In All Her Quiet Dignity She Rides

Blamed on Nicole Kornher-Stace

In all her quiet dignity she rides
proud horned horse propelled
by posterior flames.

Her mighty phallus-like
appendage everywhere
she struts, to the dismay
of most, if not all
(no pleasant penetration
does this mare provide).

Some have seen her soaring upwards
to the half-formed moon, a limp
body dangling at her head
others to Saturn, to test
the mettle of its rings
with her fearsome hinds.

Of only this we can be sure
in all her quiet dignity she rides
and none alive dare claim otherwise.

Fear the Zombie Ex-Girlfriend

Fear the Zombie ex-girlfriend
whose guts have been infected by jealousy.
If she had a conscious thought—
besides brains, human flesh, hungry NOW

it would be: if I can’t have you, I’ll eat you.
She winks demurely with her undead eyes.
Oddly, she looked like this in life as well.
She wants to eat parts of you right in front of me,

digesting you like an ungodly sacrament,
your body and her body entwined,
roaming the earth together,
ravenous together.

But she hasn’t got a thought in that hideous,
drooling mouth, her jaw half-broken, gaping.
Oh foolish man, why can’t you see that?

She just wants to eat her way through you
as if you were chocolate.

The Way of the Rodent

by irving

open the sunroof
the better to see the ship.
Where are my headlights?

The ship is landing
They look like tentacled mice.
Hand me the shotgun.

They carry ray guns
and they know how to use them.
Will miss that shotgun.

Say, "Welcome to Earth,
my wise and furry new friends.
How can I help you?"

Talking and trading,
Pointing them at the White House.
New ray gun is cool.

CZP's National Shitty Poetry Month!

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Shitty Poetry Month!

While it's National Poetry Month elsewhere in the world, here at ChiZine, we'd like to acknowledge all the terrible poems that spam the interwebs, grace greeting cards, and make you want to shoot yourself at open mic nights, especially after they run out of gin.

That's why we started SPoM! To revel in the glory of the (badly) written word, to make T.S. Eliot, Shakespeare and Anne Sexton turn in their graves.

Starting April 1st, we will post a brand new shitty poem each weekday on At the end of each week, you'll have the weekend to vote for your favourite bad poem. The winner of that week will be announced on the Monday.

At the end of the month, the four finalists will be pitted against each other in a pitched battle to the death, with a winner voted in by you, Gentle Readers.

Happy reading, and may the good shit be with you!

Shitty Poetry Month Championship Belt

Smeared Love

True love ways

Is what everyone says
But sometimes at night
my heart
beats like a Canada goose in flight
as I dream of your kiss
which is never a diss
when it comes like a hiss
from your winky lips
so rosy pink and sleek.

I need you to be my everything, my dear
My sincere affection for you, you must never
I can’t live without you, not even when I’m in
the loo.

I need you with me every second
of every day of my life, at every minute
every second. Or I will die like a space alien without

Let us run like the wildebeest and the zebra
Because I want to tether ya.
Your sweat tastes like Nutella
let me smear you all over white toast
instead of Becel—cause your love makes me
so well!
I guess love can only be true
if I can love you and you love me too!

CZP Nominated for Libris Award

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that we have been longlisted for the 2014 Libris Award in the "Small Press Publisher of the Year" category!

We want to thank all of our readers for all their love and support. Without our amazing readers and wonderful staff, amazing things like this couldn't happen for us.

Visit the Libris Awards website for more information.

ChiZine.COM Officially Closed

March 1, 2014—After much consideration, we have decided to close to better focus our time, energy, and passion on ChiZine Publications, but will still host special events like Shitty Poetry Month and other CZP updates. ChiZine Publications will continue to produce the same weird, dark, disturbing literary horror, science fiction, and fantasy, only now in the form of novels, novellas, and short story collections, with a young adult line, ChiTeen, launching this spring. We really want to thank everyone who helped with along the way, our contributors, our editorial staff, and most of all our readers. Thank you.

Clavis Aurea - February 20, 2014

And Wash Out by Tides of War by An Owomoyela

Birth of a Planet by Ytasha L. Womack

21 Steps to Enlightenment (Minus One) by LaShawn M. Wanak

In the Marrow by Malon Edwards


It’s Black History Month as well as Women in Horror Month, and Graveyard Shift Sisters has hit on the excellent idea of spending the month combining the two and celebrating Black Women In Horror Month. Unfortunately, I was not able to find a single black person, let alone woman, published in a horror ’zine nor anthology so far this year. I am going to leave that right there.

There have been, however, some really excellent stories by black writers published elsewhere. To start with, this month's Clarkesworld (#89) is an exceptional issue from cover to cover, with An Owomoyela’s “And Wash Out by Tides of War” (Clarkesworld #89, February 2014) a stand-out in a competitive field.

On the surface this is a character piece, the story of an angry young woman trying to define herself beyond the ties of blood. Aditi’s conundrum, however, is rooted in her society’s decision to start from scratch, to build a new culture with no traditions beyond the ones...

Straub on Shadows & Tall Trees

Michael Kelly's Shadows and Tall Trees is a smart, soulful, illuminating investigation of the many forms and tactics available to those writers involved in one of our moment's most interesting and necessary projects, that of opening up horror literature to every sort of formal interrogation. It is a beautiful and courageous journal.

CZP Bloody Valentine's Day Sale!

CZP's Bloody Valentine's Day sale!

Today we are offering these select ebook titles at 50% off!

The Summer Is Ended and We Are Not Yet Saved by Joey Comeau
The n-Body Problem by Tony Burgess
Remember Why You Fear Me by Robert Shearman
Things Withered by Susie Moloney
The 'Geisters by David Nickle
Hair Side, Flesh Side by Helen Marshall.

Head on over to our titles page now and Embrace the Odd!

Clavis Aurea - February 6, 2014

A Hollow Play by Amal El-Mohtar

Growth by A.C. Buchanan

The Beasts We Want to Be by Sam Miller


I first heard the term “message fiction” a couple of weeks ago. “Message fiction,” as it is being derisively thrown around, would seem to be something like a homily, an instructive or perhaps pedantic story in which the characters do what they do and say what they say in order to teach you something. They are nothing new: we’ve had allegorical novels since forever, and some of the most popular novels of the 20th century—cult novels like Atlas Shrugged, The Alchemist, or Jonathan Livingston Seagull—are homilies. Readers like them, even if critics often do not.

Of course, every word we say is encoded with messages, both intended or not. Simply containing messages doesn't make something a “message story.” A story becomes a parable, a homily or an allegory only when the messages are so on-the-nose that no other readings are possible. I sympathize with deriders of “message stories” on this point: clumsy proselytizing is annoying to read even when I agree with the politics behind a story. These stories feel preachy not because of the people and ideas they contain, but because they preach.

Amal El-Mohtar’s story “A Hollow Play” (Glitter & Mayhem, Apex Publishing, August 2013) approaches parable territory due to the story’s “told,” not “shown,” structure. By telling almost the entire story through an explicative...

Subscriptions Are Back, Just in Time for the 2014 Spring Season!

Like ‘em weird? We do! Don’t like waiting around for the next exciting title from CZP to come out? Here’s your chance to become a VIR—Very Important Reader! CZP is offering digital-only subscriptions of all the books we will release in 2014. For just $99, subscribers will receive the eBook editions of the 23 following titles, approximately 56% off of the retail price! As an added bonus, most of these titles will be available to subscribers as soon as we have them ready. As a CZP VIR, you’ll have exclusive access to our titles well in advance of the planned release schedule.


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