Posts Tagged ‘Kelly A. Harmon’

Okay, sorry about that headline (but you can appreciate my temptation).  Pole to Pole Publishing  announced today that their reprint anthology RE-LAUNCH:  SCIENCE FICTION STORIES OF NEW BEGINNINGS (see  June 1, February 18, 4) is available now from major distributors, including Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, BN Nook, Scribd, and 24Symbols, with print to follow in the next few weeks.  Moreover, for about the next ten days, it will be on sale for $2.99, after which the price will go up to $4.99.  Links to sellers offering RE-LAUNCH can be found on Pole to Pole’s website, for which press here.

And, yes, I do of course have a dog in this hunt (a pup in the pack?), my story “The Game” which originally appeared in the British e-zine HUB for November 2007.  “The Game” tells the tale of an on-the-beach spaceman, the unfriendly streets of an alien town, and his striving to maintain self respect as he seeks redemption.

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I can’t say that I didn’t sort of anticipate this, or at least hope for it, another email from Pole to Pole Publishing this afternoon:  Thank you for sending “Gas” for Pole to Pole Publishing’s RE-TERRIFY anthology.  We appreciate the chance to read it, and have decided to accept “Gas” for inclusion in the anthology.  This is the companion volume to the RE-ENCHANT anthology which accepted my story “Dust” just a few days ago so, adding previous volumes RE-QUEST and RE-LAUNCH, I seem to be four for four so far.  I might also add for fellow writers that like RE- ENCHANT, RE-TERRIFY is open to submissions through August, for more on which see the link in the post just below.

RE-TERRIFY, to quote the original call, will join our previous submission calls (now closed) for RE-LAUNCH and RE-QUEST in the Re-Imagined Series of anthologies. RE-TERRIFY requires dark science fiction, fantasy, or horror reprints on the theme of monsters which terrify.  “Gas,” which was first published in the December 1994-5 issue of EULOGY, involves cutting edge (if not on the entirely up and up) biochemical research and was inspired by the real-life basement of the Indiana University Chemistry Building.

Well, I do seem to be doing okay with the Pole to Pole folks this year having placed two stories with them already, “The Blade of Gudrin” in RE-QUEST and “The Game” in RE-LAUNCH on February 2 and 4 respectively (cf. also June 1, et al.).  These are two in a series of reprint anthologies coming out from Pole to Pole Publishing, and more are planned.  Thus a subsequent call:  Pole to Pole Publishing is seeking short, re-print fiction for the RE-ENCHANT anthology to be published in late 2018.  RE-ENCHANT will join our previous submission calls (now closed) for RE-LAUNCH and RE-QUEST in the Re-Imagined Series of anthologies.  RE-ENCHANT requires dark stories and myths about faeries or faerie-like creatures.  And to which, as it happens, I responded.

Today, Sunday, the email came from Editors Vonnie Winslow Crist and Kelly A. Harmon:  Thank you for sending “Dust” for Pole to Pole Publishing’s RE-ENCHANT anthology.  We appreciate the chance to read it, and have decided to accept “Dust” for inclusion in the anthology.  Your contract and additional information will be sent to you soon. “Dust” is a story originally published in my first collection, STRANGE MISTRESSES: TALES OF WONDER AND ROMANCE, concerning two maidens and a fairyland-like castle in Spain . . . and spiders.

Also for the writers among us (as with the posting two items below) might I note that RE-ENCHANT, along with another new companion volume, is still open for submissions through August?  For more information on both press here.

A quick note today from Pole to Pole Publishing to announce the impending publication of their reprint science fiction and fantasy anthologies RE-LAUNCH and RE-QUEST (cf. February 6, et al.).  And, yes, I have a piece of the pie(s) with a story of a washed-up spaceman’s redemption, “The Game,” originally published in HUB in November 2007 in the former and “The Blade of Gudrin,” about a plucky heroine vs. a tricky goddess originally in the Spring 1993 SPACE AND TIME, in the latter.  Thus, according to Editors Kelly A. Harmon and Vonnie Winslow Crist, RE-LAUNCH is being moved up from an originally planned October release to “late June/early July” with RE-QUEST to follow after.  More on which as it becomes known will be announced here.

