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HIRAETH PUBLISHING’S

NOVEMBER 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.”

What happened to Israel on 7 October 2023 is far beyond any words of condemnation. As evil, malicious, and loathsome as the slaughter was, in the aftermath of it in the United States of America, when tens of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands, of pro-Hamas anti-Semite racist protesters filled the streets chanting horrific slogans…it’s beyond words. If this is what America has become, I have no choice but to be ashamed of this country.

 

I have to wonder now whether we are fast approaching a Kristallnacht, a Night of Broken Glass, carried out by these same protesters. This same sort of racist social movement has already been recorded by William Shirer in his “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.” “From the river to the sea” is a slogan that could well have come from Goebbels. The Nazis also used the German court system to harass and jail their political opponents (sound familiar?). Fascist thugs assaulted and even killed those who objected to Nazism (sound familiar, antifa?). Goebbels and his ilksters took over the German media, so that only the Nazi agenda was broadcast, and dissent was censored (sound familiar, ABC, CBS, NBC, etc. and Zuckerberg et al?). Scary times. We have not been paying attention to what has been going on in our infrastructure—political, social, educational, economic, and media— and this lack of attention is and will continue to be costing us in ways that only the most malignant can imagine. We need to start thinking about our attention span in months and years, not the time that one shiny thing endures before the next shiny thing comes along. Because this will all continue for years and decades, until the fondest dreams of Hitler and Stalin and Mao are realized in this country.

 

There’s a maxim that “What can be done to one, can be done to anyone.” We’re seeing that now, in our cities, in our schools, in our “social” media, and in our courtrooms. “First they came for…” So who’s next? You? Me? Someone you care about?

 

It may well be that what’s wrong cannot now be fixed. Virtually our entire infrastructure has, with a few exceptions, been taken over by a putrescent cancerous rot. Americans will have to Viagra their spinal columns—what remains of them—to stand up and say, “I’m mad as Hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore.” And then do something massive about it.

 

Moving right along, here in the sane world of Hiraeth Publishing…

 

The Summer 2023 Illumen met with an accident on the way here. Apparently UPS got the box from Ingram, only to discover that it was, of all things, empty! I’ve filed a claim, and reordered. I hope to have the issue mailed before Thanksgiving.

 

SCIFAIKUEST NOVEMBER 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

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

The second Drabbun anthology is now closed to submissions. For those who have work accepted, we will likely publish in January 2024.

 

 

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!

 

THE HUNGUR CHRONICLES – SAMHAIN 2023

The Hungur Chronicles focuses on vampires in or from outer space as well as those encountered on Earth. Published twice a year, on Walpurgisnacht and Samhain, it features stories, articles, illustrations, and poetry by new voices as well as familiar ones.

 

The Derelict by Gary Davis

Survival and Sorcery by David Lee Summers

Quantum Poetry by James Bullard

Movie Review: Nanny by Lee Clark Zumpe

And more!

Print: $11.95; ePubPDF: $3.99

 

SCIFAIKUEST – NOVEMBER 2023

Featured Poet: Joshua St. Claire

The Lorelyn de la Cruz Arevalo Page

The Dylan Mabe Page

The Deborah Karl-Brandt Page

…and much more!!

Articles: Through by Robert E. Porter

 

Ordering links:

Print: $10.95; ePubPDF: $2.99

 

HEIR APPARENT BY TYREE CAMPBELL

Answering a distress call, March and Myrrha find a young woman who has deliberately been marooned on an uninhabited world. She claims to be Hoya Palologa, heir to the Palologa throne on Wanderby. But there is already a Hoya who has been invested as the heir apparent to that throne. Myrrha believes the claim of the Hoya she and March have encountered. Thus begins a journey to establish the succession, a journey made far more perilous because Hoya not only claims the throne, but is also a sinister personage with several crimes on her resume.

 

March and Myrrha find themselves embroiled in internal politics on Wanderby, where the slightest wrong move can get them killed. The rulers on that world are oblivious to the subtle machinations of their underlings, one of whom has created a lookalike but false Hoya. Which one is which? And will death take the real one before March and Myrrha can stop it?

 

Ordering links:

Print: $13.95; ePub & PDF: $4.99

 

WHOLEHEARTED HALF-TRUTHS BY MELANIE REED

Wholehearted Half-Truths? Here’s one:

“I just couldn’t make these characters work the way I wanted them to. Right now I keep all my rough drafts inside this bottom drawer. Once in a while I hear some noise down there. They’re frustrated, half-finished, want some kind of resolution, but I’m tired. They will have to wait a few more centuries.”

There’s lots more inside…

 

Ordering links:

Print: $13.95; ePub & PDF: $3.99

 

ICYMI:

ILLUMEN #53 - AUTUMN 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: Yuliia Vereta

Plus: Deborah Sheldon, Christopher Hivner, Gary Every, and many more!

Type: Poetry Digest – SF/Fantasy

Cover price: Print: $9.95; PDF & ePub: $2.99

SPACEPORTS & SPIDERSILK OCTOBER 2023

Edited by Marcie Lynn Tentchoff, Spaceports & Spidersilk features science fiction and fantasy short stories, poetry, and art for readers ages 9 to 99.

Type: periodic SF/F digest for younger readers

Audience: ages 9 to 99

Ordering Link: Print: $10.95; ePub & PDF :$2.99

BRIDGES INTO THE IMAGINATION #3 BY M. R. WILLIAMSON

In this thrilling and mysterious collection you’ll meet several magical and ephemeral denizens. Ephemeral creatures such as dragons; aliens in the landscape; spirits, ghosts, and haunters; the strange, macabre, and delightfully weird. You’ll find stories that will stay with you long after you’ve closed the book.

Type: Collection of Genre Short Stories

Cover price: Print: $12.95; ePub & PDF: $3.99

WHISPERS FROM THE INTOXICATING ABYSS BY LEE CLARK ZUMPE

You may not realize it, but they're out there: impossible shadows, omniscient horrors, and unseen, unknowable entities scattered across the great gulfs of nothingness at the edges of the universe. In this collection, author Lee Clark Zumpe draws back the curtain from the invisible realm, divulging its arcane secrets and ghastly revelations. Come walk paths meandering over shunned worlds adrift in darkness, and through seemingly mundane, liminal spaces that might be overrun with ancient shadows at any moment.   Stories are inspired by the works of H. P. Lovecraft.

 

Type: Collection of Short Stories

Cover price: Print: $13.95; ePub & PDF: $3.99

 

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

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)

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 December!

 

Tyree Campbell

Storyteller and Managing Editor

November 2023

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