View from the Lake – August 2018

The View from the Lake
August 2018

In this View . . .
 What’s Happening
 Spaceports & Spidersilk
 eBooks & eStories – special announcement
 New Releases

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

Here’s what’s going on.

As you may already be aware, we’ve set up a brand new site at Despite the wording of this URL, it’s not just a bookstore. It’s an expansion of what we’ve been doing here all along. There are guidelines, projects, help for writers, the View from the Lake, products other than books [e.g., canvas tote bags with our logo on them; book box subscriptions; aspiring writer kits; new bookmarks] to cite but four examples. The online Scifaikuest will be posted there for your reading pleasure. We’ll soon be introducing some writers to you—find out which toppings they like on their pizza when they’re writing horror stories—you know, personal stuff like that, and of course much more.

At the same time, we’re keeping this here site open as well. This includes the bookstore; the guidelines; the online Scifaikuest; and the View from the Lake. We’re doing this, really, for you lot. You’re familiar with us here. We don’t want to lose you in the transfer. Eventually, of course, we’ll hope to wean you to the new site. But we’re still here. So stop by both sites! We’re worth the trips.

We’re running a new sale for the next couple of months. Paid two-year subscriptions to any of our periodic publications—Outposts of Beyond; Disturbed Digest; Bloodbond; FrostFire Worlds; Illumen; and Scifaikuest—will receive a free Alban Lake canvas tote bag for your books [or whatever else you like]. We’ve been selling these canvas tote bags at conventions and book fests for $15-20. You can get one free with your paid two-year subscription. Just a thought…

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.


We haven’t done the View for a couple months. I don’t choose to go into detail at this time, but will only mention that my wife had a very serious health issue that has now been successfully dealt with. I hope you all will forgive this brief lapse.

To help make up for it, listed below are the new publications from May to now. We’re still missing a few for August, but we’ll get them posted as soon as we can.

And now…on with the show.


This issue features stories by J. G. Formato, Allison Epstein, Debby Feo, and Mike Adamson, and of course much more. K. S. Hardy provides the seasoning. Come get some werewolves, shapeshifters, and vampires.

Bloodbond May 2018


It’s the 6th Anniversary Issue! Come read Lorraine Pinelli Brown, Josh Schlossberg, Iri Sumner, Robyn Groth, and many more. Come find out why this is one of the best dark fiction digests on the planet!

Disturbed #21


Welcome to our 6th Anniversary issue of science fiction and fantasy short stories. Meet Steve Cameron, the Buentello Brothers, Alan Ira Gordon, Christina Sng, teri santitoro, and Australia’s Mike Adamson. Kendall Evans reviews the new Blade Runner. Kickin’ cover by Laura Givens. Get a copy today.


Oh, come along and brighten your mood. Sit back, sip a bev, and turn the pages!

Drabble Harvest #10-Shapeshifter Brothel


Fun and adventure for the whole family. “Chicken Feed” and “Captain Hastings and the Flying Saucer,” both by Eamonn Murphy, get you started. Polish off with “The Unicorn’s Gift” by Sondra Lampl. And enjoy everything in between. Get your kids to read more…and science fiction and fantasy is a great medium for adventures!

Frostfire Worlds May 2018


More adventure for the whole family. 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.

ILLUMEN, Summer 2018

The Featured Poet in this issue is Will H. Blackwell Jr. JD DeHart recounts his journey into the world of speculative poetry. Plus voices familiar and new. You know the drill.

Illumen 32

SCIFAIKUEST, August 2018

This is the 16th Anniversary issue of Scifaikuest! That’s a long time in the indies. We must be good! This issue features the work of Nick Hoffman. Plus lots of other voices, including more haibun and other ku especially for this issue. You’re not afraid of a little poetry…are you?

Scifaikuest 61

VOYEUSE: Episode 1 – Conquistador by Tyree Campbell

Her day name is Lisa Verdi. She comes from Ecuador, she’s a bit kinky, and she is descended from the Incas, by whom she is empowered. She can sense crimes before they are committed, and the sensation arouses her—so she watches, to intervene at the very last moment, because she’s the one she pleases.

Now she’s being hunted by a gang leader who is the descendant of Pizarro, the Spanish conquistador who destroyed the Inca Empire and murdered her ancestor. Her neighbor in the apartment upstairs is a detective who has been assigned to stop her. Alone, she has no friends or allies.

So what’s a superheroine to do? One thing at a time…

Voyeuse Episode 1: Conquistador

THE BRIGSTOWE DRAGONS: Return of the Black Magician by Eamonn Murphy

Kenric, the telepathic Dragon Master, must once again confront the evil sorcerer Kemshah. This time the Black Magician has abducted Kenric’s true love, holding her in exchange for the Orb of Orcas—a device of which Kenric knows only that the dragons have it. Kenric has three days to deliver the Orb. But first, he has to find out who has it, and somehow gain possession of it. And the dragons don’t want Kemshah to have it.

Brigstowe Dragons 2: Return of the Black Magician

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.

Poison Planet

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.

Time Off


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.

Bugs in the System


Philip Dick died in March of 1982. After his death, Hanson Robotics created a robot in the likeness of the author. It was one of the most advanced of its time, programmed to respond to questions and capable of quoting lengthily from the author’s works. A fairly sophisticated artificial intelligence. It wouldn’t pass a Turing Test. Many of its responses seemed random or non sequitur. It tended to make statements or offer quotations totally out of context. But it was extremely sophisticated and well-received at the NextFest Fair; one of the most popular exhibits at the event. Later on, the robot was on a flight from Dallas to San Francisco for another demonstration. But there was a stopover in Las Vegas and an unexpected flight change; the android’s head was forgotten, and left in an overhead luggage compartment.

It hasn’t been seen since. But now Hanson Robotics wants it back. And they will go to any lengths to regain it.

Bring Me the Head of Philip K. Dick’s Simulacrum

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



His latest and very best collection. Should be nominated for a Stoker, and garner attention from all the “year’s best” publications. Within its pages you’ll encounter ghosts, witches, Nature run amuck, The Old Ones, and, Death. Add to these the coroner’s daughter, a mortician, a rock star and a few Japanese Airline hosteses, and the mix becomes complete. Bizarre humor and sinister visions abound, and the comfort you may take from the screams of others, more unfortunate than yourself, is temporary at best.

The Comfort of Screams


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 September, if not sooner.

Tyree Campbell