Letter from the Editor
Two skeletal soldiers, one with a sword and shield and the other with a spear.

Unwinnable Monthly – October 2022

Small version cover with three skeletal soldiers among marble pillars peering out at the viewer.This is a reprint of the letter from the editor in Unwinnable Monthly Issue 156. You can buy Issue 156 now, or purchase a monthly subscription to make sure you never miss an issue!


Dear Reader,

Welcome to October, Unwinnable’s favorite time of year!

This time around I’ve got a theme for you . . . MONSTERS!

Now, we bashed our heads together and folks took this in all sorts of directions.

This month’s cover feature (cover by 1000 Dead Draculas) is Orrin Grey talking about a most beloved kind of monster and monster maker. Our other feature this month is Hyacinth Nil on the very specific kind of monster that is a place. Our sponsored feature is Caroline Delbert writing about The Gap.

A new quirk of how we’ll be handling Theme issues is opening them up to all of Team Unwinnable so this is a jam-packed issue bursting to the seams. Honestly, the table of contents couldn’t handle more! Please welcome Ruth Cassidy and Caroline Delbert putting in guest appearances in the features section! Oh, also, hey look, it me, on what it means to be a monster!

And please welcome Jay Castello to Team Unwinnable! Jay has a specific eye on place too and I think you’ll find it pretty special in this issue.

As for our regular columnists allow me to present . . .

Oluwatayo Adewole talks zombies. Yussef Cole encounters a polygonal zombie. Amanda Hudgins writes about an embedded horror. Emma Kostopolus ruminates on pursuit. Matt Marrone’s family dreams of pocket-sized pals. Emily Price ventures to the edge of the merchant guild’s grasp. Justin Reeve points out bastardized architecture. Rob Rich finds a monster within! Levi Rubeck hangs with something far longer than the rest of us would have. Phillip Russell raises hell. Ben Sailer spends a night in the woods. Phoenix Simms on the societally constructed monstrousness of half. Noah Springer with some monstrous beats. And Autumn Wright goes for the head.

And lastly, allow me to welcome you to our annual Subscription Drive! More details HERE, but please be kind, consider upgrading to our annual subscription, buying the gift of Unwinnable for a friend, enemy, or parent and help us carry this every growing cast of rogues into the next year strong.

Stay safe, wear a mask and remember, we’re here because you want us to be. Also, you owe it to yourself and your community to vote on November 8th!

See you all in a few weeks in Exploits!

David Shimomura
Chicago, Illinois
October 13, 2022


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