Speculative North Magazine, Issue #2 (August 2020)

Speculative North is a Canadian magazine dedicated to the celebration, promotion, and enjoyment of speculative literature in its various forms. Our mission is to foster a community of diverse voices in speculative literature, to create an enduring virtual space for readers and writers, and to promote the growth and flourishing of the speculative literature community. We publish high-quality, entertaining, and thought-provoking science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories with an international scope and regional Canadian focus.

Issue #2 includes: “Bathwater Mermaid”, by Avra Margariti; “Not a Vampire”, by Jeremiah Kleckner; “Vat Life”, by Franco Amati; “Turtle Hatchlings”, by Victoria Feistner; “Nominative Determination”, by Maureen Bowden; “Restraint”, by John Mavin; “To Sift the Sacred”, by Brian Rappatta; “Witching”, by Erin Kirsh; “Star Trip(tych)”, by M.X. Kelly. Non-fiction content includes an interview with fantasy author Scott Thrower.

As of 2 Oct 2020, issue 2 of Speculative North is a #1 Amazon Bestseller for SF short stories and #1 for fantasy short stories on Amazon .ca! And #1 in SF anthologies on Amazon .com!

Speculative North Issue #2 ebook cover

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  • “Bathwater Mermaid”, by Avra Margariti
  • “Not a Vampire”, by Jeremiah Kleckner
  • “Vat Life”, by Franco Amati
  • “Turtle Hatchlings”, by Victoria Feistner
  • “Nominative Determination”, by Maureen Bowden
  • “Restraint”, by John Mavin
  • “To Sift the Sacred”, by Brian Rappatta


  • “Witching”, by Erin Kirsh
  • “Star Trip(tych)”, by M.X. Kelly


  • The Magic Box: An Interview With Fantasy Author Scott Thrower

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