Holiday Ebook Sale! Get a bundle of EVERY book we’ve published for only $8.98 (or individual books for $1.99 or less)

To celebrate the holiday season — whichever holiday you choose — and to help fund our upcoming year, we’re offering a deep discount on all of our DRM-free ebooks. What can you get?

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OUR BEST DEAL: Every ebook we’ve published so far (CthulhuroticaBibliotheca Fantastica, Fish, in Situ, and Inedible Sins) for only $8.98. ePub or mobi

You can also get FISH and Bibliotheca Fantastica in a bundle together for $3.98: Epub or mobi

Want them individually?

Cthulhurotica, an anthology of seductive and scary horror tales inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. Edited by Carrie Cuinn, published December 21, 2010. The revised edition contains more than 20 original works of art. Read more about our contributors here.

Buy it now FOR $1.99 EACH! EPUB for NOOK and other readers, $1.99: click here, or MOBI for Kindle and other readers: click here

Bibliotheca Fantastica: twenty new fabulous tales of bibliophilic wonder, enchantment, terror, romance, mystery, and adventure… Edited by Don Pizarro with a cover by Hugo award-winning artist Galen Dara; contains stories by Ray Vukcevich, Michael J. DeLuca, Tina Connolly, A.C. Wise, S.J. Hirons and more. Read more about our contributors here.

Buy it now FOR $1.99 EACH! ePub here, mobi here, or PDF here. Or you can buy a bundle of Bibliotheca Fantastica in all three digital formats, for only $4.99 (here)

FISH, edited by Carrie Cuinn & KV Taylor; Cover by Galen Dara.

Science fiction and fantasy. Retold fairy tales and brand new myth. 33 original stories by some of today’s best new writers, exploring a theme which is both simple, and impossible to understand, all at once. This anthology of slippery, flashy, delicate, dangerous, and beautiful tales features work by Camille Alexa, M. Bennardo, Corinne Duyvis, Cate Gardner, Sam Fleming, Andrew S. Fuller, Claude Lalumière, Ken Liu, Cat Rambo, Alex Shvartsman, and many more.

What secrets belong only to a fish? Dive in and find out. Read more about our contributors here.

Buy it now: ePub (buy here) or mobi (buy here), only $1.99

IN SITU, an anthology of science fiction tales about alien excavations, weird archeology, and the unearthing of mysteries. Edited by Carrie Cuinn, includes stories from Ken Liu, Paul A. Dixon, K. V. Taylor, Rebecca Lloyd, Bear Weiter, Mae Empson, and more.

Buy it now for only 99 cents: ePub (click here) or mobi (click here)

Spring 2013 novella: “Inedible Sins” by KV Taylor

Set in Washington, DC, just before the civil war, “Inedible Sins” follows a seminary drop-out named Sebastian Jones as he navigates the intricacies of friendship, sex, love, morality, and the social circle to which he aspires. Taylor’s been discussing the tale over on her blog, where she has a page set up for it. Read excerpts from the story, and her thoughts on the city and her characters. (The novella is just over 30,000 words long.)

Buy it now! Only 99 cents for the ePub (click here) or .mobi (click here)

 

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“The Touch of the Taniwha” by Tracie McBride (Fish) is

“The Touch of the Taniwha” by Tracie McBride is a finalist for the 2013 Aurealis Awards, in the category of “Best Fantasy Short Fiction”. The Aurealis Awards are Australia’s premier speculative fiction awards.

Fish was edited by Carrie Cuinn and KV Taylor, and published in 2013. You can learn more about the anthology here, and read Tracie’s author interview here.

The ceremony will take place April 5, 2014 in Canberra, and we wish Tracie the best of luck!

For Your Consideration: Our 2013 Award-Eligible Contributors List

We published two books in 2013: Fish (edited by Carrie Cuinn and KV Taylor) and Bibliotheca Fantastica (edited by Don Pizarro). We also published a novella, Inedible Sins, and launched the first issue of our new speculative fiction magazine, Lakeside Circus.

