Another debut author here at ResAliens is Angie Lofthouse. She brings us “Highway Songs,” a spiritual fantasy with a future yet ancient Aztec setting (with threads of the Mayan calendar-ending mythology woven throughout). Pleasantly different than anything we’ve published here.
Rounding out the issue are two return authors. Michael W. Garza presents us with another science fiction mystery, “Red Horizon” (his previous entry was September’s “Return to Sender“). And Stoney M. Setzer gives us a Twilight Zone inspired supernatural thriller, “We Serve All Kinds Here.” Look for Stoney’s collection of short fiction from ResAliens Press to arrive in mid-February, 2010, btw. It will be our first release of a single author’s stories and we’re excited. Another debut! Fits the theme this month.
As always, thanks for reading. And Merry Christmas!
Your Fellow Alien, Lyn
PS The ToC cover art icon is “Christmas Under Saturn” by Max V. Nimos, whose featured artist interview is still at the old site (Dec 2007). Check it out.
Announcing a new collection of stories from ResAliens Press!
Arriving May, 2010…
While the Morning Stars Sing
An Anthology of Spiritually Infused Speculative Fiction
About the Project
- 20 to 25 stories, between 1500 and 6000 words each
- 80,000 to 100,000 words, an anthology of about 250 pages
- Submission window open now through January 31, 2010
- Reading period for all submissions will occur Feb, 2010
- Acceptance/declination notices sent by March 1, 2010
- Publication date May, 2010
What We Offer
- $5.00 per story, payable in February, 2010
- One contributor copy mailed the month of publication
- Complimentary ad space for your book/project, if applicable
- Opportunity to obtain additional copies of the anthology for the cost of production plus shipping
What We Want
- Stories from 1500 to 6000 words (query if longer)
- All varieties or subgenres of speculative fiction
- One-time rights for original, unpublished stories
- Reprints a possibility, please query first
- Simultaneous submissions okay, please indicate if it is
- Multiple submissions okay, up to 3 stories maximum
- Stories that range from G to PGish and include a spiritual element that is naturally integrated into the plot and/or personality of the characters
In other words, we’re looking for good stories that treat matters of faith as normal and integral to the characters, setting, and/or storyline. We are not looking for specifically religious tales, although we’re open to them (but please see “what we don’t want” below).
Why? A segment of speculative fiction is antagonistic to faith. Or, otherwise good stories are gratuitously sexual or violent. We want to offer an alternative – sophisticated stories aimed at adults which are truthful to the human experience yet touch on things eternal.
IMPORTANT: Please read the following stories so you know the heart and variety of what we’re looking for.
- Of All Things, Seen and Unseen by Fred Warren
- The Matter of Dalgatto by David M. Pitchford
- Harry in the Underworld by Patrick G. Cox
- We Few, We Happy Few by George L. Duncan
- In the Shadow of the Sphinx by Stoney M. Setzer