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

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

In Part I of this Q&A, which can be found here, authors from the Detective Thrillers anthology shed light on the inspiration behind their stories in the book. Now, they tell us about their own favourites from the genre, as well as the methods they use to bring their fiction to the page. Alongside the contemporary authors, this new collection features works by classic authors such as John Buchan, Mignon G. Eberhart and Arthur Conan Doyle. From Father Brown and the inimitable Sherlock Holmes all the way to hardboiled PIs like Race Williams and Violet McDade, there’s no end of fascinating leading figures to follow in these breathless tales of intrigue and adventure!

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, detective fiction, thriller, Detective Mysteries, thriller novel

Detective Thrillers | Author Q&A | Story Inspirations

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Published alongside our latest anthology A Dying Planet, Detective Thrillers similarly offers an exciting mix of new and classic short stories. Rife with enigmatic detectives, dark alley chases, and secret operations, this collection promises an edge-of-your-seat journey from a host of modern authors to greats such as Arthur Conan Doyle and writers from the Black Mask magazine era. See below for a taste of its contents, as contemporary authors tell us the stories behind their contributions to the book…

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, Short Stories, short fiction, detective fiction, Detective Mysteries

A Dying Planet | Author Q&A | Favourite Tales & Writing Practices

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

If you’re searching for reading and writing inspiration during these strange times, then look no further. Authors from our new anthology, A Dying Planet, took part in a Q&A which last week revealed some of the inspirations behind their stories in the book. In this second part of the Q&A you’ll now find some fantastic reading recommendations, as well as an insight into the writing process for any budding authors out there. A Dying Planet – out now in the UK and released this month in the US – contains an exciting mix of modern and classic fiction on a thought-provoking and relevant theme.

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, Short Stories, short fiction, epic fantasy, Science Fiction, scifi

A Dying Planet | Author Q&A | Story Inspirations

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

What better way to process these uncertain times than with an escape into science fiction? Out now in the UK, and available later this month in the US, A Dying Planet gathers the very best of apocalyptic – and post-apocalyptic – fiction. Tales from classic authors are complemented by fascinating new and recent stories, probing the concerns and problems of a modern world at risk. With themes like climate change, pandemics, extensive wastelands, alien destruction, overpopulation and dwindling resources, these stories explore, not always without optimism, how these issues could affect worlds and their inhabitants, and what might happen when it’s too late. A fitting anthology for a time of global crisis, authors from the book offer insight below about the inspiration behind their stories:

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

FLAME TREE PRESS | April Releases | Upcoming Titles

Posted by Molly Rosevear

We have three great new titles coming out in April, so we wanted to talk about them! These include a new horror from Ramsey Campbell called 'The Wise Friend', Marc E. Fitch's 'Boy in the Box' and a fantasy book called 'The Heron Kings', by Eric Lewis. Find out more here!

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Topics: Flame Tree Press, Flame Tree Press Authors, Flame Tree Press Titles, Horror Fiction, Science Fiction, crime fiction

FLAME TREE PRESS | March Releases | Two Lives: Stories from China by A Yi | Excerpt

Posted by Molly Rosevear

In the last of this month's Q&As for our March releases, we have a special sample from the book instead! Within the seven stories A Yi offers a series of portraits of modern life, both uniquely Chinese, and universal in their themes. His years as a police officer serve him well as he teases the truth from simple observation, now brought into the English language in a masterful translation by Alex Woodend. The stories include Two Lives, Attic, Spring, Bach, Predator. The first in the new Flame Tree Press series, Stories from China. We hope that this extract from A Yi's short story collection inspires you enough to want to read more!

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Topics: Flame Tree Press, Flame Tree Press Authors, Flame Tree Press Titles, crime fiction

FLAME TREE PRESS | March Releases | Robert Mitchell Evans Q&A

Posted by Molly Rosevear

In the next of this month's Q&As with our March authors, we have Robert Mitchell Evans. He'll be explaining what 'The Vulcan's Forge' is all about, giving advice to aspiring writers and the influence that films had on the novel! Be sure to check in tomorrow for more writing inspiration!

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Topics: Flame Tree Press, Flame Tree Press Authors, Flame Tree Press Titles, Horror Fiction

FLAME TREE PRESS | March Releases | Tim Waggoner Q&A

Posted by Molly Rosevear

In the first of this month's Q&As with our March authors, we have Tim Waggoner. He talks about who he based his characters on, advice to aspiring writers and he gives us a sneak peek into what he is working on at the moment! Be sure to check in tomorrow for more writing inspiration!

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Topics: Flame Tree Press, Flame Tree Press Authors, Flame Tree Press Titles, Horror Fiction

Gothic Fantasy | Successful Submissions | Footsteps in the Dark & Bodies in the Library

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

We’re very excited to announce the author lists for two new anthologies in our Gothic Fantasy series: Footsteps in the Dark, and Bodies in the Library. Combining contemporary takes on the theme with a range of compelling tales from classic authors, these books are due for publication in June 2020. Yet again, our call for submissions was met with a great response, so we have been kept very busy forming a final selection of excellent stories that best suit these intriguing themes: many thanks to all who submitted and congratulations to the below!

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, Short Stories, short fiction, detective fiction

Gothic Fantasy | Successful Submissions | Detective Thrillers & A Dying Planet

Posted by Maria Tissot

We’re delighted to present the author lists for the next two anthologies in our Gothic Fantasy series: Detective Thrillers, and A Dying Planet. Due for publication in February 2020, these latest books continue to pair contemporary takes on the themes with classic tales that have helped shape the genres as we know them today. Once again, we received a great response to our recent call for submissions, and we’re excited 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: Gothic Fantasy, Short Stories, Science Fiction, Call For Submissions, crime fiction

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