Today’s a big day. Besides it being the first of a new month (Happy September), and a wonderful month at that (I see you, fall!), it’s Pub Day.
For the past couple of weeks, or maybe months—who can keep track?—I have been working with the viciously talented Yve Chairez (whom I’ve worked with before on her two books) to create a literary magazine that urges creators and readers to dabble in alternate perspectives. To think differently. To be critical, and to analyze, and to try something new. We reached into our networks of brilliant creators and curated short stories, illustrations, and poetry that met our vision, carried it forward, and connected with each other in ways we never could have anticipated or created by hand.
Today is the day we release Issue 1 of Hellbent Magazine to the world!
And if you like it and are also so inclined, join us on Twitter and Instagram. Our contributors worked hard too, so be sure to show them some love (find them here). Thank you, thank you, thank you.
And speaking of our contributors, one of them is someone I’ve known for a decade and who I’m more proud of today than I ever have been before. His name is Zach Ferrara, and he wrote a book. A good one. I should know, because he finally let me edit it
(I’ll be explicit, in case it isn’t obvious or you’re a new visitor who doesn’t know my penchant for sarcasm yet: It’s not at all me. I just helped polish what was already a compelling, smart, emotional story.)
Thank you guys so much for allowing me to use this space for whatever I need it for at the time. Today, it happens to be a bit of self/friend-promotion. But I swear, I wouldn’t have brought either one up here if I didn’t think you’d enjoy them too.
So go ahead and happy clicking. I’d love to hear what you think, and so would the creators I’ve mentioned here. Internet hugs from strangers make the world go round, or something like that.
Happy Tuesday! Happy September! Happy Pub Day!