HIRAETH PUBLISHING’S

JULY 2022 NEWSLETTER

Rage Against the Dying of the Light

A couple of weeks ago on Facebook, I presented my current personal reading list, which included Balthazar by Lawrence Durrell; The History of Science Fiction by Lester del Rey; and a biography of Mel Brooks. Last night I finished reading Balthazar, the second book in the so-called Alexandria Quartet.

It was, as I noted earlier, difficult to pick up the point-of-view person at various points in the text. At times I felt that the p-o-v was a character based on the author himself. Not that it matters, because with Durrell, as with most great writers and even some far lesser ones (such as myself), it’s the words that matter. And so it was.

 

The last half-dozen pages of the narrative constitute what might be called a summation of the novel’s development. Overall what has happened is that the “author” character had been writing a book, and a friend of his (Balthazar), having read his manuscript, sought to set the record straight on some of the facts by means of his own Intralinear. No, I’ll spare you that record, but in the process of writing this novel, Durrell had some things to say, through the character of a fellow named Ludwig Pursewarden, about writing and writers.

 

Among Pursewarden’s sentiments, as well as those of Balthazar himself, was that the human physical form is how a writer disguises his/her true self. The writer in reality consists of conceptualizations, ideas, thoughts, deliberations, and beliefs. These come to the fore in the writer’s guise as a human being whenever words are put to paper. A reader, regarding a human who is a writer, sees only the human. The real writer is in the gray (and probably white) matter, revealed only in what he or she puts onto paper. Yes, if you are a writer, this is where you are.

 

But wait! There’s just a little bit more. If one were to summarize Durrell’s thoughts regarding writers, it might well go something like this: Writers are storytellers who have yet to admit to themselves that they have a purpose in telling stories. As Pursewarden himself notes…

 

“I have two problems which interconnect: my art and my life. Now in my life I am somewhat irresolute and shabby, but in my art I am free to be what I most desire to seem—someone who might bring resolution and harmony into the dying lives around me. In my art, indeed, through my art, I want really to achieve myself shedding the work…as a snake sheds its skin. Perhaps that’s why writers at heart want to be loved for their work rather than for themselves…”

 

Balthazar is a complex (but not complicated) novel that demands a second and even a third reading, in order to extract all of the nuances, including those of writerhood as described and practiced by the p-o-v, by Pursewarden, by Pombal, and very importantly by Clea, who is the subject of the fourth and final volume in the Alexandria Quartet.

 

Durrell’s work also drives home the idea that if one is to be a writer, one must first be a reader. This means not watching tv, not reading (and skimming) e-books, but picking up a hard copy—paperback or hardback—and finding a place to sit and sip whatever beverage one fancies, and turning pages, and all the while wearing an expression that tells the world, “I am reading! Fuck with me at your peril!”

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THIS JUST IN!

Of the 1371 poems nominated to Dwarf Stars, the annual “best of” for minimalist and short poetry, 120 were chosen for the anthology. These include:

 

  • 12 poems from our Scifaikuest

  • 1 poem from our The Fifth Di… by Debby Feo

  • 1 poem from our Potters Field #7 by Colleen Anderson

 

WOOT!

 

DRABBLE NEWS

The Hiraeth Publishing Drabble Contents has ended—the theme was Space Junk—and here are the winners:

 

First Place: "Fetch!" By Juliet Wilson

Second Place: "Interplanetary Dump" By D. L. R. Frase

Honorable Mention: "Junk Mail" By M. M. De Voe

Honorable Mention: "Waste Management Policy" By Marcelo Medone

Honorable Mention: "The Resetter" By Kathryn Reilly

Honorable Mention: "The Button" By Marcia Borell

 

Publication of Drabble Harvest #7: Space Junk is expected in August. The new contest will be announced in the August 2022 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

 

IT CAME FROM UNDER THE BED IS STILL 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

 

 

NEW RELEASES!

 

THE MARTIAN WAVE JULY 2022

The Martian Wave features stories of the exploration and settlement of other worlds. In this issue you will encounter a woman fleeing bounty hunters; what the quantum computers revealed; sexism and nepotism in the stellar workplace; what standing stones really mean; and antagonism toward ancestry during a live-fire situation.

 

Features

The Plush Pink Elephant in the Rumaki—a review by Robert E. Porter of The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson

Peridot – Avatar—a review by Alan Ira Gordon of Episode #3 by Tyree Campbell

 

Novelette

A New Skin by Mike Morgan

 

Short Stories

Fifty Light-Years by Roxanne Dent

Monument by David McGillveray

Planet 14 by Lisa Shapter

Ride the Divine Wind by Jim Lee

Seers of Neptune by Rosie Oliver

 

Flash Fiction

Barbershop Quintet by Mike Murphy

 

Poems

The Conjoining by K. S. Hardy

Moon Ship by K. S. Hardy

 

Here’s where you order a copy. Order for friends, too. https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/martian-wave-july-2022-edited-by-tyree-campbell

 

 

ILLUMEN SUMMER 2022

The Featured Poet in this issue is Alexis Child. Cover art “Gypsy Spell” by Sandy DeLuca. Other voices include Meg Smith, Alan Ira Gordon, E. P. Fisher, Taliesin Gore, and many others!

