nisi Shawl, and also because I saw there was a piece by Elizabeth Hand, one of my favorites. Also really enjoyed Michael Wehunt's story.

The editors compiled a diverse set of stories under the unifying theme of the journal, which is "fiction with a metaphysical slant—fiction that questions consensual reality and pushes the boundaries of genre." I'll have to keep an eye out to see what issue 2 brings.
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A New York Times notable and multiple award– winning author, Elizabeth Hand has written seven novels, including the cult classic Waking the Moon, and short-story collections. She is a longtime contributor to numerous publications, including the Washington Post Book World and the Village Voice Literary Supplement. She and her two children divide their time between the coast of Maine and North Londo ...more

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