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HIRAETH PUBLISHING’S

SEPTEMBER 2023 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.”

There’s truth to the adage that “old age is not for the young.” In the past few weeks this has been brought home to me with alacrity. First there was the spill while donating food to a food pantry that gave me a badly sprained right wrist (no good deed, right?). For two weeks it was almost impossible to type anything that included more than QWERTY, etc. Healing took eight weeks. Then, over the past three weeks, an upper respirator virus settled in, reducing sleep to a couple hours a day. So argh.

 

Scifaikuest August has been mailed and paid. All remaining August orders will be shipped Monday. With luck, this newsletter will be posted 9/9/23. In the meantime, we plod on.

 

Moving right along…

 

SCIFAIKUEST AUGUST 2023 ONLINE EDITION

Edited by t.santitoro

This edition has now been posted 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. 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:

 

BOOKS2023

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!

 

Drabbun Anthology

Hiraeth Publishing is still open for submissions to a new Drabbun anthology. We will be open until full===probably the end of September. For instructions on what to do and how this works, please read our guidelines, which are posted here: https://www.hiraethsffh.com/drabbun

 

 

New Anthology Call!

HERE THERE BE DRAGONS

 

Dragons are icons of fantasy and legends about them abound. Found in novels, poetry, and art, they stir the imagination as helpers, heroes, villains, and symbols of love, fear, and wealth. We are looking for renderings of dragons in writing and art that capture the essence of these fascinating creatures.

 

The anthology will be open for submissions from 1 October 2023 to 1 January 2024 or if filled before. Publication will be on or about 15 June 2024. Editor is H David Blalock. Read the guidelines carefully. This one should be a doozy!

 

Find the guidelines here.

 

Now, let’s see what we’ve been up to recently…

 

NEW RELEASES!

ALIENS, MAGIC, AND MONSTERS BY LAUREN MCBRIDE

Fun to read. Fun to write. Aliens, Magic, and Monsters features poems set in the unlimited and imaginative realm of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. The poems were chosen to showcase over twenty poetic forms from acrostiku to zip, from strict rhyme to free verse, and much more in between. There are guidelines included on how to write each type of poem. Try a sci(na)ku. At only six words, it's sure to interest even the youngest readers.

 

Ordering Link: Print ($8.95), PDF & ePub ($2.99)

 

THE GIFTED BY TYREE CAMPBELL

DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF AND INSPIRED BY MELISSA MEAD

The year is 2045. Earth’s societies have fallen apart for various reasons—economic, social, political, disease. To live, people began to loot, kill each other, and generally get by from day to day. In the latter stages of this deterioration, fear of disease caused immunizations to be rushed into production without proper testing. Some parents soon discovered that the children born were deformed in some way: flippers for hands and/or feet, missing organs, scales for skin, etc.

 

In addition to flippered hands and feet, Wendy Meade was gifted with some psi abilities that enabled her to talk with animals and with people. Now an adult woman, she scrapes by in a woods above a bay on the coast of southern Oregon, where there is an abandoned town where food is still available in convenience stores. She supplements this with shellfish from the bay. Such is her life.

 

Until one day she discovers that she can telepath with animals and people. A small community begins to form around her. Now, if possible, she has to use her powers to protect them from marauders.

 

Ordering Link: Print ($14.95), PDF  & ePub ($3.99)

 

PARABNORMAL MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER 2023 EDITED BY H. DAVID BLALOCK

parABnormal Magazine features stories that focus on the paranormal, including ghosts, spectres, witchcraft, the afterlife, and the occasional bit of dark magic. 

Stories
Bone Deep by Shannon Taft
Hello, It’s Patrick by Joseph Charles Walter
On a Quiet Street, In a Friendly Neighborhood by Jean Jentilet
Protective Shadow by DJ Tyrer
The Ghost on Coffin Street by Roxanne Dent
The Inner Eye Opening by Daniel R. Robichaud

 

Poems
From the Rim of the Quarry by John Grey
Me and My Ghost by Fariel Shafee
Winter Traveller by Sarah Cannavo
Hot Dog and Ectoplasm by Alicia Hilton
Alone by Alexis Child
House by Lynn White

 

Articles
Ghost Stories by Eric Esquivel and Ryan Cody

Severed Heads and Omens of Death: The Horror Origins of Halloween by Gary Davis
Psychedelics and the Paranormal by R. D. Hayes

 

Ordering Link: Print ($12.95), PDF & ePub ($3.99)

 

THE ILLUSION LARK BY TYREE CAMPBELL

Five hundred years into the future, Pevely Keiser is the capo of the criminal organization called Temmen.  Temmen runs itself, for the most part, with only a few nudges from Pevely to keep people in line.  Lately she has two things on her mind.  She wants to do something good and useful with the funds that accrue to the gang.  And she has a companion or two to help her…and to share her bed, for she well knows it’s lonely at the top.


