Issue #5 The King in Yellow

MANDEM —  The King in Yellow (cover)

mandemMANDEM is the art name for Maize Arendsee, an art instructor and Studio Art MFA student at Florida State University, and her life-partner, Moco Steinman-Arendsee. MANDEM’s artwork is described as an exercise in categorical violations, simulation, and narrative. With an academic background in classical mythology, gender studies, and critical theory, MANDEM works across media and materials (painting, assemblage/collage, film, sculpture, and book-making), intentionally destabilizing genre in terms of content and media. MANDEM’s artwork has been widely exhibited in art galleries and museums, and it has been featured in over 100 publications.

Glynn Barrass
Claws That Pierce the Amber Veil
Glynn has written over a hundred short stories and edited for Chaosium’s Call of Cthulhu fiction line and Dark Regions Press—Eldritch Chrome, Steampunk Cthulhu, Atomic Age Cthulhu, and World War Cthulhu.

Eleanor Leonne Bennett
Floats With Grace, Hidden in Green, Enforced, Paper Masks
Eleanor was the CIWEM Young Environmental Photographer of The Year. Her photography has been published in British Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

Rosemary Tantra Bensko
Performance of The King in Yellow 
Tantra’s fiction appears in Women Writing the Weird I and II, Strange Little Girls, Triangulation: Parch, Zymbol, Holdfast, Surreal South. She inhabits Berkeley.

Carina Bissett
The Yellowed Press of an Ancient Power
Carina wrote travel articles and books about the Southwest. These days, she spends her time crafting twisted fairy tales and cross-pollinated mythic fiction. She is currently at work on the first novel in her five-book Elements series.

Dimitry Borshch
Sign Bearer
Dmitry’s drawings and sculptures have been exhibited at the National Arts Club (New York), BrechtForum (New York), ISE Cultural Foundation (New York), and the State Russian Museum (Saint Petersburg).

Richard Lee Byers
Hate, Courage and Blood
Richard is the author of forty fantasy and horror books including Blind God’s Bluff, The Reaver, and Dissolution. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies.

Kelda Critch
Fungal Night, Uninteresting
Kelda is a new born entity. Her work has appeared in the Lovecraft E-zine, Journal of Unlikely Acceptances, Dreams from the Witch House and in the Bram Stoker Award winning After Death anthology.

Randal Doering
Strength of My Fathers
Randall has published in Stupefying Stories and the anthology Songs of the Great Cycle, by Long Count Press. He has won honorable mention in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest.

Amelia Gorman
Sacrifice in Hali
Amelia is a computer science student in Minnesota. She has a story in Innsmouth Free Press’s anthology She Walks in Shadows.

Robert Gross
The Yellow Script
Robert is a writer, theatrical director, and performer. He’s published in Duende, Carcinogenic Poetry, and Dead Snakes.

Deborah Guzzi
Bloodied Nail Beds
Deborah writes for Massage and Aromatherapy.


David Hoenig
Of Kings, Queens, and Knaves
David finished his first novel (querying), and is working on a second. He published “Madness is in the Eye of the Beholder” with Morning Rain Publishing, winning 3rd place in a “Freaky Fiction” contest.

Marilyn Horn-Fahey
Return of the Son
Marilyn is a technical editor in Silicon Valley. Her short stories have appeared in publications such as Blotterature and Marathon Review.

Caroline Johnson
This Yellow Balloon
Caroline has two poetry chapbooks, Where the Street Ends and My Mother’s Artwork, and has published poetry in DuPage Valley Review, Chicago Tribune, The Quotable, and others.

Linda Kennedy
Preacher Man 
Linda is a musician and choir director working in Richmond, Va. She has taken poetry classes at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Studio School and has a poem posted on the VMFA Blog.

Dominique Lamssies
Shards: A Drama in Four Acts
Dominique’s non-fiction has been featured in Eye-Ai Magazine, a magazine about Japanese culture for expatriates living abroad. Her fiction has been featured in The Horror Zine.

David Landrum
David’s novellas, The Prophetess, ShadowCity, Strange Brew, and The Last Minstrel, and his novel, The Sorceress of the Northern Seas, are all available through Amazon.

