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Photography by Leeta Harding

October 2019

When I asked Darren Morris to start this magazine with me, he said yes, as long as I promised never to impose a THEME. I agreed I would never, ever do such a thing. But, I’m a Libra, and I change my mind a lot, and over the summer I decided we should incorporate a Halloween theme.

Everyone agreed because we all love Halloween (even Darren—maybe because he was under too much peer pressure at that point). I was nervous about it—I wasn’t sure what kind of submissions we’d get, or even how to describe what exactly we were looking for. Regardless, we sent out the calls for submissions and waited to see what rolled in.

When I said to “knock our socks off,” our submitters took that seriously! Unfortunately, we can’t take every submission we receive (I can only imagine formatting that beast of an issue) or even all of the submissions we fall in love with. We have to narrow down the list, which can be a tough process. But everyone who sent us work to consider should give yourself a pat on the back and maybe treat yourself to a coffee or a bag of candy corn. Tis the season!

So, gentle readers. Ready to snuggle up with some reading that embodies the Halloween spirit? That embraces the dark that creeps over us as we head into the winter months? Parhelion is ready for you.


Want to get lost in Taylor Swift? So do I.

Do you suffer from Arachnophobia? Go here first. You’ll love it.

Spooked by scarecrows out in the field? They’ve taken up residence in the poetry.

Imprinting: where the past and present merge into one.

Would you like to see a tiny demon? You know you do. Go here.

Fascinated by Death? Find out what he’s thinking.

The end of the world as we know it? We’ve got it covered.

Ghosts and mythology. Winter is coming.

Photograms: a photographic image made without a camera. Now that’s sorcery for sure.

A mistaken identity. Seriously mistaken.

Playful (or not so playful) takes on The Yellow Wallpaper and The Class of Amontillado.

Your introduction to the After Life.


We hope you’ll enjoy this special, “themed” issue and that it will put you in the mood for All Hallow’s Eve. If you’d like to submit to the Winter 2020 issue, we’re open, and we’re always taking submissions for features. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates!

Happy Halloween, friends.

Elizabeth Varel