February 2018

The View from the Lake
February 2018

In this View . . .
 A Few Words
 Where Else We Are And How To Get There—Links
 New Lovecraft Anthology: City in the Ice
 New Anthologies Open to Submissions
 The Alban Lake Publishing catalog
 The 10th Great Lake Drabble Contest Update
 Clearance Sale
 Spaceports & Spidersilk
 eBooks & eStories – special announcement
 Ecotastrophe II
 Odds & Ends
 New Releases and Reminders
 Outposts of Beyond
 Upcoming Releases
 Our Magazines

Welcome back, Albanlakers! [If you’re here, you’re an Albanlaker, even if it’s your first time].

New Managing Editor Karen Otto has been busily expanding our presence in the e-world lately. Some of you may already know that we have an eBay store now—the idea is to spread ourselves around more, so that more folks know where they can get eminently readable science fiction, fantasy, and spooky horror at a reasonable price.

We are also increasing our activity on Twitter, with daily suggestions of reading material and relevant announcements [some of which you’ll find below]. If you haven’t already, please follow us at @albanlake. If you have, pass that on to your friends, Romans, and countryfolk.

Some of our regularly scheduled publications—Outposts of Beyond, Disturbed, and Bloodbond, among them—will begin to feature articles by the Sage of Norwalk, Kendall Evans. He’ll have much to say about Escapism—which is what we publish—and other topics of relevance to literature—which is what we publish. Watch for him.

We are pleased to announce the return of the interview. We’re hoping to include at least one in each of those aforementioned regularly scheduled publications. Karen Otto and Terrie Leigh Relf have signed on as interviewers. Watch for them in an e-neighborhood near you. Already Mike Morgan of Davenport, Iowa [home field advantage, n’est-ce pas?] is scheduled for the April 2018 Outposts of Beyond.

As noted above, we’ve expanded our presence. Here are some places you’ll find us. Take special note of the last one.

Twitter – @albanlake or https://twitter.com/albanlake
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/kbottowriters/
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz9Fs6i4qMLcf_gozhIKzCQ
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/approachinginfinityproductions/
Email – evilbookworm at yahoo dot com
Tumbler – https://albanlakepublishing.tumblr.com/
eBay – https://www.ebay.com/usr/albanlake
Valentine’s Give Away – https://gleam.io/PdyzU/alban-lake-publishing-giveaway

City in the Ice:

A new Lovecraftian anthology is now open! It’s called City in the Ice. It’s inspired by work by Edgar Allan Poe, William Clark Russell, and of course H. P. Lovecraft. Think “At the Mountains of Madness” and “The White Ship.” Please do read and heed the guidelines! They are posted on our site, in the Guidelines option.

Trail of Tears:

In “Trail of Tears,” we want to examine the nature of the relationships between native inhabitants and the human settlers who come to live on their world. The title, obviously, is taken from the story of the forced resettlement of Native Americans by the U. S. Government. History repeats—and the idea here is that it will also repeat on other worlds, if given the chance.

[And yes, we would regard something like the Holocaust as suitable for Trail of Tears—however, this must occur on some other world. SF/F, right?]

Please do read and heed the guidelines! They are posted on our site, in the Guidelines option.

Hate:

As everyone—writers and readers—is aware, hatred on contemporary Earth is practically a pandemic. Virtually every group and every ideology seems to have found some reason to hate some other group or ideology. There’s no need for a litany here; all one has to do is read the headlines.

Science Fiction and Fantasy are quite capable of presenting stories that deal with hatred. What we are looking for are original SF/F stories of:

  1. hatred of humans by aliens, or

  2. hatred of aliens by humans, or

  3. hatred of humans by other humans, in terms of an emotional and/or psychological and/or ideological [includes religion] rationale, carried to some extreme in the future

Please do read and heed the guidelines! They are posted on our site, in the Guidelines option.

Sounds of the Night

The night is full of sounds—barking dogs, trains passing by, screams and moans. We want to know who, or what, is really making those sounds. Perhaps that dog howling is really a demon that’s spotted its prey. Maybe that cry for help is actually bait for a trap. Open your imagination and let the sounds pour out.

We are looking for original stories and poetry only. We will consider horror stories as long as they fit within the paranormal, science fiction, or fantasy genres. NB: NO GORE! We want spooky scary stuff. Verstehen Sie?

Please do read and heed the guidelines! They are posted on our site, in the Guidelines option.

The Alban Lake Publishing Catalog:

Yes, you read that right. We now have a catalog of our publications available. It’s free; it’s on a pdf format. It’s updated every three months. It contains a couple of indexes—by title, by author. Each title contains a write-up and a specific ordering link, which works when you click on it in the pdf. We’ve already begun to distribute this via e-mail, as an attachment. If you would like a copy of this catalog, please e-mail us at albanlake at yahoo dot com.

The 10th Great Lake Drabble Contest:

The contest is now closed. Watch for the 11th Great Lake Drabble Contest to start in March. At that time we’ll also announce the winners and some publication information.

