We’ve heard it said that a magazine is a network, but we prefer to think of it as a community, or a conversation, or at least that it should strive to be. We’re trying to broaden the definition of fantasy, to deepen and complicate the conversation around speculative fiction, and to expand the role of fantasy within that conversation. Toward that end, The Fantasist is an online quarterly magazine that publishes original fantasy novellas. Submissions are temporarily open, and we hope to print three novellas the third Thursday of every third month, beginning in December of 2016.
We also love novellas. As long form fiction writers ourselves, we are aware that stories over 10,000 words do occur naturally in the wild. We love the freedom they offer to fully explore a world, or an idea, or a character, and to meander without detriment to other things.
Will Waller is an author of speculative fiction, scholarship, and experimental writing originally from the Finger Lakes Wine Region of New York. After two years in San Francisco spent working as an editor for Eleven Eleven Journal, he relocated to St. Louis to found The Fantasist. His writing focuses on memory, music, and the weather, and has been featured at Bay Area Generations and Heavy Feather Review. His experimental genre novelette, Phantom Architecture, is forthcoming at Rivet Magazine.
Evan Adams is a writer and craftsman originally from Seattle and temporarily transplanted to St. Louis. His work explores community, identity, giftedness, disability, magic, addiction, and botany, and seeks to provide the marginalized communities to which he belongs with stories that are by and for as well as about them. He is troubled by the underlying assumptions of literary fiction, and honestly believes he can save the world with semantics.
Bernard Foyuth is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop whose endeavors in poetry have sought to re-legitimize the confessional spirit. He lives in central New Jersey.
Emily Swaim is a fiction writer living in the Midwest. Her writing has appeared in multiple anthologies, including Complex Fairy Tales (2016) and Life of the Dead (2014). Her novella Kilohedon won honorable mention in the 2013 Writers of the Future Contest. When she is not writing, she enjoys jogging and researching odd topics on the internet.
Special Guest Editor for Issue 4:
Haris A. Durrani debuted with Technologies of the Self, which won the Driftless Contest at Brain Mill Press. He is also a winner of the McSweeney’s Student Short Story Contest. His fiction, memoirs, and essays have appeared in Analog, Lightspeed, Catapult, Buffalo Almanack, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Comparative Islamic Studies, and Media Diversified. He is a J.D. candidate at Columbia Law School and holds an MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge. He holds a B.S. in Applied Physics from Columbia University, where he also studied Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies and co-founded The Muslim Protagonist. @hdernity