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Gothic Fantasy: Successful Submissions | Lost Souls; Robots & Artificial Intelligence

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

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We are delighted to present the authors featured in our upcoming Lost Souls and Robots & Artificial Intelligence anthologies, the latest books in the series of Gothic Fantasy short story collections. Once again, our call for submissions was met with a good response: with over 1200 stories to read, and only around 3% of those chosen for publication in the anthologies, it has been tough to narrow down the final selection. Nevertheless, we’re excited about the final results, due for publication this September. In the usual mix of classic and new fiction, Lost Souls hosts an array of restless, drifting or trapped spirits searching for connection and existence in this plane, or another. And, presenting lost souls of its own kind, Robots & Artificial Intelligence delves into the world of advanced technology, with tales that cast light (and doubt) on what it means to be human in realities and futures not so different from our own.

 Lost Souls

They Lived in the House on Cherry Street by Sara Dobie Bauer 

Joined by Sarah L. Byrne

Some Souls Stay by Rachael Cudlitz 

Shut-In by C.R. Evans

The Pontianak’s Doll by Geneve Flynn

Soul Cakes by Adele Gardner 

Perfect Mother by Anne Gresham

Thalassa's Pool by Sara M. Harvey

Only Bella by Kurt Hunt

Until There Is Only Hunger by Michael Matheson

Every Time She Kills Him by J.A.W. McCarthy

The Price of Forever by John M. McIlveen

The Obstinate One by Jessica Nickelsen

The Phone Call by Michael Penncavage

Last Long Night by Lina Rather

A Good Thing and a Right Thing by Alexandra Renwick

Scare Tactics by Aeryn Rudel

This House Is My Cage by Lizz-Ayn Shaarawi

Lullaby for the Dead by Erin Skolney

Abandonment Option by Lucy A. Snyder

Casualty of Peace by David Tallerman

Sing Me Your Scars by Damien Angelica Walters


These new authors will appear alongside the following classic and essential writers: E.F. Benson, Ambrose Bierce, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, F. Marion Crawford, Dante, Charles Dickens, Amelia B. Edwards, Sheridan le Fanu, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, W.F. Harvey, William Hope Hodgson, E.T.A Hoffmann, James Hogg, Washington Irving, Henry James, M.R. James, Jerome K. Jerome, Perceval Landon, Friedrich Laun, H.P. Lovecraft, Arthur Machen, Charles Maturin, E. Nesbit, Margaret Oliphant, Edgar Allan Poe, Walter Scott, Sarah Elizabeth Utterson, Edith Wharton, along with a retold tale from Ovid's Metamorphoses.


Robots & Artificial Intelligence


Why Should Steel Birds Dream? by Roan Clay

Prototype by George Cotronis

Demeter's Regard by Deborah L. Davitt

Persona Ex Machina by Jeff Deck

The Perfect Reflection by Christopher M. Geeson

Owen by Bruce Golden

The Geisha Tiresias by Rob Hartzell

Fiat Lex by Nathaniel Hosford

The Greatest 1-Star Restaurant in the Whole Quadrant by Rachael K. Jones

Dispo and the Crow by Rich Larson

Adrift by Monte Lin

EQ by Trixie Nisbet

A Woman of One's Own by Chloie Piveral

I, Coffeepot by David Sklar 

She Swims by Claire Allegra Sorrenson

Being Human by Sara L. Uckelman

Stardust by Holly Lyn Walrath

GOD is in the Rain by Nemma Wollenfang 

Daddy's Girl by Eleanor R. Wood 


These new authors will appear alongside the following classic and essential writers: L. Frank Baum, Ambrose Bierce, Carlo Collodi, Edward S. Ellis, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Jerome K. Jerome, Elias Lönnrot, E.P. Mitchell, William Douglas O'Connor, Apollonius Rhodius, Gustave Le Rouge and Gustave Guitton, Luis Philip Senarens.

BLOG announcement

So again, congratulations to all! We will provide further updates when we have them.



  • Our post announcing the Call for Submissions is here.
  • To see the full Gothic Fantasy Short Story series, click here.

Topics: Gothic Fantasy, submissions, gothic, robots, lost souls

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