Fantasy & Gothic Blog
We're delighted to announce a new call for submissions which is now open! The theme is Asian Ghost Short Stories – a chance for writers of Asian heritage around the world to explore their culture of ghostly folklore and offer fresh stories. 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*
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.
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!
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!
For our next 'Founders of Black SF' post Patty Nicole Johnson will be discussing historian, educator and politician Edward Johnson. Discover his early recognition and efforts to subvert what was, and still is, an all too white centric canon being taught in schools across the U.S.
For our next 'Founders of Black SF' post Patty Nicole Johnson will be discussing author and literary editor Pauline Hopkins. Discover what influences her novels may have had on the works of fantasy and sci-fi of today within the genre.
For our next 'Founders of Black SF' Patty Nicole Johnson will be discussing social activist and author Sutton E. Griggs. Hear all about his iconic sci-fi novel and how it has influenced the Afrofuturism books of today.
In anticipation of the US release (June 15th) for our upcoming anthology Black Sci-Fi Short Stories, Patty Nicole Johnson takes a look at five of the authors who laid the foundations of black science fiction writing and are essential reading.