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Starward Shadows Quarterly is an online dark speculative fiction magazine dedicated to exploring the twisted recesses of the imagination. Our editors have an insatiable craving for Cosmic Horror, Sword and Sorcery, and most other subgenres of speculative fiction—and if you do too, let’s create something wicked together.

Flash Feature: Wretchbane Midnights

By Erica Ciko Campbell

[In memory of my grandma’s first birthday in the great beyond]

Svengaar felt the eyes of every Syndragorean at the table bearing down on him like twisted knives between every rib, and the scorn they undoubtedly held for him took on a life of its own, hanging over the gilded teacups and pink-trimmed cakes like a cloud of noxious death—No, wait, that’s the Wretchbane, he reminded himself, chapped black lips quivering as he inhaled wildly through cracked nostrils and felt the pain dissolving as the paranoia increased . . .

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