Gerald Jatzek is a poet and musician from Vienna, Austria, who writes in German and English. He published books for children and adults, short stories, plays for radio and essays. 2001 he got the Austrian State Prize for Children’s Poetry. His books have been translated into Korean and Turkish, his poems have appeared in anthologies and literature papers in Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Italy, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Croatia, the Netherlands and the UK. He runs a facebook page on poetry in several languages at https://www.facebook.com/jatzekpoesie/
Artwork by Gabriele Müller
Gabriele Müller is an Austrian-Spanish translator and a painter. She spent many years in South and Central America and lives now in Lower Austria. Her artwork has been shown in exhibitions in Austria and Guatemala. Her short fiction has appeared in anthologies in Austria and Germany.
Those that build themselves iron armors, black and white and golden, thousands of meters under the surface. Those that stun everyone, flashing streaks of light, before they embrace their prey with ten red arms. Those that digest bones without mouth and stomach, scores of dwarfish males live inside a female. Those that change their color while they change their sex, worlds apart or just some miles away.
Encounter with Olms
They placed their torches near the spot where the river entered the cave, disrupting the sleep of bats that subsequently formed a halo above the priest's head. They didn't listen to his sermons when they slaughtered the tiny dragons from the inner mountain's realm. The fiends held no blood. Therefore they sealed the entrance with ashen crosses.