Letter from the Editors

Ahoy and avast ye scallywags. This here be Issue 4 of Deep O’. We’ve explored space, played in fairy tales, and fell in love with some questionable life choices. And it’s led to this: Nautical Lore. Just one year ago Deep Overstock was created as an isle in the ocean for lost and marooned souls: booksellers.

There are times, wandering up and down aisles when inspiration hits like a berg on the sea. And you have to answer that call. Dead men may tell no tales, but live booksellers have many things to say. As does the sea. Or any body of water really if you listen closely enough.

In this issue our writers redefine what nautical lore is, everything from selkies to pirates, and whales to selkies, and selkies to pools. Selkies are pretty cute aren’t they?

We would like to thank you once again for choosing to pull in Deep Overstock from the murky waters of the shelves. And also to thank everyone who participated in our first cover contest. The winner graces our cover like a beautiful mermaid on the bow, while our runner ups are nestled inside these pages like cannonballs inside a cannon.

But don’t worry, because these captains aren’t going down with the ship, because the ship isn’t going down any time soon. You are all our first mates so stick with around. And look forward to our next issue. It’ll be the dreamiest one yet…

Deep Overstock Editors

(Cover art contest winner: Matt Funk)

AJDThe Cod and the Whale
A.G. AngevineThe Selkie
Alec BallwegOur House
Alice三滴水: Drops of Water
Michael CalkinsMe Peg
Mickey CollinsLimb-ericks, A Sea Shanty for SandySailors Take Warning
Desmond Everest FullerThe Hammish Sisters
Emma JardineBeing Me
Monika KawiakAt Least, Past Ahead
Benjamin KesslerComposition
Ariel KusbyWhen I Was a Girl
Sarah McCleod-MartinezNautilus Girl
Maya McOmieWho Can Know For How Long You’ve Been Falling
Leanna MoxleySisters Sleek and Sharp
Elizabeth NealThe Rival
Timothy Arliss O’BrienAQUA: poems from the sea
Mike SantiagoWashout
Ben TalleySailing Jupiter
Eric ThralbyThe Whale
Jonathan van Belle – The Joy Lord of La Jolla
Geoff WallaceIt’s about time & Wastewater
Z.B. WagmanKissed by the Sea


Editor-In-Chief: Bobby Eversmann
Managing Editor: Ariel Kusby
Prose: Mickey Collins & Bobby Eversmann
Poetry: Ariel Kusby
Social Media: Ariel Kusby & Piers Rippey
Web Design: Robert Eversmann
Interior Design: Mickey Collins
Cover Design: Ariel Kusby