An alien named Dorcas, who can project illusions designed to create joy or terror, has come to Pevely because a small group of her people have disappeared.  Assisting Dorcas, Pevely finds herself up against the major corporate power in human trafficking--a power that dwarfs what her gang, Temmen, can muster.  To salvage this one, she has to deal with a possible betrayal by someone she trusted completely, and rescue a family in distress, as well as see to a few strays she tends to accumulate during her activities.  Along the way, she has to figure out why someone would abduct aliens who create illusions.  As dangers gather like storm clouds, she is forced to rely on the one person she cannot trust:  Dorcas the Illusian.

 

Ordering Link: Print ($13.95), PDFePub ($3.99)

 

COSMIC CRIME STORIES SEPTEMBER 2023

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.

 

Short Stories

Hunters in the Maze by Mike Adamson

Acquisitiveness Can Kill by DJ Tyrer

Suttee by Tyree Campbell

Stolen Words by Iseult Murphy

Phil, Sleuthing on His Own by Debby Feo

 

Articles

A Monetary Free Society by Peter MacQuarrie

 

Ordering Link: Print ($13.95), PDFePub ($2.99)

 

ILLUMEN SUMMER 2023

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.

Featured Poet: Maureen Bowden

Plus: Lisa Timpf, Randall Andrews, Dawn McCormack, Sandy DeLuca, and many more!

 

Ordering Link: Print ($9.95), PDFePub ($2.99)

 

AND HELD OVER FOR ANOTHER MONTH

DUTY AND HONOR BY D. L. R. FRASE

Although Aryk was born an Islander, he washes ashore at a young age in the Flatland Kingdom, the only survivor of a shipwreck. King Konr raises Aryk as his own son. Years later, after a severe summer and serious drought, Islanders are detected making unannounced landings in Flatlander territory. King Konr has no knowledge of the Islander military strength and can only assume the worst by such behavior. In an effort to discourage war, he secures the betrothal of the daughter of the Highland king and an alliance he believes will be strong enough that the Islanders would not dare attack.

Aryk is given the duty of leading a party to the Highland Kingdom to escort Konr’s betrothed to the Flatland Kingdom, using a map provided by Konr’s couriers. As the journey becomes increasingly difficult, this map becomes more and more suspect and the couriers who provided it are assumed to be Islander spies attempting to stop the wedding and alliance.

 

Type: Novel, Viking, Sword, Adventure

Ordering Link: Print ($17.95): PDF & ePub ($4.99)

 

 

FUTURE TENSE: A story of Earth in 11,000 CE by Tyree Campbell

Lisa is the last survivor of six astronauts who were sent into space aboard the Laika to test the new faster-than-light drive and to explore other worlds. She was gone for 38 years, but time dilation makes her return 9,000 years later. The Earth is mostly a desert, and few humans have survived. She wants to find out why this happened. She is aided by Rachel, the Laika’s computer who has come to life, and by Elly, a reclusive Kentucky moonshiner who wants to learn more about her milieu.

 

They encounter a desolate land sparsely populated by disparate folk whose societies are based on what little commerce exists. There are isolated groups of religious fanatics who enslave others. Finally Lisa’s search winds up at the long-abandoned site of Area 51, where she and her companions learn the truth about the fall of Earth.

 

Type: Novella, science fiction, post-apocalyptic

Ordering Link: Print ($11.95): PDF  & ePub ($3.99)

 

 

SCIFAIKUEST AUGUST 2023 EDITED BY T.SANTITORO

21ST ANNIVERSARY EDITION!!!!

Scifaikuest is a quarterly digest of minimalist poetry, including such forms as scifaiku, haiku, tanka, senryu, haibun, Fibonacci, diminuendo, cinquain, and empat perkataan, to name by a few. In this issue you will find:

 

Featured Poet: Stephen C. Curro

The Miguel O. Mitchell Page

The Tyler Kerby Page

The Alejandro Barrón Page

…and several other Pages!!

