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Short Story Submissions: Detective Mysteries | Epic Fantasy

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

We are now open for submissions for two exciting new anthologies: Detective Mysteries and Epic Fantasy. Due to be published in September 2019, these add to our Gothic Fantasy series, which includes existing titles like Supernatural HorrorRobots & Artificial IntelligenceDystopia Utopia, American Gothic and more. Again, we are looking for around twenty to thirty short stories by contemporary writers to complement a selection of classic tales in these 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.

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, epic fantasy, Call For Submissions, Detective Mysteries

Cosy Crime | Author Q&A | Favourite Tales & Writing Practices

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Our new Cosy Crime Short Stories anthology is now available to buy from our website and includes work by both contemporary authors and classic authors from the genre, including G.K. Chesterton and Arthur Conan Doyle. In the first part of this Q&A with some of its authors, we discovered some of the ideas that led to the stories featured in the book. For this next instalment of the Q&A, the authors speak more about their writing and also provide a few more names for your reading list in telling us which other stories from the genre they’ve enjoyed!

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, Q&A, Cosy Crime

Cosy Crime | Author Q&A | Story Inspirations

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Cosy Crime Short Stories is the latest anthology in our Gothic Fantasy series, combining a selection of classic murder mysteries and contemporary tales inspired by the theme. With the book available to buy now, we asked the modern authors a few questions about their work: see below for a fascinating insight into some of the included stories and the ideas that led to their creation!

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, Q&A, Cosy Crime

Haunted House | Author Q&A | Favourite Tales & Writing Practices

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Available to buy now from our website, Haunted House Short Stories contains its very own potent mix of new and classic stories on the theme. In the first part of this Q&A with the authors, we found out more about their stories in the anthology and the ideas that led to their creation (read that here). Now, some of them tell us about their writing processes generally, or reveal which Haunted House tales have stuck with them the most…

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, Haunted House

Haunted House | Author Q&A | Story Inspirations

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

We’re delighted to announce the publication of our latest themed short story collections: Haunted House and Cosy Crime! Like the rest of the books in our Gothic Fantasy series they contain a mix of old and new stories from the genre, and a real variety of takes on the themes. In celebration of the release of these books, we asked the authors to say a little about their work and inspirations, and for this first instalment the Haunted House authors tell us how they came up with the idea for their selected story. See below for a taster of what’s to come in the spooky Haunted House tome...

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, Author Interview, Haunted House

Gothic Fantasy | Successful Submissions | American Gothic and Urban Crime

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

To end the year on a high, we're delighted to present the list of authors set to feature in our upcoming short story collections: American Gothic, and Urban Crime. Following swiftly on the tail of Haunted House, and Cosy Crime, these latest books join our Gothic Fantasy series, and similarly combine classic tales with contemporary stories received by submission. Again, our call for submissions was met with an overwhelming response, so we're excited now to share this final selection! From Urban Crime's thrilling city dangers to the downright unsettling breed of horror running through American Gothic, this latest pair of anthologies promises a healthy dose of the fascinating and strange in 2019. See below for the line-up...

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, Authors, Urban Crime, American Gothic

Short Story Submissions: American Gothic | Urban Crime

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

We're excited to now open for submissions to the next two anthologies set for 2019 publication: American Gothic and Urban Crime. These will join a thriving list of Gothic Fantasy titles, including Supernatural HorrorRobots & Artificial IntelligenceDystopia Utopia, and more. Again, we are looking for around twenty to thirty short stories by contemporary writers to complement a selection of classic tales in these 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 2018@flametreepublishing.com

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, Urban Crime, American Gothic, Call For Submissions

Robots & AI | Author Q&A | Favourite Tales & Writing Practices

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Last week, in Part 1 of the Robots & Artificial Intelligence Q&A, authors revealed the ideas that spawned their stories in our Robots & Artificial Intelligence anthologyAs with the companion volume Lost Souls (see the Q&As with those authors here and here), the Robots & AI anthology consists of a healthy mix of old and new stories, with formative tales from the genre complementing the work of contemporary authors. Here, some of those newer authors share which Robots & AI stories have influenced them the most, as well as casting light on their various approaches to story composition...

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, robots, Q&A, Interview

Robots & AI | Author Q&A | Story Inspirations

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Our latest anthology to hit the shelves, Robots & Artificial Intelligence, features stories packed with philosophy, humour, sadness and humanity. Questions surrounding the nature of sentience and the risks and rewards of technological advancements give rise to a range of imaginative tales, set in worlds not far removed from the present day. This first part of a Q&A with the anthology's authors gives us fascinating insight into the thought-provoking story ideas that form the core of the Robots & Artificial Intelligence anthology theme.

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, robots, Q&A, Author Interview

Gothic Fantasy: Successful Submissions | Haunted House; Cosy Crime

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

We’re pleased to announce the line-up for the latest short story anthologies in our Gothic Fantasy series: Haunted House, and Cosy Crime. With over 800 submissions received in response to our call for stories, last month was a busy one! We’re delighted with the final selection and, whether it’s the thrill of a spooky story or the comfort of a classic whodunit, this is a list of stories to settle down with as the nights begin to draw in. Haunted House, with its ghastly ghouls, drifting souls and charming poltergeists, pairs with the armchair detectives and gentle puzzles of Cosy Crime for a January 2019 release, with the following exciting mix of contemporary and classic authors:

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, Short Stories, Cosy Crime, Haunted House

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