BCS #228 is out today, featuring stories of characters and the written word and its impact.

Jonathan Edelstein (“The Shark God’s Child” in BCS #222; “Abere and the Poisoner” in BCS #208 and podcast BCS 182) offers “Of Letters They Are Made,” the story of an archeo-linguist using tales and manuscripts and children’s insight to try to solve an ancient language and what it means for the present.

Justin Howe (“Shadows Under Hexmouth Street” in BCS #89 and podcast BCS 076, “Between Shifting Skin and Certainty” in BCS #26 and podcast BCS 024, among others) offers “A Late Quintessence,” a return to the city setting of “Shadows Under Hexmouth Street” with a character caught between institutional directive and the power of the word.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 199: A Late Quintessence, the Justin Howe story, with its taut confrontation of institutional directive.

From the Archives with BCS #228 is “On the Origin of Song” by Naim Kabir, from BCS #131, our Fifth Anniversary Double-Issue, a story of and about tales and manuscripts and institutional directive.

All behind a new crop of our cover art for early summer for our Northern Hemisphere readers: “Monument” by Jeff Brown.

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