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A Look at Two Issues of Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Plus a Kickstarter

If I could have one superpower, I think it would be the ability to split myself into multiple bodies.  That way, maybe I wouldn’t be so far behind on reading, writing, and review.  You know, the important stuff.

Anyway I promised Adrian Simmons, the editor of Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, a review for both the previous and current issues.  Both are strong issues. Continue reading

StoryHack Kickstarter is Live!

The StoryHack Kickstarter has gone live!  If you want to experience some action-oriented pulp adventure, you’ll want to check this one out.

There’s an Issue 0 already out, done as a proof concept.  The cover is there.  As I said in yesterday’s post, I’m excited to be included in the first issue.  It’s available for free during the duration of the Kickstarter campaign, just go here.  And if you like the contents, please think about supporting.

StoryHack Issue 0 Has Gone Live

I’m a day or two late on this announcement since I left town the day it was made, but StoryHack Issue 0 has gone live.  The electronic version is currently $1 on Amazon.  Bryce Beattie, the editor and publisher, has put it up for free on Smashwords, as well as Barnes and Noble, so Amazon should price match soon.  There’s also a print version for $9.99.

I’m excited about StoryHack, and not just because I have a story in it.  (I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited about having a story in it.)  I’m encouraged by the number of startup publications with an emphasis on action and adventure.  It looks like we’re about to have a renaissance of pulp sensibilities, and that’s a good thing.

StoryHack Issue 0 is free because it’s a proof of concept for a Kickstarter campaign to launch the magazine.  The Kickstarter should go live in the next day or three.  Get a copy, read it, and if you like what you see, pledge the Kickstarter.  I’ll let you know when it launches.

Contents of StoryHack Issue 0 Announced

There’s a Kickstarter launching soon for a new publication entitled StoryHack Action and Adventure.  It’s just what the name implies.  Action and adventure stories from multiple genres, all with a pulp sensibility.  Bryce A. Beattie is the editor/publisher.  He has put together an Issue 0 prior to the Kickstarter launching.

Here is the lineup, in alphabetical order, by first name:

You might recognize some of those names.  *waves at David*  Yes, that’s me, the fifth one down.  I’m thrilled to be included in this anthology and am looking forward to reading the rest of the stories.  You can be sure I’ll let you know more as launch date for the Kickstarter becomes available.

 

Chicken Fried Cthulhu

Hey, folks, the Chicken Fried Cthulhu Kickstarter has 25 hours left as I write this and is still a ways from funding.  This is an anthology of southwestern flavored Cthulhu and Lovecraft themed stories.  It’s set to premiere at the World Fantasy Convention in San Antonio this year.

If it funds.  It’s from the same crew that brought you Skelos, and there’s an impressive lineup of authors listed, including Robert E. Howard and Joe Lansdale.  Part of the reason the goal is so high is that the editors want to pay the authors professional rates, and that takes money.

So if you’ve been thinking about pledging, please do so.  I would really like to see this project get off the ground.  I am not an author in the anthology and my only connection to the project is that I’m friends with the guys putting it together.  I just want to read the stories.

Guest Post by Bradley P. Beaulieu

The good folks over at Ragnarok Publishing are running a Kickstarter for a new anthology featuring female protagonists, Hath No Fury, which ends in a few hours.  They asked me to help get the word out and offered suggestions that would help to do that, including possible guest posts by some of their contributors.  One of the authors with a story in the book is Bradley P. Beaulieu.  His contribution features the protagonist from his current series, The Song of the Shattered Sands.  I reviewed the first volume, Twelve Kings in Sharakai here.

So without further ado, here’s Brad:

I was recently at a convention—GenCon down in Indianapolis—and I was doing a short video interview where we got to talking about the state of the field and how quickly (or not) it changes. My basic take was that it’s a field, much like most of the entertainment industry at large, that’s pretty slow to change.

Why? Well, it’s complicated, but I think a lot of it boils down to how editors (and these days more and more, purchasing panels) decide what a publisher is (and isn’t) going to buy. For the purposes of this conversation, I’m just going to call these folks “editors”, but know that these days it’s almost never a single person that’s making the call, but rather a number of people, including sales, marketing, and other executives—especially if we’re talking about a hot author or property—but it all starts with the editors, so let’s be reductive for the time being. Continue reading

Warriors of the Wild Lands Kickstarter is Live!

Jim Cornelius, who is the chief scout over at Frontier Partisans, has just launched a Kickstarter for a nonfiction book, Warriors of the Wild Lands.  This is a nonfiction collection of biographical essays on scouts, adventures, and pioneers who made a lasting impact on the frontier.  In the book you’ll find heroes and villains and some who are a mix of both.

