September 2016

The View from the Lake
September 2016

In this View . . .
 Announcements
 The Night Café – Potters Field 6 – Miskatonic Dreams
 Major Illumen announcement
 Major FrostFire Worlds announcement
 Drabble Contest 7 Winners and Updates
 eBooks & eStories – special announcement
 New Releases and Reminders
 Outposts of Beyond
 Upcoming Releases
 Our Magazines

Hello, and welcome back to The View from the Lake from Alban Lake Publishing. White Rabbit: I’m late, I’m late. Sorry this is so late, folks. I was waiting for some information to come it, and it finally did, so now we can beguine.

The Night Café is now available, print and eBook, from our store. Please see the New Releases section below. We’ll be rocking Potters Field 6 on 1 October, although we might list a bit earlier, so check the store. Miskatonic Dreams is still in the process of assembly, should be ready on 1 October as well. I have no update on Miskatonic Nightmares at this time, but soon, soon.


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.

As reported earlier, the new submissions address for FrostFire Worlds is HOWEVER, is back in operation as a submissions address. Now, Sylvan Bree Baker, who edits FFW, is going on a year’s sabbatical in order to earn her MFA. She will continue to read submissions at the “new” address. Submissions to the previous address will be read by staff, unless I can find a suitable editor to take it over on a temporary basis. Either way, fret ye not. Submissions will be read. We’re always receptive to sf and fantasy adventures for younger readers, so keep cracking on those stories.

Drabble Contest Winners:

The 7th Great Lakes Drabble Contest has ended; the theme was When the Monitor Stares Back. The winners have been decided—here they are:
First Place: Matthew Pegg
Second Place: J. J. Steinfeld
Honorable Mention: Sasha Janel McBrayer
Honorable Mention: Ron Sparks
Congratulations to them!!!
Drabble Harvest #7, in which these and many other writers appear, is now available in print and eBook. Please see the New Releases below.

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.


Disturbed Digest #14, September 2016
Some great stories in here, and that’s no hyperbole. Klara Gomez starts it off with her nonpareil “Mind Over Matter.” “B14” by English writer Judith Field will snag your attention. Derek Muk’s “The Sacred One” will keep you looking over your shoulder and sitting well away from the windows. Dancing with Ogbunabali by Sandy DeLuca brings shivers—and it’s accompanied by one of her illustrations. Michael Pendragon is the Featured Poet. Plus lots more, of course. Disturbed Digest is turning out to be one of the finer publications of dark fiction now available. Come find out why—if you dare.

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.

Drabble Harvest #7: When the Monitor Stares Back . . .
So you’re a writer. For hours you stare at the monitor, devoid of ideas. You got nuthin’. What you don’t know is that the monitor is staring back at you—malevolent and insane. Ooo!

Blame Teresa Tunaley of the Canary Islands for the cover, btw.

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.


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.


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 date is 1 December, so we can coincide it with 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.

The Salt Man by Keith Rogers 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. 1 October, but we’re actually about to release it in the next couple three days [today being 13 September]. We’ll list it here in New Releases as soon as that happens.

Petrolea by David M. Bensen. This novella takes you to an alternate moon of Titan, where living machines upset the apple cart. Coming 1 October.

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 October.


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 October, if not sooner.

Tyree Campbell