JANUARY 2023 NEWSLETTER
Rage Against the Dying of the Light
“Insanity is voting for the same people over and over and expecting different results.” borrowed from Einstein…
Welcome to the Solar New Year: 2023!
The year looks like it should be a prime number, but it’s not. For those who are primarily curious, 2023 = 7 x 289.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s move on to the year itself. Science fiction and fantasy (and, yeah, horror) remain popular with lots of folks. The first two genres concern dreams, the last, nightmares. But it’s all part of our psyche. We as a species are interested in the possible and the pavors, the night terrors that stalk us. Thus paranormal is as readable as science fiction.
Our mission is to present to the readers the best stories, poems, articles, and art that we can get. Some of what we’ve published has garnered award nominations, and a few of those have even won awards. In addition, some of our contributors have won awards elsewhere.
Which segues to those whom we publish. It’s nice to get paid for what one writes, of course, but in some, perhaps many cases it’s even more important to the storytellers, poets, and artists that they be read and seen. They have something to say with their craft, and we at Hiraeth Publishing try to pick the very best of that lot for you, the reader. In one guise or another, we’ve been doing this since 2002, taking over Pro Mart with the blessing of Jim Baker, who passed away that year. His dream and his effects on others live on…
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!!!
BUY ALL THE BOOKS YOU WANT AND
USE THIS 20% DISCOUNT CODE:
(NOTE: THIS IS THE CURRENT CODE FOR THE NEW YEAR)
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!
Due out in two weeks are two anthologies: It Came from Under the Bed; and Dark As Life. The latter is a horror/dark fantasy anthology. Watch for updates on FB and Twitter.
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 recent Drabble contest, the theme of which was Out the Airlock, is now over, and work has begun on the release of the issue. Look for it in the February 2023 newsletter.
The new Drabble contest is now open!!! The theme is Haunted Spaceports. Be sure to check out the guidelines at https://www.hiraethsffh.com/drabble-contest
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
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 FIFTH DI… DECEMBER 2022
The Fifth Di… presents science fiction, fantasy, and horror for your reading enjoyment. This issue includes magic, a problem with mer-people, an artist toying with forbidden moonscapes, a conspiracy of regicide, and a romance on the rocks that involves a werewolf god. Come meet these events and the characters who deal with them in The Fifth Di… Here’s the ordering link:
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:
WINTER 2023 ILLUMEN
The featured poet in this issue is a relative newcomer to the speculative poetry scene. She hails from Colorado. Come meet n a spencer
Plus: Lee Clark Zumpe, Warren Brown, Deborah Sheldon, and many more!
Cover art is Sandy DeLuca’s “Kissing Darkness.”
THE MAYFLY MOONS BY SHAWN VIMISLICKY
Fantasy poetry at its finest, with new observations on classical literature, self-discovery, the longing for a better place (hiraeth), beings swept up in events, and fantasy romanticism. Often uplifting, sometimes darker, and here and there a mix of the two extremes, this collection will thrill you, haunt you, and raise your spirits.
Cover art “A Rose of Thaumaturgy” and design by Marcia Borell
And you can order a copy here! https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/mayfly-moons-by-shawn-vimislicky
AND LEST WE FORGET:
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:
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