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R.L. Summerling is a part-time dark speculative fiction writer and full-time squirrel watcher from South East London. Her interests lie in poisonous plants and decaying cities. In the gloom, she finds her inspiration. She has fiction in or forthcoming with Interzone, Seize the Press, Hexagon, Northern Gravy and many more. Her zine, FLESHPOTS, is a short collection of decandent poetry, short stories and flash fiction and can be downloaded for free on 




FLESHPOTS is a collection of short stories, poetry and flash fiction. Between these pages find a funeral procession of 14 decadent tales. Drink from the poisoned rivers, dance in the catacombs and seek romance amidst the crumbling city.  These are stories of radical transformation, art curses, post apocalyptic beauty and ecocide. Physical copies are sold but, you can download here

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Interview with Ivy Grimes' Hypes and Archetypes about Fleshpots can be found here

Interview in Seize the Press Issue 9 can be found here



In December 2023 I guest edited Hexagon's MYRIAD magazine - which gives opportunities to new and aspiring editors. My issue - NECROPOLIS - was themed around dead and decaying cities. I was responsible for the entire process of creating the magazine from writing the submission guidelines, reading all submission through to editing, layout and design.


I was lucky enough to work with five brilliant authors from around the world who put their own spin on the theme. The cover image is by Guy Warley, design by me.


Thanks for submitting!

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