Things seen and read around the internet

Around the Internet: August 2015

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.

FICTION

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)

OTHER THINGS

Open again for subs: Uncanny, Fireside Fiction, Space and Time, Mythic Delirium.

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).

Things seen and read around the internet

Around the Internet (March 2015)

FICTION

The Selkie by David K. Yeh (selkie, adventure, Nazis, witches)

The Whale of Penlan Tork by Stevan Earnshaw (experimental, Greek chorus, sea journey, whale; full disclosure: I really have no idea what was going on here, but I rather loved it anyway)

The Rud Yard by Vajra Chandrasekera (the President then expressed a preference, if it came right down to it, for literal assassination over character assassination, because he just found the latter so offensive)

A Screech of Gulls by Alyc Helms (otherworld Venice, extortion and gull-murder, bleak or what)

A Winter-Piece to a Friend Away by John Berryman (poetry, seasons, subtle rhythm)

Lepanto by G.K. Chesterton (exhilarating martial poetry from the dawn of WW1, Don John goes to war, well I never promised it would all be new)

Any House in the Storm by Tais Teng (rivalry, architecture, spiky characters, rapprochement)

OTHER NOTES

Strange Horizons is shut to fiction subs for April.

New speculative podcast, The People’s Ink, is open for subs (focus on the Pacific Northwest for preference, $0.02 per word, original and reprints).

Submission periods for Lightspeed Queers Destroy! projects have been announced, along with a brief general submissions window (June/July).

More royal Macedonian tombs at Vergina! (Greece, like Italy, has more archaeology than it can afford, unfortunately.)

A piece in TLS on archaeological destruction in Iraq etc. by Eleanor Robson (“The fact is that ancient stones can wait, as they have waited for millennia; they depend on the Iraqi people, and the Iraqi people need us more”).

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Around the Internet (November)

Every other week or so, I see something about how much short fiction there is out there and how there need to be more reviewers reading it. Well, this isn’t a blog, I’m not a reviewer, this isn’t a review – but I do read short fiction in a fairly random way, and when I read a story I like, I do usually say something, usually on Twitter. And then it gets lost immediately, of course, because Twitter’s a busy place. So I thought I should collect links here to pieces I’ve read and enjoyed and which other people might enjoy too, starting with things I read in November. Also some other useful odds and ends, because why not?

FICTION:

Níðhöggr by Vajra Chandrasekera (Mother had said We had to be home by Götterdämmerung)

Once, Upon a Lime by E. Catherine Tobler (frog, fairytale, pearls, perfume)

Caretaker by Carlie St. George (dead stars, ghosts)

Who Is Your Executioner? by Maria Dahvana Headley (beetles, creepy Victorian photos)

More Embers than Feathers Filled the Firmament by Penny Stirling, illustrated by Kat Weaver (birds, language)

A Chance of Cats and Dogs by Ken Scholes (old world, new world, shapeshifters)

Not the Grand Duke’s Dancer by Emily B. Cataneo (undead ballerinas)

Victoria’s One Way Ticket by Emily B. Cataneo (dying robots)

Ahas, Tala by M. Sereno (poetry, stars)

A Whisper in the Weld by Alix E. Harrow (ghosts, steel mills)

Bill and I Went Hunting Today by Louis Rakovich (contemplative robot spouse-substitutes)

OTHER NOTES:

Diabolical Plots is looking for fiction submissions (closing date Dec 31).

Lackington’s has a theme for Issue 7: Skins.

Clockwork Canada is open for subs (anthology of steampunk stories set in Canada by Canadian authors).

Terraform, a new SF market paying $0.20/word, opened up this month (if only I’d written more than one SF story in the history of ever).

Lightspeed has a special call for SF submissions: Queers Destroy Science Fiction! (closing date 15 Feb).

She Walks In Shadow (anthology of stories about Lovecraft women, by women) is open for subs (closing date 15 Dec).

Plasma Frequency Magazine has a special call for anti-apocalypse stories (closing date 15 Jan).

Kaleidotrope is opening early for submissions (1 December).

Escape Artists are looking for women-authored work for their Artemis Rising event (closing date: 5 December for PodCastle, 20 December for Escape Pod and Pseudopod).

A lot of really exciting things were found in a tomb at Amphipolis.