Whatever happened to the worlds of tomorrow? But what happens to yesterday’s visions of tomorrow? Once they have fallen from popular consciousness, do we dwell on them, and is there any value in that? In the creative arts, retrofuturism is that dwelling—either on the future as seen from the past, or on the past as…

(Originally published in The Doll Collection.) I’m twelve when this all starts, and Daniel’s about to be five. And I thought he was like the rest of us, then. I thought he was like I had been, at his age. But he wasn’t. It could be he had been born different, of course. Or maybe…

In the beginning, there are two types of animals. Both are disgorged from a crack inside a grotto, in a universe still young and half-made. A tapestry of cosmogony: liminal weft meeting impossible warp. The first animal whelped out of the world’s fragmentary fabric is small but fully formed. Later, he will be called precocial.…

While My Brother is Devoured by Eagles

There’s a saying that Death’s a gambler—one carrying no scythe, but a massive bowl full of thousand-sided dice he rolls every morning. In the Academy we know that’s not true. The true gambler is Life. Her bowl is larger, and every side of her dice has its own fringe nightmares in store. In the three…

  • The Thing About Cancer

    Clinton Crockett Peters
    Every year, nine thousand feet above the sea on the plateau of Antarctica, fifty people wave goodbye as the last plane takes off and winks out over the horizon. The women and men settle in for a gloomy winter, isolated February to October. Temperatures plummet to minus seventy Celsius, concreting cameras and morphing jet fuel…
  • The Ossification of The Space Between Us

    Kathleen Schaefer
    The hotel is made of a hundred thousand living bones. That is an estimate. The exact number fluctuates as new cartilage fuses together and old skeletons wear to dust. Children try to count, running their hands over the great vaulted spines of the lobby and the thin knucklebones of the window jambs. When they give…
  • The Girl in the Image of the Cat-Woman

    Chloe N. Clark
    She’s never believed in much—not the price she paysfor sodas from the corner storenor the stories her parents preachto her every night before bed. They tell her of womenwho walk with wolves,can never go home again,who curl up in forests, sleepin dirt, wonder about the scentof their mother’s hair—water celery—if they reallyremember it right. They…
  • My Top 20 Dark Speculative Fiction Books of 2023

    R. B. Wood
    Our goal at House of Gamut is to be the home for Dark Speculative Fiction. The question I get asked the most is, “What the hell is Dark Speculative fiction?” My answer is the same each time: Dark Speculative Fiction is a grand and sweeping genre of tales that dance on the fringes of reality,…
  • The Jaws of Ouroboros

    Steve Toase
    (Originally published in The Fiends in the Furrows: An Anthology of Folk Horror.) Broken feathers slid out of pinioned songbirds in the hawthorn hedge above me, falling as rotted grey rain. The ditch was not the dirtiest place I’d hidden myself in my life, but it was by far the most unpleasant. I knelt on…
  • Biblically Accurate Angels

    Chloe Clark
    You learn so muchin a single day—how the body givesup with too little or too much.Our gut biomes determine our minds,our health, are built beforewe even know who we are. The color of an egg’s yolkis shaped by the hen’s diet—the vitamins you swallowcontrolled by the strengthof the grass, the crack of the feed. There…
  • RETROFUTURISM: THE FUTURES THAT NEVER WERE

    Whatever happened to the worlds of tomorrow? But what happens to yesterday's visions of tomorrow? Once they have fallen from popular consciousness, do we dwell on them, and is there any value in that? In the creative arts, retrofuturism is that dwelling—either on the future as seen from the past, or on the past as…
  • While My Brother is Devoured by Eagles

    In the beginning, there are two types of animals. Both are disgorged from a crack inside a grotto, in a universe still young and half-made. A tapestry of cosmogony: liminal weft meeting impossible warp. The first animal whelped out of the world’s fragmentary fabric is small but fully formed. Later, he will be called precocial.…
  • Daniel’s Theory About Dolls

    (Originally published in The Doll Collection.) I’m twelve when this all starts, and Daniel’s about to be five. And I thought he was like the rest of us, then. I thought he was like I had been, at his age. But he wasn’t. It could be he had been born different, of course. Or maybe…
  • Rerolling the Dice

    There’s a saying that Death’s a gambler—one carrying no scythe, but a massive bowl full of thousand-sided dice he rolls every morning. In the Academy we know that’s not true. The true gambler is Life. Her bowl is larger, and every side of her dice has its own fringe nightmares in store. In the three…
  • The Thing About Cancer

    Every year, nine thousand feet above the sea on the plateau of Antarctica, fifty people wave goodbye as the last plane takes off and winks out over the horizon. The women and men settle in for a gloomy winter, isolated February to October. Temperatures plummet to minus seventy Celsius, concreting cameras and morphing jet fuel…
  • The Ossification of The Space Between Us

    The hotel is made of a hundred thousand living bones. That is an estimate. The exact number fluctuates as new cartilage fuses together and old skeletons wear to dust. Children try to count, running their hands over the great vaulted spines of the lobby and the thin knucklebones of the window jambs. When they give…
  • The Girl in the Image of the Cat-Woman

    She’s never believed in much—not the price she paysfor sodas from the corner storenor the stories her parents preachto her every night before bed. They tell her of womenwho walk with wolves,can never go home again,who curl up in forests, sleepin dirt, wonder about the scentof their mother’s hair—water celery—if they reallyremember it right. They…
  • My Top 20 Dark Speculative Fiction Books of 2023

    Our goal at House of Gamut is to be the home for Dark Speculative Fiction. The question I get asked the most is, “What the hell is Dark Speculative fiction?” My answer is the same each time: Dark Speculative Fiction is a grand and sweeping genre of tales that dance on the fringes of reality,…
  • The Jaws of Ouroboros

    (Originally published in The Fiends in the Furrows: An Anthology of Folk Horror.) Broken feathers slid out of pinioned songbirds in the hawthorn hedge above me, falling as rotted grey rain. The ditch was not the dirtiest place I’d hidden myself in my life, but it was by far the most unpleasant. I knelt on…
  • Biblically Accurate Angels

    You learn so muchin a single day—how the body givesup with too little or too much.Our gut biomes determine our minds,our health, are built beforewe even know who we are. The color of an egg’s yolkis shaped by the hen’s diet—the vitamins you swallowcontrolled by the strengthof the grass, the crack of the feed. There…