Fantasy & Gothic Blog

Iconic Fathers in Literature

Posted by Leah Ratcliffe

Happy Father's Day! In the spirit of honouring fatherhood we’re taking a look at the most iconic fathers in literature. Some are model fathers, some are loving parental figures and some are just doing their best at newfound fatherhood. Whatever it is, these fathers excel in one thing: fatherhood. Here’s some of the top fathers in literature:

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Topics: blogging, fiction

LGBTQ+ Representation in Modern Literature

Posted by Leah Ratcliffe

Happy Pride month! In honour of June being Pride month, we’re taking a look at LGBTQ+ representation in modern literature. Since the dawn of time it’s been the norm to pick up a book and just expect it to be dominated with heterosexual characters. However, in recent years we’ve finally seen an influx of a whole variety of representation in literature; we love to see it!

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Topics: blogging, fiction, LGBTQ

Black Sci-Fi | Author Q&A | Story Inspirations

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Our latest anthology Black Sci-Fi combines thrilling new and recent stories with early speculative and proto-science fiction by Black writers of an older tradition. With a foreword by Alex Award-winning novelist Temi Oh and an introduction by Sandra M. Grayson, alongside invaluable promotion and editorial support from Tia Ross and the Black Writers Collective, this is an anthology we’ve been especially excited to share! In celebration of the book’s hotly anticipated release in the US, authors from the collection reveal the inspiration behind their stories below.

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Topics: Short Stories, short fiction, Science Fiction, anthologies

Founders of Black SF: W.E.B. Du Bois & The Comet

Posted by Molly Rosevear

For our final 'Founders of Black SF' post Patty Nicole Johnson will be discussing writer W.E.B. Du Bois' immense impact on the relevancy of socialism and the political significance of his science-fiction short story, The Comet, which continues to resonate with readers in today's climate. We hope you've enjoyed reading these entries throughout the past few weeks in the lead-up to the release of Black Sci-fi which is out now!


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Topics: Short Stories, Flame Tree Press, Science Fiction, anthologies, scifi

Gothic Fantasy | Successful Submissions | Chilling Crime

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

We’re very pleased to announce the successful authors for our latest collection: Chilling Crime Short Stories. Combining brand new and recent stories with classic fiction from the history of literature, this anthology includes a foreword by Margaret Murphy and is due for release in October (UK) and December 2021 (USA/Canada). Many thanks to all authors who submitted stories for consideration to this theme, and congratulations to the below!

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, Short Stories, gothic horror, submissions, anthologies

Founders of Black SF: Edward Johnson & Light Ahead for the Negro

Posted by Molly Rosevear

For our next 'Founders of Black SF' post Patty Nicole Johnson will be discussing historian, educator and politician Edward Johnson. Discover his early recognition and efforts to subvert what was, and still is, an all too white centric canon being taught in schools across the U.S.


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Topics: Short Stories, Flame Tree Press, Science Fiction, anthologies

The Best Charles Dickens Adaptations

Posted by Leah Ratcliffe

Next week we commemorate the anniversary of Charles Dickens’ death and to pay respects we’ve rounded up some of the best on-screen adaptations of his brilliant works (in our opinion!). So if you fancy a period piece to watch over the weekend these will give you some inspiration! 

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Topics: blogging, gothic and fantasy, Short Stories, short fiction, fiction, Classic Fiction, Charles Dickens

Founders of Black SF: Pauline Hopkins & Of One Blood; or, The Hidden Self

Posted by Molly Rosevear

For our next 'Founders of Black SF' post Patty Nicole Johnson will be discussing author and literary editor Pauline Hopkins. Discover what influences her novels may have had on the works of fantasy and sci-fi of today within the genre.


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Topics: Short Stories, Flame Tree Press, Science Fiction, anthologies

The Top Sherlock Holmes Adaptations

Posted by Leah Ratcliffe

Last weekend would have been Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s birthday, one of Britain's most prolific writers to date. In celebration, we’re looking at some of the top adaptations of his most famous and respected works, Sherlock Holmes.

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Topics: Short Stories, fiction, detective fiction, arthur conan doyle, sherlock, sherlock holmes, Detective Mysteries, Classic Fiction

Founders of Black SF: Sutton E. Griggs & Imperium in Imperio

Posted by Molly Rosevear

For our next 'Founders of Black SF' Patty Nicole Johnson will be discussing social activist and author Sutton E. Griggs. Hear all about his iconic sci-fi novel and how it has influenced the Afrofuturism books of today.

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Topics: Short Stories, Flame Tree Press, Science Fiction, anthologies

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