Flame Tree Fiction
The roots of what we now call genre fiction reach back to the beginnings of civilization where humankind sought to explain the dramatic events of nature through myths and stories. Darkness, the supernatural, tales of the unknown, with creatures emerging from the woods, the sea, the skies, these themes still play on our collective fears, even as technology is close to taking us beyond our solar system we still explore the mysteries of the world on our mobiles, movies, streamed TV and, of course, our books. And at Flame Tree, we love this stuff!
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.
UPDATE: SUBMISSIONS are now CLOSED for Swords & Steam and Dystopia Utopia. Thanks to everyone who submitted.
A word from our Publisher, Nick Wells:
Our otherwise delightful printer seems to have suffered a series of setbacks, culminating in the entire workforce going on holiday at the same time. Or so it seems. They've had the PDFs to make the books for 6 weeks and should have delivered two weeks ago, but various calamities seem to have befallen them and they are currently set to despatch from their factory outside Venice at the end of August.
Our forthcoming Gothic Fantasy anthologies feature an explosive mix of new and classic writers. We've released the list of new authors, and their stories, now here are the biographies of Chilling Horror Short Stories. Some are first time writers, others have had stories printed in magazines and story collections before.
Our three collectable Gothic Fantasy anthologies, deluxe hardcover editions on Horror, Ghosts and Science fiction, each carry a potent mix of classic tales and new fiction, tracing the path of the thrilling tale from the early gothic to the modern fantastic. The range and high quality of entries forced us into a slight deviation from our original path, allowing us to include more of the new stories, at the expense of a few of classic writers. However, as you'll see below, we've selected a wide range of pioneer literary giants, from Henry James to E.M. Forster, Arthur Conan Doyle to Mark Twain, and, focussing on great reads, included some other fascinating contributions from the Golden Age of Pulps.
Well, that was difficult. 721 submissions for our three anthologies on Ghosts, Horror and Science Fiction. Authors from around the globe, some published in magazines such as Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Plasma Frequency Magazine, Outposts of Beyond, Weird Tales, podcasts (Pseudopod, Escape Pod, Toasted Cake, Flight of the Fifty Fancies), award winners, and recent anthology collections, others never published before. I suppose we expected 150 stories, and a struggle to find the 60 we needed, but it was a complete shock to discover so many great reads, and distressing to have to make choices.