Monday, June 30, 2014

Read "The Unworthy" in Fantasy Scroll Magazine

The second issue of Fantasy Scroll Magazine hit the interweb today, featuring a flash piece of mine called "The Unworthy." Along with my story, you'll find great stuff by Mike Resnick, Brandon Barrows, and many other fine folks. They also pack each issue with author interviews, book and movie reviews, and more.

You can read the issue for free at the link above, but if you'd like to support the efforts of a brand new fantasy and science fiction magazine, you can purchase a copy for your mobile reader device of choice, or even set up a subscription.

"The Unworthy" is a fantasy story of mine told from the perspective of a divine creature taking measure of his creation. Fantasy Scroll Magazine interviewed me in March when they were running their Kickstarter campaign, and they asked me about the story. This is what I had to say back then:

When I was a kid, I saw an HBO movie called Cast a Deadly Spell. At the end of this movie (spoiler alert, circa 1991), the bad guy summons this giant, Lovecraftian monster. This was long before I'd read anything by Lovecraft, so the homage was lost on me back then. But for some reason, I felt strangely sympathetic toward this bestial horror, even when it started eating people. I couldn't help but wonder what was going through this powerful entity's mind. It had presumably been minding its own business, then suddenly found itself on Earth with these odd little beings staring up at it in terror and awe. This thought was the seed that eventually sprouted into The Unworthy, decades later.

If it sounds like it's up your alley, I hope you'll give it a read. If not, there's probably something else you'll enjoy in FSM.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Kickstarter Watch: Fantasy Scroll Mag

If you read my last post, you may be familiar with Fantasy Scroll Mag, a new science fiction and fantasy magazine that will be publishing a story of mine called The Unworthy in one of its first issues. Fantasy Scroll Mag is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to support the launch of the magazine. This, of course, makes them perfect fodder for the next installment of Kickstarter Watch!

In their own words, Fantasy Scroll Magazine publishes science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal short stories, with one mission in mind: to provide high quality, entertaining, and thought-provoking speculative fiction. 

They recently released a small sample issue to give readers a glimpse of what to expect when the magazine launches, featuring two short stories you can read right now for free. They're also running a series of interviews on their Kickstarter updates page with the authors who will be contributing to future issues--including Yours Truly

If you're a reader of science fiction and fantasy, it's more important than ever to support new markets in the short fiction space. It's also worth mentioning that one of Fantasy Scroll's stretch goals is to be able to raise their pay for writers to pro-rates, and that would be fantastic. As of this writing, they're in their last week of funding. So please give them a read and consider kicking a few dollars their way to help out. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Sale Braggage: "The Unworthy" Sold to Fantasy Scroll Mag

I am pleased to share a little good news from this past weekend. A story of mine called The Unworthy has been accepted for publication by Fantasy Scroll Mag, an upcoming speculative fiction magazine run by the creator of the Fantasy Scroll writing blog. From their website:

Fantasy Scroll Mag is a quarterly publication featuring science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal short-fiction. We are a brand new publication and our mission is to publish high-quality, entertaining, and thought-provoking speculative fiction. We plan to publish our first issue in the first half of 2014 and we are now in the process of collecting stories.

The Unworthy is a dark fantasy piece that leaped from some weird corner of my brain a couple of years ago when I first started experimenting at flash fiction length, and I'm glad it's found a home at Fantasy Scroll Mag.

FSM's editor-in-chief, Iulian Ionescu, invited me to submit something after he read Item Not As Described in UFO 2. I'm delighted to have my work featured in one of their first issues (I'm told it will be either the first or second), and it looks like I'll be sharing space with some talented authors. Please consider checking it out when the time comes. New speculative fiction markets are always welcome!

photo credit: Justin Shearer via cc
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