Submissions are now open for the new unthemed speculative fiction anthology, Insert Title Here.
Stories should be between 2,000 and 12,000 words and contain speculative elements – science fiction, fantasy and horror and their sub-genres are all welcome, but we recommend researching FableCroft’s past projects for an idea of the sort of stories we publish. Generally, no erotica or splatterpunk is desirable. Please query the editor before sending stories outside those limits.
We are seeking original stories only, for first and exclusive world rights (for a period of twelve months, excluding any subsequent Year’s Best reprint request) – no reprint submissions please.
No simultaneous submissions please.
For multiple submissions, please query first.
Submissions open: December 1, 2013
Submissions close: February 28, 2014
Anticipated publication date: August 2014
For more information, please see the full submission guidelines.
Rowena Cory Daniells interviews Dirk Flinthart on the release of Path of Night.
Jamie over at MDPWeb reviews Path of Night, saying: “It’s raw and violent, sexual and powerful, chaotic and mesmerising. It’s also a hell of a lot of fun!” and also interviews Dirk at Spotlight Report.
Tsana examines Path of Night and notes: “The pacing in this novel is brilliant.” She gives it 4.5/5 stars!
Dirk Flinthart reviews Ink Black Magic by Tansy Rayner Roberts, and reckons it “is both an entertaining fantasy romp in the Pratchett mode, and an absolutely fascinating book for anyone who is interested in the art of writing and popular fiction.”
Let us know if you have reviewed any of our books – we love to hear about it!
If you are a book blogger interested in reviewing our novels or anthologies, please contact Tehani at fablecroft [at] gmail [dot] com.
We are very pleased to announce that Focus 2012: highlights of Australian short fiction is now on sale! This ebook-only special anthology is the first of a series of yearly collections which will collect the previous year’s acclaimed Australian works. Containing only the most recognised speculative work of the year, Focus 2012 packs a big punch, for just $4.99USD.
Focus 2012: highlights of Australian short fiction features work by…
Joanne Anderton – “Sanaa’s Army”
Thoraiya Dyer – “The Wisdom of Ants”
Robert Hood – “Escena de un Asesinato”
Kathleen Jennings – illustrations and cover art
Margo Lanagan – “Significant Dust”
Martin Livings – “Birthday Suit”
Jason Nahrung – “The Mornington Ride”
Kaaron Warren – “Sky”
Focus 2012 is available from your favourite ebook seller!
Cover art by Kathleen Jennings, used with permission.
Why are anthologies important? A timely SF Signal mind meld, given we are soon opening to submissions for Insert Title Here. And of course, we’re still taking pitches for the Cranky Ladies of History project – some fantastic ideas rolling in for that project, so keep them coming!
Okay, so it’s the UK’s National Short Story Week, and I’ve only just snuck in at the end of the week, but still! To celebrate, we’ve started a new page on FableCroft’s site to host free fiction showcasing FableCroft’s publications. Check out what’s there, and come back regularly to see what we’ve added!
Being the type of person that he is, Mister Dirk Flinthart has decided that his little town of Scottsdale could do with a jolly good book launch… If you’re in the area (or feel like a quick trip to Tassie!), please join us to celebrate the launch of Path of Night!
WHEN: Thursday 21 November, 2013, 6pm
WHERE: JoDonny’s Restaurant, Scottsdale, Tasmania
It’s bound to be a hoot!
Gorgeous cover art and design by the amazing Tania Walker
After a lengthy gestation period (really, REALLY lengthy…), we are absolutely delighted to announce the arrival of Ink Black Magic by Tansy Rayner Roberts!
To celebrate the publication of Ink Black Magic, we have a super special, limited time discount on the very FIRST Mocklore book, Splashdance Silver! For the rest of 2013, you can get the FableCroft edition ebook of Splashdance Silver from your favourite e-tailer for only $0.99USD! Now, you don’t have to have read Splashdance Silver or Liquid Gold to love Ink Black Magic, but if that appeals to the completist in you, there will never be a better time to buy!
About Ink Black Magic…
Kassa Daggersharp has been a pirate, a witch, a menace to public safety, a villain, a hero and a legend. These days, she lectures first year students on the dangers of magic. The love of her life is missing, presumed dead. All the adventures are over.
