Shira Lipkin

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Shira Lipkin has managed to convince Strange Horizons, Apex Magazine, Stone Telling, Clockwork Phoenix 4, and other otherwise-sensible magazines and anthologies to publish their work; two of their stories have been recognized as Million Writers Award Notable Stories, and they have won the Rhysling Award for best short poem. Their nonfiction has appeared at Salon. They credit luck, glitter eyeliner, and tenacity. They co-edit Liminality, a magazine of speculative poetry, with Mattie Joiner, and co-produce and co-host burlesque shows with Lucky Charming as Viscous & Tingle. They live in Boston. Their cats are bigger than their dog.

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In Our Rags of Light

Published Jan 9, 2019 · 4,295 words (16 minutes) · 1 like · 102 views

Fantasy Horror Literary Fiction Strange

I was sixteen years old, and what I thought I knew about magic could fill a book. Turns out, I didn't know a damn thing. But those boys? They knew less.

The Mangrove
Featured January 9, 2019


Never Chose This Way

Published Jan 9, 2019 · 1,550 words (6 minutes) · 10 likes · 603 views

Fantasy Horror Literary Fiction Science Fiction Strange

1. What makes you a monster? 2. Who made you a monster? 3. Who told you you were a monster? 4. What is a monster?

long exposure couple


The Cartographer's Requiem

Published Jan 9, 2019 · 1,108 words (5 minutes) · 90 views


Old map


The Final Girl

Published Jan 9, 2019 · 1,075 words (4 minutes) · 89 views

Horror Literary Fiction

The point of the final girl is that she survives.

The Order of Caos IX


Becca at the End of the World

Published Jan 9, 2019 · 1,416 words (6 minutes) · 1 like · 92 views

Horror Love

I nestle the video camera on its makeshift tripod, carefully centering my daughter’s image. She tucks her hair behind her ear and gives a strained smile. She is sixteen, and that hair is long and golden–kissed light brown and straight; she has the gangly grace only teenagers have, that sleek gazelle form. She is wearing khaki shorts and a striped tank top, and the bite mark on her arm is already putrefying.


Happy Hour at the Tooth and Claw

Published Jan 9, 2019 · 5,958 words (22 minutes) · 1 like · 108 views

Fantasy Literary Fiction Science Fiction Love Strange

Brooklyn Bar



Published Jan 9, 2019 · 998 words (4 minutes) · 82 views

Fantasy Horror Literary Fiction Strange

When I was twenty years old, my best friends and I stepped off the edge of the world. Michael died yesterday. These two things have everything and nothing to do with each other. People aren’t made to do what we did. Or maybe they are, and they just aren’t made to come back.

Welcome to las vegas


I Am Thinking of You in the Spaces Between

Published Jan 9, 2019 · 1,802 words (7 minutes) · 1 like · 68 views

Literary Fiction Science Fiction

You’d heard of the accident, of course. Everyone had. How the first passenger transport to use a Between gate didn’t come out exactly right. How fourteen of us survived—but changed. How we now have the ability to walk between worlds. Not a simple folding of spacetime, like the Between engine was designed for. But actually walking into the between, walking straight into another universe. I was twelve. I got off the transport into a sea of cameras and haven’t really shaken them off since.


Salt Brides

Published Jan 9, 2019 · 735 words (3 minutes) · 1 like · 67 views





Published Jan 9, 2019 · 2,152 words (8 minutes) · 79 views

Fantasy Literary Fiction Science Fiction Love Strange

I went to a Renwick Gallery in DC during lunch time and was excited about the stacks of paper that was used to create a huge mountain. This shot was exceptionally intriguing to me since it allows you to describe the image however you like.