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HIRAETH PUBLISHING’S

MAY 2024 NEWSLETTER

Rage Against the Dying of the Light

Adapted from Einstein… “Insanity is voting for the same people over and over and expecting different results.”

Whether mainstream fiction or genre fiction, stories are always about characters. These may be people, humanoids, dogs, squids, aliens, and so on. Ray Bradbury once wrote a story titled “There Will Come Soft Rains…” in which the main and only character was a house.

 

What stories are not about is ray guns, poverty, crime, other world life forms, love, hate, post-apocalypse, etc ad nauseam. These are merely gadgets; they are as much a part of the setting as incense, restaurant tables, mistletoe, a new driveway, and so on. They are part of the milieu. Stories are about how the characters deal with their setting, be those settings mainstream or genre.

Just something to bear in mind. From a few recent submissions I’ve read, it’s apparent that sometimes writers (including me) forget this.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEW DRABBLE CONTEST:

Guidelines for the new Drabble Contest have already been posted. The theme is Interstellar Archives. Read the guidelines at https://www.hiraethsffh.com/drabble-contest

COLOR INTERIOR ART

Printing in color can be prohibitively expensive. However, the current issues of Drabble Harvest #11 and the Spring Illumen both feature color interiors. You’re invited to check them out.

POTTERS FIELD 8 ANTHOLOGY:

I’ve received the lineup of material for Potters Field 8. Now it’s just a matter of assembly (layout). Officially it will be available on 1 June, but we expect to have it out a little before then. Thanks to editor Christina Sng for her excellent work.

SCIFAIKUEST MAY 2024 HISTORY

The May 2024 issue of Scifaikuest completes the Digest’s 21st year. The 22nd year starts with the August 2024 issue. That’s 84 issues, and still counting. That’s a long life for a small indie press publication. Kudos to sakyu (Teri Santitoro) for her hard work over the years as editor of Scifaikuest.

To order a copy of the print issue of the May 24 Scifaikuest, see the links below in the New Releases.

SCIFAIKUEST MAY 2024 ONLINE EDITION

Edited by t.santitoro

This edition is now available on our site. It is not the same as the print edition. Come read and enjoy! Here’s the link: https://www.hiraethsffh.com/scifaikuest-online

DIGITAL STORE:

We continue to expand our digital store. We have added several new titles this past month, so keep checking us out! Most of what we list is or soon will be available as an ePub or as a PDF. Keep in mind that digital is less expensive than print—a savings that is welcome in these hard times (which is why we continue to expand the digital store). Prices range from $3.99 on down…well worth it to get away from it all and immerse yourself in another world…

 

So come get some. Oh, btw, the discount mentioned below also applies to the digital store.

 

This is the link to our digital store: https://www.hiraethsffh.com/digital-store

 

STORE SALES:

Next up, and at the risk of being somewhat repetitive, because we want our storytellers and poets to be read, and our artists to be seen:

 

THERE’S A SALE GOING ON!!!

BUY ALL THE BOOKS YOU WANT AND USE THIS 20% DISCOUNT CODE:

 

BOOKS2024

THIS DISCOUNT CAN BE USED AS MANY TIMES AS YOU WISH,

SO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT!

 

GO TO OUR SHOP AT WWW.HIRAETHSFFH.COM

 

NO MASKS, NO WAITING, AND WE NEVER CLOSE!

 

 

THIS JUST IN!

NEW RELEASES!

 

THE HUNGUR CHRONICLES WALPURGISNACHT 2024

Edited by Terrie Leigh Relf & Robert Bellam

 

The fifth issue of Hungur Chronicles is a fascinating journey though the imagination of a group of gifted writers. This compilation explores the world of Vampires. Rather than your usual Neck Drainers, it features those who have unique needs. They nourish themselves—not only to maintain life, but to increase their energetic and sexual needs as well as their need to connect with others. In other words, these are NOT your usual Vampires. Please enjoy our latest issue!   

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STARWINDERS: NOHANA’S TRIANGLES

 

 

 

The Unit of Ayvy, Pol, and Nohana is now actively engaged in armed do-gooding. But Ayvy is still wanted by the interstellar authorities for murdering her pastfather and stealing some of his money. She has yet to solidify her identity in the Unit. In a huff she leaves them, and gets thrown into a castle dungeon.

Nohana and Pol have to find her, rescue her mother, deal with slave traffickers, resolve a conspiracy among the corporations to use slave labor to keep prices down, and give aid and comfort to slaves they have rescued. This enrages the corporations. Uh-oh.

So what’s a Unit to do? One thing at a time…

Ordering links:

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ILLUMEN – SPRING 2024

 

 

 

Illumen is a quarterly digest of science fiction and fantasy poetry, including minimalist forms such as haiku, haibun, empat perkataan, cinquains, and other forms, as well as more traditional formats for poetry. Featuring Stephanie Smith, Lee Clark Zumpe, Amirah al-Wassif, Sandy DeLuca, Jacqueline West, Alan Ira Gordon, and many more!

Ordering links:

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SCIFAIKUEST #84 – MAY 2024

 

 

 

Scifaikuest is a quarterly digest of minimalist poetry, such as haiku, scifaiku, tanka, cherita, fibonacci, haibun, senryu, gogyoka, saturne, and others. Also included are articles relevant to poetry and to minimalist poetry.

Featured Poet: Lisa Timpf

The Gary Davis Page

The Yujiia Vereta Page

The Thomas Tilton Page

…and much more!!

