Editors' Note

Ah, February!

The month when human thoughts turn oft to lust and/or love, and insectile nervous systems turn to whatever their particular mating and/or life-cycle entails. In this, our very first mini-issue, you will find tales of love and loss.

Valentine's Day, as dictated by various card companies, candy-makers, jewelers, and florists, is a holiday to celebrate one's ability to purchase the affection of one's object of desire, and/or one's willingness to be purchased. Depending on the traditions you hold dear to your heart, it may also be the holiday to celebrate saints' heads being distanced from their bodies.

Such is the way of the world. And, truth be told, as Lady Mantis slyly reminds us, these things are not so far removed as one might imagine.

At the Journal of Unlikely Entomology, it is a day to celebrate fiction in short form. As it turns out, it is also a day to celebrate love stories touched by sadness. That is not to say there is no such thing as happily ever after, only to say that we tend to prefer our romances with a touch of melancholy. And on that note, we wish you the happiest of mating-cycle-phases, romantic holidays, and/or decapitation-for-your-beliefs days.