But when an evil dark city full of villains and monsters appears from the pages of a student’s sketchbook, everyone starts to lose their grip on reality. Even the flying sheep.
No one is sure who are the heroes and who are the villains, but someone has to step up to save Mocklore, one last time.
True love isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Happy endings don’t come cheap.
All that magic is probably going to kill you.
You really can have too much black velvet.
The Mocklore Chronicles begin all over again with INK BLACK MAGIC…
Find all the books in-store at Amazon, Kobo, iTunes, Wizard’s Tower Books, Weightless Books and Smashwords.
Don’t pay more than 99 cents for Splashdance Silver (until December 31, 2013), $3.99USD for Liquid Gold and $5.99USD for the ebook of Ink Black Magic!
The print book is in the hands of the printer, if that’s your preference, and will be showing up in bookstores everywhere soon, or you can buy directly from us here!
Two wonderful, comprehensive reviews of One Small Step have appeared in the past week, which is always delightful to see. Thank you so much to the people who take the time to review our work!
Just today, Foz Meadows shared a review of One Small Step at A Dribble of Ink. Among many other very kind words and insightful discussion of the stories, Foz says:
…I found this to be a highly enjoyable, moving anthology of works by Australian women; and particularly for me, as an Aussie expat, the regular touches of Australiana that creep into the stories – references to eucalyptus, kangaroos, wombats and other such Antipodean things – served as a pleasant reminder that my country of origin is ripe for SFFnal interpretation…
…as a showcasing of Australian female talent, it’s both an important and extremely worthwhile anthology. Recommended reading for anyone interested in SFF with a feminist bent, and a strong incentive to keep an eye on Fablecroft Press’s output.
Foz looks at each story individually, and I particularly enjoyed these snippets:
…gorgeous writing, strong characterisation and powerful emotional angle…
…an honest, meaningful exploration of love and motherhood…
…an eerie, powerful story about the nature of pain and what it means to be human … the theme, setting and execution all work together to make something truly memorable…
…funny, poignant and breathtaking: a perfect, original story about humanity, agency, the end of the world and what comes after…
Thank you so much Foz!
Also in the past few days, Karen Burnham reviewed One Small Step in The Cascadia Subduction Zone literary journal, saying (again, among many other things focussing on individual stories!):
…There are many rewards inside for those approaching with a mind open to broadening…
…my expectations were blown wide open…
Many thanks, Karen!
We quietly snuck this one out in ebook last week, but with the print version finally showing up at Amazon (and other retailers to follow soon – ask for it at your local bookstore!), we would like to formally welcome to the world Path of Night by Dirk Flinthart!
Michael Devlin is the first of a new breed. The way things are going, he may also be the last.
Being infected with an unknown disease is bad. Waking up on a slab in a morgue wearing nothing but a toe-tag is worse, even if it comes with a strange array of new abilities.
Medical student Michael Devlin is in trouble. With his flatmates murdered and an international cabal of legendary man-monsters on his trail, Devlin’s got nowhere to hide. His only allies are a hot-tempered Sydney cop and a mysterious monster-hunter who may be setting Devlin up for the kill. If he’s going to survive, Devlin will have to embrace his new powers and confront his hunters. But can he hold onto his humanity when he walks the Path of Night?
Path of Night is the first of the Night Beast series – we anticipate book 2 will see release in mid-2014.
The first reviews are already starting to come in, with this lovely gem on Amazon:
…action driven, laced with humor…I am hoping that there will be a sequel. –Roger Ross
About the author…
Author photo by Joffre Street Productions
Dirk Flinthart is an Australian writer of speculative fiction who lives in northern Tasmania. Notable to date mostly for short stories, he is also the editor of the Canterbury 2100 anthology, (originally published by AGOG! press, re-released in ebook form in 2013 by FableCroft), and has the distinction of sharing a Ditmar award with Margo Lanagan, which he is quite proud of.
Path of Night represents Flinthart’s longest published work to date, and is planned as the first in a series of stories centering around Michael Devlin. The next one is well under way…
We’ve got three copies to give away (internationally) over on Goodreads, or get your copy from your favourite ebook-seller or print retailer!
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