Monthly Archives: October 2010
Over here, Alan Baxter contemplates the different ways of getting a reader in … grabbed by the throat or gently teased?
I’ve been thinking about the generally accepted premise that you need to grab readers in the first few lines of a story. I think for short fiction this is certainly true. You’re usually trying to get noticed in a slush
*Snoopy dance* Innsmouth Free Press has accepted my story ‘Rising, Not Dreaming’ for their Feb 2011 issue. I’m very excited because (a) this story was commissioned, so it’s nice to know it was “okay”, and (b) it’s my first ever Cthulhu story.
Here is a snippet:
‘Play,’ they said and I did, plucking at a harp made of bone and
So, you write a first draft. Then you put it in the bottom drawer, let it cool its heels for a while, see. Make it nervous. The more time it spends alone, the more it starts to need some human interaction. The more time you leave it there, the more you
Always happy to post about Shimmer!
The stories are wondrous and the art is glorious.
We released our first issue in 2005. We’ve gotten stronger with each issue, and Issue 12 contains wonders and marvels, from Peter M. Ball‘s punk-not-emo teenage werewolf story, to Josh Storey‘s gorgeous take on
Via Sean Williams, an exposé about donut hunting by Robyn Tatlow-Lord 🙂
Why I am awake this early? There is a damnable bird in a tree outside my window twittering -.-; it’s just gone 4.30am. Get a clock, Nature! *grumble*
Sophy Adani’s collection, The Last Outpost and Other Tales, will be published by Hadley Rille Books in 2011. Her short fiction has appeared in journals such as The Tangled Bank, Origins, Alternative Coordinates, Something Wicked, to name but a few. She has also edited Destination Futures with Eric T. Reynolds.