Shimmer Magazine – Issue 34

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The devil you allow into your room. The Hitler you cross time to kill. The ghosts that saturate ancient homes. The war we have all lost. The four stories in our final issue of 2016 tread familiar ground, and yet within each, the ground seems entirely new. You’ve never really been to any of these places until you crack open this issue of Shimmer.

Skills To Keep the Devil In His Place, by Lia Swope Mitchell
If you think about him, he’s got a way in. He’ll creep into your pupils, waft up your nose, croon through your earholes singing moody devil songs. From there, into your brain. I’ve seen it happen—it’s happened to me. And then everything you see starts to look like temptation. An object, something to use or destroy. Then you’re yelling at friends, telling lies, and stealing Mom’s credit card to buy $200 jeans off the internet and who even knows where all this ends.

Number One Personal Hitler, by Jeff Hemenway
Dr. Francis Waxmann invented time travel in the summer of 2075. It broke the universe some sixty years earlier.

Spirit Tasting List for Ridley House, April 2016, by Rachael Acks
Welcome, honored guest, to Ridley House; the acquisition of this charming 18th-century Palladian Revival villa has been something of a coup for our club and we are beyond pleased to present a wide array of tastes for your pleasure, if for a limited time. Take a moment to enjoy the grounds, particularly the stately elms with their attendant garlands of Spanish moss, and the mist rising from the ponds and nearby irrigation canals.

Now We’ve Lost, by Natalia Theodoridou
The war is over, we hear. We’ve lost. We look at each other in the dark. What does this mean? We’ve lost so much already. What is it we’ve lost now?

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