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Issue 1 Autumn 1988

Nocturne was a literary zine edited and published by Michael J. Lotus and Vincent L. Michael.

Nocturne was a Symbolist, horror, and surrealist-infused 'little' magazine published in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.. Two issues appeared in the 1980s, the first subtitled 'Primus' and the second, 'Secundus'.

Contributing writers of fiction for issue 1, released in Autumn 1988, included Bruce Boston, Michael Bullock, Denise Dumars, Jonathan Falk, Richard D. Flavin, Thomas Ligotti, Miroslaw Lipinski, Todd Mecklem, Steve Rasnic Tem (Umbral), Thomas Wiloch, Billy Wolfenbarger, and others.

Poetry was by i. arguelles, Eric Basso, Thomas Lovell Beddoes, Jenny L. Breiding, Denise Dumars, Jessica Amanda Salmonson (Fantasy Macabre, Naginata), Marge B. Simon (Star*Line), Thomas Wiloch, T. Winter-Damon, and Christina Zawadiwsky, among others.

Also published in its pages: an annotated translation of de Nerval's El Desdichado by Eric Basso. The publication contained photographs, collage, and various artwork as well.

Issue 2 appeared in 1989, and included cover art by Jason C. Eckhardt, and interior art by Harry O. Morris.

Contributing writers of fiction for issue 2 included Darwin Chismar, Pierre Comtois, Stefan Grabiński, as translated by Kendall Lappin, Jesse F. Knight, Edward J. Markey, Wilum Pugmire (Lost Souls, Queer Madness), Stephen Mark Rainey (Deathrealm), Octavio Ramos, Patricia Russo, Ron Weighell, and Billy Wolfenbarger.

Contributors of poetry for issue 2 included George Bacovia, as translated by Domnica Radulescu, Eric Basso, G. Sutton Breiding (The Punk-Surrealist Cafe, Ebon Lute), Nora May French, Arthur Crew Inman, Lorri Jackson, Eugene Lee-Hamilton, Vincent O'Sullivan, Maurice Rollinat, as translated by Kendall Lappin, Donald Sidney-Fryer, and Georg Trakl, as translated by Nina McCune, and by Michael Vincent.

Essays were by Edmondo de Amicis, Johannes Falk with Todd Mecklem, and Arthur Symons.