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Detective Mysteries | Author Q&A | Favourite Tales & Writing Practices

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Featuring new authors alongside classic works by Margery Allingham, Arthur Conan Doyle, Carroll John Daly, Anthony Berkeley and more, our recently released collection Detective Mysteries is a treat for crime fiction lovers. Last week, the modern authors from the book introduced their stories by discussing the inspiration behind their tale. Now, they recommend stories and authors whose influence they’ve felt in their own work, and cast light on how they approach the task of writing:

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, Short Stories, detective fiction, Detective Mysteries, Classic Fiction

Detective Mysteries | Author Q&A | Story Inspirations

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Out now, Detective Mysteries is the latest book in our series of Gothic Fantasy short story anthologies. Released alongside Epic Fantasy Short Stories, the collection similarly features a mix of tales by modern writers alongside much older works from the genre’s early days. In celebration of the book’s publication, we asked the contemporary authors featured in Detective Mysteries to tell us a bit more about their story in the book…

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

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Our new anthology, Epic Fantasy Short Stories, is due out in this week! Paired with Detective Mysteries, the two collections gather together the work of modern authors with classic fiction from the genres. Epic Fantasy promises to be a bewitching mix of adventure, fearsome beasts, and enchantment, and you can read more about the featured tales in Part 1 of this Author Q&A. Now, the book's contemporary authors tell us a bit more about their favourite fantasy stories, as well as the different ways they bring their own stories to life:

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Topics: gothic and fantasy, Gothic Fantasy, short fiction

Epic Fantasy | Author Q&A | Story Inspirations

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Available to buy soon, Epic Fantasy and Detective Mysteries join our flourishing range of Gothic Fantasy anthologies. Consisting of both new short stories and much older tales that have helped define the genres, the books contain an exciting mix of contemporary authors alongside the classics. Here to say a little more about their stories in the collection, some of the Epic Fantasy authors tell us below what led them to create the stories that feature in this book!

 

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Topics: epic fantasy

Gothic Fantasy | Successful Submissions | Detective Mysteries and Epic Fantasy

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

We’re very pleased to announce the author lists for our upcoming short story collections Detective Mysteries and Epic Fantasy, due for publication in November 2019. As the latest in our flourishing series of Gothic Fantasy anthologies, the new books continue to pair contemporary takes on the themes with classic tales that have helped shape the genres as we know them today. We received a great response to our recent call for submissions, and we’re delighted to now share the results of a selection process that has been both tough and rewarding: congratulations to the below and many thanks to all who submitted!

 

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Topics: Short Stories, submissions, epic fantasy, American Gothic, Detective Mysteries

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

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Urban Crime, our latest short story anthology combining new and classic fiction on the theme, is available to buy now worldwide! Last week, authors from the book took time to tell us about the inspiration behind their story in the collection (see Part 1 of the Q&A here). Now, they reveal which tales from the genre have influenced them the most, and shed light on their own approaches to putting story ideas down.

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Topics: Short Stories, Cosy Crime, Urban Crime, American Gothic, Detective Mysteries

Urban Crime | Author Q&A | Story Inspirations

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Our latest short story anthology, Urban Crime, packs shady characters with thrilling storytelling. Whether the setting is Paris, London, New York or San Francisco, cities around the globe provide the gritty backdrop to an underground world of dark intentions, in a collection that combines new and classic writers in the genre. Here to celebrate the book’s release, some of the authors tell us what inspired their featured tales:

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, Short Stories, Urban Crime

American Gothic | Author Q&A | Favourite Tales & Writing Practices

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Our American Gothic anthology harbours tales from the genre’s early roots to the modern day. Including contemporary work alongside much-loved classic authors such as Shirley Jackson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Flannery O’Connor, the collection promises a feast of fascinating stories on the theme. Last week some of the authors from the anthology spoke about the inspiration behind their story in the book; now, they tell us how they set about the task of writing, and add to our reading lists by revealing their favourite American Gothic tales...

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, Author Interview, American Gothic

American Gothic | Author Q&A | Story Inspirations

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Now available to buy, American Gothic and Urban Crime are the two latest anthologies to join the ranks of our popular Gothic Fantasy titles. In keeping with the rest of the series, the collections combine themed short stories by contemporary writers with older texts that have helped shape the genres as we know them today. As a way to introduce the fascinating mix of stories at work in American Gothic, we asked the modern authors to reveal how the germ of their story ideas took root...

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

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

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