Night of the Chupacabra

                      You are cordially invited.  Poster art by Dordji.

       The cicada cries                                                 Seventeen year pulse
In the heat of the day star                                      Bookmarks of a novella 
   Sweat drops like a tear                                           Marking my epochs

                     -A pair of haikus by John Beechem & Thomas Beechem

                  All hail the Harmoni King.  Long may he reign. -Art by Dordji

Dordji has created a series of new digital paintings, including some that resemble the majestic form of an Egyptian god, having the body of a human with the head of a beast.  They are certainly beautiful, but also cruel and unforgiving.  Watch your step, mortal.

      The result of a teleportation accident? An unholy union? -Art by Dordji

Plunge into the depths of Poseidon with "Ataraxia", a poem by literary editor Lizzy Carraway.  Lizzy has also contributed a pair of poems on behalf of her mother, and we are privileged to have two generations of poets sharing their work.  Judy's poems "Involuntary Solitary" and "Listening" are featured.

John Beechem has penned a new short story, "To Yellow Fever".  This tale follows a spy and a detective as they navigate their way through 1930s Harlem in search of a missing diplomat. They inhabit a world on the brink of war, one of robotic servants and weapons that fire spirals of deadly energy.  Private eye and British spy weave together a story of steampunk and noir, bourbon and bullets.  Read as you please.  

American Fantastic is proud to announce its first ever live event, "American Fantastic:  Night of the Chupacabra" on Friday, August 15th from 6:00-9:00 P.M. at Taco Punk in Louisville, Kentucky.  The evening will include an open mic, readings by John Beechem and other contributors to American Fantastic, live music, a set by DJ Mythos (host of the Mythic Beat on ARTxFM) art for sale,  delicious tacos and muchas cervezas (that means beer, gringo).  You are cordially invited to attend!  

 Listen to American Fantastic on the radio!  

Publisher of, John Beechem on Keep Louisville Literary by Keep Louisville Literary on Mixcloud


Rachel Short interviews site-creator John Beechem on the ARTxFM show Keep Louisville Literary.  Tune in every week from 1:00-2:00 for conversations and readings with local writers or catch the broadcast on Soundcloud.  After being a guest on the show, John was invited to co-host and now shares hosting duties with Rachel.  Listen to the archives on Soundcloud if you'd like to hear more!

Maplex Monk interviews John Beechem for parts 5 and 6 of American Fantastic:  The Podcast.  Listen to John and Maple meander through a variety subjects, and hear John read the first two parts of "To Yellow Fever".  Follow Maplex Monk on Soundcloud to hear even more.

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