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Terrifying Ghosts | Author Q&A | Favourite Tales & Writing Practices

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Terrifying Ghosts Short Stories, available to buy now, is the newest addition to our range of Gothic Fantasy collections. In the book, classic ghost stories join a selection of fantastic tales by modern authors, designed to spook and entertain. In last week’s Author Q&A, which you can read here, the anthology’s living authors spoke about the inspiration behind their included work. They return now below to discuss favourites from the genre, as well as giving insight into how their own writing comes together!

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Terrifying Ghosts | Author Q&A | Story Inspirations

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Our new release Terrifying Ghosts Short Stories is the latest instalment in our thriving series of Gothic Fantasy anthologies! The collection combines tales by modern authors with classic fiction from the genre, so fresh perspectives and frights accompany work by M.R. James, Edith Nesbit, Lafcadio Hearn, E.F. Benson and other such greats. Here to give a sneak peak of what to expect on the modern side, authors from the book share the inspiration behind their contributions...

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Topics: gothic and fantasy, Gothic Fantasy, Short Stories, short fiction, ghost stories, horror, Horror Fiction

Black Sci-Fi | Author Q&A | Favourite Tales & Writing Practices

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Black Sci-Fi is our latest anthology to feature new and recent fiction alongside stories by writers from a much older tradition. On the classic side, the book includes thought-provoking work by Martin R. Delany, Sutton E. Griggs, Pauline Hopkins and Edward Johnson, as well as ‘The Comet’ by W.E.B. Du Bois. Last week, the collection’s modern authors discussed the inspiration behind their stories in the book, in Part 1 of the Author Q&A. Now, they return to offer more recommendations in the genre, as well as providing details on how they bring their own stories to fruition!

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

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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

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

Gothic Fantasy | Successful Submissions | Terrifying Ghosts

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

We’re delighted to present the final line-up of authors in our Terrifying Ghosts Short Stories anthology, due for release in April 2021 (UK) and June 2021 (US). As one of the latest titles in our Gothic Fantasy series, this new collection similarly pairs stories from modern authors with older, classic fiction from the genre. We received nearly a thousand stories in our call for submissions on this theme, so after several months narrowing down the selection we are excited to share the results! Our thanks go once again to everyone who submitted, with congratulations to the below:

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, Short Stories, submissions

Gothic Fantasy | Successful Submissions | Black Sci-Fi

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

We’re pleased to announce the authors included in our upcoming anthology: Black Sci-Fi Short Stories! Earlier this year, we opened for submissions on this theme in order to focus on an area of science fiction that has not received the full attention it deserves. The book, due to be published in April 2021 (UK) and June 2021 (US), combines new stories with early speculative and proto-science fiction by Black writers of an older tradition. Alex Award-winning novelist Temi Oh provides the foreword, alongside an introduction by Sandra M. Grayson, author of Visions of the Third Millennium: Black Science Fiction Novelists Write the Future (2003). With invaluable promotion and editorial support from Tia Ross and the Black Writers Collective, we’re delighted to have chosen the stories below for inclusion:

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Topics: gothic and fantasy, Gothic Fantasy, Short Stories, dark fantasy, Science Fiction, anthologies, scifi, black sci-fi

Strange Lands | Author Q&A | Favourite Tales & Writing Practices

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Escape into fantastic worlds: from tales of space to mythical islands, underwater realms and alternate realities, our latest anthology Strange Lands is packed with imaginative storytelling. Sitting alongside the likes of Jules Verne, Edith Nesbit, H.G. Wells, George MacDonald and more, a selection of modern authors offer up works dealing with exploration and survival in fascinatingly alien settings. In last week’s Q&A, authors from the book spoke a little about their stories. Get your gift ideas and reading lists ready, as they return here with story recommendations in the genre, plus tips on getting writing ideas down!

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Topics: gothic and fantasy, Short Stories, short fiction, Science Fiction, scifi

Strange Lands | Author Q&A | Story Inspirations

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Strange Lands is one of our latest anthologies to combine new stories and modern authors with classic fiction on the theme. Ranging from tales about space, fantasy lands and lost worlds to underground and underwater homes, this collection brings together all manner of imaginative settings and fantastic voyages. Here to give us a little flavour of what’s in store in the book are the authors themselves, revealing the various inspirations behind their story!

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Topics: gothic and fantasy, Short Stories, short fiction, Science Fiction

Lovecraft Mythos | Author Q&A | Favourite Tales & Writing Practices

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Lovecraft Mythos is our latest anthology to collate classic fiction with new stories from modern authors. Out now, the book includes key tales by Lovecraft alongside a selection of gripping work from his contemporaries through to writers of the present day! As well as a host of talented modern authors, the collection features Frank Belknap Long, Fritz Leiber, Robert Bloch, Henry Kuttner, Clark Ashton Smith, August Derleth, and more, in a fascinating demonstration of the Mythos’s enduring legacy. In the first part of this Q&A, authors spoke about the inspiration behind their stories in the book; now, they recommend favourites from the genre, as well as revealing the processes behind their own fiction…

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Topics: gothic and fantasy, Gothic Fantasy, H.P. Lovecraft, Short Stories, gothic horror, horror, Horror Fiction

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