Following the success of All These Shiny Worlds and All These Shiny Worlds II, anthologies showcasing some of the best independent fantasy and science-fiction short stories, Jefferson Smith is compiling a third volume. Unlike the previous two, which were nomination-only, this one will be open to all subscribers to his Liar's Hearth Newsletter. Further details … Continue reading Submission Call: All These Shiny Worlds III
My short story "Nor Left Behind" will appear in Love Beyond Death, an anthology of unusual perspectives on love that transcends mortality, funding now via Kickstarter. Drawing on both British police dramas and cosmic horror, “Nor Left Behind” tells the tale of a police detective who sees an opportunity to do a good deed and … Continue reading Love Beyond Death Kickstarter
Wild Frontiers: Nine Stories of the West is now available in ebook and paperback. Pick up a copy from your favourite retailer here. The Frontier: the line between civilisation and the unknown where pioneers rely on a strong will and a dead eye not big city laws. A land where the sweat you shed makes … Continue reading Saddle Up for the Wild Frontiers
Russell adds a dash of the strange to reality, creating worlds like our own that are fantastical yet plausible. This collection contains seven stories of everyday life with a weird or surreal edge. ‘The Constantly Empty Pool’ Rumours of the purest water in the world draw Mary Lou to a remote town in the United … Continue reading Strange Secrets by Mike Russell
This anthology gathers a mix of published and unpublished stories by Burnett and Sorensen, spanning the genres from overt horror to the almost meditative. ‘Black Dog’, Misha Burnett: The new custodian of a cemetery notices several different people taking the same dog for a walk: does the owner merely have lots of friends or is … Continue reading Duel Visions by Misha Burnett & Louise Sorensen
I like short stories. I like reading them and I like writing them. And, whether you’re here for my reviews or to find out more about the stories I write, I suspect many of you like a good short story too.
So, I wanted to share this new project from the talented Misha Burnett: a repository of magazines and anthologies featuring short fiction.
That shared, I’m off to read something weird and abrupt.
This is something that I’ve been meaning to do for a while now. If you got here from my other blog, you know that I feel passionately about the need for a healthy market for short fiction. To this end I have been actively seeking indie magazines and anthologies that publish short genre fiction.
The market is growing fast now, and I’ve gotten to the point where I need a way to organize all the links I have into one place.
This is the place. Please pardon my dust, this is a work in progress.
Millhaven's Tales of Suspense, featuring one of my short stories, is now available. While there are a range of tones, from straight out vigilante action to cosy investigation (complete with cup cakes), all the stories feature protagonists who take action rather than sitting back. A group of muggers discover appearance isn't everything. When the police … Continue reading Millhaven’s Tales of Suspense
My short story "Bad Beat" appears in the latest edition of Millhaven's Tales of Suspense, the latest edition of Millhaven's themed short-story magazines. In addition to my tale of poker games gone wrong, hard-headed debt collectors, and just a smidge of weirdness, there are seven other tales of mystery, crime, and espionage, each packed with … Continue reading New Pulp Action Story Available
Elizabeth layers nuances of character, plot, and world onto the basic frame of a fireside mystery to produce tales that capture the universal fear that danger lurks just beyond the light without becoming repetitive. This collection contains thirty-six short stories by the author. While they do divide into several settings and styles, the majority echo … Continue reading Kissed by Literature: A Collection of Short Stories by Jordan Elizabeth
No doubt you are familiar with Mr Abbott’s Flatland or the various explanations based upon it. Or perhaps a computer-generated visualisation of an X-dimensional entity encountering an (X+1)-dimensional object. I, however, discovered a manner of actually experiencing higher dimensions. Unfortunately, something in humans constrains them to only three dimensions so, during each experiment, I lost … Continue reading Empty Fourth