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Close to Midnight | Horror Anthology Announcement

Posted by Leah Ratcliffe
We’re delighted to present the  contents list for our upcoming  FLAME TREE PRESS Horror anthology, Close to Midnight, the third title in collaboration with editor Mark Morris. The follow-up to his previous two titles Beyond the Veil and After Sundown, it will be available from October 2022 (in time for Halloween)! This new anthology contains 20 original horror stories, 16 of which have been commissioned from some of the top names in the genre, and 4 of which have been selected from the 100s of stories sent to Flame Tree during a 2-week open  submissions window.
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Topics: Short Stories, submissions, Horror Fiction, anthologies

Gothic Fantasy | Successful Submissions | Weird Horror

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

It is with great excitement that we reveal the list of authors in our upcoming Weird Horror Short Stories book! With a foreword by Mike Ashley, the anthology includes new, previously unpublished fiction, recent work by modern authors, and older classic tales exploring the roots of this fascinating genre. The collection will be able to buy from this June (UK) and July (USA/Canada). Once again, our thanks go to all authors who submitted stories for consideration, and congratulations to the below:

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Topics: Short Stories, submissions, horror, Horror Fiction, anthologies

Chilling Crime | Author Q&A | Favourite Tales & Writing Practices

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Available to buy now, our anthology Chilling Crime Short Stories combines work by modern authors with older classic fiction from the genre! With new stories on the theme and a foreword by Margaret Murphy, the book joins our flourishing series of anthologies and is perfect for fans of the crime genre. In last week’s Author Q&A, which you can read here, authors from the collection revealed the inspirations behind their contribution. Now, they kindly return to cast light on their writing methods, and reveal their own favourite crime stories:

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Chilling Crime | Author Q&A | Story Inspirations

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Our latest short story anthology, Chilling Crime Short Stories, is out today in the USA and Canada! In keeping with other books in the series, the collection combines new and recent fiction with work from classic authors of the genre. To celebrate its release into the world, we’ve been in touch with the modern authors to ask a few questions about their ways of working, influences, and their story in the book. In this first part of the Q&A, they share a little about the inspiration behind their contributions…

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, Short Stories, crime fiction

FLAME TREE PRESS | Music of the Night | Edited by Martin Edwards

Posted by Leah Ratcliffe

Music of the Night, Flame Tree's new anthology edited by Martin Edwards, 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, crime fiction

First Peoples Shared Stories | Call for Submissions

Posted by Maria Tissot

We are delighted to announce a new call for submissions which is now open! We are looking for short stories for our latest anthology – full guidelines below.

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, Short Stories, myths and legends, short fiction, Call For Submissions, anthologies

FLAME TREE PRESS | January Releases | V. Castro

Posted by Leah Ratcliffe

In this month's author Q&As we have V. Castro, author of Mestiza Blood. 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

FLAME TREE PRESS | January Releases | JG Faherty

Posted by Leah Ratcliffe

In this month's author Q&As we have JG Faherty, author of The Wakening. 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

Compelling Science Fiction and Christmas Gothic | Call for Submissions

Posted by Maria Tissot

We are very excited to announce two new calls for submissions which are 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, submissions, horror, Horror Fiction, Science Fiction, Call For Submissions, anthologies

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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