Fantasy & Gothic Blog

Bodies in the Library | Author Q&A | Favourite Tales & Writing Practices

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Bodies in the Library is available to buy now, and consists of a healthy mix of classic authors and new tales of atmospheric mansions, mysterious deaths and suspicious characters! Among all the intrigue you’ll find amateur detectives, experienced PIs, ghosts, straight-up horror and even a dash of science fiction. The anthology’s modern authors shed light on the inspirations behind their tales in last week’s blog; this week they offer reading recommendations and insight into their own writing processes:

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Topics: gothic and fantasy, Gothic Fantasy, Short Stories, gothic horror, short fiction, detective fiction, Detective Mysteries, mystery

Detective Thrillers | Author Q&A | Favourite Tales & Writing Practices

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

In Part I of this Q&A, which can be found here, authors from the Detective Thrillers anthology shed light on the inspiration behind their stories in the book. Now, they tell us about their own favourites from the genre, as well as the methods they use to bring their fiction to the page. Alongside the contemporary authors, this new collection features works by classic authors such as John Buchan, Mignon G. Eberhart and Arthur Conan Doyle. From Father Brown and the inimitable Sherlock Holmes all the way to hardboiled PIs like Race Williams and Violet McDade, there’s no end of fascinating leading figures to follow in these breathless tales of intrigue and adventure!

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, detective fiction, thriller, Detective Mysteries, thriller novel

Detective Thrillers | Author Q&A | Story Inspirations

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Published alongside our latest anthology A Dying Planet, Detective Thrillers similarly offers an exciting mix of new and classic short stories. Rife with enigmatic detectives, dark alley chases, and secret operations, this collection promises an edge-of-your-seat journey from a host of modern authors to greats such as Arthur Conan Doyle and writers from the Black Mask magazine era. See below for a taste of its contents, as contemporary authors tell us the stories behind their contributions to the book…

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, Short Stories, short fiction, detective fiction, Detective Mysteries

Detective Mysteries | Author Q&A | Favourite Tales & Writing Practices

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Featuring new authors alongside classic works by Margery Allingham, Arthur Conan Doyle, Carroll John Daly, Anthony Berkeley and more, our recently released collection Detective Mysteries is a treat for crime fiction lovers. Last week, the modern authors from the book introduced their stories by discussing the inspiration behind their tale. Now, they recommend stories and authors whose influence they’ve felt in their own work, and cast light on how they approach the task of writing:

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, Short Stories, detective fiction, Detective Mysteries, Classic Fiction

Gothic Fantasy | Successful Submissions | Detective Mysteries and Epic Fantasy

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

We’re very pleased to announce the author lists for our upcoming short story collections Detective Mysteries and Epic Fantasy, due for publication in November 2019. As the latest in our flourishing series of Gothic Fantasy anthologies, the new books continue to pair contemporary takes on the themes with classic tales that have helped shape the genres as we know them today. We received a great response to our recent call for submissions, and we’re delighted to now share the results of a selection process that has been both tough and rewarding: congratulations to the below and many thanks to all who submitted!

 

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Topics: Short Stories, submissions, epic fantasy, American Gothic, Detective Mysteries

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

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Urban Crime, our latest short story anthology combining new and classic fiction on the theme, is available to buy now worldwide! Last week, authors from the book took time to tell us about the inspiration behind their story in the collection (see Part 1 of the Q&A here). Now, they reveal which tales from the genre have influenced them the most, and shed light on their own approaches to putting story ideas down.

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Topics: Short Stories, Cosy Crime, Urban Crime, American Gothic, Detective Mysteries

Short Story Submissions: Detective Mysteries | Epic Fantasy

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

We are now open for submissions for two exciting new anthologies: Detective Mysteries and Epic Fantasy. Due to be published in September 2019, these add to our Gothic Fantasy series, which includes existing titles like Supernatural HorrorRobots & Artificial IntelligenceDystopia Utopia, American Gothic and more. Again, we are looking for around twenty to thirty short stories by contemporary writers to complement a selection of classic tales in these anthologies. We are keen to encourage new writers, without prejudice to age, background or previous publication history. It’s the story that matters, and the quality of writing.

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, epic fantasy, Call For Submissions, Detective Mysteries

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