BCS #226 is out, featuring stories of questing and relationships.
Richard Parks (a dozen stories in BCS, including Lord Yamada tales such as “The Sorrow of Rain” in BCS #157 and “The Ghost of Shinoda Forest” in BCS #63, plus standalone pieces like “Cherry Blossoms on the River of Souls” in BCS #131 and “In the Palace of the Jade Lion” in BCS #100) begins a new series in BCS with “In Memory of Jianhong, Snake-Devil,” following a daughter-and-father team of monster hunters in an ancient China setting.
Ryan Row offers “A Place to Grow,” the first-ever BCS piece written in second-person point of view, a story likewise of relationships and a quest, although from another facet of the quest.
The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 197: In Memory of Jianhong, Snake-Devil, the Richard Parks story of the daughter-and-father monster hunters. It’s guest-narrated by Folly Blaine, narrator of past BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episodes including BCS 189: Out of the Woods by Marissa Lingen, BCS 186: The Uncarved Heart by Evan Dicken, and BCS 146: Sun, Stone, Spear by Carrie Vaughn.
From the Archives with BCS #226 is “Where Virtue Lives” by Saladin Ahmed, from BCS #15, an origin story of a team of intergenerational monster hunters and the relationship between them, not unlike “In Memory of Jianhong, Snake-Devil.”
All behind a new crop of our spring cover art: “Land of Giants” by Ashley Dotson.