Congratulations to Martin Owton, who has a story include in the British Fantasy Society’s 40th anniversary anthology.
The anthology is edited by BFS Chair, and MD of Telos Publishing, David J Howe, and contains forty tales covering a wide variety of subjects from full blown psychological horror, to whimsical fantasy, urban vampires, to epic poetry, comedy to homage. “It’s a wonderful testament to the BFS’ members and friends that we have managed to assemble such a strong and diverse selection of writing,” commented Howe. “It’s been a pleasure to read through all the many submissions, and choosing which forty to include has been painful and difficult as the quality is so high. I hope that the final book will contain something for everyone.”
Full Fathom Forty will be available at FantasyCon this year, and copies will be provided to all current BFS members as part of their annual subscription. If you are attending FantasyCon seek out the BFS table and someone should your copy. Anyone not attending will have their book sent to them with the next mailing of the BFS Journal.
Copies will be available to buy from the BFS, and ordering details will be available closer to publication.
Ally Shaw’s story “The Wintering Party” will appear in the September issue of Witness. The story is a fictional account of the Dyatlov Pass Incident, which involved the deaths of nine ski hikers in the Ural mountains.
“Investigators at the time determined that the hikers tore open their tent from within, departing barefoot in heavy snow. Though the corpses showed no signs of struggle, two victims had fractured skulls, two had broken ribs, and one was missing her tongue.” – Wikipedia
A story to give us the shivers…
Gaie Sebold‘s debut fantasy novel, “Babylon Steel” is now available for pre-order. It is published by Solaris.
“Babylon Steel, ex-sword-for-hire, ex… other things, runs the best brothel in Scalentine; city of many portals, two moons, and a wide variety of races, were-creatures, and religions, not to mention the occasional insane warlock.
She’s not having a good week. The Vessels of Purity are protesting against brothels, women in the trade are being attacked, it’s tax time, and there’s not enough money to pay the bill. So when the mysterious Darask Fain offers her a job finding a missing girl, Babylon decides to take it. But the missing girl is not what she seems, and neither is Darask Fain. In the meantime twomoon is approaching, and more than just a few night’s takings are at risk when Babylon’s hidden past reaches out to grab her by the throat.”
Clarke’s World magazine are hosting a discussion asking the question “What is at the heart (or core) of Epic Fantasy?”
Does it give us courage and persistence?
Does it give us awareness of our own mortality?
Is it about meaning and significance?
Our own Ms. Sebold is one of the authors giving an answer.
Julia Knight’s next novel “A Kindness of Ravens” will be available on the 2nd January 2012 from Carina Press.
“Eight years ago, Einar and Wilda witnessed a murder and saved each other from being the next victim.
Today, they have to do it again.
Norseman Einar lives under the threat of the murderer’s rune-cut curse—if he should speak of it his family will die, and so he lives his life as a silent outcast. Until the Saxon girl Wilda comes back into his life, his brother’s new thrall and one who is bound to recognise, and reveal, the murderer. Unable to tell her why she shouldn’t speak of it, Einar has to try to get her away but is bewitched by the fact that Wilda still thinks him the brave youth he’d once been. For Wilda, Einar is a quiet presence she craves, the only man she can trust in a violent new world.
Between them they have to gather the courage to face the murderer head on.”
Congratulations to Fox! He has sold his story “The Crossing” to new market Digital Science Fiction.
Digital Science Fiction publishes a monthly collection of science fiction short stories from professional writers and storytellers. The Digital Science Fiction anthologies are published electronically for Amazon Kindle, Sony reader, and other popular eBook platforms. They are also available in regular print versions approximately 3 weeks after the digital publication date.
Rosanne Rabinowitz’s story The Pearl and the Boil appears in The Horror Anthology of Horror Anthologies, edited by D. F. Lewis and available to order now.
“[The book’s title] is ‘The Horror Anthology of Horror Anthologies’ so as to describe the plots of the Horror Stories centring around unreal Horror Anthologies that are real books for the unreal protagonists in the stories.
It is not intended to portray grandeur as a Horror Anthology in itself. If there is a double resonance, it is meant to be a playful one.
With due respect here to the noted Horror anthologists who have served our contemporary Horror genre community so well, like Peter Crowther, Ellen Datlow, Stephen Jones, Karl Edward Wagner …. not forgettting also all the Small Press editors and publishers of varying muscular reach towards the genre’s readership.”
Sara-Jayne Townsend’s latest novel “Death Scene” featuring amateur sleuth Shara Summers is now available from Lyrical Press.
“Poking around in family closets produces skeletons…
British-born, Toronto-based, actress Shara Summers turns amateur sleuth when her sister is stricken with a mysterious illness. Summoned back to England to be with her family during a time of crisis, Shara discovers doctors are at a loss as to what’s causing Astrid’s debilitating sickness.
After her aunt is found dead at the bottom of the stairs the death is deemed an accident. Shara suspects otherwise. Her investigation unearths shocking family secrets and a chilling realization that could have far-reaching and tragic consequences that affect not only her own future, but Astrid’s as well.”
An extract is also available for you to read at the Lyrical Press site.
Fox McGeever’s story “Rhonda’s Choice” is available to read at The Absent Willow Review. What does a wooden box under a dying tree hold for Rhonda?