The DNA of this magazine comes from the days before the Internet when writers and artists manufactured their own vehicles and an entire sub-culture of alternative zines took form. For a long time I blamed the Internet for killing this scene but the truth is it never died, it just changed.
The shelf life and lifespan of alternative magazines was never guaranteed. That should have been an understanding from the start. The moments of permanence in that universe are rare. I can’t even think of any off the top of my head. But John M. Bennett’s Lost and Found Times, possibly one of the longest running altzines, isn’t active anymore — so far as I know — and we could make a whole list of others to go along with it.
But why should it be dead? Just because the medium has changed doesn’t mean the need to produce and read no longer exists. The problem was, and to some degree still is, that when starting a fledgling altzine the creator often finds more submissions than subscribers. This will not end well.
So the idea here is to resurrect the connection to those merry pranksters of those days. The one-time alternative world reader should find names and faces that will pick the lock a bit. That was the first goal.
The second goal is to admit that there is still some value in more mainstream pursuits. But then a pursuit isn’t the right word. That's not as right as the concept of forms. And herein lies the tale. The main thing Thrice Fiction means to feature is the forms fiction can take. So along with the more standard, straight-up, rote, causative stories that go from A to B to C, there will always be the form benders. Is it poem or is it short story? Is it recognizable at all? Does it tip a hat toward the phenomenon of flash fiction? The answers are; who cares? Does it have to be? And why not? Respectively.
We don’t always know where we’re going. All history, besides usually written by the victors, is also retrospect. And sometimes a survivor gets a word in edgewise.
It’s the edgewise we’re after.
So we’ll mix forms we may not yet understand with the more acceptable, accessible ones. We do this in the hope that it can all be seen as part of the same effort. We set the proximity between the two streams so they can at least offer validity to each other from a new viewpoint. Not that anyone is seeking approval, but simply making the statement that they belong together for a reason. People who love words read it all.
This is what you’ll find. And this is what we’re after.
Time will tell what medium replaces this one and sends the current trend into forgotten oblivion.
You never know.
ART DIRECTOR: DAVID SIMMER II has contributed words and art to everything from comics, magazines, and books to packaging, catalogs, and technical manuals. When not working as a graphic designer in the Pacific Northwest and working on Thrice Fiction Magazine, David enjoys traveling the globe, taking photos, and eating chocolate pudding. He can be found online at Blogography.com
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