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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Strange Horizons Fiction Department: Horror Stories We've Seen Too Often

Strange Horizons Fiction Department: Horror Stories We've Seen Too Often

Horror Stories We've Seen Too Often

The following list is an attempt at classifying the kinds of horror-story plots that we receive too frequently. We have a separate page for non-horror stories we've seen too often.

Note that we're not generally interested in horror of any kind; this page simply lists some particular kinds of horror stories that we see especially often.

Main plot types are numbered; subspecies and variants receive letters.

This is not a canonical list of bad stories or story cliches. This is a list of types of stories that we at SH have seen too often; it's not intended to be a complete list of all types of bad stories, nor are all the items on the list necessarily bad.

We recognize that horror stories are often more about mood or tone than about original plots. Still, these plots and ideas are particularly common in the horror stories submitted to us.

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Whispering Spirits Digital Magazine

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Life has finally allowed me to continue working this publication and we're celebrating with a 2009 Whispering Spirits Digital Magazine Revival Flash Fiction Contest!

Gather your stories together and send us the 1,000 word masterpieces you have lying around, or create new ones for us. We're open for submissions now.

Bragging Rites Unleashed

Bragging Rites Unleashed: "Abandoned Towers Magazine now accepting subscriptions
Okay, I told myself that after AT had been in production for a year, and I felt fairly comfortable with putting it together, that I'd start taking subscription.

It's been a year."

Saturday, June 27, 2009

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To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Arecibo Message, Cyberwizard Productions and Abandoned Towers Magazine are offering a reward to kick off a new puzzle page.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Lilley Press

Writer's Platforms

Last Sunday, I posted a blog post at the Lilley Press blog about writers and the recession, which gave a link to an interview featuring Jane Friedman.

A writer's platform has been becoming more and more important over the past years and shows to increase in importance over the upcoming years. Writer's who establish their web presence and connect with their fans on a continual basis are really going to attract agents, editors and publishers a whole lot easier.

As many authors are introverts and hate the idea of having to market themselves, this is important. If authors do not step out of their comfort zone and make an effort to connect with the readers, they risk losing matter how much a publisher helps them.

At Lilley Press, we are trying to increase the ways in which we help our author's books get in front of people, but even we can only do so much. Readers really don't want to hear from the publisher, or the marketing director (such as me). They want to hear from the author...they want that personal connection that only a properly attended blog or website can give.

If you're in the process of writing a book, start your blog now. Start telling people your experience of your day and your writing work. You don't have to write much, and it can be weekly if you prefer. But if you start now and get some part of you out there, it'll pay off for you in the long run.

Diana Cacy
Sales/Marketing Director

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Flashing Swords - Issues - Issue 12

Flashing Swords - Issues - Issue 12


Stilts & Straw
Tony Pi
Black God's Burden
G.W. Thomas
Ye Olde Word Jumble
Race for the Night Ruby
Seth Skorkowsky
Bitten by the Blade
Bill Ward
with Jim C. Hines


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