Urk, September already. Of course the first day of September is sunnier than any day in August. Maybe that’s why I went on a dark reading kick in the middle of last month.
Three Adventures of Simon Says by Daniel Ausema (playground rhymes, familiar horrors, cute adventures)
How to Recover a Relative Lost in Transmatter Shipping, in Five Easy Steps by Carrie Cuinn (family, work, killer last lines)
And this is the song it sings by Megan Arkenburg (road trip, highway monsters, ghost stories)
An Army of Angels by Caspian Gray (inadvisable loyalty, Frankenstein’s angel, horrible things in the closet)
Ishq by Usman T Malik (grandmother, sister, floods, ghosts)
Bog Dog by Seras Nikita (rural horrors)
Shiva, Open Your Eye by Laird Barron (squamous elder things)
The Infernal History of the Ivybridge Twins by Molly Tanzer (sorcerer, treachery, cutest awful incest, humour)
The Coffin-Maker’s Daughter by Angela Slatter (ghosts, murder, poison)
Magdala Amygdala by Lucy A Snyder (upstanding virus-zombies, relapses, whoops)
I Make People Do Bad Things by Chesya Burke (gang violence, creepy kids)
Where It Lives by Nathaniel Lee (grief, loss, children coping badly)
Terrible Fish by Dora Badger (murderer, mirrors, actually cancer)
Palimpsest by Frances Rowat (enslaved desert creature, days of misrule, the king in yellow)
This is not a metaphor by Christie Yant (curse, troll, metaphor owning its status as metaphor)
Replete by Maggie Butt (poem, sea view, winter)
The Cure by Malinda Lo (escape through vampirism)
The Conversion by Barry King (alien, assimilation, extremely weird)
The Matter with Mr Levene by Louis Rakovitch (ghosts, landlords, letters)
Snake Game by Vajra Chandrasekera with Tory Hoke (ghosts, soldiers, interactive)
New SFF magazines: Farstrider, fantasy, 1000-4000 words, $0.03 per word, actually closed already for subs but launching in January. Sub-Q, an interactive fiction magazine paying pro-rates that gives me an opportunity to find out just what interactive fiction is! Sub-Saharan Magazine, African flavour SFF, 1000-2000 words, token payment.
Uncanny Magazine Year 2 Kickstarter has funded but there are still stretch goals (deadline 10 September).
Call for subs for the Escape Artist event Artemis Rising II: original SF/F/H fiction at $0.06 per word from women and non-binary authors, submissions open during September.
Call for subs for the anthology Cthulusattva: Lovecraftian Tales of the Black Gnosis (up to 7000 words, $0.03 per word, stories from the cultist’s perspective, deadline 15 December).