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Current Issue Number 88 Vol. 31 April 2014
Urban Green Man

URBAN GREEN MAN, ed. by Adria Laycraft and Janice Blaine. Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy (, 2014, 264 pp., $14.95. ISBN 978-1-77053-038-6. Click here to purchase.

Man and his technology have taken over the planet, replacing trees with high-voltage wires and open meadows with concrete and steel. For the pagans of the world, the green spirits are ticked – and the ways “mother nature” (or father woodland) retaliate make for some great reading.

“The Gift” by Susan Forest is a vignette about a honky-tonk bar and a man who dances with a girl – a girl he thinks he can “tame” – but, being part nature that she is, cannot be tamed.

“Breath Stirs in the Husk” by Eileen Wiedbrauk. A girl who is assaulted by a boyfriend in the woods gets help from the frightening yet somehow protective “Green Man.” Though the wood entity is reluctant, he ends up killing her abuser. Again the girl comes back to ask another favor – in the rape, she becomes pregnant, and asks for the help of the kind and benevolent Green Man. The Green Man would cherish the chance to bring up the baby as his own – but at what cost?

“The Grey Man” by Randy McCharles. An agent of Mother Earth confronts a maintenance man for concrete and plants (attempting to enable them to live in harmony) in this telling vignette.

“Whithergreen” by Karlene Tura Clark. Miss Jackie policies the green earth. She will confront any creature born of waste and thoughtlessness that tries to destroy things green – even a dangerous “homunculus” (a garbage being) intent on death and destruction. Some are aware of Miss Jackie’s powers – many others are simply grateful.

“Cui Bono?” by Eric James Stone. A private investigator is tasked with locating the Green Man, kidnapped by an oil baron. The PI soon finds out there is more to the “kidnapping” than was first revealed.

“Abandon All . . .” by Goldeen Ogawa. Marvin is the hapless victim of schoolyard bullies, until one time they trap him in a part of a cemetery reserved for an abandoned skeleton that becomes an entity called “Green.” Green befriends Marvin, helping him overcome any bully.

“The Ring of Life” by Nu Yang. Grandpa Frank’s granddaughter, Lucy, listens to the tale of how an Elm tree gave hope and inspiration to others through time . . . and how a person’s life can be changed and redirected by nature’s great gift of green.

“Green is Good” by Karen Danylak. A woman investor working in the Toronto financial district summons a green being who can predict financial futures. But left untended and ignored, the being longs to return to where he originated.

“Neither Slumber Nor Sleep” by Kim Goldberg. The Green Goddess is everywhere, filling all places in the city and elsewhere with green. Is she some type of golem and, if so, who is responsible for her appearance?Andrew Andrews


In This Issue

Bird Box What Makes This Book So Great The Martian Psycho Mania

The Clock Struck None Urban Green Man Chilling Tales Lovers & Fighters, Starships & Dragons

Cosmic Horror Anthology Hauntings Dr. Joseph Warren Andrew's Brain

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