Bull Spec #8+9

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Contents of issue 8+9: (update: April 23, 2013)

Fiction Editor and Publisher: Samuel Montgomery-Blinn

Managing Editor: Melinda Thielbar

Poetry Editor: Dan Campbell

Non-Fiction Editor: Alex Ward

Art Director: Gabriel Dunston


  • “Omens” by Cynthia Sheppard

FICTION: 15,865 words

  • “Here Be Dragons” by Elizabeth Creith — post-apocalyptic — 3450 words
  • “Ancilla” by Brenda Cannon Kalt (local) — sf — 4875 words
  • “Nahuales” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia — horror — 1185 words
  • “Barren Sky” by Rich Matrunick (local) — sf — 4115 words
  • “Call Down the Snow” by Gwendolyn Clare (local) — contemporary fantasy — 1600 words
  • “Rogue Zombie” by Peter Wood and Paul Celmer (local) — 640 words


  • The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty (Orbit, May 2013)


  • Part 4 of 4 of “The Long Lives of Heroes” by Jeremy Whitley (story) and Jason Strutz (art)


  • “Involuntary” by Gale Haut
  • “Among Us” by Hannah Beresford
  • “The Narrow Hours” by Gwendolyn Clare
  • “Fabrication” by F.J. Bergmann
  • “Sparks Between Our Teeth” by Amanda C. Davis


  • The Exploding Spaceship — a new regular column by Gerald and Angela Blackwell, with reviews of recent Baen books, and an interview of publisher Toni Weisskopf
  • Richard Dansky remembers Ray Bradbury
  • Lewis Manalo on ConCarolinas film festival
  • The Clockwork Pen by Joseph Giddings — reviews of 3 Steampunk titles from Pyr
  • Paul Kincaid reviews 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit) along with a feature-length interview
  • C.D. Covington reviews Pilgrim of the Sky by Natania Barron, and both Exogene and Chimera by T.C. McCarthy
  • Jason Erik Lunbderg reviews 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
  • Review of Moment of Change — interview with editor Rose Lemberg
  • Farewell editorial from outgoing fiction editor Samuel Montgomery-Blinn


  • Bull Spec patron page — built on the Kickstarter patrons
  • Small Beer Press
  • Apex Books
  • Without a Summer by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • The Escapist Expo
  • ConTemporal
  • Cynthia Sheppard Illustration
  • The Other Half of the Sky (Candlemark & Gleam)
  • John Hartness
  • Baen

9 Comments on “Bull Spec #8+9”

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  3. […] is for The Moment of Change: Feminist Speculative Poetry edited by Rose Lemberg, which appears in Bull Spec’s latest issue (you can also see it on one of the sample pages at their issuu site.) Both highly recommended! I […]

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  5. […] Bull Spec #8+9 was released in April, with the most original fiction yet packed into a special double-issue complete with full-color 4-page centerfold with the 2013 book preview and event calendar, and some of the best speculative poetry in print, a fantastic array of non-fiction interviews and essays and reviews, and the conclusion of Jeremy Whitley and Jason Strutz’s 4-part graphic short story. And! An excerpt of Mur Lafferty’s The Shambling Guide to New York City. […]

  6. […] Between Our Teeth (reprint) – Bull Spec #8, […]

  7. […] Bull Spec #8 with stories by Elizabeth Creith, Brenda Kalt, Rich Matrunick, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Gwendolyn Clare, and Peter Wood and Paul Celmer — $8 (always in stock) […]

  8. […] Sparks Between Our Teeth – 1st person, science fiction (time travel), gender-unspecified narrator – 2 minutes – Buy it: Retro Spec: Tales of Fantasy and Nostalgia or Bull Spec #8 […]

  9. […] Chesley Award for Best Cover Illustration: Magazine. “Omens” appears on the cover of Bull Spec #8+9. Congrats to […]

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