Interview: Rusty Barnes – the editor, the writer, the man

The Editor Sandra Ruttan: You’re the editor of Tough. How long have you been running this crime fiction ‘zine? Rusty Barnes: Tough has been online officially since July 2017, though we ran a couple reviews before we officially launched. Sandra Ruttan: You specifically ask for crime fiction stories, as opposed to mysteries, etc. What is it that you like about...

Cosplay Culture and Presidential State Dinners: Matsuricon 2018 vs. 2019

by Laila Winters Nestled in the heart of downtown Columbus, Ohio, the Greater Columbus Convention Center is a massive 1.8 million square foot facility. With its numerous exhibition halls and ballrooms, overhead skywalks to several nearby hotels, and its beautiful water fountains that serve as stellar  backdrops for photoshoots, Columbus’ primary convention center is the perfect home for Matsuricon, an...

Plot Analysis

Patterns 1+2 1+2+3 1+2+3+4 1+2+3+4+____ Red blue red blue yellow red blue red blue yellow green ____ blue You’ve already filled in the blanks in your mind, haven’t you? That’s because we recognize patterns. And, whether we’re willing to admit it or not, we like structure. Everyone appreciates things that are reliably consistent. We appreciate that we don’t float up...

Friday’s Forgotten Books: Hard Man by Allan Guthrie

Married at 16, May Baxter’s husband Wallace is violent, and she decides to fool around with another man on the side. May ends up pregnant, and her husband isn’t happy. May’s family rallies around her and decides to protect her from her husband. George Pearce doesn’t want the job, but the Baxters won’t take no for an answer. Things go...

Flashback: A Journey Into the Mind of Allan Guthrie

Sandra Ruttan: What is the most traumatic thing that’s ever happened to you? Allan Guthrie: Something happened when I was fifteen, but it was so traumatic I can’t remember it. Sandra Ruttan: So the therapy didn’t take? Allan Guthrie: Traumatised the therapist. Sandra: Tell us about the male grad student who’s in love with you. Has he influenced any of...

The Irrational Woman in the Age of Reason

by Bárbara Pérez Curiel As mirrors of reality, cultural products contribute to normalizing, more directly or indirectly, practices and ideas of the context in which they are created. Sometimes, however, they are also spaces of resistance where certain of these conventions are not normalized but rather exposed as what they are: constructions that can be challenged and transformed. Eliza Haywood’s...

The Puzzle Smothers A Montreal Refuge

By Ray Mwareya “Seen him? Ticks his puzzle, hides a beer in a coffee mug. Think he fools the train driver?” Wallis, my landlord, gossiped about an untidy laborer on my maiden ride on Montreal underground metro. Wallis scanned his eyes over rows that contained a bridge´s name that I insert into the crossword puzzle of the Montreal Gazette, the...

We’re Closed

We are temporarily closing to new short fiction submissions. Any stories received after 8 a.m. Eastern Monday August 12 will not be considered during this review period. Why? We have been amazed at the response since starting Bronzeville Bee, and have had many impressive story submissions during the past few months. As of penning this post, there are more stories...