Welcome to another issue of Defenestration, and the last issue until next year. And what a year it’s been. Defenestration has been around for 12 years now, and I can honestly say that this year saw a major shift in the number and the quality of the work we’ve received. Our slush pile has never before been filled with so many experienced writers, comedians, magazine editors, actors… the list was really staggering, and on more than one occasion I felt overwhelmed by it all. Eileen and I have had the opportunity to read a lot of really good fiction, nonfiction, and poetry this year, and while not everyone made it onto the site this year, I really hope everyone comes back and tries us again. We do this because we enjoy it, and you make our self-imposed tasks a lot easier by sending us such great material.
This editorial was written at the last minute because they’re always written at the last minute. I can honestly say that this is the first issue whose schedule was directly affected by Star Wars; I uploaded this things much earlier than anticipated because I knew I’d be watching Star Wars on Thursday, attending a Christmas party on Friday, and visiting family on Saturday. I’m afraid there’s just no rest for a man as popular as I. I offered several prayers to Carrie Fisher to get everything done on time, and it looks like she helped me out.
I won’t go into the details of this issue because you’re going to read everything from start to finish. We’ve kept things short this month; none of the short stories are over 1,500 words, so we’ve included a few more than usual. We’ve got superheroes and worms, medical mysteries and medical disappointments, monsters and presidents, and even some dude from Eternia. Check it out! And when you’re done, send something our way. The inbox is once again open to short story and poetry submissions as we read for the April 2016 issue.
—Andrew Kaye, Editor-in-Chief
Jon Hakes, “First World Simple Mistakes”
Patrick McManus, “House of Logs”
Mark Kaufman, “Internship”
Christina Dalcher, “Mrs. Armstrong Counts her Chickens”
Fred Coppersmith, “We’ll Always Have Robo-Paris”
Rose Biggin, “The Gunman Who Came In From The Door
Ryan Shoemaker, “The Honest Adjunct”
Stacia Friedman, “Do Not Call”