Fantasy & Gothic Blog

Of Makings, Maps and Monochrome by Johnny Worthen

Posted by Johnny Worthen

Today I offer a story of maps and novels. My new book, OF KINGS, QUEENS AND COLONIES is upon us and I thought it might be interesting to share with everyone the strange path of the map in it. Yes, I wrote a book that benefited from having a map. Robert Louis Stevenson would be proud.

I needed a map, and about every other tool I possessed, to keep track of the complicated and intricate workings of this complicated and intricate epic science fiction story. Geographic consistency, thy name is maps.

Let me introduce you to the first map. The most important one. This one I built using Scapple, a great little program from Literature and Latte, the folks that brought us Scrivener, for all you non-writer types. Highly recommended resource for creatives everywhere.

This is the overview of the Coronam solar system. I went on to make close-up maps of all the planets, which included associated characters, traits, and other details, I needed to keep in mind when visiting those places, but this one was central. The most important thing it did was arrange the planets in their strange orbits. All the worlds around the volitive star called Coronam, share a single orbital path in the Goldilocks zone. This is strange and mysterious feature, a central conceit, and a mystery at the heart of the miracle that gave humanity its second chance.

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Weird Horror Short Stories | 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 and make sure to include the project name in the subject of your email.

*THE SUBMISSION WINDOW FOR THIS ANTHOLOGY IS NOW CLOSED*

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, Short Stories, gothic horror, short fiction, horror, Horror Fiction, Call For Submissions, anthologies

Gothic Fantasy | Successful Submissions | Asian Ghost Short Stories

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

We’re very excited to reveal the list of authors featured in our upcoming anthology, Asian Ghost Short Stories! Due for publication in February (UK) and April 2022 (USA/Canada), the book focuses on the rich supernatural lore and storytelling that runs deep and wide through the whole region and history of Asia. With a foreword by novelist, screenwriter and bestselling author K. Hari Kumar, an introduction by ghostly expert and enthusiast Dr. Luo Hui, and an Associate Editor in the form of award-winning author-editor Lee Murray, this collection combines older works with retellings and fresh stories by contemporary Asian voices. As ever, many thanks to everyone who submitted stories for consideration, and congratulations to the below!

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, Short Stories, ghost stories, anthologies

Close to Midnight | Call for Submissions

Posted by Maria Tissot

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 and make sure to include the project name in the subject of your email.

*THE SUBMISSION WINDOW FOR THIS ANTHOLOGY IS NOW CLOSED*

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Topics: Short Stories, horror, Horror Fiction, Call For Submissions

FLAME TREE PRESS | Beyond the Veil | Edited by Mark Morris

Posted by Maria Tissot

Beyond the Veil, Flame Tree's second anthology edited by Mark Morris, is out and we asked the contributors to talk a little bit about the inspiration for their stories - here's what some of them had to say!

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Topics: Flame Tree Press, Q&A, Flame Tree Press Authors, Flame Tree Press Titles, Horror Fiction

FLAME TREE PRESS | Faithless | Hunter Shea

Posted by Leah Ratcliffe

In this month's author Q&As we have Hunter Shea, author of Faithless. Find out more about the novel, what influenced the story and what he's working on now!

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Topics: Flame Tree Press, Q&A, Flame Tree Press Authors, Flame Tree Press Titles, Horror Fiction

FLAME TREE PRESS | The Restoration | J.H. Moncrieff

Posted by Leah Ratcliffe

In this month's author Q&As we have J.H. Moncrieff, author of The Restoration. Find out more about the novel, what influenced the story and what she's working on now!

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Topics: Flame Tree Press, Q&A, Flame Tree Press Authors, Flame Tree Press Titles, Horror Fiction

Music of the Night | CWA Anthology Announcement

Posted by Maria Tissot
We’re delighted to present the  contents list  for our upcoming  Crime anthology,  Music of the Night , the second title in collaboration with the Crime Writers' Association (CWA) Music of the Night will feature original short stories contributed by CWA members and edited by Martin Edwards, with music as the connecting theme. The aim, as always is to produce a book that is representative both of the genre and the membership of the world’s premier crime writing association.
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Topics: Short Stories, crime,, submissions, Flame Tree Press, crime fiction, anthologies

FLAME TREE PRESS | September Releases | J.D. Moyer Q&A

Posted by Maria Tissot

In this month's author Q&As we have J.D. Moyer, author of The Last Crucible. Find out more about the novel, what influenced the story and what he's working on now!

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Topics: Flame Tree Press, Q&A, Flame Tree Press Authors, Flame Tree Press Titles, Science Fiction, scifi

FLAME TREE PRESS | September Releases | Ramsey Campbell Q&A

Posted by Leah Ratcliffe

In this month's author Q&As we have Ramsey Campbell, author of Born to the Dark. Find out more about the novel, what influenced the story and what he's working on now!

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Topics: Flame Tree Press, horror, Q&A, Flame Tree Press Authors, Flame Tree Press Titles, Horror Fiction

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