Of course, we have to mention that both of our anthology covers for 2013 were drawn by the amazing Galen Dara, who should certainly be nominated for all of the awards this year.

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In addition, the authors we’ve published are eligible for various awards either for the stories we presented to you or for other work. We posted a PDF reading copy of Colleen Anderson’s “The Book With No End” here, since she’s on the Bram Stoker Award Preliminary Ballot in the “Superior Achievement in Short Fiction” category. But there are more!

Polenth Blake, whose story “Thwarting the Fiends” was a favorite from Fish, also has a novelette out: “By Means of Clockwork Selection”. For more details, go here.

Nathan Crowder’s story “Cold Comfort of Silver Lake” is in Blood Rites: an Introduction to Horror, on the preliminary Stoker ballot for anthologies. Crowder can also be found in Cthulhurotica (2011).

Sam Fleming, who wrote the excellent “What the Water Gave Her” for Fish, also wrote “When Shepherds Dream of Electric Sheep” for the Looking Landwards anthology by NewCon Press. Find out more about Fleming here.

Gabrielle Harboway, who appeared in Cthulhurotica, is Nebula-eligible for “Blood Magic,” published in Witches, Stitches & Bitches from Evil Girlfriend Media. The story is online for free in the SFWA short story forum, for the consideration of SFWA members. Read more about her work here.

Ken Liu, who wrote “How Do You Know if a Fish is Happy?” for Fish and ” ” for IN SITU (2012), shares his favorite publications of 2013 and a list of his eligible stories here.

Please also see our list of award-eligible authors from Lakeside Circus, here.

We need to buy ISBNs. You want to improve your writing. We can help each other.

In the US, every version of every book published needs to have its own  International Standard Book Number (ISBN). The print version needs a different number than the ebook version, but more than that: the hardback and paperback versions have to have different numbers, and the ePub, mobi, and PDF versions of the digital edition have to have their own unique ISBNs, too.

One ISBN costs $125. That’s not very useful, is it? 10 ISBNs costs $250, which covers 2, maybe 3 titles. For $575 we can buy 100 ISBNs, a much more useful number. It can publish about 20 books, or our planned catalog for the next three years. That’s what we’d like to do.

Our publisher and editor, Carrie Cuinn, teaches online workshops on a variety of subjects related to writing and editing. Her next class, which begins Sunday, November 17, is on “Plotting the Short Story”. She’s going to put the proceeds of the class signups toward our ISBN purchase. From her website:

All workshops take place in my private online forum, so you can post questions, comments, and writing excerpts without worrying who will see it. Plus, since we have deadlines of a certain day, not a set class hour, you can be anywhere in the world and still participate!

We’ll cover how to fit a whole story into different lengths: flash (1000 and under), mid-length short story (about 4000 words), and longer short stories (up to 6500 words). What do you put in and what do you leave off the page? Fundamentals of storytelling, prepping (including outlining, character arcs, and plot twists) and editing (including how to recognize the different moments of your story so you can move them around) are also covered. Only $50 for 4 weeks. sign up here

Like her other classes, this one will be capped so it doesn’t get too big. Plus, once you’ve taken any of her workshops, you retain access to the forum, which has space for sharing critiques, a market directory, and more. You can also purchase enrollment for a friend if you don’t need one for yourself (be sure to note that when you fill out the form).

Thank you for your support.

(Because we’ve been asked, yes, you can simply donate a few dollars to our goal by clicking here; link goes to PayPal. But we’d rather give you something for your money, so please make sure to let us know who you are, and we’ll send along a special thank you.)

Quick Updates (Readercon, Bibliotheca Fantastica, Novellas, and More!)

We’re hard at work getting the rest of our 2013 publications out, but wanted to share a few notes with you:

Readercon! It’s our favorite mid-summer convention, and as usual we’ll be there. Carrie Cuinn, Don Pizarro, novella editor Kelly C. Stiles, and many of our authors will also be in attendance. (Check out the program schedule to find panels with Ken Liu, Mike Allen, Michael J. DeLuca, AC Wise, and more.)