Remember RE-QUEST?  The reprint anthology to come out from Pole to Pole Publishing that had accepted my S&S tale “The Blade of Gudrin” (see February 2)?  While its companion science fiction volume RE-LAUNCH has been filled (including by me, see February 4), the all-fantasy RE-QUEST still seeks a few good stories.  There are a few rules, or as Editor Kelly A. Harmon points out:  RE-QUEST requires dark fantasy reprints on the theme of “quests.”  For both anthologies, stories should be 3,000-5,000 words and meet the central theme of the anthology.  Reprints currently available on line are not eligible.  Preference is for stories that haven’t been published in at least a year.  Older reprints will carry more weight than new ones.  Also, as I recall, preference was for “classic” fantasy as well, of course, that the [a]uthor must possess the rights to offer the story for submission.

So if you’ve got a sword and sorcery story, or grimdark, or otherwise darkish fantasy published a while back that you rather like and would like to share with a new group of readers (as well as receiving a small payment for it), just check out the guidelines by pressing here.  But you’d do well to hurry.

“Casket Girls” (see January 23, et al.) is now alive and readable in the February ARIEL CHART, as announced by Associate Editor Marchelle Young.  This is the tale of Aimée and her part in the founding of New Orleans, and with it is an appropriate casket-like, ladylike illustration.  To see and enjoy for yourself, press here.  The issue will remain on site until March 1, at which time it will go into ARIEL CHART’s archives.

Also, yesterday afternoon the contracts arrived for “The Game” and “The Blade of Gudrin” for RE-LAUNCH and RE-QUEST from Pole to Pole Publishing (cf. February 4 and 2, respectively) and were signed and sent back, with countersigned copies received by me today.  And so the “writing life” goes on.

And so the second report came in this morning from Pole to Pole Publishing (see just below):  Thank you for sending “The Game” for Pole to Pole Publishing’s “Re-Launch,” anthology.  We appreciate the chance to read it, and have decided to accept “The Game” for inclusion in the anthology.  Your contract and additional information will be sent to you in a few weeks.  RE-LAUNCH, we’ll recall, is to be the science fiction half of Pole to Pole’s reprint dyad, with my story “The Game,” about an “on the beach” spaceman earning redemption, originally published in Britain’s HUB magazine on November 7 2007.  More will appear on both publications as it becomes known.

Then Sunday afternoon brought the Bloomington Writers Guild’s “First Sunday Prose Reading & Open Mic” (cf. January 7, et al.), this time in a County Library conference room as it continues to seek a new home, with featured readers Molly Gleeson, a one-time teacher of English in China, Saudi Arabia, and Japan now working as a writing tutor at a Bloomington community college reading her short story “House of Atreus”; international doctoral student Maureen Chinwe Onyeziri with a story about a young girl identified as a malevolent spirit, “Taming the Spirit,” followed by a brief memoir of a recent visit to her home in Nigeria; and local poet and fiction writer Cara Hohit with three short stories linked by a theme of intimacy, both old and new and both wanted and shunned.  My own contribution, third of six when it was time for the open mike segment, was a recent tale especially chosen for Valentine’s Day, “Home Is Where the Heart Is,” about a first meeting between a vampiress and a just-in-the-process-of-changing werewolf.

There was a note of urgency to the listing.  Update on the RE-LAUNCH and RE-QUEST anthos from Pole to Pole Publishing — we’ve accepted 21 of the 26 pieces needed to fill the 2 anthos.  We have 1 new submission yet to read, and 4 (2 per antho) we’re still considering.  If you’re thinking of sending us something — don’t wait!  (Reprints only, 3,000 – 5,000 words).  Well, I had been thinking of sending them something and so, at the very, very end of January, I sent a story to each.

So now, only two days into February, the first word has come back from Editors Kelly A. Harmon and Vonnie Winslow Crist:  Thank you for sending “The Blade of Gudrin” for Pole to Pole Publishing’s “Re-Quest,” anthology.  We appreciate the chance to read it, and have decided to accept “The Blade of Gudrin” for inclusion in the anthology.  Your contract and additional information will be sent to you in a few weeks.  This is for the fantasy entry of the pair (with RE-LAUNCH for science fiction), with “The Blade of Gudrin” going all the way back to the Spring 1993 issue of SPACE AND TIME (there was a premium for reprints first printed a long time ago).  While as for the other . . . well, time will tell, but if it’s accepted too you’ll find out about it here.




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