The View from the Lake
In this View . . .
Announcements – Closing Down the Year, Opening up the Next
Drabble Contest 8
Bombay Sapphire update
eBooks & eStories – special announcement
Spaceports & Spidersilk
New Releases and Reminders
Outposts of Beyond
Hello, and welcome back to The View from the Lake from Alban Lake Publishing. Let’s dig right in and go for the Corona Extra or a Negra Modelo and a private beach.
We’d like first to remind you of the addition of Karen Otto as Associate Editor. She’ll be working in FrostFire Worlds during Sylvan Baker’s hiatus in pursuit of an MFA. Her work will appear in the January 2017 Outposts of Beyond—a nice way to kick off the year.
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.
Drabble Contest #8:
The 8th Great Lakes Drabble Contest is well underway; the theme is Dear Abby in the 24th Century. Guidelines are on site in the Guidelines option on our toolbar. As I understand it, the editor—Terrie Leigh Relf—is going over submissions at the moment, but it’s possible she might look at others if they arrive forthwith.
Bombay Sapphire update:
I’m told by the publisher, Pro Se Press, that Bombay Sapphire, Episode #3: The Babel Device, will be released in the first quarter of 2017. Teresa Tunaley is has finished another kickin’ cover. Of course, it would help if you’d read the first two episodes. Here are the links to them:
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.
Spaceports & Spidersilk
This quarterly magazine for younger readers of sf/f is available only as a download. But it’s also only $1.00. If you want your children to read kid-safe sf/f, here’s a great place to start. Published by Nomadic Delirium. Just go to nomadicdeliriumpress.com/spaceports.htm, pick out the issue[s] you want, and order away. btw, adult readers might like these magazines, too. That number once again is: nomadicdeliriumpress.com/spaceports.htm
The Best of Both Worlds, Vol 1.
Nomadic Delirium and Alban Lake, both publishers of science fiction and fantasy, and all points in between, have collaborated to bring you the very best of what they published in 2015. The selections within come from The Martian Wave and The Fifth Di…, and from Outposts of Beyond and FrostFire Worlds. Their settings might be an inner planet or a world-that-might-be. Their themes are universal, involving choices we all have to make at one point or another in our lives. This is science fiction and fantasy literature at its finest.
This is the first anthology of its kind; it won’t be the last.
To order, go here: nomadicdeliriumpress.com/blog/product/the-best-of-both-worlds-vol-1/
Outposts of Beyond #15, January 2017
As always, a fine lineup appears in Outposts of Beyond. In this issue you’ll find, among others, “Pale Remnant” by Keithe Soares; “Planetside and Falling” by Karen Otto; and “Dole in Astolat, by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt. Tyree Campbell’s “Thou” was inspired by a Goo-Goo Dolls song. David C. Kopaska-Merkel provides 1 ½ poems. Mitchell Davidson Bentley provides the cover.
Here’s the link: http://store.albanlake.com/product/outposts-of-beyond-january-2017/
Illumen #26, Winter 2017
Illumen continues with its program of presenting you with vital reasons why you should read poetry. This issue includes responses from Kendall Evans [“Poetry: A Culture in Denial”] and t. santitoro, who has edited Scifaikuest since its inception a decade and a half ago. Other poets have provided little insights as to what they were thinking when they composed their poems.
The Featured Poet for this issue is Jane Stuart, a minimalist poetry enthusiast from Tennessee. You’ll also find in this issue Deborah Guzzi, Kendall Evans, J. J. Steinfeld, Catherine Rockwood, Seth Jani, G. O. Clark, and many other voices. The cover art was bestowed upon us by the exquisite Teresa Tunaley.
State of the Art by Lorraine Pinelli Brown
Jack Dugan’s lonely heart has been lightning-struck by a young and beautiful high school teacher, named Christine Day, whose shining, impeccable, loveliness was Heaven sent just for him. From afar, Jack watches and admires her; yearns, burns…for the entire gift of her. A single look, a fleeting glance from his Christine, would give him something to live for. But Jack’s great love never seems to notice him, even on those days when he works his way up close to her, close enough to breathe and savor the freshness of her clean, bouncing hair…the perfume of her lily-white neck. She, however, does not see him. Jack wracks his brain as he pushes his mop each day for good ways to strut and preen before her. But before he actually works up the nerve, he must make himself better somehow…and he turns to technology. Out of the frying pan…
Disclaimer, or Sorry Dr. A
Don’t blame us
for leveling the forests,
your corporate programmers
keyed in the commands.
Don’t blame us
for polluting the waterways,
your investors turned a blind eye
towards our negligence.
Don’t blame us
for taking a police action
and turning it global, your leaders
sanctioned our logistics.
Don’t blame us
for the extinction of humanity,
it was only logical, and fiction does
not compute in Our mind.
There’s more inside. You aren’t afraid of a little poetry, are you?
The Scream by K. S. Hardy
K. S. Hardy combines Grimm and Poe and Hitchcock into a spooky and mind-bending darkness where what you see isn’t always what you get. Read this one with all the lights on, and look over your shoulders while you turn the pages.
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…
Abra Cadaver by Aurelio Rico Lopez III
For those who have not yet been introduced to the beyond-the-left-field-fence humor and serious side of Thirdy Lopez, this ku-llection is for you. We’ll keep this simple:
sore and exhausted
pillow swallows me whole
stones rain from heaven
real nightmare begins
when rocks sprout teeth
dead hamster twitches
witch doctor in training
There’s lots more inside . . .
