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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

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

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