Anyone interested in heroic fiction or history will want to check this one out.  I suspect to a large degree I’m preaching to the choir here because I know a lot of the folks who read this blog also read Jim’s.  If you’re not familiar with Frontier Partisans, you should.  It’s one of the blogs I read regularly.  I may not comment on every post, but there are very I don’t read (usually because I’m on the road).  If you’re a writer, Frontier Partisans is a great place to find story ideas.  I know, because one of Jim’s posts served as the inspiration for one of my published stories.

I’ve been looking forward to this book and have already pledged the Kickstarter.

Well, why are you still hanging around here?  Go pledge!

Why I am Supporting the Skelos Kickstarter

FB_IMG_1461612969109-2The Skelos Kickstarter launched today.  Here’s the link for those of you who wish to save time by skipping this post and going straight to pledging.

Now, why I am supporting.

And, no, it’s not because I’m a contributor.  I would support this Kickstarter even if I weren’t involved at some level.

Let me rephrase that.  I would support the Skelos Kickstarter even if I weren’t contributing to the first issue.  Because I would be involved.  As a reader, if nothing else.

Allow me to pontificate.  *Climbs on soapbox*  I care deeply about the fields of weird fiction and dark fantasy.  They are some of my favorite genres to read in.  I want to be able to read new works, and I want to see the field grow and expand.  Plus I want to know what is out there that I might have missed.  That’s where the reviews will come in. Continue reading

Skelos Kickstarter is Launching

FB_IMG_1461612969109-2The Skelos Kickstarter is going to launch on Tuesday (May 10).  Skelos is a new journal that will publish fiction, articles, and reviews related to Weird Fiction.  It’s edited by (in alphabetical order) Mark Finn, Chris Gruber, and Jeff Shanks.  They’ve lined up an impressive first issue.  I’m sure you’ll recognize some of the contributors.  *blushes modestly*

I’ll have more to say when the Kickstarter launches next week, but for now here’s the press release Jeff sent out earlier this evening.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: skelospress@gmail.com

SKELOS: THE JOURNAL OF WEIRD FICTION AND DARK FANTASY LAUNCHES KICKSTARTER ON MAY 10TH

May 5, 2016 – Skelos Press is proud to announce the launch of its new flagship journal with a Kickstarter campaign that will begin on Tuesday May 10th. The first issue of SKELOS: THE JOURNAL OF WEIRD FICTION AND DARK FANTASY will feature a never-before-published fantasy piece by Robert E. Howard (Conan, Kull, Solomon Kane) illustrated by the legendary Mark Schultz (Xenozoic Tales, Coming of Conan, Prince Valiant). Also featured is a new sword and sorcery novelette by Keith Taylor (Bard series, Cormac Mac Art), a long-awaited sequel to his classic tale “Men from the Plain of Lir” originally published in WEIRD TALES. This story will be illustrated by the fantastic Tomás Giorello (Dark Horse King Conan). Another highlight of the issue will be a tale of dark fantasy from World Fantasy Award nominee and John W. Campbell Award nominee Scott A. Cupp.

SKELOS is edited by Mark Finn, author of the World Fantasy Award-nominated BLOOD AND THUNDER; Chris Gruber, editor of Robert E. Howard’s BOXING STORIES from the University of Nebraska Press; and Jeffrey Shanks, co-editor of the Bram Stoker Award-nominated UNIQUE LEGACY OF WEIRD TALES.

Editor Mark Finn stated, “I’m excited to be part of the editorial staff for this journal. We are finding and publishing material that we love to read, and read about. There’s a long-standing tradition to weird fiction, and we think we can contribute something new and exciting to it.”

The first issue will contain short fiction from such talented writers as Charles Gramlich, Dave Hardy, Jason Ray Carney, Ethan Nahte, Scott Hannan, and Matt Sullivan; a fully illustrated adaptation of Grettir and the Draugr from the Icelandic sagas by Samuel Dillon; weird verse by Frank Coffman, Pat Calhoun, Kenneth Bykerk, and Jason Hardy; Insightful essays by Nicole Emmelhainz, Karen Kohoutek, and Jeffrey Shanks; reviews by Charles Hoffman, Bobby Derie, Keith West, Todd Vick, Paul McNamee, Deuce Richardson, and Josh Adkins; and with illustrations by Mark Schultz, Tomás Giorello, Samuel Dillon, and David Cullen.

The Kickstarter campaign will run until June 10 and the issue will begin shipping in late June with an ebook version available at the same time. More information can found at the Skelos Press Facebook page – www.facebook.com/skelospress – or you can follow the project on Twitter @SkelosPress.

Kickstarter for New Sword & Planet/Heroic Fantasy Magazine

CirsovaI just backed a Kickstarter for a new sword &planet/heroic fantasy semi-pro publication called Cirsova.  The issue is already put together and according to the Kickstarter page, the authors and artist have been paid.

I really like the idea of a publication that has an emphasis on sword and planet.  I’ve had an itch to read more S&P for about a month.  As soon as I clear a couple of titles I’ve committed to review, I’m going to be reading a lot more of it.  I’m hoping this one takes off.