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Time Travel | Author Q&A | Favourite Tales & Writing Practices

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

This final instalment in our current Author Q&A series offers a selection of further responses from the Time Travel anthology authors (see their Part 1 answers here). Just as time travel takes many diverse forms in fiction, so too do the answers below, as they tell us their preferred time travelling tales and we find out the various ways that they approach the task of writing. With these authors at the helm, the anthology looks set to be an exciting voyage of the science fiction kind, encompassing modern takes on the genre alongside the political reflection and atmospheric eras afforded by classic time travel narratives by the likes of H.G. Wells, Edward Bellamy, Mark Twain, Edward Page Mitchell and other greats. 

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, short stories

Time Travel | Author Q&A | Story Inspirations

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Past, present and future merge into a glorious blend of adventure, aspiration, and paradox in our new Time Travel short story anthology, available to order here. To celebrate its release, we asked the contemporary authors about their work: below, we discover what led to the creation of some of the stories included, while Part 2 of the Q&A covers the authors’ preferred writing methods, and their thoughts on the genre. This is the last collection of tales formed from our early 2017 call for submissions, and as with the previous Q&As for Supernatural Horror, Lost Worlds, and Heroic Fantasy, we’re delighted to have this deeper insight into the stories that we chose.

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, short stories

Heroic Fantasy | Author Q&A | Favourite Tales & Writing Practices

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Swift on the heels of Part 1 of the Heroic Fantasy Author Q&A, the anthology's authors this time reveal the methods behind their writing, as well as their favourite influential tales. Their writing will feature alongside that of the genre's original greats – Robert E. Howard, A. Merritt, Howard Pyle, Clark Ashton Smith, Geoffrey Chaucer and more – in a collection of stories where the intrepid perform daring feats, majestic mythical beings roam wild and free, and imaginative lands bewitch the reader. The selection of responses below suggests this volume is well on track to be yet another compelling addition to our ever-growing Gothic Fantasy anthology series.

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, short stories

Heroic Fantasy | Author Q&A | Story Inspirations

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

As the publication date for Heroic Fantasy inches nearer, our Q&A with the anthology’s short story authors offers a taster of what to expect in the book. In the style of the Q&As for Lost Worlds and Supernatural Horror, authors from the Heroic Fantasy volume also respond to questions relating to their selected story, the genre as a whole, and their own writing methods. First up, they reveal what led to the writing of the included stories: scintillating tales where courage, sorcery, swordplay and fantastical creatures abound.

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, short stories

Short Story Submissions | Pirates & Ghosts and Agents & Spies

Posted by Maria Tissot

UPDATE: SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THESE ANTHOLOGIES

Pirates & Ghosts and Agents & Spies Short Stories

Continuing the success of our previous call for submissions (we received almost 2000 submissions!), we’re looking for around twenty to thirty short stories by contemporary writers to complement a selection of classic tales in two new anthologies. We are keen to encourage new writers, without prejudice to age, background or previous publication history. It’s the story that matters, and the quality of writing.

Submit by email to 2017@flametreepublishing.com 

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, creepy stories, short stories

Supernatural Horror | Author Q&A | Favourite Tales and Writing Practices

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Following on from the first part of our Q&A with the Supernatural Horror authors (which can be read here), this post looks at their favourite tales and own writing methods. The selection of responses below sheds light on the authors behind the tales – tales that collectively promise a veritable feast of brooding atmosphere, nightmarish monsters and unsettling circumstances, alongside a number of notable stories from the genre by classic authors like M.R. James, Ambrose Bierce, Elizabeth Gaskell, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Wilkie Collins, H.P. Lovecraft, Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe… and more.

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, short stories

Supernatural Horror | Author Q&A | Story Inspirations

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

This week, it's the turn of our Supernatural Horror authors to face questions on their selected stories, influences and writing practices. In this first part of the Q&A, some of the authors summarise how inspirations played a part in the composition of their sinister tales. With the anthology shortly available to buy through our website, the below responses offer us a sneak peak of what’s in store! 

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, short fiction

Lost Worlds | Author Q&A | Favourite Tales and Writing Practices

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Concluding our Q&A with the new Lost Worlds authors, we quizzed them about their writing methods, as well as their own favourite stories from the genre. Conan Doyle's The Lost World was, understandably, a popular choice, and we're very happy to say extracts of this influential tale are included in the collection, alongside works too by Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Robert E. Howard, H. Rider Haggard, and other greats.

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, short stories

Lost Worlds | Author Q&A | Story Inspirations

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

In anticipation of the release of our Lost Worlds anthology, we got in touch with some of the authors behind the new shorstories in order to hear about the inspiration behind their contribution, as well as their thoughts on the genre and the writing process itself. In the first of 2 blogs this week, the responses below provide a tantalising glimpse into a few of the chosen tales: mysterious lands and intrepid explorers soon to be unleashed into the book world… 

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, short stories

Gothic Fantasy: Successful Submissions | Time Travel; Heroic Fantasy

Posted by Maria Tissot

Following on from our recent blog on the successful submissions for Supernatural Horror and Lost Worlds, we proudly present the selected short stories for this year’s Time Travel and Heroic Fantasy anthologies. They join our growing range of deluxe hardcover themed anthologies, which can be found here.

With nearly 2000 submissions across the four anthologies, this year’s selection process was a truly difficult but enjoyable task. Past and future intertwine in the Time Travel volume, which gathers together the best of today’s fresh talent alongside a selection of the ‘timeless’ short fiction that helped form the genre. Meanwhile, majestic mythical beasts abound in the Heroic Fantasy collection, with adventures in sorcery, swordplay, and fantastical lands also bringing original tales from contemporary authors together with classic storytelling.

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, short stories, short fiction

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