Editorial: What Fresh Hell is This?

So. You’re sitting there, nursing a coffee or tea in front of your computer or tablet or what have you, and thinking to yourself: Huh, this issue of Anathema is way later than usual. I was beginning to think they’d fallen off the face of the Earth.

You’d be right. Almost.

At least, that’s how it’s felt as of late. You might’ve caught bits and pieces here and there, dear reader, via our individual and group Facebook and Twitter feeds, or perhaps as an update to our most recent Indiegogo campaign (more on that below). The long and short of it: winter 2018 has taken no prisoners. While we generally try to work through what we can to ensure timely delivery of each issue, between illness, crisis, travel, more illness, running a fundraising campaign, an influx of work on all fronts, and still more illness—not to mention this being the Winter That Just Won’t End—it feels like a miracle there’s even an issue four at all.

But we’re so glad there is, because we’ve got a doozy of an issue for you—and, wonderfully, surprisingly, a preponderance of ghost stories! That’s right, while we don’t generally aim for each issue to have a theme, as it happens four of our five fiction pieces are strongly rooted in the supernatural. To say that we’re thrilled by this unexpected happenstance is, quite sincerely, an understatement.

And who do we have for you this issue? I’m so glad you asked. We’ve got fiction from four incredible authors new to the pages of Anathema—K.R. Diaz, Kai Hudson, Mir Plemmons, and Sara Saab—and a beautiful gut punch of a prose poem from our first returning champion, Joyce Chng. In addition, we’ve got non-fiction from Zina Hutton examining the very, very (very) white feminism of Marvel’s Jessica Jones, which, given the recent release of said show’s second season, is all kinds of zeitgeisty. And all of this goodness comes wrapped in a gorgeous cover thanks to the always-incredible Likhain. So yeah, we love this issue, and we know you’re going to love it, too.

We also want to take a moment to thank everyone who supported us through our second fundraising campaign, which ran throughout February. Thanks to your kind and generous support, we were able to raise enough money to keep the lights on at Anathema for another full year. We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: we would not be able to do this without you.

And with that, we’ll leave you to this, the start of our second year. Thank you all for sticking with us thus far, and we’ll see you again this summer with issue five.


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