Five is the number of digits on the human hand. Five is the number of days in the workweek. Five is the hour the workday ends. Five by five is CB lingo for loud and clear. Five is the day of creation when the Earth still lay uncorrupted by humanity.

Sybil’s Garage No. 5 is…

A spectrum of stories and poems from the past, present and elsewhen. It is intergalactic love ballads, evil supermarkets, the bad girls of myth, and nostalgia for things that never were. It is our largest issue yet, with ten stories of fiction and eight poems, and everything else you’d expect from the magazine that Behind the Wainscot calls, “a saturation tank of isolation and the sublime.”

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Table of Contents
Free story samples in blue below

Elizabeth Barrette – “With Every Fine and Subtle Sense Perceive”
Amal El-Mohtar – “Orpheus”
Miranda Gaw – “Last Supper”
Aaron Leis – “Glass”
Pam McNew – “No Word for Goodbye”
Adrienne J. Odasso – “River Girl”
David M. Rheingold – “Macduff’s Lament”
Eilyahoo Talgam – “Look Away”

Samantha Henderson – “The Ballad of Delphinium Blue”
Vylar Kaftan – “The Girl Next Door”
Barbara Krasnoff – “All His Worldly Goods”
Caspian Gray – “Waiting for Spring”
Jason Erik Lundberg – “Wombat Fishbone”
Alex Dally MacFarlane – “Tattoos of the Sky, Tattoos of the Days”
Gary Moshimer – “Salesman”
Hazel Marcus Ong – “Roses”
Daniel A. Rabuzzi – “Last and First”
Veronica Schanoes – “Lost in the Supermarket”

Dinner with Lauren McLaughlin, an Interview by Devin Poore
The Best-Dressed Man on the Court, a memoir by Mercurio D. Rivera

Press and Reviews
For Issue No. 5

“This issue, a salon of gorgeous language and music, has something for everyone and is well worth exploring for an afternoon, curled up in your favorite chair.”
The Fix, Rae Bryant (read the full review)

Sybil’s Garage is a strange little magazine with old-fashioned illustrations accompanying the text. If you like some tales out of the ordinary, then this is for you… The stories all got a Very Good from me.”
SFRevu, Sam Tomaino (read the full review)

“Readers will want to dive into this fantastic collection of work again. With each new perusal, another layer of meaning is uncovered.”
The Hudson Current, Diana Schwaeble (read the full interview)

For Issue No. 4

“…features different themes that focus on betrayal, aging, and communication, [and] leaves the reader feeling as though they have entered a new realm.”
The Hudson Current, Diana Schwaeble

Sybil’s Garage No. 4 is an alienating thing—a saturation tank of isolation and the sublime. Like its first three predecessors, Issue 4 aligns the quietly bizarre and the slightly uncanny with nineteenth-century design. That’s not to say that Sybil’s Garage is easily classifiable, either in form or content. Victorian woodcuts share pagespace with postmodern silhouettes and modernist sketches. Fragments of polyglottal marginalia pepper Sybil’s pages—appearing everywhere like cryptic typesetter’s notes. From the first glimpse of the Bladerunneresque cover to the final, stunning woodcut, this issue is its own work of slipstream art.”
Behind the Wainscot, Darin Bradley

“If you like ‘alternate’ science fiction, then this is for you.”
SFRevu, Sam Tomaino

“A solid four stars.”
– Isadrone (LJ reviewer)

For Issue No. 3:

“…imaginative and intriguing, even if not all of it is SF.”
The Internet Review of Science Fiction, Lois Tilton

“…this volume of work is sure to grab the reader’s attention.”
The Hudson Current, Diana Schwaeble

“Sybil’s Garage is a unique little small press magazine…”
SFRevu, Sam Tomaino

“The magazine is sprinkled throughout (to excellent effect) with early 20th century b&w illustrations and photographs. Beneath the title of each tale or poem is a nice touch – the name of a recommended piece of music to listen to while you are reading.”
– Whispers of Wickedness, Barry J House

Cat Rambo’s “Lonesome Trail” is “a succinct, magical transmutation of poetry-writing into a night journey through a luminous desert valley.” Yoon Ha Lee’s “So That Her High-Born Kinsmen Came” is “a haunting glance into the mind of a nursing mother.” Eric Gregory’s “The Redaction of Flight 5766” is “fascinating [and] ambiguous.” Brian Conn’s “Six Questions About the Sun” is “a gloriously inventive alternate cosmology.”
Emerald City, Nic Clarke