Articles: Dead Parrot Down by Robert E. Porter

…and of course lots more!

 

Type: Digest, minimalist poetry – science fiction, fantasy, speculative

Ordering Link: Print ($9.95): PDF & ePub ($2.99)

 

 

THE FIFTH DI… AUGUST 2023 EDITED BY TYREE CAMPBELL

The Fifth Di… presents science fiction, fantasy, and horror for your reading enjoyment. Come meet the difficulties and the characters who deal with them in The Fifth Di…

 

Features

The Astronaut Always Rings Twice Reviewed by Lisa Timpf

 

Short Stories

The Origin of Mirial by N. E. Matin

Moving with the Times by Rick Danforth

Daysider in Nighttown by Tom Howard

 

Flash Fiction

Physical Humor is a Dying Medium by Gustavo Bondoni

A Million Miles Away by Christian Riley

The Heart of the Island by Andrew Hughes

 

Poetry

The Greening by Bruce Boston

Population Attitudes by Roxanne Barbour

Historical Drift by Bruce Boston

Sneaky Spaceship Cats by Roxanne Barbour

Observed and Recorded by Bruce Boston

Life Sustaining by Roxanne Barbour

 

Illustrations

Sweet Gypsy Fortuneteller by Sandy DeLuca

 

Type: Anthology: Stories, poems, art, articles

Ordering Link: Print ($11.95): PDF & ePub ($3.99):

 

A WHIMSICAL COTTAGE BY K. S. HARDY

In this book you’ll learn: Why there are no more unicorns. The secret of Rapunzel’s hairdresser. How the Velociraptor Reservation developed, and what it means for humans. Why Sleeping Beauty wanted to be ugly. The decision Snow White had to make. How the pigs lost their wings. The adventures of a baloney sandwich. About what happened at the annual triceratops race. And so much more!

 

Type: Short Story and Poetry Collection – science fiction and fantasy

Ordering Link: Print ($10.95): PDF & ePub ($2.99)

 

SHELTER OF DAYLIGHT JULY 2023 EDITED BY TYREE CAMPBELL

Shelter of Daylight features positive and uplifting science fiction and fantasy. In this issue you’ll find a magical standing stone that swallows up a visitor; the call for a mermaid child to return to the ocean; the destroyer of a civilization, and its rebuilder; and much more.

 

Short Stories

Rainbow Ghosts by Maureen Bowden

Cymodoce by Joseph Carrabis

Fall of the Dark God by Mike Adamson

The Price of Remembering by Lisa Timpf

At the Edge of the Wood by Angelisa Fontaine-Wood

Rule of Threes by Rebecca Hardy

 

Poetry

Peace Is Possible by Guy Belleranti

A Life Well Spent by Peter MacQuarrie

 

Illustrations

Ink Woman by Sandy DeLuca

Cover price: Print: $11.95; ePub & PDF: $3.99

 

MYSTERIOUS RIDER BY M. R. WILLIAMSON

Mysterious doings surround the old house that has caught the attention of Elmore Paranormal Investigations. Ghosts and rumors of ghosts abound. Certain events simply cannot be explained away. There’s a shapeshifter, a skinwalker, lurking about. What does it want? How can it be appeased? Can the Native American who is working with the Christopher family be of any assistance, with his knowledge of native folklore and mythology? Or is the ghost something the folks will simply have to live with for the rest of their lives?

 

Type: FH novella

Cover price: Print: $10.95; ePubPDF: $3.99

STARWINDERS: NOHANA’S HEART BY TYREE CAMPBELL

The scion of a corporate hierarch, Angrboda Vigdisdottir (Ayvy) wants to hijack a gold shipment to prevent an interstellar war. Disgraced security operative Pol Cahill is the ideal partner for her, given his skill set. Unfortunately, personalities clash. Finally, on a remote world, the two encounter one another in a tavern, and find that a young woman named Nohana, intensely educated and with a desire to travel among the stars, takes to the pair.

 

But the personalities continue to clash even as plans are laid to steal the gold. Nohana fills the power vacuum and becomes the so-called adult in the room. But Cahill is shot and wounded before they can carry out their plan. Nohana now has no choice but to try to save the day, despite her lack of experience. Meanwhile, the war awaits.

 

Type: Novel – SF

Cover price: Print: $15.95; PDF & ePub: $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 October!

 

Tyree Campbell

Storyteller and Managing Editor

September 2023

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