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African Ghost Short Stories | Author Q&A | Best Stories & Writing Practices

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

African Ghost Short Stories is our latest anthology release! Packed with classic folktales as well as new stories by modern authors, it’s a treasure trove of African supernatural writing, with an introduction by Prof. Divine Che Neba, a foreword by Nuzo Onoh and editorial support from Chinelo Onwualu. In the first part of this Q&A, some of the book’s authors spoke about the inspiration behind their story. Now, they return with recommendations of other books, films, TV and short stories on the theme, as well as revealing the various writing methods they use for their own work…

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African Ghost Short Stories | Author Q&A | Story Inspirations

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Our latest release, African Ghost Short Stories, explores the deep-seated supernatural element in African storytelling, from ancient tales and folklore to the vibrancy of today’s African horror. The anthology includes a foreword by award-winning Nigerian-British writer Nuzo Onoh and an introduction by Prof. Divine Che Neba, and was created with invaluable editorial support from writer and editor Chinelo Onwualu. We also worked with the wonderful Conscious Dreams Publishing to help get the word out on submissions for this theme. To celebrate its publication, some of the modern authors tell us more about the inspiration behind their story – so read on for a fascinating glimpse of the book’s contents!

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Circe | Call for Submissions

Posted by Leah Ratcliffe

We are very excited to announce a new call for submissions which is now open! Please read through the details for submissions carefully before submitting your stories.

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Topics: Short Stories, Call For Submissions, Myths, Gods and Immortals

Elemental Forces | Horror Anthology Announcement

Posted by Leah Ratcliffe
We’re delighted to present the  contents list for our upcoming  FLAME TREE PRESS Horror anthology, Elemental Forces, the fifth title in collaboration with editor Mark Morris. The follow-up to last year's Darkness Beckons, which Booklist called "Highly recommended for longstanding horror fans and those readers who may not think horror is for them. There is something for everyone in this one."  This new anthology contains 20 original horror stories, 16 of which have been commissioned from some of the top names in the genre, and 4 of which have been selected from the 100s of stories sent to Flame Tree during a 2-week open  submissions window.

Previous titles in the non-themed horror ABC series, all still in print are After Sundown, Beyond the Veil, Close to Midnight and Darkness Beckons.

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Topics: Short Stories, submissions, Horror Fiction, anthologies

Sun Rising Short Stories | Call for Submissions

Posted by Leah Ratcliffe

We're delighted to let you know this new call for submissions is open! Please read through the submission details carefully as we’ve changed some of our guidelines and it could result in your submission not being acknowledged if you do not follow them.

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, Short Stories, myths and legends, short fiction, Call For Submissions, anthologies

Moon Falling Short Stories | Call for Submissions

Posted by Leah Ratcliffe

We're delighted to let you know this new call for submissions is open! Please read through the submission details carefully as we’ve changed some of our guidelines and it could result in your submission not being acknowledged if you do not follow them.

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, Short Stories, myths and legends, short fiction, Call For Submissions, anthologies

Shadows on the Water | Author Q&A | Best Stories & Writing Practices

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Out now, Shadows on the Water is a fascinating anthology filled with new and classic stories of water-based horror, fantasy and folklore. In the first part of this Q&A, modern authors from the collection told us about the inspiration behind their tale in the book. Now, they return to offer details of their own favourites on this theme, as well as casting light on their writing processes!

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Shadows on the Water | Author Q&A | Story Inspirations

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Our latest anthology, Shadows on the Water, gathers together short stories selected from open submissions, along with classic fiction, myths and folklore from around the world. With tales of rivers, lakes, bogland and the sea, there’s a fascinating mix of mysterious creatures, guardian spirits and elemental forces at play in stories both old and new. In this Q&A, authors reveal the inspiration behind their contribution, offering a glimpse into the range of tales to be found in the book…

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Beyond & Within: Folk Horror | Anthology Announcement & Contents List

Posted by Leah Ratcliffe
We’re delighted to present the  contents list for our upcoming Beyond & Within anthology: Folk Horror. Edited by Paul Kane and Marie O’Regan, this new collection of stories covers a wide range of mythologies and dark corners from around the world, revealing tales from the shadows of isolation, creepy forests and horrors rising from the land itself. Award-winning anthologists Paul Kane and Marie O'Regan have commissioned an outstanding selection of stories with contributions from authors including Neil Gaiman, John Connolly, Adam L.G. Nevill, Alison Littlewood and Jen Williams. 5 stories were also selected from an open submissions round held last year, which attracted hundreds of submissions.

The Flame Tree Beyond and Within short story collections bring together tales of myth and imagination by modern and contemporary writers, carefully selected by anthologists, and sometimes featuring short stories from a single author. Overall, the series presents a wide range of diverse and inclusive voices with myth, folkloric-inflected short fiction, and an emphasis on the supernatural, science fiction, the mysterious and the speculative. The books themselves are gorgeous, with foiled covers, printed edges and published only in hardcover editions, offering a lifetime of reading pleasure.

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Topics: Short Stories, Horror Fiction, anthologies

Learning to Be Human | Author Q&A | Best Stories & Writing Practices

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Our latest anthology Learning to Be Human features modern and classic fiction delving into the hot topic of machine learning, AI and what it means to be human. In last week’s blog, authors discussed the inspiration behind their tales in the book, and here they return with recommendations of other stories and insights into how their writing takes shape! Be prepared to come away with a list of more books, films and games to explore further…

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