Special Clearance Sale

Instead of browsing through the store for Aoife’s Kiss or Beyond Centauri, we have a special offer: 10 different issues of either magazine, at random, for $9.00 plus $6.00 S&H [which would be pretty much the actual shipping. To take advantage of this offer, please contact Karen Otto at evilbookworm at yahoo dot com, or myself at albanlake at yahoo dot com. Supplies are limited. No, seriously, they are.

A note regarding Spaceports & Spidersilk:

At Alban Lake we assume that those of you who have children would like them to read science fiction and fantasy now and then. The problem—as you might see it—is that there is scarcely any material for readers of ages, say, 6 through 96. And you’re right—such material is rare. But Alban Lake publishes several kid-safe pieces just for younger readers. FrostFire Worlds comes out quarterly. In our store you’ll find coloring books, novellas, novels . . .

In addition, Nomadic Delirium Press, another excellent small indie, publishes a quarterly eBook magazine called Spaceports & Spidersilk that also has kid-safe sf/f. Here’s the link: http://nomadicdeliriumpress.com/spaceports.htm/ Try it out. Each recent issue is $1.00, as are most of the back issues, so order a few downloads. That number once again is: nomadicdeliriumpress.com/spaceports.htm

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.

Some Odds & Ends

FrostFire Worlds, under the direction of Karen Otto, is looking into the idea of presenting what might be called “samplers.” As the process has just begun, we’re still a little sketchy on firm details. However, I can tell you that we’re putting a collection together of some of Debby Feo’s work—including, but not limited to, interstitial stories based on her historical vampire series for younger readers. The events of these stories fall between the five novels—i.e., what happened in the interims. Also included are other stories, and a few poems.

We are also working on samplers of two other writers, and hope to add more. Each sampler will be released through the auspices of FrostFire Worlds—sort of a reading companion, if you will. More details later.

We’re looking into bookmarks, featuring our cover art. We should have more details soon.

We now have an eBay store. Look for albanlake.

So…more on developments as they, er, develop.

NEW RELEASES

At the time of this posting, a couple of the new titles are not yet listed in our store. They should be listed presently, and when they are, we will post the ordering links immediately. We apologize for any inconvenience.

FROSTFIRE WORLDS #19, FEBRUARY 2018
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Our print magazine for younger readers kicks off 2018 with a bunch of fresh stories and poems. “A Spot of Orange” by E. L. Bates strikes a chord, as does Vonnie Winslow Crist’s “Bells.” My favorite is “Cydonia-Based Egg for Rent” by Russell Hemmell. btw, Crist’s art is also featured in this issue. So hey, come get a copy. Get two: one for you, one for the younger readers.

http://store.albanlake.com/product// [link will be posted on 3 Feb 18]

SCIFAIKUEST #59 [!], FEBRUARY 2018
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The Featured Poet in this issue is Canada’s renowned minimalist, Roxanne Barbour. There are Pages by Gabriel Smithwilson, Stella Pierides, David C. Kopaska-Merkel, and Guy Belleranti. Plus voices familiar and new, and Articles about the Evolution from Haiku to Scifaiku, and The Lune. Don’t miss this issue…and you don’t have to miss it. Just boogey on down to the link below and place your order.

http://store.albanlake.com/product/scifaikuest-59/

THE GALAXY JUMP BY S. E. SHELLCLIFFE
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On their home world of Umvalla, a small group of duckbutts were attempting to complete a Great Scientific Experiment—and instead wound up on Earth. Oops. In Earth measures, they were tiny—just three inches short. They looked like humans with their big brown eyes and sweet faces—except for their upturned duck butts, which were covered with white feathers.

On Earth, ten-year-old Sylvia lives on a farm in Illinois and dreams of seeing a fairy. Instead, she gets seven little duckbutts. She has to feed them and hide them and help them get back to Umvalla. But how? Find out at the link below:

http://store.albanlake.com/product/the-galaxy-jump/

CANDLE AND PINS BY JACQUELINE WEST

Jacqueline West presents superstitions in a fresh new light. Her poetry not only clarifies them, but also makes you want to try some of the countermeasures. Be careful what you wish for.

This collection is a must-read, even if you loathe poetry…and especially if you’re superstitious. Get a copy here:

http://store.albanlake.com/product/candle-and-pins/ [link to be activated on 3 Feb 18]

REMINDERS

OUTPOSTS OF BEYOND #19, JANUARY 2018

Starting the year off! “The Library of Ice” by Mike Morgan will gather you in, and Maureen Bowden’s “Savant” will keep you there. Also included are book reviews by Eamonn Murphy and Jim Lee, plus a bit of off-beat laboratory SF—“I Do Have Half of an Octopus, I Believe It Is” by Tim McDaniel. All in all it’s kick-off time.

http://store.albanlake.com/product/outposts-of-beyond-january-2018/

ONLY THE LONELY, Tyree Campbell, ed.

