Issue 22




from “The Gilded Age of Kickstarters”


Eileen R. Tabios





There Were An Alligator and A Duck


71 backers



pledged of $20,247 goal


12 days to go


At the Colossal Duck Factory brand new ducks roll off

a giant assembly line operated by alligators


They are loaded into trucks and taken to Ducktown

where they are fattened up for their final destination:


alligator stomachs


One alligator decides to take a duck home

and fatten it up for a yummy meal.


But the alligator grows fond of his future dinner. Still,

can a duck and an alligator really be friends


in an alligator-eat-duck world?


Find out if funds are raised to republish the award-winning

SITTING DUCKS by Michael Bedard


who says he chose ducks because they represent

the realities of existence—we’re all sitting ducks!


An Author’s Side Note:

“Ducks are the only birds with a penis.”





There Were Peace-Loving Zombies


42 backers



pledged of $6,000 goal


20 days to go


haven’t been undead for long

still getting used to it

so please forgive my clumsy typing


let me introduce myself:

an “office zombie” rather than

the marauding variety


member of the Zombie-Living Alliance (ZLA)

the peaceful arm of the undead rights movement


which compiled this book of the best

stories on attitudes towards zombies—


a means for the world, living and undead,

covering all gender identities, racial and class backgrounds

to discuss relations and hopefully bring

a peaceful end to the present conflict


together we can produce a better world

than the living alone are able to muster


each of the 13 short pieces illuminates

a different aspect of The Situation


the Undead Liberation Front is growing stronger

as more and more are bitten

while the living become increasingly militant


please support this project to raise funds

and goodwill for continuing efforts towards

restorative justice and peace in our time










Eileen R. Tabios loves books and has released about 30 collections of poetry, fiction, essays, and experimental biographies from publishers in nine countries and cyberspace.  Her most recent is INVENT(ST)ORY: Selected Catalog Poems and New (1996-2015).  With poems translated into seven languages, she also has edited, co-edited or conceptualized ten anthologies of poetry, fiction and essays in addition to serving as editor or guest editor for various literary journals.  More information is available at