Whistling Shade is a literary journal and small press located in St. Paul, MN. We take a populist approach to literature and our audience is the general reading public. Whistling Shade is now published annually and we have been in print since 2001. See our Subscriptions page to purchase a subscription or individual issues. Whistling Shade Press also publishes books. To receive announcements about issue and book releases, join our mailing list, or follow us on Facebook.

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Whistling Shade's 2021 issue is now available! You can download a $1 PDF below, or buy a print issue from our Subscriptions page. The theme of this issue is "The Plague" ... so be prepared for some fairly dark reading, including COVID-19, war, crime, tornadoes, homelessness, car trouble, abandonment, and, yes, Hollywood. You'll also find some wonderful fiction by Andy Millman and D.W. Davis, a translation of a Marcel Aymé story by C. P. Boyko, poetry by Ethna McKiernan, Holly Day, Greg Watson and Mark Rhoads, and much more.

We will have an issue release on Saturday, October 23, 7pm at Eat My Words. Readers will include Ethna McKiernan, Mark Rhoads, and a short open podium section. This will be our first reading since 2019, so come on down to enjoy some live poetry, buy some books, and pick up your copy of the new Whistling Shade!

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New books from Whistling Shade!

The Neighborhood Division - Jeff Vande Zande


Jeff Vande Zande's latest story collection travels down the shady lanes of the American neighborhood. From kids egging windows to lost joggers and insomniacs to basement prisoners and Orwellian gated communities, these stories grow ever more surreal, holding a darkened mirror up to that which we are - and may become.


Castle Bash - Julian Bernick


A narrative poem in the Romantic tradition, Castle Bash is Byronic in character, Gothic in atmosphere, Romantic in outlook and Lovecraftian in scope. When a bastard poet is given safe haven and patronage at the tenebrous Castle Bash, mystery, passion, and the forces of hell converge upon its benighted inhabitants. This is the second title in Whistling Shade's Geste Series.


Encounter in Prague - Jarda Cervenka


Jarda Cervenka's fifth collection of stories ranges from gold panning in the jungles of Colombia to fossil hunting on Corsica and sailing off the Florida Keys. But at the center of the collection is Prague, Cervenka's home town, which he fled in the wake of the Soviet invasion of 1968 - an event recounted in his story "Tanks and Quantum Mechanics in 1968".