May 2018

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The View from the Lake
May 2018

In this View . . .
 A Few Words
 Keep in Touch with Us!
 Ad Space in our Publications
 Help is Available with NANOWRIMO!
 New Merchandise
 Open Anthologies
 The Alban Lake Publishing catalog
 The 11th Great Lake Drabble Contest – Now Closed
 Spaceports & Spidersilk
 eBooks & eStories – special announcement
 New Releases and Reminders
 Upcoming Releases

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

We have some exciting things going on in the world of publishing, including our new Cratejoy store! These book boxes make a wonderful gift for yourself or a friend. Every month you’ll have a selection of books and other items delivered right to your door! Check them out here:

Next month we will be attending Wizard World in Des Moines, Iowa, June 1-3, and this will be the biggest convention we’ve ever been to. Come visit our booth and help us make it a great one! You can get 10% off your tickets if you order from and use the code 10LAKES.

Our YouTube videos were pushed back a bit, unfortunately, but never fear! This month, they will begin to pop up more regularly. Be watching for tips and tricks, announcements, and more.

We are going to be expanding the publication of Bloodbond to four times a year beginning January of 2019. This does mean the subscription price will be changing, but you’ll be getting more great stories.


We’ve greatly expanded our online presence! Check out the sites below for new products, information, and more!

New Bookstore –
Cratejoy –
Twitter – @albanlake or
Facebook – and
YouTube –
Instagram –
Email – evilbookworm at yahoo dot com
Tumbler –
eBay –


Advertise with Alban Lake! Reach hundreds of readers each quarter when you advertise in our magazines. There are a number of different spaces and sizes available in six different publications: FrostFire Worlds, Disturbed, Outposts of Beyond, Scifaikuest, Illumen, and Bloodbond. We’ll even set up the ad for you! Take advantage of our special offer: purchase 3 runs, get 1 free! Click on the image below to get a better look at it and send us an email at evilbookworm at yahoo dot com to purchase your slot!
Ad Space Pricing


Alban Lake Publishing wants to help you write your novel during NANOWRIMO! Two of our editors will help to guide you through the process of writing your novel. We’ll provide a space to write once a week as a group, individual meetings to go over your stories, and help by email during the NANOWRIMO.

For a one-time entrance fee of $98, each entrant will receive:
*A bag of things to get you started, including a gift certificate for time with Terrie Relf, writing coach
*Free access to four group meetings, where snacks and beverages will be provided
*One individual meeting during October to get a start on things
*Up to four individual meetings during NANOWRIMO, held in central Iowa in person, or over the phone, through Skype, any way that you are comfortable with. There will be a group chat over Skype at each group meeting for those who can’t make it in person.
*Help over email at any time

In addition, all participants have a chance of their book being considered and, if acceptable, published through Alban Lake Publishing. Everyone who finishes their novel by the end of NANOWRIMO will receive help editing their book.

Sign up is open from April 1st to September 30th. There are only 100 slots available, so sign up today!

You can sign up by sending an email to or by purchase through our bookstore at


We’ve got merch! Check it out here:

Brand new, sturdy and colorful tote bags, more bookmarks, and a few posters are all for sale! If interest is strong enough, we’re also considering providing coffee mugs with book art on them. Any artists willing to go in on these can email us at evilbookworm at yahoo dot com.


The Haunted Life—A Paranormal Anthology

There are numerous television shows about it; ‘Ghost Hunters’, ‘Ghost Adventures’, ‘Most Haunted’, and the like. People go exploring old abandoned buildings, houses, architecture or even places that are still alive and thriving but have terrifying stories attached to them. These are the stories we’re looking for. We want the stories of ghosts and terrifying apparitions that people find – through dedicated purpose or by complete accident – and the experiences that come with.

It can be something as elaborate as someone trying to debunk a haunted house finding demons and releasing them to the world or as simple as someone realizing that the reason things keep happening in their house is because their dead mother is trying to keep an eye on them all these years later. They don’t necessarily have to be frightening or terrifying, and they could even be comical in nature, but they have to have a ghostly, supernatural aspect to them entering the life of someone ordinary.

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

Cosmic Crime [Anthology]

People have left earth and explored the cosmos. However, they didn’t leave their humanity behind. There’s crime – caused by them on their ships or perhaps by aliens or humans on alien worlds. We are interested in those original stories – mysteries set in space. These can be detective tales, police procedurals, private eye stories, or courtroom dramas. You can make up laws on the alien planets. They don’t have to match any laws on earth. The stories should not be shorter than 3000 words or longer than 10,000 words and be fiction. However, we may consider works longer than 10,000 words.
Please limit blood, gore, organs, and fluids. Crime does not mean a slashfest; crime doesn’t even mean it has to be murder. We want thought-provoking material, not vivisection.
As always: Please do read and heed the guidelines! They are posted on our site, in the Guidelines option.

City in the Ice:

A new Lovecraftian anthology has been opened. 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.

