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Litro Magazine’s November 2017 issue is filled with stories about what goes on after darkness has fallen, when we think no one’s watching, or after-hours, when everything’s shut. Secrets and shady stuff, illicit activity, or things more magical: the store mannequins come to life, elves appear to do the poor shoemaker’s work (but not the poor writer’s, alas) .. or scarier stuff, too: the vampires and ghouls and zombies and werewolves come out to play, and to eat us all up.
So as the NHS goes into its winter crisis, as the Little Match Girl freezes to death in the darkness, along with so many others, as we enter this darkest time of year with only some ancient pagan rites involving mistletoe and alcohol to see us through to the spring, we have in these pages a movie shot in the night in Robin Dunn’s “Black Moon”, actors too in Viviane Vives’s “The Lit Window”, some disturbing late-night encounters in Chinwe O’Brien’s “The Beautiful Coffin”, a bizarre transformation in Susanna Crossman’s “Wild Things, or The Law of Superposition”, a summer evening’s mushroom-fuelled party going wrong in Regi Claire’s “Fallen Maidens”, some even less expected late-night visitants in Lucie Britsch’s “Night Sharks 2”, and a newlywed’s sleeplessness driving her out into the night in Allyson Fairchild’s “Triadic”.
We hope you enjoy these stories: something to warm you just a teeny bit, something to while away a few minutes while we wait for the long-overdue collapse of civilisation – speeded up by Brexit and Trump, of course – to take us into a new, and this time endless, Dark Age.