Christine Makepeace
The Queen in Yellow
Christine is a New Englander by birth, a New Yorker by choice, and an Austinite by happenstance. Her debut novel, Wake Up, Maggie, can be found on Amazon.

M. W. Mani
The King (A Masquerade)
M.W. studied Theatre at Washington State University.He currently lives in Portland, OR.

Kaela McNeil
A Romantic Evening With a Cthulhu Figurine
Kaela has been published in Anthropoid and The Miscellany. She works as the prose editor for Sling Magazine while interning at VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.

Frankie Metro
An Excerpt From The Professional Donor 
Frankie is the author of A.P.C., The Anarchist’s Blac Book of Poetry and The Professional Donor. He is published in Kerouac’s Dog Magazine, Unlikely Stories, Carcinogenic Poetry/Virgogray Press.

Geoff Mosse
A Waking Fever Dream in Yellow
Geoff is a quiet and humble freelance writer and artist that resides in a heavily fortified compound in Savannah, GA. His current graphic novel, The Mick, can be found on and other outlets.

Rose Neilsen
The development of multiple cognitive deficits manifested by both:
Rose has a Creative Writing MFA from the University of British Columbia. Her work can be found in As It Ought to Be and RiverLit, in print in Contemporary Verse 2 and forthcoming in the Mississippi River Anthology, Down a Dark River.

Konstantine Paradias
Down Cancer Orchard Way
Konstantine short stories have been published in the AE Canadian Science Fiction Review, Cycatrix Magazine and the Battle Royale Slambook by Haikasoru.

L. E. Peret
The Next Emperor
L. E. works as a press assistant while trying to get a PhD in Sociology. He writes primarily Sci-Fi, fantasy and horror. His favorite authors are Anne Rice, Lovecraft, King, Gaiman, Clarke, Asimov and Tolkien.

Steph Post
The Pallid Mask
Steph is the author of A Tree Born Crooked. Her short fiction is in Haunted Waters: From the Depths, The Round-Up, and Stephen King’s Contemporary Classics. She lives, writes and teaches in St. Petersburg, Florida.

James Pratt
He Is Coming 
James’s stories have appeared in Canopic Jars: Tales of Mummies and Mummification, Dark Hall Press Cosmic Horror Anthology, Alter Egos Vol. 2, and Barbarians of the Red Planet from Rogue Planet Press.

Erica Ruppert
The Traveller
Erica lives in northern New Jersey with her husband and an assortment of pets. She writes, teaches, bakes, runs, and reads many odd things. She has previously been published in Rose Red Review, Cæsura, and Bookends Review.

Julio Toro San Martin
Interview Excerpted From a Blog Site Dedicated to Supernatural Investigations
Julio hails from Toronto, Canada. His work has been published by Innsmouth Free Press, Acidic Fiction, Tigershark Publishing, The Lovecraft Ezine and Static movement.

Jon Carroll Thomas
The Outcasts of Carcosa
Jon is a Pittsburgh writer that likes to dabble in yellow.


Steve Toase
Smoke Signs 
Steve is an author and archaeologist living in North Yorkshire and occasionally Munich, Germany. His story “Call Out” has recently been published in the Best Horror Of The Year Anthology 6.

Nathan Tompkins
A Song of Chaos and Eternal Night
Nathan’s work has appeared in Calliope Magazine, The Tishman Review, NonBinary Review, North West Words, and others. He is also the author of Junk Mail of the Heart, and The Dog Stops Here.

DJ Tyrer
In the Company of Mr. King
DJ is the person behind Atlantean Publishing, has been published in Dialect Poetry, Memento Mori, Bones, Cyaegha, Carillon, The Pen, Scifaikuest, Tigershark and Anthology 29.

Dawn Vogel
Dawn is a short fiction author and editor. She runs a craft business, helps edit Mad Scientist Journal, and tries to find time for writing. She lives in Seattle with her awesome husband (and fellow author), Jeremy Zimmerman.

Hope Wabuke
Hope’s poetry has appeared in The North American Review, Kalyani Magazine, Fjords Literary Journal, Potluck Magazine, Ruminate Magazine, Salamander Journal, Literary Mama, Weave Magazine, Cease Cows, and Split This Rock