A First Sale for S.J. Rosenstein

S.J. Rosenstein’s short story ‘Claimed’ has been published online in Nature science journal, and will be appearing in the print edition next week. It’s a first sale for S.J. – an exciting start.

The story can be read here.

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Short Story Publication for Colleen Douglas

Colleen’s short story ‘Beyond Kadath’ is currently appearing in Fantastic Stories of the Imagination.

She will also be giving an author talk as part of the Paddington Book Festival – you can catch her at Paddington Library on 8th October 2014 from 18.30pm.

News Roundup for End 2013

News from the latter half of 2013, all in one round up!

Gary Couzens had a story accepted for an anthology of punk-inspired stories for DogHorn Publishing titled punkPunk!

David Gullen‘s short story collection, Open Waters, was published by Exaggerated Press and is available now.

David’s debut sci-fi novel, Shopocalypse was published by Clarion and is also available now. Jump in the passenger seat for a road trip with Josie and Novak, on the run after an unlucky encounter, unintentionally in possession of a super-hot sentient muscle car and over 190 million dollars, covered with a potent psychoactive powder.

Laura Mauro received an Honourable Mention from Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year for her story Red Rabbit, published in Shadows and Tall Trees 4.

Laura’s story When Charlie Sleeps appeared in the November edition of Black Static. It will also be reprinted in Best British Horror 2014, edited by Johnny Mains.

Another story from Laura, Ptichka will appear in the the Horror Uncut anthology.

Gaie Sebold was on the longlist for the David Gemmell Morningstar Award for best fantasy newcomer/debut and the David Gemmell Legend Award for best release of the year for her novel Babylon Steel.

Sara-Jayne Townsend‘s book Dead Cool (also known among the group as The Case of the Defenestrated Rock Star) will be published by Canadian e-publisher MuseItUp Publishing in late 2104. The novel is the second in the Shara Summers series, following the adventures of an actress turned amateur sleuth.

Congratulations to all! We’re looking forward to an even more exciting 2014.

Rosanne Rabinowitz Collaborates for “Rustblind and Silverlight”

A collaboration between Rosanne Rabinowitz and Matt Joiner, a Birmingham-based writer who also appeared in Never Again, has been accepted by David Rix/Eibonvale Press for his railway-themed anthology Rustblind and Silverlight.

Rosanne says,

Interestingly, Matt started off providing the characters and the atmospherics. Matt is also a published poet and it really shows in his prose. And I contributed a lot of the… hold on to your seats, folks … the PLOT!

We did the story in two major drafts, with one crit from Joel Lane, who is the Brum Writer’s Group with Matt.

So this collaboration thing was lots of fun, and I learned a lot from it. Two heads can be better than one, to start with.

Eibonvale Press describe the premise for  Rustblind and Silverlight so,

Trains occupy a special place in the human psyche. The twin threads of the rails forge ahead from place to place, the ultimate symbol of travel and connection and all the hopes, fantasies, fears, reasons, romance and excitement that come with that.  The links between points, the bridges and tunnels, are always so much more profound than borders or walls.  And yet you travel these links through a world that is isolated from normal life and unique to itself.  The railways are so mundane and taken for granted, passing through the backs of your cities and towns, yet they are worlds that cannot be visited, cannot be known.  Worlds that can only be glimpsed from blurred windows or from the far end of the platform.  Hidden places.  Private places.  Places where the ordinary and the secret meet.

This was the mood in which Rustblind and Silverbright came into being – a book of railway stories that aimed to look far beyond what you might expect from classic horror or sci-fi.

The anthology will be launched on the 4th July.

David Gullen’s Short Stories & Anthology

David Gullen is on a roll with short story sales!

He sold his surrealist/absurdist story Why Isinglass & squill elixir should not be transported together to issue #3 of Fur-Lined Ghettos.

David has been writing 100 word stories for a while (visit his blog to read them). Now one, The Spade, has been accepted for the National Flash Fiction Day anthology.

David says:

I’ve started dipping my toe into audio narration with some of these and enjoying it very much. Hope to try a few more ambitious things in the near future.

If you’re enjoying David’s style, you’ll be happy to hear his first collection of short stories, Open Water will be published by TheEXAGGERATEDpress later this year. The launch is currently scheduled for World Fantasy at Brighton (31st October – 3rd November).

David says:

I’m really pleased about this. Short stories get published in a magazine and then tend to diappear. It will be great to have some back in print – and some new ones too.

Deborah Walker in Arc

Congratulations to Deborah Walker, who was a runner up in Arc magazine’s short story competition with Drink Deep and Long the Circean Poison. The introduction to her story reads:

Must artists suffer? The novelist and poet Thomas Hardy thought so, quipping that “light writes white”. Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World  is a narcotised shopping mall, its zombie denizens, blissed into political quiescence.

Deborah Walker (@deboree), a runner-up in our recent short story competition, broadly agrees – but her story, set in a world where pleasure has been harnessed and commodified, is altogether more mischevious. There is no conspiracy here, no attempt to defraud humankind; only a technology that speaks to some very deep, politically uncorrect (and largely male) assumptions about what greatness is, and how it can be achieved.

Click here to read the whole story.

Kate Kelly’s “Red Rock” Sold

Congratulations to Kate Kelly! Her début sci-fi novel for children 10 and up, Red Rock, will be published by Curious Fox in 2013.

Ms. Kelly is represented by the Greenhouse Literary Agency. Here’s what they say about the novel:

The world is changing. The ice is melting. But as the icecaps retreat secrets are revealed, ancient ruins that have remained hidden for a hundred thousand years.
A civilisation that wasn’t human…

Fourteen year old Danni’s astronaut aunt is murdered, shot down by a sniper right in front of her eyes. As she dies she presses something into Danni’s hand and whispers: Tell no-one.

Suddenly Danni is the one in danger.  The evil Morgan Pew and his organisation EMMA, The European Mars Mission Agency, will stop at nothing to get their hands on what Danni now wears around her neck. When Danni’s uncle goes missing, it has to be Morgan Pew who’s responsible.

What powers does the artefact possess? And why does Pew want it so badly? To find the answers, and her uncle, Danni must brave flooded cities, marauding bands of scavengers, and travel across a Europe changed by the rising seas.

Clarion Buys David Gullen’s Sci-Fi Novel

Huge congratulations to David Gullen! Clarion Publishing have bought his (as yet untitled) novel set in the near future.  The story is a “a fantastical future-tale of greed, government, excessive shopping, nuclear war and drug-induced happy fun-times” and is packed to bursting with exciting ideas.

The press release from Clarion is available here, and you can find out more about Mr. Gullen on the Clarion author page, and on his own website.