Issue 3 Editorial


Issue 3 of Congress Magazine has no theme, but it does have four fantastic stories for your reading pleasure. Well, in our opinion, quality is the best theme of all.

First, we’re excited to tell you that Mr. Matthew Addison has returned to Congress, with an original story this time. “Pink for a Day” explores themes of submission, humiliation, and pleasure in a fantasy dungeon with unusual equipment and even more unusual denizens. Mr. Addison’s trademark brand of kinky, edgy fun is on full display in this story, so we’re more than pleased to have him back.

Then, Ms. Carrie Laben delights us with a slice of life story the likes of which Congress has never published. “3 AM” features two people are having a fine time fucking in a river until a corpse floats by. It’s more of a buzz kill for one of them than the other, but, so it goes. Ms. Laben perfectly captures the sensation of being more interested in sex than in current events—current events as in events currently happening to the protagonist—which we here at Congress understand.

Our reprint this month is by Ms. Wendy Wagner. “Electric” is a short, sweet piece featuring everyone’s favorite pigeon-fancier and futurist, Nikola Tesla. Ms. Wagner is a writer as diverse as she is talented, so you’re in for a treat.

And finally, we have “Seduction of the Innocent” by Dr. Jason S. Ridler. Dr. Ridler’s tale features a Tijuana Bible full of Snow White pornography, Russian spies, mind control, and… well, what else do you need or want? Hi-ho, hi-ho indeed. We should also mention Dr. Ridler’s story will come out on Election Day here in the U.S., so it’ll be a welcome distraction from all of that.

We hope you enjoy Issue 3 of Congress. After this, we’ll go on a brief hiatus until February of next year. The holiday season means a lot of travel and we don’t like to rush things. So, look for us next year, after you’ve given up on your resolutions to be good. You can return to being bad, so very bad, when we do.


About the Author

The Editrix

Molly Tanzer is the editrix of Congress Magazine. She’s also the author of the forthcoming novel Creatures of Will and Temper, steampunk weird western Vermilion, the historical crime novel The Pleasure Merchant, and and the British Fantasy and Wonderland Book Award-nominated sort-of collection, sort-of mosaic novel A Pretty Mouth. Her short fiction has appeared in Nightmare Magazine, the Lovecraft eZine, the forthcoming Transcendent: The Year’s Best Transgender and Genderqueer Speculative Fiction, as well as many other locations. Her other editorial projects include Swords v Cthulhu (with Jesse Bullington) and the forthcoming Mixed Up! (with Nick Mamatas). She lives in Boulder, CO.

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