Something zombified this way comes…!

21 Oct

Every year, Atlantean Publishing celebrates Hallowe’en with a horror-themed poetry booklet and this year is no different as we pay a visit to the Zombie Zoo

Zombie Zoo features a total of twelve poems, both scary and scarily funny, within its covers from Aeronwy Dafies, DS Davidson, Gary W. Davis, Mark Hudson, Donna McCabe, David Norris-Kay (Dave Austin), Tina Rath, and DJ Tyrer. It is a £1.50 booklet and the 3-for-2 booklet offer applies, as usual.

Also coming for Hallowe’en is a trick-or-treat issue of View From Atlantis. Look out for that around when the veil between the living and the dead thins on the 31st of October!

Monomyth returns!

25 Sep

It may have been delayed, but Monomyth returns with its seventieth issue! Issue 20.1 is now available to order and, assuming no further disruptions to the schedule, two further issues should appear before the year ends.

Issue 20.1

This issue is something of a reprint issue, featuring cover art by David Leverton that appeared in Grail, and three reprinted stories: The Moss Garden by Dave Austin (originally published in issue 5.1), The 666 to Hell by DS Davidson (originally published in issue 2.8 and reprinted in Haunting Tales), and Ye Tale of Ye Grale (originally published in Grail). However, if you’ve been around Atlantean publications long enough to have read those, there is also a bumper instalment of The Legend of Hengist and Horsa from Joseph Reed and a couple of poems by Aeronwy Dafies.

The Supplement 95

A new issue of The Supplement is also available and can be downloaded now. As ever, it features news, reviews, and articles, plus adverts and letters of comment, as well as some poetry.

Awen 109 is here!

24 Aug

The new issue of Awen is now available to download. The issue features a story from Diane Duff and poetry from Seth Allcorn, Ed Blundell, Bruce-Grove, Marc Carver, Aeronwy Dafies, Arthur C. Ford, Sr., Colin Ian Jeffery, David Kopaska-Merkel, Howard F. Stein,  DJ Tyrer, and Matthew Wilson.

Closed to Submissions

3 Jul

Atlantean Publishing is closed to submissions during July and August.

You may still send news, adverts, letters of comment, and review copies, but no submissions.

This doesn‘t apply to View From Atlantis – to see if the webzine is open to submissions and what the theme is, click here.

Fantasy Review: There Will Be One

8 Jun

There Will Be One
The Windshine Chronicles
Book 2

By Todd Sullivan
ISBN 9780999852293, 135pp, pb, Mocha Memoir Press
Available from Amazon in paperback and on the Kindle

There Will Be One

Woo Jin had been trained to kill opponents in honorable combat, so the government official’s assignment made his stomach clench.

Assassination.

So begins the excellent sequel to Hollow Men. Indeed, I could probably end the review right there – if you enjoyed the first book, you’ll want to read this, and if you haven’t read it yet, whilst you don’t need to in order to follow the plot of There Will Be One, I’d recommend starting at the beginning regardless. But, for those who would like to know a little more before buying a copy, here we go…

Although one mustn’t judge a book by its cover, There Will Be One has an advantage over the first volume of The Windshine Chronicles, in that its cover hints that this is no run-of-the-mill, quasi-European fantasy, but one set in a fantastic version of Korea. The characters of Windshine the Dark Elf and elven-sword-wielding hero Ha Jun return, but the focus is upon the youthful archer Woo Jin, facing the dilemma of whether to follow his orders and carry out an act of murderous betrayal.

Woo Jin joins a special quest, observed by the Dark Elf, to rescue the women and children of a village on the border between North and South Hanguk before the soldiers of the God-Child, ruler of North Hanguk, can seize them as breeding stock for a new generation of warriors.

It’s an interesting and unusual quest and one complicated from the outset by the honourable youth’s dilemma of whether or not to follow orders and assassinate the Dark Elf, removing her taint of foreignness from the land. The question of if and when he will make the attempt – and whether he can pull it off – adds an additional layer of tension to the story and things are further complicated when the villagers they are supposed to be rescuing turn out to have converted to  a strange, foreign faith – one that has kept them safe from the God-Child’s forces, but which threatens to strip away the heroes’ magical ace in the hole, necessary to rescue them… as well as threatening further foreign contamination, forcing Woo Jin and his companions to decide just how far they will go to protect the purity of their homeland.

I found the unusual quest and the dilemmas and jealousies facing Woo Jin made for a good story that avoided cleaving too closely to the plot of the first book. Windshine’s magic towards the end also had a somewhat different feel to a lot of fantasy.

I did find a reference to speaking Korean, at one point, odd (Hanguk is a real Korean term for Korea and the placenames are real places, but actually putting ‘Korean’ seems too real-world, pulling me out of the fantasy ever so slightly. It would be like saying Tolkien’s Hobbits, in book, were speaking English rather than Common.) This combined with the way North and South Hanguk parallel the present division of Korea and the fact that the foreign religion is a form of Christianity did make me wonder for a while if there was going to be a twist that this was a futuristic fantasy, but nothing came of this (and, Christianity is well-entrenched in South Korea, making the introduction from the West here unlikely in such a scenario). Instead, it seems the setting is a much-closer, magical alternative reality than I first imagined – although how the Dark Elves fit into this remains to be seen!

