Featured image: Karen Nadine
“In the universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between them, there are doors.”William Blake
The leaves are currently falling in the parks, coming to a halt on the threshold of shop doorways, stirring in eddies of warm conditioned air, getting caught under the soles of people passing by. Between summer and winter, lightness and darkness, autumn is a time when the world around us and we ourselves seem to appear in our most transitory states in the bardo.
Halloween is a tradition that celebrates this transitional, liminal period. Originating over 2,000 years from the Celtic fHalloween is a tradition that celebrates this transitional, liminal period. Originating over 2,000 years from the Celtic festival of Samhain, the Halloween we know today invites the supernatural into our homes. It is a time when those who belong not quite to childhood anymore, yet not to adulthood either, escape out into the night, hiding behind their hybrid costumes of ghoulish abandon. During Halloween, death and life occupy the same space as we feel and delight in a temporary subversion of the everyday.
For this month we want you to send us work that occupies the potential liminality, or in-betweenness, of form: prose-poems, poems accompanied with photography, lyrical/creative essays, genre-morphing short stories and flash fiction. Send us your hybrid living things, your assortments, your tricks and your treats.
For this theme, we also invite collaborative submissions (up to two contributors per creative submission). All submissions should be a maximum of 1,500 words and will be considered for online publication at aah-magazine.co.uk.
To share a submission for consideration, please email aAh.Editor@gmail.com with the subject line ‘Creative Submission’. Deadline for submissions is 24th October.