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Short story editorial:

It is a generally-accepted, though not infallible rule that all stories have a beginning, a middle, and an end. They may not fall in that order, and some of them may not fall at all (after all, rules are meant to be broken); in spite of this, most acknowledge that all stories do seem to share something - all likewise rooted in traditions dating back tens of thousands of years. Certain postmodernists go as far as to say that every story is one that has already been told - that we now perpetually reiterate in our own work that which we have read or heard before. At the other end of the spectrum Joyce Carol Oates holds that "fixed forms can yield infinite, ingenious variations". Taken at face value those ideas might seem opposed; but both may hold some truth.
 

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Each story in this collection is no doubt a combination of an untold host of tales our writers may once have read, or heard; but those past tales, first reduced to molten creativity in the crucible of the human mind, have then been forged anew. They are original alloys of creative elements.

These stories all share something with their fellows, and whilst they are each some combination of what came before them - whilst there is a common chemistry - these particular stories have never before existed. They are simultaneously akin to many others, yet unique in themselves.

     And it has been my pleasure to introduce them.

         Elliot Summerhayes (Short story editor)