The Striding Place

Story by Gertrude Atherton
Art by Elena Distefano, interiors by Tory Hoke
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Some souls can't be separated.

When his friend vanishes during a hunting trip, a young man tracks him down through their unusual connection.


Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton (1857 – 1948) was a prolific writer of novels and short stories, often about her home state of California. Widowed by a sea tragedy, she supported herself and her daughter through her writing, which led her from the east coast to the west and crossed her path with that of Ambrose Bierce, with whom she had a long, contentious, love-hate correspondence. Vain, acerbic, outspoken, politically active, and generally shocking, Atherton primed readers for the woman writer revolution to come.

Elena Distefano graduated from Loughborough University (UK) with a degree in Illustration and is pursuing a career as a freelance Illustrator. She specializes in dark imagery, and she works in traditional media such as graphite and acrylic paint. This year she was selected as a winner of YCN’s Pan Macmillan’s Brief to recreate the cover for Alice in Wonderland.

Tory Hoke writes, draws, and codes in Los Angeles. Her art has appeared in Apex, Spellbound, and Strange Horizons, where she also serves as art director.

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