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Spring 2018

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In this issue:

The Marge Simon Page

The Yuan Changming Page

Edited by Tyree Campbell

Cover art "More Hot Water" by Teresa Tunaley

Cover design by Laura Givens

Vol. XIV, No. 3 April 2018 Illumen [ISSN: 1558-9714] is published quarterly on the 1st days of January, April, July, and October in the United States of America by Alban Lake Publishing, P.O. Box 141, Colo, Iowa, 50056-0141. Copyright 2018 by Alban Lake Publishing. All rights revert to authors and artists upon publication except as noted in selected individual contracts. Nothing may be reproduced in whole or in part without written permission from the authors and artists. Any similarity between places and persons mentioned in the fiction or semi-fiction and real places or persons living or dead is coincidental. Writers and artists guidelines are available online at Guidelines are also available upon request from Alban Lake, P.O. Box 141, Colo, Iowa, USA, 50056-0141, if request is accompanied by a SASE #10 envelope with a 49-cent US stamp. Editor: Tyree Campbell. Subscriptions: $28 for one year [4 issues], $54 for two years [8 issues]. Single copies $8.00 postage paid in the United States. Subscriptions to Canada: $18 for one year, $34 for two years. Single copies $10.00 postage paid to Canada. U.S. and Canadian subscribers remit in U.S. funds. All other countries inquire about rates.


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A Little Help, Please

The Marge Simon Page

The Yuan Changming Page

The Voices of Illumen


Survival by Russell Hemmell

The Collaborator by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Real Horror Documentary by Bruce Boston

The Prophet’s House by DJ Tyrer

outer space by Greg Schwartz

Love Child by Maureen Bowden

Fata Morgana by Deborah Guzzi

Untitled by Shiekha A.

Xylophones by Russell Hemmell

Fall Beets? by Deborah Guzzi

To the Faerest Lady by Beatrix M. G. Nielsen

Chthonia by Cassandra Rose Clarke

River Tale by Bruce Boston & Marge Simon

Mars Rising by Maureen Bowden

Mother of the Living Wood by Maria Haskins

Faucet by Simon Perchik

concentric delusions by Peter Roberts

Mysterious Corridor by Linda Imbler

A Chronology of the Devouring Queen by Cassandra Rose Clark

Journey to the Hag’s Bed by Meg Smith

Cassanova’s Reign by Deborah Guzzi

Coffee by Simon Perchik

Lonely Hearts by Maureen Bowden

Quachil Utthaus by DJ Tyrer


Russell Hemmell

You win, you lose

-you play and play.

No rest, no break,

but unrelenting thrust

- to emerge from the hatch,

- to gnaw a burrow

into a barren world.

This we all must learn when

still in the nest

- milk teeth and fiercest hunger -

pausing only to glimpse

at a sky of melting stars.

Built to Serve

by G. O. Clark


(from “Built to Serve”)

Don't blame us

for leveling the forests,

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