October 7, 2016

So . . . it’s football season. We accept that millions of stout fans cheer for their favorite professional teams, real or fantasy, every Sunday. They love the fact that television can stretch a mere four quarters—each only 15 minutes in length—into a miraculous 3-hour and 12-minute broadcast. They don’t care that ball-in-play action only comprises 11 minutes of that 192-minute show. They're not di...

September 20, 2016

In the Spring 2014 issue of Iron Horse, we had the honor to feature a story by Anne Valente, and in the interview accompanying the story, she mentioned that a full-length novel was growing out of the story and was almost finished.  Fast forward two and a half years, and the full-length novel will be out in a month from William Morrow/Harper Collins.

In Valente’s story, a town reeling in the wake of...

October 9, 2015

Khristian Mecom's short story “We Once Lived in Caves” (IHLR Volume 13.6) positions Amelia as a modern day Goldilocks as she enters her neighbors' homes, though with a specific set of rules to follow. Mecom's story transforms the familiarity of one's home into 

something unique through Amelia’s interaction with those spaces and objects. In...

September 6, 2015

As a Korean American adoptee, reader, and writer, I’ve struggled to relate on a deeper level to the many novels I’ve read over the years. There has never seemed to be a protagonist who has struggled with the same issues that I faced and probably all adoptees face. It wasn’t that I was looking for one story with one character but that I was hungry for the orphan or the adoptee to not merely be a tr...

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