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Gothic Fantasy: Successful Submissions

Posted by Nick Wells


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.

For a more extended piece on how we made our selection, please check the previous post here, but meanwhile, we're delighted to announce the full list of successful submissions for our Gothic Fantasy deluxe anthologies.

Congratulations to all!

Chilling Ghost Short Stories

Mourners by Kurt Bachard
Stay Away from the Accordion Girl by Jonathan Balog
Audio Tour by Trevor Boelter
Ghost Farm by Zach Chapman
The Return of Gunnar Kettilson by Vonnie Winslow Crist
Flaming Fuses by Donna Cuttress
The House, the Garden, and Occupants by Amanda C. Davis
Victorians by James Dorr
The Figure on the Sidewalk by Tim Foley
The Waiting Room by Philip Brian Hall
An Englishman in St. Louis by Raymond Little
Death and Champagne by Luke Murphy
Lost Souls by Jeff Parsons
The Skeleton Crew by Michael Penkas
Songs for the Lost by Brian Rappatta
An Unquiet Slumber by Rhiannon Rasmussen
Almost by M. Regan
The Bulge in the Wall by Annette Siketa
The Psychic Fair by Cathy Smith
Unclaimed by Lesa Pascavis Smith

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These new authors will sit alongside the great and intriguing classic stories of E.F. Benson, Robert W. Chambers, Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman, Nikolai Gogol, Washington Irving, W.W. Jacobs, Henry James, M.R. James, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Edith Nesbit, Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Louis Stevenson, Edith Wharton, Oscar Wilde.

Chilling Horror Short Stories

Ecdysis by Rebecca J. Allred
Mirror’s Keeper by Michael Bondies
Breach by Justin Coates
In Search of a New Wilhelm by John H. Dromey
Leonora by Elise Forier Edie
A Game of Conquest by David A. Elsensohn
Thing in the Bucket by Eric Esser
Worth the Having by Michael Paul Gonzalez
Extraneus Invokat by Ed Grabianowski
The Man in the Ambry by Gwendolyn Kiste
Start with Color by Bill Kte’pi
The Magnificat of Devils by James Lecky
Trial and Error by Frank Roger
Blessed Be the Bound by Lucy Taylor
Dead End by Kristopher Triana
Justified by DJ Tyrer
Deep-sixed Without a Depth Gauge by Andrew J. Wilson
The Dew of Heaven, Like Ashes by William R.D. Wood

Flame Tree, Gothic Fantasy, horror short stories, creepy storiesThese new authors will appear with the following classic and essential writers: Ambrose Bierce, John Buchan, Glen Damien Campbell, Robert W. Chambers, F. Marion Crawford, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, Sheridan Le Fanu, Elizabeth Gaskell, Thomas Hardy, Nathaniel Hawthorne, William Hope Hodgson, D.H. Lawrence, H.P. Lovecraft, Guy de Maupassant, A. Merritt, Jan Neruda, Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelley, Robert Louis Stevenson, Bram Stoker, Edith Wharton

Science Fiction Short Stories

The Body Surfer by Edward Ahern
Behind the First Years by Stewart C. Baker
Genetic Changelings by Keyan Bowes
Overlap by Beth Cato
Rest in Peace by Sarah Hans
The Hives and the Hive-Nots by Rob Hartzell
The Vast Weight of Their Bleeding Hearts by Alexis A. Hunter
Makeisha in Time by Rachael K. Jones
The Julius Directive by Jacob M. Lambert
Metsys by Adrian Ludens
Fishing Expedition by Mike Morgan
Red by Kate O’Connor
Nude Descending an Elevator Shaft by Conor Powers-Smith
Sweet Dreams, Glycerine by Zach Shephard
Jenny’s Sick by David Tallerman
Shortcuts by Brian Trent
A Life As Warm As Death by Patrick Tumblety
Butterfly Dreams by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt
The Care and Feeding of Mammalian Bipeds, v. 2.1 by M. Darusha Wehm
Clockwork Evangeline by Nemma Wollenfang

science fiction short stories, gothic fantasy, flame treeThese new authors are surrounded by classic work from the following writers: Edwin A. Abbott, Ray Cummings, Arthur Conan Doyle, E.M. Forster, H. Rider Haggard, Henry Kuttner, Jack London, Edward Page Mitchell, Philip Francis Nowlan, H. Beam Piper, Arthur B. Reeve, Mark Twain, Jules Verne, Edgar Wallace, Stanley G. Weinbaum.

So, again, congratulations to all. Now we're looking forward to receiving the first proofs from the printer, and will provide further updates when we have them.


  • Our post announcing the Call for Submissions is here.

  • Our post discussing the process of reading, selecting and creating the book is here.

  • If you'd like to read more fantastic stories, take a look at excellent Beneath Ceaseless Skies

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