Potters Field 6, edited by Robert J. Krog
From the editor’s introduction:
The stories in this volume were selected to entertain, but also to have some quality of edifying those who choose to read them all. Many of them deal with murder and will bring up in the minds of the reader questions perhaps of injustice and justice. Others may bring up matters of hope and despair or of the supernatural and the beyond. This volume does not seek to answer all of those questions, only to entertain and perhaps edify with some inkling of hope that may gleam through the horrors the stories within may unfold. Many of the stories are quite fantastic, some are quite mundane, if horrifying, in their details, and some despite the necessary and true to life horror, yet bear a message of hope. With the reading of them all, the reader may come to see some of the depth and breadth involved in the singular thing that is an unmarked grave. It may bring the reader to wonder about the unknown buried in their own cities and counties and perhaps even to seek to know them in what ways may be available or, if nothing else, to pray for them as some faiths do encourage or require.
Miskatonic Dreams, edited by H. David Blalock
Miskatonic Nightmares, edited by Herika R. Raymer
In Arkham, Massachusetts, stands a university steeped in mystery and legend. After its human students have left for their dormitories, its haunted halls often host phantasms of things unspeakable. Its classrooms are never truly empty. Its auditorium reverberates to ghosts of words chanted in other planes. Its library guards tomes not written by human hand.
Find out about those times when no human foot strides the halls of nighted Miskatonic University. The truth behind the unexplained sounds from the science wing, the murmuring from the rooms dedicated to music and art is revealed. Learn the meaning of those words drawn in blood there in the basement. Discover actual workings of the late night denizens who brave those passageways.
Not just for fans of Lovecraft. All y’all are welcome to come thrill and chill.
The Salt Man by Keith Gordon
Mister Salt has fallen on hard times. Business is bad. His scams are sour. His best days are long behind him, but at least he still has his pride. As far as he’s concerned, he’s still worth his salt. But all that changes when Nephram Taine, a lost-long friend, yanks him from the bottom of a bottle and sets him on a collision course with his buried past. Taine has no other choice—there’s no one else in the Free Isles who can help him, no one else who can unlock the secrets of an impossibly ancient artifact with a trail of death cluttering its wake.
Petrolea by Daniel M. Bensen
Victor Toledo went to Titan for its oil reserves. Doctor Feroza Merchant has made it her mission to stop him. The wild robots of the petroleum jungle want to strip the flesh from their bones.
Stranded in the mechanical jungle, the engineer and the biologist must cooperate not only to survive, but to understand the alien ecosystem around them. Where did these self-replicating robots come from? Who created their ancestors, and why? What they discover could open space to humanity, or it could destroy our civilization.
The Night Café, edited by Tyree Campbell & Sylvan Bree Baker
Van Gogh thought of “The Night Café” in this manner: “I have tried to express the idea that the café is a place where one can ruin oneself, go mad, or commit a crime.” We treated “The Night Café” not only as a depiction of Van Gogh’s mood, but also as an allegory and a metaphor. For this reason, you will find some work in here that does not occur, or only briefly occurs, in a café. Don’t let that stop you from reading . . . and feeling . . . and “seeing” what Vincent Van Gogh “saw.”
Among the stories in The Night Café you’ll find “Vincent and Paul in the Yellow House” by Alan
Ira Gordon; “After Midnight at the Night Café” by Kendall Evans; “Cravings” by Priya Sridhar; “In Your Absence” by Rhonda Eikamp; a novelette, “The Starlight Club” by Christian Auger. Plus interior atmospheric and mood art by Marge Simon, and “Circus Troupe” by noted English writer Claire Smith.
Come spend a few nights in The Night Café.
Polyxena, Princess of Troy by Ailsa Zheng
Nine years into the Trojan War, fifteen-year-old Polyxena catches the attention of Achilles when he kills the brother standing next to her, Hector.
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.
OUTPOSTS OF BEYOND
We still continue to need more GOOD science fiction, including Space Opera. Check out our guidelines, and write something already. Entendu?
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.
Astropoetry by Christina Sng. She’s at the top of her game in this collection, and that’s sayin’ something. If you haven’t read her before [hard to believe, but . . .], this is a good place to start. Scheduled release 1 February 2017.
Nymph by Shelly Bryant. Another excellent and exquisite collection from Shelly, this one continuing in the spirit of Numina, published this past year. Scheduled for April 2017.
Art by Sandy DeLuca. A collection of the artist’s work, including side notes about each piece. No release date set as yet, but probably June-ish.
The Caves of Titan by Debby Feo. The second novel in her series about the school out there on the great moon. We’re hoping for a March release.
Maze to the Monster’s Heart by Tyson Lewis. Do you recall the maze of the Minotaur on Crete? It’s baaaaack. 1 February release.
Neo-Mecca Mayhem by Priya Sridhar. A novel by the author of Carousel [which you should read]. Looking at June for this one.
Broken Bottle of Time by John Reinhart. Wild John’s poetry collection. It’s a bit off-beat, and reminiscent of the work of Evans and Kopaska, and eminently readable. You’re not afraid of a little poetry, are you? 1 February.
Journey to Talazia by Sandy DeLuca. This novelette will keep you checking your own home for ghosts! 1 April, I think.
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 quarterly 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 February, if not sooner.