Starward Shadows Quarterly

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: In the City of Shrieking Ottomans

By Tara Campbell

Every travel guide you read before you came here warned you it that would be difficult to relax in the City of Shrieking Ottomans. Every time you sit down at the end of a long day of walking or shopping or sightseeing or whatever it is you do in all of these cities you’ve been visiting, in this city you can’t simply put your feet up and sink into a moment of calm. In the City of Shrieking Ottomans, the least bit of pressure of anyone’s foot on any kind of footrest engenders a piercing, horrific scream.  

It doesn’t matter what kind of footrest it is. From a true ottoman—a full-blown, round, upholstered, stuffed extravagance—down to a humble wooden footstool, any use of an inanimate object to rest one’s foot or feet will be rewarded by a bloodcurdling shriek . . .

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