Issue 34: Ghost Stories

Editor’s Note: December 2020

By Shameelah Khan No matter where we found ourselves this year, it was a ghost story.  Death showed up in unimaginable ways.  We began to live in a new world, a world of Covid and it took us into …

Odd Special Zine: Ghost Stories

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White Magic?

A Short Story By Geoffrey Diver My phone pings to tell me that my Uber driver has arrived, and I raise my head to locate the correct number plate and the correct shade of silver. Bags in the back…

The far side of the garden

A Short Story By Ibanez Due to the enormous costs of the wedding, my uncle asked my parents if they could have the reception at their house, and they agreed. I was not too happy about it. I had t…

Froust Glass

A Poem By Victor Femi-Lawal You are Poe, Froust, Elliott, Inebriated by couplets— Brews of your own making, Stirred, pungent, thick-huffed, Bubbles racing up-down the glass, Ice-cold, condensat…

Pinocchio

A Short Story By Gabriela Houston I wince as a splinter forms just above where my index fingernail grows. Just below the top layer of the skin so I can see it crystallise from the flesh, a little…

Mother’s body tasted the civil crisis

A Poem By Edwin Olu Bestman I. my mother’s body was a mirror/ where father pictured himself / as children, we saw how those roots in her body grew/ her eyes lighted our presence like Christmas tree…

Ten Horror Films to Watch This December

By Sam Aberdeen December is typically associated with joy, happiness and festivity. The holiday season brings Christmas around, gives us days off work to spend time with our family, and eventuall…

Infidel

A Poem By Wardah Abbas Bismillah rolls off my tongue as I guide my finger along the stroke of the alif, the bend of the lam, and the twist of the meem the letters morph into words the words into …

Deliverance

A Short Story By Sadie Maskery “It’s a slightly odd one, but we didn’t know who else to call.” “You do realise that whatever, um, deliverance is required, I am not the official go-to person in th…

Artist of the Month: Johara Hartley

My work has a broad range of subject matter, as I chop, change and adapt, both outwardly and inwardly.   As a young woman, I find my way in the art world by playfully and consciously creating space,…

Skipping Madrasah

A Poem By Wardah Abbas Hands over the chips and patches of the paint on the walls, we walk light-footed over smooth concrete floors, escaping the pupils who gave us a smug toothy smile before sni…

In the shadows

A Short Story By Prenesa Naidoo Before he died, my grandfather used to tell me stories of the world, of life and death. One day, he told me that I needed to protect myself in the late hours of th…

Mixtape: Odd Spirits

A Playlist By Amir Bagheri This playlist is for all the Odd ones who spend a whole lot of time in their solitude, especially at those late hours of the night, tossing and turning in bed.

The Chaos of Human Life

A Poem By Wardah Abbas The silverware slides off the steward’s hands in a minute of panic. The baby crawls on the splinters like red hot coal, screaming in anguish. It’s no less messy than the ba…

Colonial Ghosts

A Photo Series By Shameelah Khan She said that everyone in that room -will kill each other, An exhibition: Entitled: Death She said there was a madness An un-rest They live underneath the wooden-pr…

A time of reckoning

A Poem By David Kokumo I have a stifled pulse in my veins. Dreams; enterprises you dodge. A certain omen tarries around And speaks of luck, a sorry one. An epoch of a past that lay mangled. A dir…