Bewildering Stories

Bewildering Stories is an unusual E-zine in that it is one of the few fiction publications that I know of that is a weekly. The work done to bring its readers this professionally presented online publication must be ponderous indeed. It is truly a labor of love by Jerry Wright, its publisher and Donald Webb, its editor; as well as by volunteer staff members who generously contribute their time, efforts and expertise.

Bewildering Stories is the brainchild of Mr. Jerry Wright, an electrical contractor, network administrator, college instructor and author of technical works, and Dr. Donald Webb, an Ivy League graduate and semi-retired university professor of foreign languages who has contributed translations of foreign works to the zine, among many other fine and original works, both fiction and non-fiction in nature.

These two erudite and cultivated gentlemen "met" while online in regard to their mutual lifelong affinity for literature. They lamented that it was close to impossible any longer for previously non-published writers, regardless of talent, to even get a serious read at most professional periodicals and publishing houses. Thus, Bewildering Stories was born as a place for neophyte aspiring writers to find a home; a mission from which these fine patrons of the arts have never deviated. If anyone reading this aspires to be a professional writer one day, or even enjoys writing simply as an avocation, Bewildering Stories is a terrific venue to begin!

Nevertheless, the publication has also attracted critically acclaimed writers such as, among others, Colin P. Davies and Mark Spencer, whose biographies can be found at the zine under "Biographies and Bibliographies." Thus, if you are a new and aspiring author and your work is accepted here, you can have the satisfaction of knowing that your work will appear in a publication which attracts such superb writers.

Bewildering Stories also offers opportunities to writers of non-fiction and poets. I would in particular recommend the works of Carmen Ruggero which include fiction and non-fiction offerings, as well as eloquently profound poetry. I would particularly recommend her most poignant memoir, "Last Tango on a Wintry Day," which I have written a review of and is linked here under "Literary Reviews."

I wish to publicly express my gratitude to Mr. Wright, Dr. Webb and all at Bewildering Stories for their kind consideration of my somewhat controversial story and for their courageous decision to include it in their splendid publication for the benefit of bullied and tormented kids everywhere. Click to link:

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