The View from the Lake
In this View . . .
The Night Café – now closed
Potters Field 6 – now closed
Miskatonic Dreams update
Major Illumen announcement
FrostFire Worlds announcement
Drabble Contest 7 Winners and Updates
eBooks & eStories – special announcement
New Releases and Reminders
Outposts of Beyond
Hello, and welcome back to The View from the Lake from Alban Lake Publishing. Let’s finish up some old business first. The Night Café is closed, and we’re putting it together. We should make our projected release date of 1 September. Potters Field 6 is closed to submissions, and Robert J. Krog is busy at work, busily establishing the final line-up and otherwise staying busy. Still shooting for 1 October on this one.
We’ve had so many good, solid, publishable stores submitted to Miskatonic Dreams that we’ve decided to release two volumes of it instead of one. The second volume is titled Miskatonic Nightmares. No release date has been set yet, but we’re shooting for 1 October.
As reported earlier, the new submissions address for FrostFire Worlds is firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who have submitted work to the previous address between around 12 January and now [and even beyond] need not fret. Sylvan and I will get to those as well. We’re always receptive to sf and fantasy adventures for younger readers, so get cracking on those stories.
Effective 1 October 2016, Illumen will become a four-times-a-year publication, published as follows:
Autumn – October
Winter – January
Spring – April
Summer – July
Subscription prices will be changed to reflect the new schedule.
Also note that, as mentioned previously, we are very interested in articles about poetry.
Drabble Contest #7 Update
The winners of this contest are:
First Place: The Vessel by Matthew Pegg
Second Place: The Copyediting of a Typo-Strewn Apocalyptic Novel By J. J. Steinfeld
Honorable Mentions: Obsidian By Sasha Janel McBrayer and You Can’t See What I See By Ron Sparks
We’re working to get Drabble Harvest #7 out asap. Hopefully 1 September.
eBooks & eStories
As I’m sure many of you know, Amazon is no friend of the small independent press or of self-published folks. Amazon makes sure first that they get what’s coming to them [ooo, one can only hope]. Now, in the Alban Lake store, many of our titles have eBook versions that you can ORDER DIRECTLY FROM US! The prices are much the same as Amazon charges, and sometimes even less. But what this means for those authors who are due royalties is that while they still get the same %, it’s % of more dosh. So come support your favorite authors.
Some of you may already be aware that we’re touting a new product line: single sf/f/h e-stories for 99 cents each. Come buy one. Or more.
2017 Alban Lake Calendars!
This is the Alban Lake Fantasy Calendar for 2017, with art by renowned fantasy artist Lorraine Pinelli Brown. As always, the ALP Calendars feature far more than the usual holidays. You’ll find dates of significance to science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Asimov’s first story; the Moon landing; Lovecraft’s birthday; Marge Simon’s birthday; Goddard’s first rocket; pagan and other holidays; and publication dates of our magazines.
This is the Alban Lake Science Fiction Calendar for 2017, with art by award-winning artist Mitchell Davidson Bentley. As always, the ALP Calendars feature far more than the usual holidays. You’ll find dates of significance to science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Asimov’s first story; the Moon landing; Lovecraft’s birthday; Marge Simon’s birthday; Goddard’s first rocket; pagan and other holidays; and publication dates of our magazines.
Trysts of Fate #6, August 2016
Featured in this issue are a couple of stories that you will both cheer and use Kleenex: “Her Name’s Not John” by Patrick Winters, and “Pennies” by Tyree Campbell. Mark Arvid White has a couple of poems that will also require tissues. Grazelle Samelo’s illustration, “Mermaid,” will totally enchant you. So get a copy, kick back with some wine and some Kleenex, and enjoy.
Link for this issue:
FrostFire Worlds #13, August 2016
It’s the start of our fourth year! The themes for this issue are global climate change and dragons. One story even combines both. You’ll find adventures by Anne E. Johnson, Priya Sridhar, and Jacqueline Bridges, among others. Colo Collins & Tama Toledo find themselves in hot water in Episode 6: The World that Warmed. There’s even a [gasp!] metaphysical question for the younger readers: why are you here? Plus an essay by Marge Simon & Terrie Leigh Relf, and interior art by Bill Reames of Arkansas. Do not miss this issue!
