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Issue #14 – The Animal Becomes Us – SUBMISSIONS OPEN

We’re leaving this wide open to interpretation. Consider this your open invitation to send anything from light verse about your animal companion to speculative were-animal stories. Submissions due 9/30/14. Issue live 10/31/14.


About guest editor Kristin Nehs:

Kristin grew up tangled between Tennessee and Florida and has the Dollywood memorabilia and sawgrass scars to prove it. She holds an MFA from Oregon State in one hand and a cello in the other. Her interests include sordid human affairs and pontificating. In her spare time she wrangles cats.

2014 In Cahoots Collaboration Contest – SUBMISSIONS OPEN

cahooladoodaling_commission_by_moophles-d7l2ntpid_pic_by_mirz_alt-d5e95s2 About guest judges Michelle Lehmann and James Lehmann:

Michelle & James are a husband & wife writing team. Experts at collaboration both between themselves and with artists, we featured their project, Relativity, in our first Special Feature. They have recently self-published their fourth book.

Michelle Lehmann, a/k/a Mirz, is a mom, author and digital artist who lives in a suburb of Chicago. A secretary by day, she spends her nights wiping runny noses, pushing pixels, and trying to save the world — all of which she does while consuming ungodly amounts of coffee. Inspired by a love of the short stories of Ray Bradbury, her writing career (if one would call it that) has been planted firmly in the speculative genre, with works mainly in science-fiction, fantasy, and goofy smiley stories. Since her dreams of becoming a superhero never took flight, she did the next best thing and created the fiction serial, Relativity, which can read at Blacktorrent.us. She recently had her first works formerly published in the profits-for-charity anthology, Cat Tails: A Collection of Littpurrature. Her other works, which she assures no animals were harmed during the creation of, can be found on various sites around the web, including deviantart.com, mirz.us, and bitmapworld.com.

id_pic_by_ravenswd-d5e9f4zJames Lehmann, a/k/a Ravenswd started crafting stories as soon as he was able to hold a pen, but never finished anything until he acquired his Apple II computer — leading to a love of writing literature and computer code. A freelance computer programmer by profession, he is mostly a stay-at-home dad who gets a ton of inspiration from his kids and TV Tropes. He has a particular love of science-fiction and most of his works have been in that genre. Creating the character of Ravenswood Cadavre (because the name sounded cool), he never imagined it would lead him on a speculative writing journey that would span over 20 years and result in the superhero serial, Relativity, which he produces with his wife. He is also a connoisseur of webcomics, even co-creating one of his own with the emoticon strip, Bitmapworld. His works have appeared in several small publications you probably have never heard of, including The Torch and The Fiction Primer. Most of his writing and digital works can be found on Blacktorrent.us and deviantArt.com.


Welcome to Relativity


Welcome to Relativity, where the superheros don’t need super powers to be badass, and the super villain may just be in a bugsuit.

Although I’d been aware of Relativity for a while, my first real interaction with the serial was almost a year ago when Michelle submitted a story from the serial to our Speculative issue. We didn’t publish it. Ultimately it did not fit our final view for the issue, but the superhero serial stayed with me.

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In the year that followed, I became an avid fan, watching as new art and stories were published online, so when Michelle submitted another serial for our Repeat Review, I felt a pang of sadness emailing her and Jim a decline. Here was this great collaborative project that I loved, but had no way to properly publish on our old site. Thankfully, plans for self-hosting were already underway, and once we were redesigned, I knew I had to get Relativity for our first special issue.

Over the last couple of months, I’ve worked closely with Jim and Michelle to design the features you’ll find in this issue. I’ve picked some of my favorite pieces from their first collection, Lost & Found, and a couple side stories from their collection This & That. Start where you want to, with the voice actors, the artists, selected stories, or the characters themselves. You can’t go wrong.

I’ll leave you with my two favorite characters, Yule, who you’ll meet in this feature, and Cricket, who you’ll meet if you continue onto Relativity’s second book, Secrets & Revelations.















For more things Relativity, visit blacktorrent.us where additional stories are available for free. If you like the project, consider making a donation directly to the serial here.

Raquel Thorne


Meet the Authors Meet the Artists
Meet the Characters & Heroes Meet the Actors
Selected Episodes



Joel Hartlaub

Relativity theme music composed by Joel Hartlaub. Joel is a super tall dude with a super big heart. He is the bomb-diggity at composing music and ain’t too bad lookin’ either. He can be reached at joelcomposes@gmail.com.

Also a big congratulations from cahoodaloodaling on your wedding! Cheers!

Click to hear the “theatrical” theme for Relativity, orchestrated by Joel.

To download Relativity music, click here.