The Anatomy of 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 11th Great Lake Drabble Contest:

The 11th Great Lake Drabble Contest is now closed! Stay tuned for #12.

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: 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:

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.



Featuring the works of Eammonn Murphy and Sondra Lampl, this issue is filled with wonderfully compelling stories.

Pick up your copy here.


In this special edition of Frostfire Worlds we’re proud to present the collected works of Debby Feo, a wonderfully imaginative author. Get to know her through an interview and enjoy the vampires and aliens she’s brought to life.

Pick up your copy here.


The works of J.G. Formato and K.S. Hardy make this one a fantastically dark and intriguing issue.

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Parasitic brain slugs that control sentient species. Hulking space alligators with bad attitudes. Beautiful blue creatures with psionic gifts that make them perfect therapists and lovers. All of this and more lies within an area of space known as the Sarkos Cluster. Their interactions and clandestine machinations, are just a few of the things you will find floating in The Void. Grab a piece of the action for yourself, and come along to find out how a unique crew came together in a time before a great war tore apart their collective worlds.

Pick up your copy here.

TIME OFF by John Shoberg

Have you ever been so stressed out at work that your boss forces you to take a vacation? Ex-Navy Seal, Edward Tanner was. On a whim he decided to take an Interstellar cruise; see new worlds, experience new thrills, make new friends, and it turned out, connect with old ones. Maybe even learn how to control the debilitating headaches that have been ruining his life. But something from his past was coming back to haunt him, a past he couldn’t remember. A past he would need to recall. Something he’d done that he had to make right, before people from that past killed him. And those headaches; they made him physically unable to fight back, even though the fate of the universe hung in the balance.

Pick up your copy here.

POISON PLANET by Jerry Neves

Aliens rule Earth. Humans are required to provide a tribute of workers. They’ll take Kiri Malik’s brother unless she volunteers in his place. She’s told she need serve only a year—a lie. Kiri is taken to a compound on another planet. The aliens, Centrarqs, treat their prisoners as slaves. Many die under harsh conditions. None ever leave. Escape is impossible because the atmosphere outside the camp is unbreathable.

But Kiri discovers there is nothing wrong with the atmosphere. She can escape, but to escape means being trapped on this planet with no hope of returning to Earth. She will soon die if she doesn’t leave, giving her little choice. Her escape leads her into the hands of another alien race native to the planet. They have a weapon lethal to the Centrarqs, but won’t risk coming out of hiding to use it.

For Kiri to ever see her family again, she must find a way to wield this weapon and throw off the yoke of Centrarq rule.

Pick up your copy here.

MULCIBER by Shelly Bryant

Mulciber is an alternative name for Vulcan, the powerful Roman god who gives and controls fires, including the liquid spirit spurting out of volcanoes and the sparks in the forging of arms and iron. It’s a strikingly apt title for Shelly Bryant’s questing verse, which feels distilled from literary metalwork, smelted from years of care and dare. There’s a molten energy to her wandering lines, sometimes venturing into ancient mythology and other times into terse, ekphrastic responses to Eastern artworks and forms. One smells danger and excitement, as she nears an actual volcano’s heart of darkness, lured by verdant overgrowth, and emerges, changed – both she and the reader.
– Yeow Kai Chai
March 2018, Singapore

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In the urban legends it is said that when Aoife kisses you, she takes you to a better place, a better world. Thus the disappearances of children and the elderly are explained. But now the elderly are turning up dead. And Aoife is to blame.

The search for Aoife, be she angel or demon, has reached a dead end. The cold case has been assigned to Inspector Marie Brennan, to work on in her spare time. But when Aoife’s journal turns up, she goes to the one person who might be able to help her find the mysterious woman—an embittered and disabled veteran named Andy, who operates a tavern.

The trail takes them into the world of Kate, an adolescent street girl who rules the alleys like a Romanov . . . and into the world of corporate greed and a sinister and deadly government conspiracy that threatens to murder tens of millions of people.

Only Aoife can stop it. But first, she has to be found.

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Stories are Bridges, and they take you deep into the realms of the possible and the what-if. The four novellas herein find you in rural lands dealing with the native spirits, and discovering a unique hiding place and purpose for dragons, and some ordinary folks protecting visiting aliens from the Men in Black. Bridges into stories, perhaps, about the likes of you and me.

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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:

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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:

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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.

Pick up your copy here.

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.

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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.

Pick up your copy here.


And we expect to be adding more each month.

The Clockwork Queen by Michael D. Burnside. Sam Noel’s world has become stagnant and polluted. When he becomes frustrated with the lack of innovation, Sam turns away from school and stumbles upon a wonder from a time gone by that just might save the failing world. September 2018

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

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

The Comfort of Screams by G. O. Clark. Poetry from a master of the unusual, the perspective not taken. June 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? May-ish 2018


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 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.

We’re looking forward to reading your work!

Karen Otto
Managing Editor