Fantasy & Gothic Blog

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

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

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

Posted by Molly Rosevear

In the second of this month's author Q&As we have Ramsey Campbell, author of Somebody's Voice. Hear what prompted the writing of the novel and advice for aspiring writers.

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Topics: Flame Tree Press, Flame Tree Press Authors, Flame Tree Press Titles, Horror Fiction, Horror Fiction History

FLAME TREE PRESS | June Releases | V. Castro Q&A

Posted by Molly Rosevear

In this first of this month's author Q&As we have V. Castro, author of The Queen of the Cicadas. Hear more about the novel, who she based her characters on and who influenced her writing.

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Topics: Flame Tree Press, Flame Tree Press Authors, Flame Tree Press Titles, Horror Fiction, Horror Fiction History

Iconic Fathers in Literature

Posted by Leah Ratcliffe

Happy Father's Day! In the spirit of honouring fatherhood we’re taking a look at the most iconic fathers in literature. Some are model fathers, some are loving parental figures and some are just doing their best at newfound fatherhood. Whatever it is, these fathers excel in one thing: fatherhood. Here’s some of the top fathers in literature:

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Topics: blogging, fiction

LGBTQ+ Representation in Modern Literature

Posted by Leah Ratcliffe

Happy Pride month! In honour of June being Pride month, we’re taking a look at LGBTQ+ representation in modern literature. Since the dawn of time it’s been the norm to pick up a book and just expect it to be dominated with heterosexual characters. However, in recent years we’ve finally seen an influx of a whole variety of representation in literature; we love to see it!

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Topics: blogging, fiction, LGBTQ

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

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

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

Founders of Black SF: W.E.B. Du Bois & The Comet

Posted by Molly Rosevear

For our final 'Founders of Black SF' post Patty Nicole Johnson will be discussing writer W.E.B. Du Bois' immense impact on the relevancy of socialism and the political significance of his science-fiction short story, The Comet, which continues to resonate with readers in today's climate. We hope you've enjoyed reading these entries throughout the past few weeks in the lead-up to the release of Black Sci-fi which is out now!


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Topics: Short Stories, Flame Tree Press, Science Fiction, anthologies, scifi

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

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