DECEMBER 2022 NEWSLETTER
Rage Against the Dying of the Light
It’s the last month of the year; we’re coming to the end of 2022. It’s been a ride, and not always a good one. A few health issues for me (which I’ve won or am winning, no worries). A few health issues for our country…worries.
I don’t have solutions. I tell stories. I publish the stories of others. Sometimes they entertain. Sometimes they have something to say. Sometimes both. Our writers have won awards and been nominated for a hogshead of others, so we’re pretty good. Might be worth a read or two.
We have fallen a bit behind over the past month or so. The two main reasons for this are a heart procedure I underwent (I’m fine) and a stroke that hit our long-time cover designer, Laura Givens (she’s recovering nicely, I’m told). These things do throw one off track. But we’re catching back up.
In the meantime: you can call it Christmas or you can refer to the coming days as Holidays. Either way, let’s understand some symbology here. The winter solstice is coming upon us—the shortest daylight day of the year. Then, because of the Earth’s axial tilt and its orbit around the sun, daylight gradually lengthens. Light comes back into the world. It will not remain as dark as it is these days. That’s the symbology, folks. It applies to astrophysics; it applies to Nature; it applies to religion. Take what solace and comfort from it you can, wherever you can. And let’s all try a little harder not to hurt one another.
Now, let’s see…as mentioned last month, we are greatly expanding our digital store. Yes, most of the offerings are PDFs, but you can read those on one device or another. And digital is less expensive than print—a savings that is welcome in these hard times (which is why we are expanding 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
Next up, and at the risk of being somewhat repetitive:
THERE’S A SALE GOING ON!!!
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USE THIS 20% DISCOUNT CODE:
(NOTE: THIS CODE WILL CHANGE ON 1 JANUARY 2023)
THIS DISCOUNT CAN BE USED AS MANY TIMES AS YOU WISH,
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NO MASKS, NO WAITING, AND WE NEVER CLOSE!
THIS JUST IN!
We’re still looking at a 1 January 2023 publication date for It Came from Under the Bed and for Dark As Life (horror anthology).
Hiraeth Publishing is now open for submissions to a new Drabbun anthology. We will be open from 1 December 2022 until full—probably the end of February. For instructions on what to do and how this works, please read our guidelines, which are posted here: https://www.hiraethsffh.com/drabbun.
The new Drabble contest, the theme of which is Out the Airlock, is now over. Here are the winners:
First Place: "The Colonists" By Paul A. Freeman
Second Place: "Edna and Earl" by Francis W. Alexander
Honorable Mention: "Making Weight" By Randall Andrews
Honorable Mention: "The Ship's New Addition" By Francis W. Alexander
Honorable Mention: "Price of Peace" By A. Zaykova
Honorable Mention: "Out the Airlock" By Sakyu
Congratulations to them and to everyone who participated in this contest. A new contest will open up on 1 January 2023, and the theme will be Haunted Spaceports. Watch for updates in the next newsletter.
THE HUNGUR CHRONICLES NEEDS STORIES!
If you have a vampire story, especially one that involves alien vampirism, please do send it along (after reading the guidelines, of course). The link to the guidelines is: https://www.hiraethsffh.com/hungur-chronicles-guidelines
SCIFAIKUEST November 2022
The online edition of the November 2022 Scifaikuest has been posted. Check it out! It’s free! Here’s the link: https://www.hiraethsffh.com/scifaikuest-online
AND A SHOUT-OUT TO H. DAVID BLALOCK, the master of our website and the editor of parABnormal Magazine, for all the fine work he does!
HIRAETH PUBLISHING CATALOG!
Yes, you read that right. Hiraeth Publishing has a PDF catalog of our publications! It is available to you for free! Each publication has a jpeg of the cover, a brief description or table of contents, and an ordering link that—if you click on it—will take you directly to that publication.
This catalog is updated every three months, and is released in March, June, September, and December. If you want a PDF of this catalog, simply send an e-mail to hiraethsubs at yahoo dot com and request one. It will be attached to the e-mail response, so watch for it.
THE HUNGUR CHRONICLES SAMHAIN 2022
This is the second issue of this vampire (Earth-bound and interstellar) publication, and it features the following:
Severed Heads and Omens of Death: The Horror Origins of Halloween by Gary Davis
The Theatrics of Bram “The Fire” Stoker by Robert E. Porter
Tree Hugger by Tyree Campbell
Drinks with the Partners by Joe Whitlow
Blood Relatives by Kelly A. Harmon
No Child of the Night Left Behind by Gary Davis
The Cure Is in the Blood by JR Blanes
The Older Worlds of Space by David Lee Summers
Vlad the Impala by Marge Simon
Order a copy! You’ll be glad you did. So will we.
THE MARTIAN WAVE NOVEMBER 2022
Science fiction with emphasis on the exploration and settlement of other worlds. In this issue you will encounter a radical solution to the malfunction of an interstellar computer; a woman who loses her heart between the stars; a mysterious object in orbit around a super-Earth that does not respond to sensors; a cyborg looking for love in all the wrong places; a mail-order bride on Mars; and much more!
You may recall that this magazine was founded by the late great Jim Baker back during the previous millennium. We’re keeping the dream alive. Join us…get a copy and see what the future in the stars looks like…
SCIFAIKUEST NOVEMBER 2022
It’s the 78th issue of this quarterly digest. This issue features:
Featured Poet: Herb Kauderer
The Geoffrey Reiter Page
The Joshua St. Claire Page
The Gary Davis Page
…and much more!!
Article: Sonomka by Mariel Herbert
Come see what minimalist poetry is all about—scifaiku, tanka, haibun, Fibonacci, empat perkataan, senryu, and so much more.
PARABNORMAL MAGAZINE DECEMBER 2022
Here’s what you get in this issue, edited by H. David Blalock…
The Intruder by Renee Cronley
Figure on the Dunes by Scott J. Couturier
The Shadow on the Photograph by Raymond P. Reyes
The Witch of Wendover by Mike Adamson
The Unknown Future by Daniel R. Robichaud
Upstairs by Jim Mountfield
The Demons Cry by Ginger Strivelli
Better to Be Haunted by Lynne Sargent
Facts Unexplained by Sonali Roy
The Man in the Seersucker Suit by R. D. Hayes
In Quest of the Yeti, the Divine Protector of the Himalayas by Sonali Roy
Come take a journey to the strange side—order here:
BRIDGES INTO THE IMAGINATION BY M. R. WILLIAMSON
In this thrilling and mysterious collection you’ll meet several magical and ephemeral denizens. A beautiful young woman walks out of the sea in Florida and telepaths instructions that eventually lead to a treasure. A woman awakens in her bedroom to find a beatific stranger before her. Is he angel…or devil? There’s a tale about a wizard’s apprentice who entangles himself in a problem with faeries. Hunting dogs tree something that might not be of this world. And a young man seeks out a dragon to help him with his love life.
Come cross that bridge and get a copy:
TOWER OF BĀBEL BY JAMES B. NICOLA
Acclaimed writer James B. Nicola’s poetry collection is a tour de force that covers an entire cycle of topics, too vast to enumerate here. He draws on imagery in his phrases and words, and adds a good measure of pith here and there to give the words body. The result is a work that will leave you mentally gasping for breath, and pensive for weeks to come. Welcome to worlds to consider.
You can find those worlds here:
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 2023!
Storyteller and Managing Editor