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Zombies, and dictators, and plagues—oh my! Though the backdrop of a dystopian novel is bleak, there’s something deeply compelling and, fundamentally, hopeful about it—a sort of defy-all-odds audacity determined to search for a better world in spite of the way everything is crumbling. One reasonThe Hunger Games is popular is because it doesn’t flinch away from darkness or death, but pushes on toward hope in spite of the horror.
In this issue of Splickety, enjoy stories in this vein—dark, sometimes brutal, but always with a trajectory toward something better.
What is YOUR favorite dystopian story or movie?
February is made for expensive chocolates, fancy dates, and wine-soaked kisses. It’s the big red hearts of Valentine’s Day and snuggles beneath a cozy blanket. Our Sadie Hawkin’s Spark issue brings you women who know what they want and go after it. From feature author Pepper Basham’s “adorkable” piece about a librarian and her famous writer crush to stories of second chances and first dates, we’ve got a lazy evening’s worth of sweet and sassy.
Space. There’s a reason they call it the final frontier. So many planets and systems that are as yet unexplored—the possibilities are endless. That’s why we’re kicking off 2018 with our Deep Space Design issue. This issue explores uncharted territory, with new worlds, new creatures, and new adventures, including a hunt for a terrifying alien beast by award-winning author Mary Weber, and a bike race on an unknown planet.
So hop on board your favorite spaceship and set sail for the stars in a showcase of sci-fi stars!
What does Christmas look like to you? In my head, it’s carols, gingerbread houses, snowmen, and cider simmering on the stove. In reality? The holidays are magical and full of wonder . . . until they go terribly wrong. In this issue, we’re thrilled to bring you ten Christmases that don’t go according to plan—because real life is so much messier than a Hallmark card, and sometimes we find the true spirit of Christmas in the midst of a kitchen fiasco, a tattered tree, or the relatives who can’t mind their own business.
Art touches us. It speaks to the human spirit and inspires us to greater things. And what’s greater than love? In November’s Spark Magazine, you’ll find romance at the museum, ballet, and library. Sparks fly between a crystal maker and an apprentice. Opera reunites a musician with his lost love. And make sure you check out feature author Kristi Ann Hunter’s historical story about a clumsy woman and the painter she dreams of. Whether you’re looking for the beauty in color, joy in dance, or truth in music, you’re sure to find it in this Picture Perfect issue.
It’s that time of year again! Havok’s favorite season—Halloween! But this year we’re doing things a little differently. 2017 has been The Year of the Mashup. From Literary Mutations to Dinosaurs to Mythical Clashes, our theme this year has involved tearing themes up and mashing them together with other genres to form all-new masterpieces. This last issue of the year, our Holiday Cauldron, does not disappoint, as it spins together all kinds of characters, observances, and festivities, and puts them in a casserole of celebration that can be devoured all year.