Bibliotheca Fantastica is almost ready to be released! Have you seen the list of contributors? Bibliotheca Fantastica, edited by Don Pizarro, will be available in print and ebook before we head out for Readercon. Plus, we have interviews with the authors, and other tidbits that we’ll post here.

Our next novella is The Hoofgang, by Michael Anthony Ashley. It’s a Weird Western with saloon fights, guns, and centaurs. The Hoofgang will be our Summer 2013 novella release.

We’ve also started editing Cthulhurotica 2. We’ll have a full announcement, with a Table of Contents, with ARCs available at that time, near the end of the year.

Lastly, we’ve been working with Mike Allen on a collection of his short stories, including his Nebula-nominated novella, The Button Bin. We’ll have the cover–illustrated by Paula Arwen Friedlander–and Table of Contents up soon, along with ARCs.

More FISH: New Interview and Review

First, the review. Says Guy Gonzalez:

For such a broad, somewhat random theme — “What secrets belong only to a fish?” — editors Cuinn and Taylor have curated an impressively cohesive anthology, offering a diverse variety of fables, allegories, and good old fashioned short stories that surprise, delight, and, in a few cases, inspire. Among my favorites were Polenth Blake’s “Thwarting the Fiends;” Camille Alexa’s “The Skin of Her Skin;” Paul A. Dixon’s “One Let Go;” Sam Fleming’s “What the Water Gave Her;” Bear Weiter’s “The Talking Fish of Shangri-La;” and, Tracie McBride’s “The Touch of Taniwha.” My absolute favorite, though, was Suzanne Palmer’s “Lanternfish In the Overworld;” its perfect tone and ending should really have made it the final story in the collection, so save it for last. Recommended.

Next, Charles Tan, the Bibliophile Stalker, has interviewed editor Carrie Cuinn for SF Signal. They talked about the evolution of FISH, the challenges of running a small press, and more.

From the interview:

CT: Why do you think we need stories like these? If you weren’t editing Fish (i.e. another publisher was soliciting from you), what’s the appeal for you of contributing to this themed anthology?

CC: We always need stories like these. Life is hard. It’s rarely what we expected it to be, and there’s so much dark and gloom. We can’t get rid of it, so I don’t try to pretend it isn’t there. Instead, I look for what’s beautiful in between the bad things, or alongside sadness or grief. Delightful, surprising, moments are always there, whether we see them or not, but life is easier when we take the time to look. There is always something or someone to love, if you let life creep in. The stories in Fish are just like that: sad, dark, and scary, with surprising moments of beauty, joy, and life.

I know what story I would have written, if I were contributing to a project like this. It would be different from anything we did publish, but similar in feeling to Blake and Fleming’s work. I would have wanted to show that flashing underside, the brightness in a dark sea. It would have been about my son, and the things I lost when I got to know him.

And the things I gained.

Read the rest here.

New review of FISH

Over at The Alternative Typewriter, Bulgarian writer and editor Haralambi Markov reviews FISH and has many wonderful things to say, including:

Cuinn doesn’t edit, but rather throws herself with such abandon in her vision as to how her anthologies ought to look, feel and be, the finished product has its own gravitational pull and it won’t let go until you’ve read the last page.

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I describe Fish as effortless, dream-like, diverse and exquisite, which certainly holds true as I consider the anthology to be a revelation, because it’s just fish. No restrictions upon genre, no neatly defined prompt to cater to specific tastes. It’s just you and the stories and the fish. Simple and yet so risky. As you read Fish, you step further into a dark and undisturbed ocean where you see reflected light dance across scales and experience ink-black beauty with sharp teeth.

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Carrie Cuinn and K.V. Taylor reveal to you an ecosystem of underwater wonders that’s outrageous, eclectic and beautiful. Theoretically, some might suspect it shouldn’t be able to work as there is nothing at first glance to hold these stories together, but there is so much soul in the project to cement this as the definitive anthology for 2013 – at least in my book.

He goes on to look at many of the stories in depth, offering mini-reviews of about 2/3 of the book’s contents. You can read the rest of the review here.

Ready to buy FISH?

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Thank you!