Cirsova Spring 2022 Issue Is Out Now!

The Cirsova Spring 2022 Issue is Out Now!

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Orphan of the Shadowy Moons (Part 1)
By MICHAEL TIERNEY
At long last, the origins of the Ancient Warrior are revealed! Fleeing from the Artomique fleet, Daestar, Bully Bravo, and the Ancient Warrior find a refuge of the immortal race—it is there that the psychic locks on his past are finally released!

The Flying Mongoose
By JIM BREYFOGLE
Dragons have cut off the smiths of Pytheas, but Kat and Mangos have a plan! Un-fortunately, it will require the duo taking to the skies themselves!

Channel 121, After Midnight
By MARK PELLEGRINI
Bored on a Saturday night, Caleb discovers a new channel that has never appeared on the cable box before, offering strange programming and an ominous warning!

The Recorporator Finds a Live One!
By ANDREW MAJORS
A lone Recorporator has just blown a ton of money on rights to a world that he thinks may be a dud… until strange things begin to happen to his scanner drones!

Serpent God of Mars
By ADRIAN COLE
Though defeated by the trainee witchfinder, Arrul Voruum, the sorcerer Rannas Kavannian has survived in a broken stolen body and hides in the depths of Mars!

The City of the Crocodile God
By OWEN G. TABARD
Strange things are afoot in the city sacred to the Crocodile God—her son dead, the high priestess is in a malaise… and a sacred crocodile attacks during the festival!

Darla of Deodanth: Firewood
By LOUISE SORENSEN
After the incident at Machu Hampacchu, all that was left for Darla to do was to re-stock firewood for the excavation site—but no task is simple on the Eldritch Earth!

An Ayre By Landor
By JEFFERY SCOTT SIMS
A magic potion has rendered the Duke of Vardix invulnerable! Can Morca stop the Duke’s scheme to assassinate Lady Niada before all at the Festival of Azamodius?!

Just Another Crappy Story That Kills Everybody In It
By Jim Breyfogle
The Fictionverse is where stories are acted out when pen hits paper—but what happens in a bad or poorly written story? Bob the Guardsman is about to find out!

Dreaming of Mart Senson
By LIVIU SURUGIU [Translated by J.S. Bangs]
Something strange is happening to Mart Senson! The faces of individuals he has dreamed of, and who have dreamed of him, are appearing in portrait on his skin!

Touch of Night
By ERIK JOHNSON
Edward Argot, PI, is approached with a strange job: go deep undercover to inform on a mysterious prisoner… The catch? Said prisoner is reputed to be immortal!

The Sound of Silence
By RODICA BRETIN
An orphan is assaulted by the monstrous Professor Wilberforce—killing her as-sailant lands her in an institution, where trauma manifests in her strange powers!

My Name is John Carter (Part 11)
By JAMES HUTCHINGS

[Also, don’t forget that the Kickstarter for Michael Tierney’s Wild Stars is live!]

Review of They’ll Get You, by Mark Pellegrini

I’m sure most of you are familiar by now with Mark Pellegrini as writer of the smash hit comic series Kamen America. But we also hope that you’re familiar with him as a Cirsova contributor and horror writer of Don’t Open the Door and She Saw it Creeping Up the Stairs [and tomorrow, Channel 121 After Midnight.]

In addition to his comic accolades, Mark Pellegrini may well be the rising King of Gen Y Horror.

Gen Y was a narrow band that spent its early childhood in a largely analog world. There were video games, sure, but they were not ubiquitous. Few families had computers, and the internet was some weird thing you read about in scifi books [where it was usually called the Interweb] and maybe saw on TV, but nobody you knew had or used it. We played outside, because cable only gave you 50 or channels to watch.

This was the world that people Mark’s and my age grew up in, and he captures it fantastically in his horror writing, down to the decade-old shag carpets and wood paneling you see in those “ackshually, if you grew in up the 80s” memes.

Mark’s horror takes you back to that time when you were young, the world around you was uncanny and on the verge of changing in ways you could not possibly comprehend–inevitable; inescapable.

And there is no story that captures that more than his They’ll Get You.

Kevin lives with his mom in a suburban neighborhood, goes to a “good” school, has a handful of friends, and is living a fairly normal lifestyle for a kid in the early-mid-90s. But all is not as it seems. Those strange things we sometimes fancied and hyperfocused on as children–those monsters in the drain pipes, the weird houses that didn’t seem quite right, the school janitors who seemed off, and the “big kids” who were such jerks they might as well not even be human–well, for Kevin, these may be more than just the hyperactive imagination of a child.

They’ll Get You has amazing detail and presence of place–it’s so easy to not only visualize but grasp the entire world in which Kevin lives, and is trapped. It’s an incredibly visceral horror story that will resonate with anyone who lived through those times, and hopefully give people who didn’t an idea of the kind of nightmares we had as kids in a pre-digital world.

They’ll Get You is a touch on the long side, but it is surprising how well Mark is able to keep up the tension across so many scenarios as the story builds towards its endgame. There’s not a lot to criticize, and my few qualms [aside from formatting; bro, justify both sides of the text!] would include spoilers which I really would not want to give away…

But speaking of give away, tomorrow we’ll be doing a give-away of a copy of They’ll Get You on Twitter!

Some New Art – Kamen Ramen and Yoshika Miyako

In between working on a freelance project over the weekend, did some painting.

First here is Kamen Ramen from Tim Lim and Mark Pellegrini’s Kamen America 2. If you missed the crowdfund, it will still probably be available soon from Iconic Comics.

Next is Yoshika Miyako, the Jiangshi, from Touhou Ten Desires. The scan kinda cut her hands off, but you get the idea.

Anyway, we’re in the final countdown to our Winter issue, the last of 2020.

Please be sure to pre-order it! It’s available in print through Amazon now.

Also, don’t forget to grab Misha Burnett’s Endless Summer or drop a review if you’ve had a chance to read it!