Fantasy & Gothic Blog

Lost Worlds | Author Q&A | Story Inspirations

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

In anticipation of the release of our Lost Worlds anthology, we got in touch with some of the authors behind the new shorstories in order to hear about the inspiration behind their contribution, as well as their thoughts on the genre and the writing process itself. In the first of 2 blogs this week, the responses below provide a tantalising glimpse into a few of the chosen tales: mysterious lands and intrepid explorers soon to be unleashed into the book world… 

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, short stories

Gothic Fantasy: Successful Submissions | Time Travel; Heroic Fantasy

Posted by Maria Tissot

Following on from our recent blog on the successful submissions for Supernatural Horror and Lost Worlds, we proudly present the selected short stories for this year’s Time Travel and Heroic Fantasy anthologies. They join our growing range of deluxe hardcover themed anthologies, which can be found here.

With nearly 2000 submissions across the four anthologies, this year’s selection process was a truly difficult but enjoyable task. Past and future intertwine in the Time Travel volume, which gathers together the best of today’s fresh talent alongside a selection of the ‘timeless’ short fiction that helped form the genre. Meanwhile, majestic mythical beasts abound in the Heroic Fantasy collection, with adventures in sorcery, swordplay, and fantastical lands also bringing original tales from contemporary authors together with classic storytelling.

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, short stories, short fiction

Gothic Fantasy: Successful Submissions | Lost Worlds; Supernatural Horror

Posted by Maria Tissot

We're delighted to announce the full list of successful submissions for the first two of our 2017 Gothic Fantasy deluxe anthologies: Lost Worlds and Supernatural Horror. These join our growing collection of popular hardcover anthologies, which so far include the titles: Dystopia Utopia, Swords & Steam, Crime & Mystery, Murder Mayhem, Horror, Ghosts, and Science Fiction. 

We received an overwhelmingly positive response to our call for submissions this year, making narrowing down the final selection a difficult but immensely rewarding process. The Supernatural Horror volume, which attracted over 900 submissions alone, brings an array of nightmarish monsters, sinister happenings and creepy tales, while Lost Worlds carries with it the thrill of unexplored lands and mysterious civilisations. We are proud to be publishing this selection of exciting contemporary writers alongside works by iconic authors that have helped shape and inspire these genres.

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, short stories, short fiction

2017 Short Story Submissions

Posted by Nick Wells

UPDATE: SUBMISSIONS are now CLOSED for Lost Worlds, Supernatural Horror, Time Travel & Heroic Fantasy. Thanks to everyone who submitted.

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, creepy stories, short stories

Utopia Downloads

Posted by Nick Wells

Our new publication Dystopia Utopia Short Stories includes a wide range of original stories to establish the breadth and depth of inspiration for modern sf, fantasy and YA fiction. Although our fabulous series of Gothic Fiction titles focuses on short stories, we included a few chapters of essential, early Utopian novels from Samuel Butler, William Morris, Mary Shelley, Richard Jefferies and Edward Bellamy. So here are the full texts, unabridged, available for you to download, as free PDFs.

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, dystopia, utopia

Gothic Fantasy: Successful Submissions | Dystopia Utopia; Swords & Steam

Posted by Maria Tissot


Continuing the successful format of our Gothic Fantasy deluxe hardcover anthologies, we’re delighted to add a further two new titles to the series: Dystopia Utopia, and Swords & Steam. These join this year's Crime & Mystery and Murder Mayhem collections, and last year’s editions on Horror, Ghosts and Science Fiction, and bring to the series the worlds of alternate realities, steampunk, historical fantasy and perfect or imperfect societies. Once again combining classic tales with new fiction, we include such greats as Fyodor Dostoevsky, Rudyard Kipling, Mary Shelley and Jules Verne, whose expertly crafted stories helped shape the genres as we know them today, and continue to inspire the modern authors we are excited to be able to publish alongside them. Yet again, our call for submissions was met with a fantastic response, which made the final selection a tough but enjoyable job.

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, short stories, short fiction

Gothic Fantasy: Successful Submissions | Murder Mayhem; Crime & Mystery

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

 

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, creepy stories, short fiction

2016 Short Story Submissions

Posted by Nick Wells

UPDATE: SUBMISSIONS are now CLOSED for Swords & Steam and Dystopia UtopiaThanks to everyone who submitted. 

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, creepy stories, short stories, killers,, crime,, detective fiction

Rituals, Pain and Egyptian Mummies – The Origins of Tattoo Art

Posted by Matt Knight

Whilst tattoos take many forms, from the embarrassing to the funny, here at Flame Tree we’re most interested in the art of tattoos. The relationship between visual art and the human body. Today we take a look at the origins of this unique art form, starting all the way back in the Bronze Age.

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Topics: tattoo art

The Origins of Fantasy Art

Posted by Josie Mitchell

Fantasy art started from very humble beginnings in pulp magazines and has become such a phenomenon in recent times that it has inspired some of the most popular TV shows, films and books – whether it's the incredible immersive world of Tolkien, the World of Warcraft franchise or the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett that still fly off the shelves. How did fantasy become so popular? What is it about the world of fantasy art that draws people in? In this blog we will look at that journey, and what characters, writers and artists have helped the genre to develop into what it is today.

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