It's been a strange series of months for Opium. Before we became a nonprofit in February 2010, we announced Opium100: A Century of Literary Humor - which was to be our most ambitious project ever. Thing is, ambition in this case also meant expensive, and while we've evaded admitting it until now, the truth is, at this point, we just can't pull it off to our standard - the money just isn't there.
So, what next, then? Enter Opium39, our "heaven" issue. It will release this fall, and feature in its pages the long-awaited champion of the Shya Scanlon 7-Line Story Contest judged by Amy Hempel (we swear, answers to all entrants are forthcoming), the Illustrated Internet by genius Quenton Miller, highlights from the Apex Art show I curated in which I asked people to create their obituaries, Let It End Like This (including the above image on the magazine's cover), and a bunch of stories that will titillate, thrill and, if we do it right, sadden.
We really do appreciate your patience, and we really do plan on making Opium39 an issue you'll never forget.