Huge congratulations to Francis Knight! Orbit have bought her 3 book fantasy noir series, The Pain Mage trilogy. The first book, Fade to Black, will be available in February 2013. Ms. Knight writes about how it happened here.
This highly original fantasy novel really captured our imagination. It’s set in the ‘vertical’ fantasy city of Mahala – a city built up in layers, not across, where streets are built upon streets and buildings balance precariously upon buildings. A city that the Ministry rules from its lofty perch at the sunlit summit, and where the forsaken lurk in the shadowy depths of the Pit.
Thrown into the middle of this entrancingly dark and atmospheric setting is the bounty hunter Rojan. Everyone knows he’s a rogue, a womaniser, a shirker of all responsibility. But what they don’t know is that he’s also a pain-mage: someone able to draw magic from his own and other people’s pain. Rojan’s not keen on using this magic (not least because it’s outlawed), but when his niece is abducted, Rojan may be forced to unleash his powers . . .
Stumar Press have confirmed that Sara Jayne Townsend‘s short story collection, Soul Screams, will be released in June in both print and e-book versions.
The 13 stories in the anthology explore the dark side of the soul. For more information, and reviews visit the Stumar Soul Screams page.
Congratulations to David Gullen! His story, Where the Sun Shines Brightly, won 3rd place in Albedo One‘s International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest, 2011.
Albedo One describes the story as a “powerful depiction of future exploitation of less economically wealthy cultures.”
All three of the winning stories will appear in the Albedo One magazine.
Fox McGeever has sold his story Driftwood to Tales of the Talisman, a quarterly magazine publishing fantasy and science fiction. Cheers and congratulations, Fox!
Volume 28 of L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Anthology is now available for pre-order from amazon. It contains Will Mitchell’s winning story.
Two T Party members have started a joint blog on writing, gardening and life, voiced by their alter egos Lord and Lady Plott. Join them as they guide their nephew Bertie through the thorny process of getting his plot to flourish.
Sara Jayne Townsend has been invited to contribute to an anthology of horror stories based on the theme of siblings with dark secrets. This work provisionally titled “Siblings” on the website is part of the Pentanth series due to be released in September. Other writers contributing are Stuart Hughes, Sam Stone, Richard Farren Barber and Simon Kurt Unsworth. Congratulations, Sara Jayne!
The Art from Art anthology from Modernist Press received an honourable mention from the New England Book Festival in the anthologies/compilations section. David Gullen‘s story, Installation 17, appeared in the anthology. Congratulations, David!
K. D. Grace‘s latest novel, Body Temperature and Rising, is on Violet Blue’s honourable mention list for the 12 best sex books for 2011. Congratulations, K. D!