Beyond the Mist is the first in adventures of a man whom we think is nameless for a long time as we read — a traveler seeking to escape a mysterious Gravity Ring. But eventually, the traveler progresses beyond this stage, experiencing one adventure after another in allegorical locations and circumstances (his tribe is the Apples, for example). At all points, Zephyr, who eventually names himself, makes one choice after another, even if he doesn’t fully understand his situation, from a basic sense of good and decency. Zephyr is an “everyman” in some ways, but also an innocent, unspoiled man who takes everything as it comes. For those who enjoy imaginative, allegorical stories with action and ever-changing and shifting circumstances, Beyond the Mist is for you!
More people have positive things to say about Beyond the Mist,
Patrick S. Baker’s 5-star review of Sci Phi Journal Issue 5 at amazon:
Could not be better! The stories are very good, of course. The excellent Beyond the Mist by Ben Zwycky continues. HMS Mangled Treasure by L. Jagi Lamplighter is also an excellent combo of tough broad straight from a film noir, whimsy and Peter Pan: “a whole can of whup on your sorry ass” might be my new signature block.
And Kevin Stuart Lee over at John C. Wright’s blog had this to say:
“Beyond the Mist” was one of the few stories out of Issue 2 I thoroughly enjoyed, and I’ve been enjoying it more as it goes along. At first blush I thought it was a cut-and-dry hell/purgatory/heaven allegory, but as the narrative goes deeper and the adventure keeps unfolding, I find myself having no actual clue what’s going on, and I love it! It’s guaranteed fun and mystery, and I look forward to each new installment.
It’s also the first serial I’ve ever had the pleasure to read in serial form, so thank you for making my first experience a most pleasant one.
Go to the Beyond the Mist page, follow the links and grab yourself a copy (or 4) of Sci Phi Journal to see for yourself.