Here’s the link for this issue: http://store.albanlake.com/product/frost-fire-worlds-aug-2016/
Here’s the link for a subscription:
http://store.albanlake.com/product/outposts-of-beyond-one-year-subscription-us-orders-only/ Or you could just bop on over to our bookstore and have fun browsing.
Scifaikuest #53, August 2016
It’s our 14th Anniversary Issue! We’ve gone through two Presidents, three Popes, and oodles of photos of Pluto! This issue presents C. William Hinderliter as the Featured Poet, and introduces a new minimalist poetry form, Empat Perkataan, by Shelly Bryant—the name means “four words” in Malaysian. There are also a couple more articles, by Richard Stevenson and Robert E. Porter, and a thematic cover by CR Harper. Come check us out, and see what we started way back when!
Link for this issue:
They meet three times in secret. A romance begins to bloom, but Polyxena is cautious. She despises her brother Paris for starting the war by choosing love over his family, and wants to be nothing like him.
Eventually, Polyxena finds out her brother Paris has laid out a trap. Armed with a secret that can bring Achilles down, Polyxena must choose a side who will live: the brother she does not love, or the enemy she does.
The link will be activated on 17 August:
Bombay Sapphire 2: The Deccan Dholes by Tyree Campbell
This one comes from Pro Se Press, but is also available from the Alban Lake Bookstore. A year has passed since Nakushi, a woman of the streets, was given the power to become Bombay Sapphire by Agni, the god of storms. Her sister Savitra has disappeared, but she continues to search for her while she fights the Deccan Dholes. The Dholes’ crime boss has been searching high and low for this hot blue superheroine who has cut deeply into his profits. Aiding him is Kazeem, a demon from the Hindu underworld, who longs to kill Bombay Sapphire.
Now, in late 1962, the Chinese army is invading India and slaughtering its ill-prepared soldiers. The Indian Prime Minister refuses to act, believing the Chinese diplomatic offers of friendship. Bombay Sapphire must act to save her beloved India, find her sister, and defeat the supernatural monster Kazeem. But has Agni given her too much to handle this time. Can Bombay Sapphire survive?
Numina by Shelly Bryant
Another nonpareil collection of science fiction and fantasy poetry by one of the finest poets in the genres . . . or out of them, for that matter. Shelly Bryant takes you on a journey through classical notions of sky, life, and fire, and does so with lyrical precision. Don’t miss this collection.
Who is Peridot? She’s a young American woman named Ricia Ryder, stranded in France, and she has more problems than any superheroine should have to deal with.
On a tour of southern France, Ricia was robbed of her papers and her money, and was compelled to live off the grid. An ancient Celtic goddess gave Ricia succor and superpowers. Eventually Ricia took up with a young woman reporter who subtly hits on her—thus far without success—and whose job it is to expose Peridot’s activities to France’s viewing audience. Ricia herself is attracted to a gendarme who would arrest her immediately for violation of the National Treasures and Antiquities laws, should he learn that she sells precious French artifacts under the table. She’s been tasked with helping people, and with fulfilling a mysterious agenda whose end game could well result in the torture and deaths of those around her.
. . . and the goddess who empowered her to become Peridot is insane!
The Wolves of Glastonbury by Terrie Leigh Relf & Edward Cox
Yup, it’s a werewolf tale, and a gooood one. Noted writer of quirky stories teams up with noted writer of fantasy novels, and this is the result. What happens in Glastonbury stays in Glastonbury—even if it means the end of one of humanity’s longest alternate lifelines. The hunt is on for Claire and Ethan . . .
Want to know more [sure you do!]? Here’s the link:
The Butterfly and the Sea Dragon by Tyree Campbell
This is the first in a series of what are billed as Yoelin Thibbony Rescues, published by Nomadic Delirium Press and included in our listings as well.