Loneliness is both an emotion and a condition. It can last for a few moments, or for a lifetime. Either way, it leads to a theme that we explore in this anthology. All the main characters you will meet in here experience loneliness in one form or another. And do not mistake loneliness for a solitary condition. A person can be lonely in a crowd if he or she is or feels different from the others.
Someone can also choose to be alone, for a variety of reasons. And sometimes solitude is thrust upon an individual. How they cope, or fail to cope . . . well, that’s what this anthology is all about.
Featuring stories by Teri Santitoro, Christa Carmen, Jay Caselberg, Lisa Timpf, Brianna Fenty, and Tyree Campbell, and delicately seasoned with a few themed poems, this is one anthology you don’t want to miss.

http://store.albanlake.com/product/only-the-lonely/

ILLUMEN #30, WINTER 2018

“Ching Shih’s Pirate Ship Descends into a Maelstrom” by Kendall Evans is the featured epic poem. There are also articles by Jennifer Crow—“Told Around the Fire”—and Evans—The Difference between Poetry and Prose. Interior illustrations by Sandy DeLuca and Fariel Shafee. And as always, voices familiar and new. What’s not to like? You’re not afraid of a little poetry . . . are you?

http://store.albanlake.com/product/illumen-30/

THE GIRL ON THE DUMP by Tyree Campbell

She’s an amnesiac young woman who looks like a princess, but with a dark side to her. He’s a mage and a former tutor, defrocked because of a relationship with a student. He seeks atonement; she seeks herself. And a murderous black mage is seeking both of them.

Yup, it’s a novella. It’ll take an evening or two to read it. It’ll stay with you for a lifetime.

http://store.albanlake.com/product/the-girl-on-the-dump/

PYRA AND THE TEKTITES: THE UNICORN STONE by Tyree Campbell

Pyra is back! And in trouble as always. She continues to elude the pirates, but can she and her new friend, Chlorine Collingsworth, avoid being recaptured by Ichthia and sold to the highest bidder? Can Flanagan negotiate his way to freedom by delivering a Unicorn Stone to the Tektites? And what of the morrikaru, the creatures that live in the ocean under the surface of Europa?

Pyra acquires skills she could never learn in school—such as piloting a shuttle in space, and how to identify minerals. But these skills also get her into more trouble, such as when she accidentally steals the shuttle. Oops.

This one is for readers ages 8 to 88.

http://store.albanlake.com/product/pyra-and-the-tektites-the-unicorn-stone/

UPCOMING RELEASES:

And we expect to be adding more each month.

Sisterhood of the Blood Moon by Terrie Leigh Relf. In this science fiction/fantasy novel, Miri sees a past she doesn’t recognize and a future she might, if she could just make sense of the present. And “The Offering” isn’t helping…yet. March 2018

Time Off by John Shoberg. A science fiction novel with all the good stuff: conspiracy, crime, bad guys, a plot [always a critical item], and a quality of writing that takes you right into each scene. Looking at March 2018.

Come Dream with Me by Sandy DeLuca. A collection of the artist’s work, including side notes about each piece. Looking at March 2018.

The Brigstowe Dragons 2: Return of the Black Magician, by Eamonn Murphy. Hey, it’s dragons. What’s not to like? April 2018.

The Comfort of Screams by G. O. Clark. Poetry from a master of the unusual, the perspective not taken. March or April 2018.

The Fantabulous Adventures of Ella and Pemingo by J. Jardine. It’s a fantasy tale for younger readers, with lots of color illustrations. No date set yet, but we’re looking at April 2018.

Bridges into the Imagination by M. R. Williamson. Just what it says it is. Take a journey from Native American totems to Outer Space and beyond. March 2018

Mulciber by Shelly Bryant. The latest in her series of poetry collections. May 2018.

Poison Planet by Jerry Neves. Settlement on other worlds comes at a price. In the Dark Ages on Earth, it was called “corvee.” In space, it’s called unprintable. As you’ll learn in Neves’ new novel. May 2018.

Aoife’s Kiss by Tyree Campbell. The urban fantasy novel that has been a WIP for almost two decades has finally come to fruition. And just in time. Aoife takes the Earth’s unwanted and abandoned to a better world. The U.S. Government has found a way to reduce the national and state debts. The resulting conflict … but that would spoil it. March or April 2018.

Window to the Monster’s Eyes by Tyson E. Lewis. We find our heroine, Leda, transformed—her body the body of a gorgon’s—and imprisoned in a mysterious, underground chamber where she is forced to turn unsuspecting victims into stone in order to appease her captors and feed her own unspeakable desires. Will she be able to harness the powers of Medusa to launch an escape? Will she discover the secrets behind her transformation? April or May 2018

OUR MAGAZINES:

At the present time we publish six print magazines. Five 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 quarterly digest of science fiction and fantasy poetry, including articles and art.

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 March, if not sooner.

Tyree Campbell
Editor-in-Chief