Disclaimer: Many of the pieces in this issue contain material that constitutes ‘trigger warnings’. So many, in fact, that a blanket disclaimer seemed more fitting than placing one on individual pieces. Themes include death, suicide, abuse, and more — many involving children. There is nothing that glorifies any of this; rather, the content below is a creatively profound analysis of how these awful things transform the human experience. This issue is dark, but it is glorious and beautiful to the core. — Jason D. Ramsey, Editor
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