I am not an editor. None of them have been heard from since this Friday. The other officers rang their phones and rang their doorbells. Only silence answered. Even gone, their overbearing presence fills the room like the death of a rich uncle, expanding until the dead air chokes us all.
So while the editors sit unconscious on my bare hardwood floor, strapped back-to-back, with burlap bags thrown hastily over their heads, I type. “Welcome to Vertigo’s 2021 Halloween issue,” I type. “Where day is night, wrong is right, and tyrants pay for their sins,” I type. “Enjoy omnipresent monsters, a game show, a romantic demon, and justice served on a sticky-sweet Halloween platter.”
Ten fingernails click-clack at the keyboard. Thirty fingernails scritch-scratch at my conscience.
Silence nods its heavy head at what I am about to do.
Michelle Jiang – a couple of spoopers
Olive Li – Enchanted
Jennifer Lee – Flower of Death
Henna Mahmood – Ghost
Joy Song – Halloween
Kristin Zhao – Lost Bride
Hannah Liaw – Magic
Annabel Qin – nebula
Natalie Yang – Pumpkin Doll
Vivian Chen – Untitled
Nina Pan – Wilted Beauty
Annie Yao – Witch
Helena Ho – With Friends!
Isabelle Lee – All the Devils are Here
Jiatian Yuan – Death Meatl…
Akshara Taraniganty – fluff
Riya Abiram – Goodbye, Miss Bright
Daphne Zhu – hallucinating
Kyrsten Su – His hunt
Sophia Cho – It’s Halloween, After All
Isha Shah – my fellow misunderstood
Lina Mezerreg – October Mayhem
Bethanie Lee – Pluto
Lillian Fu – Polly and the Demon Pt. 5
Muhammad Ashiq – sally
Elizabeth Cheng – spoopy poo
Mina Chao – The Ghost Who Lives in My Closet
Helina Li – The Monster is always present, watching
Emily Pedroza – voyage through smoke
Alisha Bose – Who Wants to Be a Pumpkin?