MAY 2022 NEWSLETTER
Rage Against the Dying of the Light
“A person’s reach should exceed their grasp.” Great saying, updated with contemporary pronoun usage. But how is it related to science fiction and fantasy?
We tell stories of things that have not been achieved or discovered and, perhaps, can never be achieved or discovered. The embodiment of such literally-remote concepts can be found in the words Tír na n’Og (Irish for “the far-off place”) and hiraeth, a word of Welsh origin meaning a place or feeling that can be conceived of and dreamt of but not attained. Tantalizingly, they are just out of reach. In many ways, both these unattainable concepts are very much science fiction and fantasy.
When we tell stories, we have no way of knowing whether the worlds and characters and situations and, yes, beasties we create actually exist. Nor does their existence signify, because it is our job to bring all these to life, be they ultimately fact or fiction. If done properly, the story engages the reader to such a degree that it is almost impossible to put the book down until the back cover is finally closed. In some cases (e.g., Thuvia, Maid of Earth), Kleenex should be placed on stand-by.
A person’s reach can in theory never grasp Tír na n’Og or hiraeth. But don’t stop trying.
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We remain open to submissions for a new Lovecraftian anthology called Soldiers of the Old Ones. This is your head’s-up announcement to get out those quills and inkwells and start inscribing. Here’s what we want to see:
In this, our seventh anthology of the Lovecraftian series, we are looking for tales of the people who fight for, sacrifice for, and work toward the takeover of the world by the Old Ones. In a previous anthology, we dealt with the worshipers. They helped bring about the appearance of the Old Ones. The soldiers in this anthology are those who actually help the manifest Old Ones in their conquest.
This is war. Conflict. There will be atrocity. Horror in the truest sense of the word, from madness to mayhem. Tell us about the weapons, physical and not, used by the soldiers in their campaigns. Show us the progress or lack thereof toward the endgame of total victory for the Old Ones or humanity. Is it possible humanity can win? Maybe, but show us how.
Check out the guidelines here: https://www.hiraethsffh.com/soldiers
THE HUNGUR CHRONICLES
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
THE NEW DRABBLE CONTEST
IS OPEN TO SUBMISSIONS!
The theme for this contest is “Space Junk.” As there’s a lot of junk up there, this shouldn’t be too difficult to come up with a story of 100 words. As always, this contest is judged and edited by Terrie Leigh Relf. Be sure to read the guidelines! You can find them at: https://www.hiraethsffh.com/drabble-contest
IT CAME FROM UNDER THE BED
IS NOW OPEN TO SUBMISSIONS!
Basically, whatever the title inspires you to write, that’s what you write. The editorial team is the same as it was for “It Came from Her Purse”—Terrie Leigh Relf and Marcia Borell. Strongly recommend you read the guidelines! They’re right here: https://www.hiraethsffh.com/underthebed
SHELTER OF DAYLIGHT SPRING 2022
Shelter of Daylight features positive and uplifting science fiction and fantasy. In this issue you’ll find a vampire who takes a human family under her protection; an homage to Michelangelo; a search for a saboteur; advice from a ghost about letting go; a visitor from the moon; and much more.
To order a copy, simply go here: https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/shelter-of-daylight-spring-2022-edited-by-tyree-campbell
ILLUMEN SPRING 2022
Illumen is a a quarterly digest of science fiction and fantasy poetry, including minimalist forms such as haiku, haibun, empat perkataan, cinquains, and other forms. The featured poet in this issue is Lisa Timpf. Other voices include Avra Margariti, Jane Stuart, Randall Andrews, and many others!
To order a copy, simply go here: https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/illumen-spring-2022-edited-by-tyree-campbell
By day Oliva Sudden is a substitute high school teacher struggling with unruly students and administrations that do not care for her methods or her color. At night she haunts the neighborhood, fighting those whose activities harm the ‘hood’s innocents—people who just want to live and grow. To do this, she has been gifted with special skills that make her invulnerable.