Those niggling thoughts are about as close to a flaw as I can find with the tale, quite minor and a sign that I was engaged with the story and setting and wanted to learn more. I hope that more will be revealed in future instalments in The Windshine Chronicles!

There Will Be One manages that rare feat of being a good sequel and a good standalone story at the same time. Another solid fantasy story for those seeking something a little bit different. Recommended.

Awen 108

25 May

The May 2020 issue of Awen is now available to download from the site and features fiction by Harris Coverley, David M. Smith, and DJ Tyrer, and poetry from Bruce-Grove, Marc Carver, Aeronwy Dafies, DS Davidson, Diane R. Duff, David Edwards, Colin Ian Jeffery, Alan Lacock, Donna McCabe, SchiZ, Howard F. Stein, and DJ Tyrer.

A Wuhan Whoddunit

20 May

A Wuhan Whodunnit  is the title of the second Garbaj Presents… pdf available for download. It joins SuperTrump and the two Black and Red Mythos ebooklets on the site.

As you may expect from the title, the release deals with the current Coronavirus outbreak, so may not be suitable for all readers, but we hope you find it entertaining, amusing and thought-provoking if you choose to download it.

Awen, Emails, and Aliens

18 May

This month’s issue of Awen has content, so should be online before the end of the month. This means that most short poetry email submissions have been responded to. There are now about eighty emails in the Atlantean inbox left to tackle with a small number still dating back to later 2018/early 2019.

There should also be another pdf of Garbaj Presents… to download soon, too…

In other news, the deadline for submissions to the next issue of View From Atlantis has been extended till the 24th of May. The theme is First Contact and all kinds of poetry and short fiction, including reprints, are welcome.

Latest News

5 May

Those of you who have been following Atlantean news will know that illness and lockdown have completely thrown the press’s plans and schedules out the window. Not much has been released and the backlog of submissions, which had begun to look manageable, has been growing again. So, I wanted to update you all on where things stand at the moment. (Of course, in the current situation, this could all change, but it represents the current state of play.)

Latest and Forthcoming Releases

A pdf exclusive, Cosmic Joke, is Atlantean Publishing’s latest release, but I can reveal that the third decadent poetry booklet, Carcass Literature, should be available next week, hopefully accompanied by a new issue of Bard. Later in May, new issues of A View From Atlantis and Awen should be online.

Submissions

The press is still open to some submissions. However, given the current situation and the fact that it’s not clear how many releases there will be during 2020, we are closed to submissions for Monomyth, fiction anthologies (except The King In Yellow @125 and Franco-Prussian War booklets), Buxton and solo-author booklets.

We are primarily looking for are submissions to Awen, Bard and The Supplement, and solo-author selections of poetry, short fiction, silliness, etc, for Garbaj Presents…

The only booklets that remain open to submissions are The Dark Tower (poetry and flash fiction, open call), The King In Yellow @125 (fiction, deadline: end June 2020), and Franco-Prussian War (fiction and poetry, deadline: June 2020).

In addition, we will consider submissions for Yellow Leaves and Xothic Sathlattae, although the situation means that response times and publication may be substantially delayed.

Please clearly indicate in the email subject line or on the envelope where a submission is directed, otherwise it may be overlooked.

The press will be closing to submissions as usual in July and August.

The Backlog

I must apologise for the fact that submissions have gotten away from me, again. Recently, I’ve only been able to chip away ever-so-slightly at the inbox backlog and answer a few snail mail submissions, but I plan to dedicate some time over the next few days to tackling the backlog. I will primarily be focusing on poetry and short fiction suitable for Awen, as that is next on the release schedule and only partially filled, with Bard and The Supplement next on the list, but do hope to also tackle some older submissions and any queries.

I will be responding to submissions for A View From Atlantis after the deadline for the current call.

If you have submitted to Monomyth (although poetry and flash fiction directed there will be considered for Awen), booklets, or solo-publications, please be patient as I work my way through the backlog. If you have been waiting a long time for a response and need to withdraw a submission, I understand – please send an email with WITHDRAWAL in the subject line and the title of the submission(s), along with the submission date if known.

Please bear with me, and I hope to have more (and, more positive) news soon.

Cosmic Joke available now!

1 May

The music industry is hell to break into and concerts can be real killers, but then, isn’t like just a cosmic joke? It is to The Laughing Man….

Available now to download from the site, Cosmic Joke is an ebook exclusive from Atlantean Publishing featuring a story apiece from DJ Tyrer and Joseph Bouthiette Jr. and is a sequel to the urban horror Black and Red, also available for download from the site, and in print.