So who’s Yoelin Thibbony? That’s what she calls herself now. She endured a cruel and abusive childhood, when there was no one to rescue her. Now she performs Rescues of people or things—sometimes for hire, sometimes for free. She’s been hired to retrieve stolen archives. But to perform this Rescue, Yoelin has to return to Havelox Rest, the world of her childhood—a world that still holds dark and bleak terrors for her.
And here’s the link—believe me when I say you’ll want to read this one.
Twists & Turns by G. O. Clark
You read him in The Saucer Under The Bed [or you should have]. And in White Noise. Now he’s back.
“There’s one thing you can expect from poet/author G. O. Clark: the unexpected.
This book might be too much fun for you, so be very careful when handling it, okay?”
–J.L. Comeau, Creature Features online.
They’ll be saying this and a lot more about Twists & Turns. G. O. Clark writes rather like O. Henry: You never know what’s around the corner, but you just have to find out. Come find out.
Saturnial School Scenes by Debby Feo
“Saturnial School Scenes” focuses on a school on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn. The school has students from pre-school age to the end of high school. The school’s name is the Galileo Interplanetary School, aka the GIS. Students come from throughout the Solar System and beyond. Some of the students and one of the teachers have wings, either feathered or bat-like. The GIS is located in the Xanadu region of Titan, in the Eir Macula Colony, the first colony settled by Humans from Earth.
The 38 students of the GIS take several field trips a year, including a trip to the Water Reclamation plant on one of the Rings of Saturn. Their principal, Mr. Falusappedd, always accompanies them on their excursions, and sometimes his extra set of eyes, on the back of his head, are very useful in keeping them safe.
Here’s the link for this fantastic school: http:store.albanlake.com/product/saturnial-school-scenes/
Stellar Possibilities by John J. Dunphy
The master of combining flash stories with haiku is back, and this time he has a collection loaded with foibles, anecdotes, scifaiku, dreams, fantasies, and huh? what? If you’ve read an issue of Scifaikuest, you know his work. And if you don’t know his work—you should get acquainted. Here’s how:
Being 8 – Asleep and Awake by Gilda A. Herrera
Myrtle Martinez, eight, lives two lives: her normal awake life and her dream life in a place called Mystic. Mystic is a world of fun and magic where kids swim in clouds, play with robotic dogs, and have helpful sidewalks. Mystic’s surrounding mists can make it a dangerous place with its powerful magic. After her mother is injured and falls into a coma, Myrtle’s awake life fills with the difficulties of an absent mother. In Mystic, Myrtle and her Mystic friends go on a quest for the mysterious Mystic horizons which promise to reunite Myrtle and her mother. The overriding theme of kids helping kids and others, Myrtle’s awake life friends aid her, while she and her Mystic friends help other kids in bubble dreams trouble of loneliness, a kidnapping, and a lost ambition. In Mystic’s Picturebook Land, the Mystic gang helps a clumsy polar bear, a trapped robotic man, and a grumpy gorilla. Myrtle’s best self overcomes life’s obstacles in both her worlds
You can [and really should] get a copy of Being 8 – Asleep and Awake by going to: http:store.albanlake.com/product/being-8/
Bombay Sapphire Episode 1: The Nehru Maneuver by Tyree Campbell
This one comes from Pro Se Press, but is also available from the Alban Lake Bookstore. Here’s the skinny: In late 1961, Nakushi, a woman of the streets of Bombay, India, has been pushed to the limit by her ungrateful clientele, the Portuguese who still control parts of India. When she prays for assistance from the gods, Agni—the god of storms—answers her. By bestowing various powers upon her, including flight, invulnerability, and the ability to speak any language [important in multilingual India], he gives her the power to become Bombay Sapphire, champion of those who are wronged or endangered and liberator of those who are enslaved. But her first major goal is to free India from the Portuguese. To do that, she has to find a way to force the Prime Minister to take action.
Meanwhile, Nakushi’s sister Savitra wants Bombay Sapphire to use her powers to make them rich. Against the backdrop of this sibling rivalry, Bombay Sapphire makes enemies of the Deccan Dholes, the gang that terrorizes Dharavi, the great slum where Nakushi and Savitra live. But wherever Evil rears its ugly head, wherever people need help, there will be Bombay Sapphire.
