JUNE 2021 NEWSLETTER
All These Worlds Are Stages
I’ve posted this on Facebook, and perhaps now is the time to post it here. There are some things going on in this world that we do not approve of, yet feel we are helpless to do anything about. What follows is the FB post.
I told you lot months ago that I would do this, and I am doing it. Not to puff out, but just to let you know. Personally, my choice would be to hide this light under a bushel, but it needs to be said. It needs to be said.
What follows is the author's foreword to a novella published about eight months ago, titled Pyra and the Tektites: Smugglers! Maybe it explains best.
During the time that I wrote this story, a number of children were murdered on the streets of our cities. There is not much any one person can do about this. But there is something I can do as a writer. You see, the names of these children eventually will be forgotten. So, for that matter, will the names of their killers be forgotten. But I have a way to make the names of the murdered children live on…at least for a little while longer. Let me explain.
As a writer, I always need names—for people, places, planets, and so forth. Starting with this story you are about to read, I am going to name some of the characters, mountains, lakes, worlds—whatever I need a name for—after these children.
In this story, then, you will meet Secoriea Turner, who was 8 years old when she was killed in Atlanta, and a scientist named Mekhi, named for Mekhi James, who was 3 years old when he was killed in Chicago. May their souls rest in peace while their names live on.
And I will continue to do this...do you hear me?
And now, the rest of the newsletter.
The current Drabble Contest has ended, although the winners have not yet been selected. We may have an update for this newsletter; otherwise, winners will be announced next month. So will the new contest.
Hiraeth Publishing is proud to announce the return of our vampire digest, now called THE HUNGUR CHRONICLES. It will be published twice a year at this point, on Walpurgisnacht (or 1 May) and on Samhain (or 1 November). The first issue will be released on 1 November 2021. The editors are Terrie Leigh Relf and Bad Bob Bellam. It is important to read the guidelines before you send submissions, as this is not a traditional vampire publication. You may peruse the guidelines here: https://www.hiraethsffh.com/hungur-chronicles-guidelines
Hiraeth Publication is proud to announce the official guidelines for our anthology COSMIC CRIME STORIES Winter 2021. Although we have announced the guidelines in previous newsletters, we thought to formalize them now. So you may peruse the guidelines here: https://www.hiraethsffh.com/cosmic-crime-stories-guidelines
Hiraeth Publication is proud to announce the official guidelines for our anthology INFRADEAD: TALES OF HUMAN EXTINCTION. Again, although we have announced the guidelines in previous newsletters, we thought to formalize them now. So you may peruse the guidelines here: https://www.hiraethsffh.com/infradead-guidelines
Hiraeth Publishing also remains open to submissions for two other anthologies. There are still slots available for good stories.
Potters Field #7 – guidelines posted
Drabbun – guidelines posted
So break out the legal pads and the No. 2s and the coffee, and get started. The submissions address is sdpshowcase at yahoo dot com.
The ONLINE EDITION of the May 2021 SCIFAIKUEST has been posted for your reading pleasure. It’s free! The link is: https://www.hiraethsffh.com/scifaikuest-online-may-2021
We have new publications available for your enjoyment, pondering, and meditation. These are now listed in our Shop. If you will allow me…
COSMIC CRIME STORIES 2021
Crimes of some form will be with us as long as there are laws to break. Technology helps solve those crimes. But those solutions will always be found by the ones who get down and dirty—the detectives. Come see what the future holds for the dark side of law & order.
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SCIFAIKUEST MAY 2021
This one was a bit late, for which we apologize. This issue includes the following: Featured Poet: Christina Sng; History of Haiga by Tyree Campbell; Pages by Stephen C. Curro, Matthew Wilson, Ankit Anand, Benjamin Whitney Norris.
Order your copy here: https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/scifaikuest-may-2021
Or better yet, order a subscription here: https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/scifaikuest-1
parABnormal Magazine June 2021
This issue includes Grimalkin by Jill Hand; Seamless by Selah Janel; The Mystery of the Dog Suicide Bridge; plus lots more. If you like spooky/scary, this magazine is for you.
Order your copy here: https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/parabnormal-magazine-june-2021
Or better yet, order a subscription here: https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/parabnormal-magazine-subscription
Spaceports & Spidersilk June 2021
Science fiction and fantasy for younger readers of all ages. Edited by Marcie Lynn Tentchoff. Spaceports & Spidersilk features science fiction and fantasy for ages 9 to 99. It presents adventures on other planets and in imaginary worlds. Inside these pages you’ll find magic, and strange friends, and even a story about a valuable coin. Included in this issue are: Psychopath Strawberry by Sage Hyatt (age 11); Mimicry by Tom Howard; Little Problems by Selene Grasby; An Ocean Kingdom by Sabrina Doragon; and much more!
Or better yet, order a subscription here: https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/spaceports-and-spidersilk
AND DON’T FORGET THESE TREASURES:
SKELLIES: A COLORING BOOK BY MARCIA A. BORELL
Greetings Colorists, Journal Keepers, and Skelly Lovers, from Marcia Borell. Welcome to my warped world of beloved skellies. We all have our own personal skeletons, which enable us to get from here to there.
I hope that you will spend some time decorating and adding designs to these skellies. They are often wayward, a little bit rowdy, sometimes ridiculous, and occasionally bad to the bone. They are not very scary. I grew up next to a cemetery where we had many dead that would drop by for a visit. Most of them wanted to share their story, which had ended too abruptly for them.
I hope that they will make you laugh and groan in a good-natured way. You may even recognize that one or more of them will remind you of someone you know.
You may order your copy of Skellies here: https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/skellies-a-coloring-book-by-marcia-a-borell
IULIAE: PAST TENSE BY TYREE CAMPBELL
Two sisters of the Iulius Family have run away from the restrictions and rules of their settlement on a remote world, and embark on a journey of discovery, to learn what to do with their new-found freedom. Along the way, they become smugglers, and opponents of human trafficking, and become fugitives from the law and from the corporations.
Iulia Sexta, the younger of the two sisters, is suffering from an identity crisis. Is it gender dysphoria? Was she supposed to be a man? Is that why she likes girls? Or is a ghost from one of her previous lives now trying to haunt his way back into the living by taking over her body and mind?
With both the past and the present pursuing them, Iulia Tertia and Iulia Sexta find their future under constant attack. Doing the right thing is not only difficult at best, but may well result in their deaths. What to do? One thing at a time…
Order your copy here: https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/iuliae-past-tense-by-tyree-campbell
Without further ado, then: browse, read, buy, enjoy. If you have any questions or comments, send them to us at sdpshowcase at yahoo dot com.
See you next month. And please, from all of us at Hiraeth Publishing, stay safe!
Storyteller and Managing Editor