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.

Stories · Posts

In Our Rags of Light

Jan 9, 2019 · 4,295 words (16 minutes)

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.

green plants

Featured January 9, 2019

Never Chose This Way

Jan 9, 2019 · 1,550 words (6 minutes) · 5 likes

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?

man and woman holding hands
The Cartographer's Requiem

Jan 9, 2019 · 1,108 words (5 minutes)


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The Final Girl

Jan 9, 2019 · 1,075 words (4 minutes)

Horror Literary Fiction

The point of the final girl is that she survives.

blue and red abstract painting
Becca at the End of the World

Jan 9, 2019 · 1,416 words (6 minutes)

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.

painting of handprints