Kaleidotrope – Winter 2017
Edited by Fred Coppersmith
Cover Artist: Black Widow Baby by Cesar Valtierra
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 29 January 2017
Links: Kaleidotrope / How to Support / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
Kaleidotrope Winter 2017 is here and, it's another great issue. And the horoscopes are back!
The issue begins with "The Song of the Whistling Crab" by Michael McGlade. -+- Cu's wife Saorise leaves him for a strongman who owns a small circus. He begs her to come back with him, but they give him the circus' whistling hermit crab named Jules Verne. Cu uses Jules Verne as a traveling act and even teaches it cursive writing. He becomes very attached to it. Nicely bizarre. A little gem.
The second story is "One Thousand Paper Cranes" by Julie C. Day. -+- Callie tells her brother, Elijah, "Some people believe if you really want something all you have to do is wish on a thousand paper cranes" and he takes it to heart. But she also tells him that biology determines ones future. She says that all their former selves are gone forever. But she still makes the paper cranes. The state mandates chemical treatment for Elijah. Will it help? Nicely strange tale.
The third story is "The Big Reveal" by David Stevens. -+- Paddy is old enough to remember the horrors and deaths of World War I and the Spanish Influenza. He remembers his parents search for mediums to talk to his dead brother, Jack. Now, many decades later, Jeremiah offers him some form of immortality. But Paddy has something in mind for Jeremiah. Interesting.
The fourth story is "Scrapie's Trap" by Lisa Bergin. -+- Life on the Bayou is not easy. Kuru had to give up her son, Prion, so her daughter, Scarpie would live. We follow the story as Scrapie grows up. She teaches her to use bow and arrow to defend herself. Now, Kuru has health problems and Scrarpie must do what she can for her. Lots of wonderful bayou lore and language make this a very rich story to read.
The fifth story is "The Last Seven Eternities of Dr. Julian Slade, PhD" by Joshua Kamin. -+- Dr. Julian Slade is searching for someone named Darius Sicory even though he cannot remember why. He's also determined to save the woman he loves. What is truly important to him? Wildly imaginative.
Kaleidotrope is one of those magazines that must be read slowly and savored. Check it out at their website (see link at the top of this review) and enjoy it. And I'm really happy to see those horoscopes again!