to The Melic Review for five years of excellence! At five, Melic is
a seasoned old survivor. I raise a libation to the next five years!
Thanks to Melic for the opportunity to immerse myself in fiction from
all over the world. Plus, resounding thanks to all those writers out
there in the ether who have shared, and I hope will continue to share,
For Fifth Anniversary
Melic, we have five stories. "See You Later Crocodile" and "The Calm"
take place in the troubling otherwhere of adolescence. In "Crocodile",
the young narrator finds herself a stranger in her own life after
the disappearance of an orphaned teen who had been staying with her
family. In "The Calm" the narrator comes home to an empty apartment
and discovers that nothing is familiar, not even her memories or the
taste of her own skin. We shift to the mother's point of view in "If
You Come Back While I'm Out" and reading between the lines of instructions
on how to reheat dinner discover the story of a runaway child.
Then it's off
to the world Beyond a Brooklyn Stoop. In this excerpt titled
"To the Warehouse," the narrator struggles with his own set of disappointments
while trying to earn a buck and still remain compassionate in the
increasingly strange world of his landlord. And finally, "Streams
of Conscience" is a simple story about housecleaning, full of language
and nostalgia that hints at things the narrator hides from herself
as well as her new cleaning lady.
Five fine stories
to celebrate five years of Melic. Read and enjoy!
Guest Fiction Editor
joins Melic as guest fiction editor for Volume XXII due out in September.
Her story "See You Later Crocodile" appears in this issue. Mary co-edited
the literary anthology Too Darn Hot: Writing About Sex Since
Kinsey, Persea Books, New York, 1998, which is available through
Amazon.com or the publisher (www.perseabooks.com).
Her fiction has also appeared in The Portland Review, and she
is currently writing a novel. Mary lives in Manhattan, where she works
at the Tea Association of the USA.