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December 1st, 2010

"Falsies"

Our culture is so warped when it comes to ideals of feminine beauty. I saw a commercial today for "Falsies" (not what you think), a new mascara from Maybelline. The alleged lure of this mascara is that it will make you look like you're wearing false eyelashes! Um, really!? When did it become an aesthetic goal to look like you're wearing FALSE eyelashes? Even when people wore them, you didn't want to look like you were wearing them. Chalk up another one for our "falsies" culture.

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Jack-o'-Spec Lineup

I've now answered ALL submissions for Jack-o'-Spec: Tales of Halloween and Fantasy! I have to tell you I'm VERY excited about this one. We have steampunk Halloweens, post-apocalyptic Halloweens, alternate history Halloweens, outer space Halloweens, and noir Halloweens, not to mention new speculative takes on Halloween perennials, such as haunted houses, witches, ghosts, vampires, and, of course, jack-o'-lanterns. Is the editor allowed to squee? I don't care, I'm going to squee!


Here's the lineup in alphabetical order. I'll wrangle it into a table of contents before too long.


  • Paul L. Bates, "Unwanted Children," fiction.

  • Robert Borski, "Halloween (The Planet)," poem.

  • Bruce Boston, "Halloween Hunchback," poem.

  • Leslie Brown, "Incursion," fiction.

  • Shannon Connor Winward, "All Souls' Day," poem.

  • James S. Dorr, "The Leaves," fiction.

  • Nancy Ellis Taylor, "Dia de los Muertos/LA," poem.

  • Kendall Evans, "Deceiving the Dead," poem.

  • Jude-Marie Green, "Defying Gravity," fiction.

  • Samantha Henderson, "Sugar Skulls," fiction.

  • Michael M. Jones, "Who Killed the Pumpkin King?" fiction.

  • Geoffrey A. Landis, "Monsters," poem.

  • Elissa Malcohn, "Visitations," fiction.

  • Joe Nazare, "The Day after Halloween," fiction.

  • Gregory L. Norris, "The Two Houses," fiction.

  • Jason S. Ridler, "The Night Ol' Jack Came Back," fiction.

  • Jill M. Riga, "Bad Reputation," poem.

  • Daniel R. Robichaud II, "Autumn Jitters," fiction.

  • Karen A. Romanko, "Death in a Harlequin Suit," fiction.

  • Alexandra Seidel, "Lanterns," poem.

  • Alexandra Seidel, "Tricks and Treats," poem.

  • Marge Simon, "Traditions," fiction.

  • Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy, "Forty-Eight Hours a Year," fiction.

  • John F.D. Taff, "The Lacquered Box," fiction.

  • Cliff Winnig, "The Experiment," fiction.