Jordan Farrell, a white detective, has been selected to stay in an apartment in the ‘hood to represent “police presence.” None too happy about this, he nevertheless finds himself involved with the people who live there, and tries to help when he can, often going beyond the call of duty. His partner, Detective Jamaryelle Moore, supports him. Their caseload includes investigations of recent unsolved killings in the ‘hood. Unknown to them, the killings are being carried out by Oliva Sudden—who lives next door to Farrell.
To order a copy of this first book in a new superheroine series, simply go here: https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/oliva-sudden-by-tyree-campbell
AVATAR: A YOELIN THIBBONY RESCUE
In defeating the long-game conspiracy to take over Corporatia, Yoelin was compelled to leave a loose end. Now she finds that the conspiracy is not only still active, but is vaster than she had imagined—and the conspirators want their revenge!
A strange communication from an unidentified source that requests a Rescue leads Yoelin into a trap, where she encounters a nemesis from her past as a Special Security Operative. Circumstances compel her to take him aboard the Sequana, but as an ally or an enemy, she remains uncertain. His subsequent erratic behavior fails to clarify his role, and she must remain on guard.
Meanwhile, Abnoba, the Sequana’s computer, becomes an entity unparalleled in the history of computers. Maybe Abby can save the day…at a terrible cost. But that cost pales in significance beside the betrayal Yoelin has to confront in her family. If she can survive that…but does she want to?
To find out more, simply go here and buy a copy: https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/avatar-by-tyree-campbell
DRABBLE HARVEST #6: “MURDER,” SHE DRABBLED
Welcome to a collection of 100-word murder mysteries. In here you will meet perpetrators from other worlds as well as from Earth, and the detectives who resolve what the perps do. It’s not always easy, and it’s not always pretty, but it is weird in place. You’ll find humor and serious points in these stories. So take a load off and escape this world for a little while.
For a few mysterious smiles, simply go here and buy a copy. We’ll be glad you did. So will you. https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/drabble-harvest-6-murder-she-drabbled-edited-by-terrie-leigh-relf
IN CASE YOU MISSED THEM:
COSMIC CRIME STORIES March 2022
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.
The Jungle by James Dorr
Small Town, Strange Case by DJ Tyrer
Enhanced by Al Hagan
Murder on the Orion by Karl E-Koura
A Way With Words by Rosie Oliver
The Difficult Death of Auguste Henri Vincent by Gustavo Bondoni
WHEN THE MUSHROOMS COME by Francis W. Alexander
The Atomic Age brought with it many wonders and great strides forward. It also brought nuclear war. We often forget how many nuclear warheads are still scattered about our world, and how many countries are still trying to make their own. What would happen to ordinary people if one fell without warning? Follow along in the lives of different people as they move through the drop of a nuclear bomb – before, during, and after the fall. See their lives before the flash, their reactions when the mushroom cloud rises, and how the survivors struggle on.
Relevant? We hope not. But…
THE PROTOCOL: A THYME AMARETTO KILL by Tyree Campbell
By the end of the first quarter of the 21st century, the U.S. has been transformed into a country run by dictatorial bureaucrats, criminal organizations, and secret government projects, all nominally overseen by septuagenarian presidents who no longer have any real power. People hunker down, do their jobs, and try not to get noticed. The police have their hands full. Legal contracts can be taken out against anyone, and fulfilled by contract killers. Overseeing some of these killers is a government project called The Protocol.
The best of the killers is Thyme Amaretto, a mysterious woman from Sri Lanka who is an Olympic biathlon champion. But she is particular about her contracts; she has scruples. And that terrifies The Protocol, because she could turn on them.
Complicating everything is the arrival on Earth of some aliens. Many remain hidden, watching. A few align with The Protocol, and commit to special tactics.
Only Thyme Amaretto can stop this. Unless she is stopped first.
Our latest anthology, INFRADEAD: Tales of Human Extinction has just been released. Come find out what could happen… This is the end of the human species…or is it? Here are ten tales of our demise. The causes and characters vary, as do the ultimate outcomes.
The last woman on Earth—but is Satan tempting her?
One final attempt to leave the planet…
A poignant surrender and goodbye
Dietary supplements prolong the inevitable
The virus that we did to ourselves
…and much more.
Remember: we were here.
EN FIN: 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.
Storyteller and Managing Editor