 

Here’s where you get a copy: https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/illumen-summer-2022-edited-by-tyree-campbell

 

THE DRABBUN ANTHOLOGY

EDITED BY FRANCIS W. ALEXANDER AND T.SANTITORO

A drabbun is a very flash story punctuated by a summarizing thought. Some are humorous, others poignant or evocative of an emotion. All are entertaining and thought-provoking. The drabbun was developed by the staff of Hiraeth Publishing as an innovative method of presenting ideas and concepts.

 

This anthology is perfect for late night bedtime reading.

Order your copy here. Buy for friends, too. https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/drabbun-anthology-edited-by-francis-w-alexander-and-t-santitoro

 

COMING IN AUGUST OR EARLIER:

 

  • Drabble Harvest #7: Space Junk

  • Those Who Die (novel) by t.santitoro

  • Bullet Cluster (scifaiku and haibun collection) by John Dunphy

  • Scifaikuest August 2022 edited by t.santitoro

  • Nohana’s Heart (novel #1 in Starwinders series) by Tyree Campbell

 

IN CASE YOU MISSED THEM

THE HUNGUR CHRONICLES MAY 2022

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 first issue is now available. Order a copy here.

https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/hungur-chronicles-walpurgisnacht-edited-by-terrie-leigh-relf-and-robert-bellam

 

Better yet, order a subscription here: https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/hungur-chronicles-subscription

 

SCIFAIKUEST MAY 2022

The Featured Poet for this issue is Ngo Binh Anh Khoa of Viet Nam. There are also 12 Poet’s Pages, each featuring the work of one poet. There is also an article by Doug Gant about the poetic form known as a rictameter, “Exploring the Rictameter Form.” Order a copy here.

https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/scifaikuest-may-2022-edited-by-teri-santitoro

 

THE FIFTH DI… JUNE 2022

Science fiction, fantasy, and a bit of the dark spooky stuff are the genres for this quarterly digest. Here’s what’s in this issue:

Features

Publishing Your Horror and Fantasy Work by Ashley Dioses

 

Short Stories

Raveled Seaweed and a Pearl by Kelly A. Harmon

Risen in the East by DJ Tyrer

Shackles by Maureen Bowden

The Monster of Kylantar by Jason Lairamore

Unforeseen Circumstances by Maureen Bowden

The Man Who Was Only History by J. J. Steinfeld

 

Flash Fiction

Live! From the Thimble Theatre by Alan Ira Gordon

The Strange Case of Mr. Hedford’s House by Jonathan Sherwood

 

Poetry

Flight of the Beast by Bruce Boston

The Next Incarnation of Joan by Jay Sturner

Queen of Bees by Scott J. Couturier

Azazel-Pomps by Scott J. Couturier

She Talks of the Past, I Think of the Future by C. J. Carter-Stephenson

Welcome to the Future by John Grey

And here’s where you get a copy:

https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/fifth-di-edited-by-tyree-campbell

PARABNORMAL MAGAZINE JUNE 2022

Here’s what’s in this issue:

 

Stories

A Ghostly Job “Break a Leg” by Karen and Roxanne Dent

Living Hope by Herika R. Raymer

An Unsettling Dispute, or the Vindication of William Worthfield by Scott J. Couturier

They Came by K. Wallace King

The Clinging Darkness by Frederick Pangbourne

Discretion by David Stephen Powell

Poems

Waking Nightmare by Ngo Binh Anh Khoa

Her Legend by RK Wilbur

Darkest Day by Ashley Dioses

Guests by Marion Lougheed

je m’accuse by Amanda Hard

Memento Mori by Edward Ahern

 

Articles

A Healer’s Obsessions by Dick Croy

Beneath Their Emerald Spires by R. P. Serin

And here’s where to get a copy:

https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/parabnormal-magazine-june-2022-edited-by-h-david-blalock-1

 

SPACEPORTS & SPIDERSILK JUNE 2022

Science fiction and fantasy for readers ages 9 to 90. No cussin’. No adult themes. Just adventures. Here’s the lineup:

Stories

Ustice and the Lightning Raven by Adrian Ludens

Bubble Trouble by Pamela Love

Rataverde by Tony Deans

Uncle Ned’s Whiskers by Daniel R. Robichaud

EVAC C243 by R. C. Capasso

Another Yesterday by Kevin Hopson

Poetry

Tanka by Lauren McBride

scifaiku by Lisa Timpf

Gym Class by T. R. Jones

City Girl Stargazing by Jennifer Ann Richter

Frustration – Under F by Lauren McBride

Monsterpieces by Guy Belleranti

Illustrations

Octopi by Christina Sng

Telescope by Ann Hoekstra

Here’s where you get a copy:

https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/spaceports-spidersilk-june-2022-edited-by-marcie-lynn-tentchoff

SOLA-TAY

BY ROBERT J. KROG

It’s his latest novel! Exiled Khar-elt and his adopted siblings have found peace at the very edge of the world in backwater Sola-Tay, so long as Khar-elt’s sword and gift for command can earn coin solving problems for local lords. But youngest sibling, Trantis, has found a purse of gold that belongs to the chief priest and faces a death sentence, though he is innocent. Saving him will doom the siblings to flee again into further exile, but may plunge the region into ruin. For the demon-gods of Sola-Tay have awakened and will exact a price from all if the malefactor is not sacrificed.  

Order a copy here:

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OLIVA SUDDEN

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

 

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…

 

Get a copy here: https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/when-the-mushrooms-come-by-francis-w-alexander

 

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.

 

Order a copy here: https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/the-protocol-a-thyme-amaretto-kill-by-tyree-campbell

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.

 

Tyree Campbell

Storyteller and Managing Editor

July 2022