The long-awaited return of the new, reinvigorated Schlocktopus is finally upon us — and what better way to welcome it than with a fresh Spring edition, incorporating notions of love and death — while living up to the universal maxim, “needs more dragons and shit though”.
This month Schlock presents an entire issue dedicated to one of the most misunderstood concepts of political debate: Utopia. In this issue, led by guest editor Elise Billiard, we will proclaim that Utopia is not dead, that Utopia is not an escape to or from reality, but on the contrary a way to propose new possible realities.
Welcome back, dear readers! Some of you may be confused as to why our supposed ‘summer break’ lasts well into what is technically Autumn. But here…
Summer is in full swing, and we hope you enjoy our slim but, we hope, filling new issue. But we don’t want you to think that we’re taking our duties lightly, even as the sun’s rays beat down on Schlock HQ, and the humidity clutches at our frames like the coiling tentacles of our dreadful beloved Schlocktopus.
While striving to never be generic, we here at Schlock take our rituals seriously, if only to acknowledge them so as to subvert them. And what is a more enduring ritual than the undeniable churn of the seasons, occasioned as it is by the plain-as-day movements of the sun, moon and overall weather?
Monsters have always been with us, and a cursory glance at both pop culture and daily news feeds, in whichever shape they may appear, suggests that in some form or other, monsters will remain with us always.
We’re happy to close what has been a colourful and productive year for Schlock with an appropriately exciting collection of short fiction and artwork.
Welcome readers, it’s good to be back. With the summer haze fading fast, Schlock HQ has been busy in the run up to that Schlockiest of holidays, Halloween. We’ve put together a celebration of stories, criticism, and audio, with a few unnatural surprises thrown in for good measure.
It’s with great pleasure and excitement that we welcome you to our midsummer edition – our only issue for a few months yet.
It’s with great satisfaction that we bring you this issue, a special one in many ways because it serves as something of a culmination of what we’ve aspired to achieve so far. In the spirit of collaboration – as well as working hand-in-hand with creatives striving to offer striking and original material – we end our temporary ‘partnership’ with Chômu Press this month with two stories by writers from their stable.