Order your copy here [and watch for Episode 2, coming soon]: http:store.albanlake.com/product/bombay-sapphire-episode-1/
Quantum Women by Tyree Campbell
This one comes from Nomadic Delirium Press and is available through the Alban Lake Bookstore.
A quantum is a self-contained unit—of energy, light, and so forth. It exists in and of itself, irrespective of its surroundings. But it can be, and usually is, part of a team. A quantum woman, then, is a self-contained person, independent, yet willing to be part of a team if the right teammate comes along.
Quantum women aren’t superheroines with superpowers, they’re not “chicks in chain mail,” although they might be, as Pamela Sargent wrote, “Women of Wonder.” For the most part, quantum women are everyday folks in a science fiction or fantasy setting. They might be home-makers or home-wreckers, homely or homey, but all of them are focused, determined, willful, and independent. To those who have men in their lives, they are partners and companions, equals and not subordinates.
And yet, like any of us, they can find themselves in extraordinary situations where a bit of heroism can save the day. You’ll encounter them on these pages.
OUTPOSTS OF BEYOND
We continue to need more GOOD science fiction, including Space Opera. Check out our guidelines, and write something already. Capisce?
At the moment, our announcements are a tad limited. However, we’re working on a bunch more, and will have some of them, at least, available here in June. Meanwhile, try these.
The Scream by K. S. Hardy. It’s a collection of Bradbury-esque dark fiction, highly recommended and disturbingly entertaining. Prospective publication dates are 1 September and 1 December, so we can coincide it with issues of Disturbed Digest.
A Wolf to Guard the Door by Tyree Campbell. It’s an apocalyptic novel with a few aspects that started coming true shortly after the manuscript was completed. Unlike other apocalyptic tales, this one doesn’t include war and violence. It’s a struggle of average folks for survival—and hope for the future. It could have begun yesterday…or tomorrow. Almost there…
Small Spirits: Dolls of Darkness by Marge Simon, art by Sandy DeLuca. Two of the tops in their respective fields combine forces to bring you an eerie selection of dark poetry. Each of the 33 poems is accompanied by a relevant color [yes, color!] illustration. Shooting for October, in time for the Stoker Awards.
Petrolea by David M. Bensen. This novella takes you to an alternate moon of Titan, where living machines upset the apple cart. At the present time, Petrolea is under a slight revision, but the release date should be mid-autumn.
Built to Serve: Robot Poems by G. O. Clark. Budubudubeep! Danger, Will Robinson, Danger. Yes, Gary Clark is back with another round of nerve-grinding, laughter-pealing, mind-tickling poetry that will knock your socks off even when you’re barefoot. Release date uncertain as yet, but sometime this year. Watch for future announcements.
Abra Cadaver by Aurelio Rico Lopez III. He’s got dark scifaiku plus! Looking at 1 September.
At the present time we publish seven print magazines. Four are quarterlies, three of which publish short stories, poems, articles, and art. Outposts of Beyond features science fiction and fantasy. FrostFire Worlds presents science fiction and fantasy for younger readers. Disturbed, or Disturbed Digest, caters to the darker side with dark fantasy and horror, as well as paranormal. Scifaikuest, also quarterly, publishes scifaiku [haiku with a science fiction or fantasy, sometimes horror or humor, twist] and other minimalist poetry forms. Bloodbond is a semi-annual magazine of stories, poems, art, and articles about vampires, werewolves, and shapeshifters; a science fiction twist to the material is preferred, but not mandatory. Illumen is a semi-annual digest of science fiction and fantasy poetry, including articles and art. Lastly–so far–Trysts of Fate is a semi-annual digest of paranormal romance.
A word here about horror and dark fiction in general. We’re not into gore, splatter, gouts, gushes, fountains, and so forth. It’s not really scary, just icky. Our horror is spooky. We’d rather rattle your nerves than make you retch. That’s about enough said on that topic.
So, let’s see some submissions and some subscriptions!
And please be sure to stop back in September, if not sooner.