“Dreamcatching,” by James Lafond Sutter
Aberrant Dreams is without a doubt the most fun online publication I have yet visited. Upon arriving at the zine’s homepage, one is greeted with superlative, clever computer graphics and animation. Aside from its not insubstantial literary content, the publication features an ongoing comic strip, drawn and authored by Co-editor-in-Chief J. Lonny Harper, entitled “Slip of the Pen,” which I find exceedingly witty. Mr. Harper also offers occasional editorials (”Perpetual Carrots”) which are incisive and exhibit a similar degree of the author’s sublime wit by way of social commentary and literary criticism.
Aberrant Dreams was founded in 2004 by Mr. Harper and his longtime friend Joseph W. Dickerson who, along with Editor Earnest G. Saylor, present speculative fiction: science fiction, fantasy and horror; poetry and nonfiction in the form of interviews with such illustrious writers within the field as Greg Bear, Wendy Webb and Alastair Reynolds, as well as with artists whose work has graced the covers of the publication’s annual print anthologies and, apparently, erstwhile quarterly print editions; with new content seemingly now added online on an irregular basis.
All materials presented within the publication exhibit impeccable editorship, rendering Aberrant Dreams a model of craftsmanship for all internet publications. Along with Dark Recesses Press and Strange Horizons, Aberrant Dreams forms one leg of a triumvirate of leading internet genre publications. Like Bewildering Stories, a zine which in many respects Aberrant Dreams reminds me of, the latter also has an active forum where stories and other works presented may be commented upon, along with various other topics.
The publication offers three cents a word—with a cap of one hundred dollars—for fiction to ten thousand words and one dollar per line—with a cap of fifty dollars—for poetry related to speculative topics. Additionally, all works presented by the zine during a calendar year will be included in the annual print anthology.
In summation, I most assuredly recommend Aberrant Dreams to readers and prospective contributors alike. Click to continue: