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Top 20 most read stories and poems in (the second half of) 2016

January 4th, 2017 No Comments

So here’s a fun thing I realized I could do. Inspired by my colleagues over at Black Gate, where, in another geologic era, I was a quasi-occasional guest blogger, I’ve assembled a list of the most-read stories and poems on this website from the beginning of July through the end of December 2016. Why only half the year? I’ll try to keep it short and amusing. I’m not a luddite, but neither am I a technophile, so I don’t rush

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CLOCKWORK PHOENIX 5 stories on Tangent Online 2016 Recommended Reading List

January 4th, 2017 No Comments

Short fiction review site Tangent Online has released its 2016 Recommended Reading List, which includes eight of the twenty stories from Clockwork Phoenix 5. They are:   “The Wind at His Back” by Jason Kimble “The Fall Shall Further the Flight in Me” by Rachael K. Jones “The Perfect Happy Family” by Patricia Russo “Squeeze” by Rob Cameron “The Sorcerer of Etah” by Gray Rinehart “The Trinitite Golem” by Sonya Taaffe “The Games We Play” by Cassandra Khaw “Innumerable Glimmering

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Our first Mythic Delirium issue of 2017 is live

January 2nd, 2017 No Comments

Mythic Delirium starts off 2017 with a new issue and new ways to subscribe. As of this month, we’ve joined Amazon Newsstand, which means that it’s now possible to purchase full-year subscriptions to Mythic Delirium through Kindle. My thanks to Clarkesworld publisher Neil Clarke, both for encouraging me to keep trying when initial corporate responses seemed unreceptive, and then for patiently talking me through the counter-intuitive setup process, heh, heh. So here’s a full directory for where you can subscribe

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CLOCKWORK PHOENIX 5 stories selected for YEAR’S BEST anthologies

December 22nd, 2016 No Comments

So this is the fun part of putting together these Clockwork Phoenix anthologies, or at least one of the most fun parts. Two of the stories from Clockwork Phoenix 5 have been picked to reappear in “Best of the Year” anthologies. Rich Larson‘s “Innumerable Glimmering Lights” has pulled a double whammy. His stunningly poetic tale of an octopoid alien society’s struggle with superstition will be reappearing in both Rich Horton’s The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2017 and Gardner

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2016 award eligibility post from Mythic Delirium Books

December 8th, 2016 1 Comment

It’s that time — in fact, a bit past the time — to create a post that makes it easier for readers to peruse all the things we published in 2016, for purposes of consideration for awards, or simply for the fun of exploring and catching up on what you might have missed. In April, we produced Clockwork Phoenix 5, the newest installment in our anthology series showcasing “stories of beauty and strangeness” and our biggest yet. The book itself

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Features in December: Reinhardt, Leibowitz, Gailey + ISFDB archives

December 6th, 2016 No Comments

So here we are, almost to the end of 2016, and our last pieces of featured fiction and poetry for the year are available now for everybody to read. In Chris Reinhardt’s first published story, “Fade to Glass,” we get a charming combination of the comical and mystical, as a hapless soul’s strange condition attracts cult worship and government experiments. Accomplished poets Sandi Leibowitz and Jeannine Hall Gailey, whose many contributions go back to our days as a print zine,

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November features are up at MYTHIC DELIRIUM: Radcliffe, Garfinkle, Ness

November 6th, 2016 No Comments
Cover art by Bill Rutherfoord

Looking for something to read that isn’t (overtly) about partisan politics? The November features from our October-December 2016 issue (click here to view) have gone live. Here’s what we’ve got for you: In the tradition of Robert W. Service, TJ Radcliffe offers a verse narrative about dark supernatural doings across the sands of Mars in “The Revenge of Hillier’s Belle.” In our first featured poem, “Champagne Ivy,” Gwynne Garfinkle explores the tragedy of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde from a

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BONE SWANS wins the World Fantasy Award!

November 3rd, 2016 No Comments

At the World Fantasy Convention in Columbus, Ohio, this past weekend (Sunday, Oct. 30), Bone Swans by C.S.E. Cooney won the World Fantasy Award for best collection. Anita and I were there to see Claire Cooney make her acceptance speech, dedicating her win to her mentor, Gene Wolfe. It’s just about impossible for us to express how proud we are to be the publishers of Bone Swans, and what a stunning surprise it was when announcer Gordon Van Gelder read

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My 2016 World Fantasy Convention schedule

October 24th, 2016 No Comments

Anita and I will be at the World Fantasy Convention this weekend, primarily to cheer on C.S.E. Cooney, whose book from our imprint, Bone Swans: Stories, is up for the World Fantasy Award for Best Collection against some very stiff competition. Our fingers are crossed regardless. Before Sunday’s ceremony, we’ll have plenty of time to hang out at the bar and chat — but I will be making a couple of “official programming” appearances, both of them on Friday. At

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5 Stories from CLOCKWORK PHOENIX 5

October 19th, 2016 No Comments

As Anita and I prepare for an appearance next week at the World Fantasy Convention in Columbus, Ohio, we decided to renew a Clockwork Phoenix tradition. With the release of each volume, we have made a few of the stories from the anthology available free to read, as a sort of sampler platter. Though our plan all along has been to do the same with the new book, life circumstances had delayed us. But no longer! To make up for

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