Articles by:

Stephen C. Curro

Robert E. Porter

Ordering links:

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THE SAINT AND THE ROBOT

Albertus Magnus, an adolescent Thomas Aquinas, alchemy, three red-headed women, and a robot. What could go wrong?

Ordering links:

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DRABBLE HARVEST #11: ALIEN FETISHES

Welcome to a collection of 100-word tales of alien fetishes. Our writers’ imaginations worked overtime on this one. Find out what guilty pleasures the interstellar population engages in. You’ll find humor and serious points in these stories. So take a load off and escape this world for a little while.

Ordering links:

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FLASH DIGEST APRIL 2024

Edited by Terrie Leigh Relf

 

 

Featuring:

Wildflower Ghost by Maureen Bowden

A Change in the Contract by Glenis Moore

Where Did All the Fairy Tale Creatures Go by Gary Davis

End of Term by Matias Travieso-Diaz

Is There a Sign I Should Know by Tyree Campbell

Woman in the Moon by Terrie Leigh Relf

 

Ordering links

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ICYMI:

COSMIC CRIME STORIES MARCH 2024

Short Stories

Outpost 9000 by Keyla Damaer

The Lizard’s Kiss by David Castlewitz

Hidden Talents by Lisa Timpf

Customer Satisfaction by Rosie Oliver

A Way Out by Sarina Bosc

Sisters by Toni Artuso

Angling by Jacob Hazzard

Articles

The Astronaut Always Rings Twice – reviewed by Lisa Timpf

Ordering links: PrintPDFePub

 

PARABNORMAL MAGAZINE MARCH 2024

Stories

The Consolation for Piano by J. L. Royce

Flesh on the Mountains by Matthew McKiernan

Who Controls the Sea by LH Michael

Proof of Concept by Chris A. Bolton

The Committee by Emie Baines

Ongweias and the Stone Coats by Ken Leland

Last Confession of a Luftwaffe Ace by Douglas Kolacki

 

Poems

Kitsune by Chris Dickinson

Did You Say Something by Tom Guldin

Debris by Sarah Cannavo

Haunting by Mark A. Fisher

 

Articles

The Lazzaretto and the Ghost Child by Viviana de Cecco

Trilogy of Terror: The Horror of Female Archetypes Explained and Reversed by Denise Noe

 

Ordering links: PrintePubPDF 

 

THE MARTIAN WAVE MARCH 2024

The Martian Wave features stories of the exploration and settlement of other worlds. In here you will encounter a denizen of the deep ocean on a strange planet; a remote world where nothing much happens—until it does; hallucinations and other labor problems; a remodeling of future Earth; the arrival of not-so-benevolent aliens; and much more!

 

Features

Becoming Jade reviewed by Lisa Timpf

 

Short Stories

The Empty Planet by Elana Gomel

Zarmina by Lisa Short

Mission Unknown by J Alan Erwine

Finders Keepers by Susan Oke

 

Flash Fiction

What We Leave Behind by MM Schreier

 

Poems

Here Be Monsters by K. S. Hardy

Programmed by John Grey

Ode to Our Ancestors by Beth A. Greenwood

Settlers On Yorkin by John Grey

 

Illustrations

Desolation Stroller by Denny Marshall

 

Ordering links: PrintePubPDF

 

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE: BALANCE OF POWER

Bombay Sapphire has been tasked by Agni, the Hindu god of storms, along with her friends from The Times of India to investigate strange smells coming from an insecticide factory in Bhopal. One of these smells kills Bombay Sapphire as well as her two friends, and she winds up on Mount Meru, the home of the gods. While Agni and Shiva debate the fate of Bombay Sapphire, she encounters an apsara, who feeds her.

 

Returned to life, Bombay Sapphire and her friends find themselves in the future, and still in Bhopal. But can they save the city from a leak in the factory that will kill tens of thousands?

 

Ordering links: PrintPDFePub

VOYEUSE: THE SUPAY PERIL BY TYREE CAMPBELL

Her day name is Lisa Verdi. She comes from Ecuador, she’s a bit kinky, and she is descended from the Incas, by whom she is empowered. She can sense crimes before they are committed, and the sensation arouses her—so she watches, to intervene at the very last moment, because she’s the one she pleases.

Now she has a chance to end the battle between herself and Pizarro, the destroyer of the Inca Empire. But to do so, she needs the sword that originally killed the conquistador, and it’s in a museum in Peru. So what’s a superheroine to do? One thing at a time…

Print: $11.95; ePub & PDF: $2.99

THE SAINT AND THE DEMON by t.santitoro

In the not-to-distant future, a young reporter reluctantly agrees to interview a senile old man in the heart of the Florida Everglades. In the humid, swampy environment, the reporter is sure that there can be no story of substance here, but the old man reveals that, in the past, his love was so strong and so passionate for a woman that he stopped at nothing to get her back when the forces of war tore them apart.  He became a hero and a coward, a lover and a fighter . . .  a saint and a devil.  In his quest to rescue the woman he loved, he became something that she could no longer love.

Into the middle of this personal ordeal tumbles Cutter, a man from another world, sent to Earth to establish a breeding mission for his endangered race.  He falls in love with an Earth woman, and must defend not only her, but also the future of his own people.  The object of his alien affections, an innocent young woman named Angel, finds herself suddenly thrust into a world of aliens and intrigue, and of a love that has far more dangerous consequences than she could possibly have imagined.

Ordering links: Print: $13.95; ePub & PDF: $4.99

Without further ado, then: browse, read, buy, enjoy. If you have any questions or comments, send them to us at hiraethsubs at yahoo dot com. See you in June!

 

Tyree Campbell

Storyteller and Managing Editor

May 2024

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