CAUTION : ZOMBIES AHEAD!
"In this issue, the struggle for peace and domestic tranquility is often a struggle of heart, mind, and spirit, often a sole undertaking, where the mutant is actually one face of the fragmented self, torn between fear, hatred, and the desire for authentic community. I hope you thoroughly enjoy all the unique zombies very much alive roaming these pages, hoping to borrow your brain for just an hour or two. They’ll give it back after. Really."
-Erin O'Neill Armendarez
For As Long As We Both Are Human: The Promise of Zombies in Fiction, Poetry, & Food
"...zombies—the everyday human undead—have no redeeming qualities. We feel no sympathy for their loss of humanity, no empathy for their personal struggle—indeed there is no personal struggle, no personality whatsoever, in fact. Instead, plunged into the deepest pit of the uncanny valley, we feel only fear for these nameless, faceless hordes of nobodies.
...Ambling, rotting, flesh-eating zombies have permeated virtually every corner of popular culture. But they have also invaded places we might think too far off the beaten path: childhood, poetry, even the kitchen! Let’s take a look at how zombies fit into these realms with a few writers who have put zombies in some very interesting places..." -Melissa Gish
This issue, we're excited to share interviews with 3 different authors exploring the zombie genre. Read the feature piece on page 24 of the latest Aji issue.
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Also in this issue, an interview with Osama El-Laithy
We're proud to share an interview with Egyptian artist, Osama El-Laithey. We love the way his portraits capture the light on his subjects and the serene environments he creates. Read the full interview in our Fall 2019 issue.