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This issue, we have 17 short stories and 2 novel serials for you—one of our largest lineups ever! (Of course, quite a few of the stories are short, and hopefully you like awful-pun stories…)

   On the mystery front, we have original tales from Dave Zeltserman (thanks to Acquiring Editor Michael Bracken) and Justin M. Kiska (a Christmas fantasy-mystery), plus another fantasy-mystery from C. C. Guthrie (thanks to Acquiring Editor Barb Goffman). Our serial of Jack Guthrie’s Tiger Island concludes. And, of course, there’s a solve-it-yourself puzzler from Hal Charles.

   For the science fiction and fantasy lineup—we have the above-mentioned Kiska and Guthrie tales, plus the complete series of 8 Benedict Breadfruit stories by Randall Garrett (written under the pseudonym “Grandall Barretton”) plus 3 more pun-stories from the series Garrett was parodying, The Adventures of Ferdinand Feghoot Through Time and Space, by Reginald Bretnor (written under the pseudonym “Grendel Briarton”) and a Feghoot by Your Editor, John Betancourt (written under the pseudonym “Grendel Briarton, Jr.”). See my intro to this very punny section for more info. On top of all that, we have a delightful fantasy from Anna Tambour, a classic SF piece from Ben Bova, and part 3 of Francis Jarman’s historical fantasy novel, The Eagle’s Wing. Whew, that’s a lot!

   And just a reminder: if you’d like to contribute to Black Cat Weekly, please see our submission portal at blackcatweekly.com for guidelines. We are always looking for original mystery and science fiction/fantasy stories.

   Here’s this issue’s complete lineup (in order of appearance):


Mysteries / Suspense / Adventure:

  • “The Ice Lady,” by Dave Zeltserman [Michael Bracken Presents short story]
  • “The Coveted Coin Caper,” by Hal Charles [Solve-It-Yourself Mystery]
  • “The December Candle Caper Con,” by C. C. Guthrie [Barb Goffman Presents short story]
  • “North Pole Noir,” by Justin M. Kiska [short story]
  • Tiger Island, by Jack Ritchie [serial novel, part 3 of 3]


Science Fiction & Fantasy:

  • “The December Candle Caper Con,” by C. C. Guthrie [Barb Goffman Presents short story]
  • “North Pole Noir,” by Justin M. Kiska [short story]
  • “The Godchildren,” by Anna Tambour [short story]
  • “Through Time and Space With Benedict Breadfruit: I to VIII,” by Grandall Barretton [8 short stories]
  • “Through Time and Space With Ferdinand Feghoot: VIII, XIX, and XXXVII,” by Grendel Briarton [3 short stories]
  • “Through Time and Space With Ferdinand Feghoot: Alpha,” by Grendel Briarton, Jr. [short story]
  • “Answer, Please Answer,” by Ben Bova [short story]
  • The Eagle’s Wing, by Francis Jarman [serial novel, part 3 of 4]
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