SuperTrump takes flight!

31 Mar

Looking for something silly to take your mind off self-isolation and lockdown? Then, you want SuperTrump, a glimpse into alternative realities where President Trump has reached his full potential as the world’s greatest billionaire-ninja-cowboy-president.

SuperTrump is the first in a new series from Atlantean Publishing, Garbaj Presents…

Unlike the previous two broadsides released under the Garbaj Presents… title, this isn’t a ‘how-to’ handout, but a poetry collection featuring four poems by DJ Tyrer. Although also available as broadside, this is primarily a digital release and the pdf is free to download from this site (along with plenty more pdfs to help you fill your time).

During this time of crisis…

25 Mar

Given the current situation, the Atlantean Publishing’s future print schedule is currently on hold. Copies of the latest Supplement have been posted, but it is impossible to say if or when further print copies will appear, although print copies of Awen, Bard and The Supplement will probably appear (for the UK, at least) at some point if the mail service remains active and my health holds.

At the moment, I have a supply of second-class stamps, so can potentially drop those issues and small UK orders into a letter box if making a trip to get medicine or food, although once those stamps are gone…

Larger orders and overseas issues are unlikely to go out as I am very unlikely to make a trip to the Post Office for the foreseeable future. Monomyth will probably be on hold, although I am hoping some thinner booklets may be released.

The PDFs of Awen and The Supplement will, of course, be available for download and will likely appear even if the release of print copies has to be delayed. It is possible other magazines or booklets may be made available digitally. Certainly, I have a couple of digital projects on the planning board which are well suited to the current situation and there will also be new issues of View From Atlantis.

More news when I have it.

The Supplement 93 online

23 Mar

Issue 93 of The Supplement is now available to download, along with backissues of Awen and The Supplement, plus DJ Tyrer’s urban horror e-booklet, if you need something to read whilst stuck indoors, and all free.

And, should you want more, can we recommend the twenty-five issues of Tigershark ezine that are available free for download, along with an e-booklet of DJ Tyrer’s poetry.

Lastly, if you can bear to spend 99c, there is also DJ Tyrer’s comic horror e-novellette, A Trip to the Middle of the World, along with much more from the Infinite Realms Bookstore.

Self-Promotion – Thanks, But I’d Rather Staple My Head to the Floor…

21 Feb

Francis Currier

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What’s the hardest thing about writing? A lot of people I talk to say the actual writing is the most difficult part. They’re terrified of being confronted by a blank page, of creating the perfect first sentence, and then having the discipline to leave that sentence alone and move on to the next one. When I tell people I love writing, I get a lot of you must be a masochist comments (we’re using the most general definition here, folks, so don’t go too crazy on that one).

But I honestly love creating new stories. Learning about new characters. Coming up with backstory. The endless possibilities of an empty page. These are all reasons that I write.

No, in the world of writing, what really scares me, like, makes me slightly nauseous, worse-than-a-herd-of-tent caterpillars, is, SELF-PROMOTION!

I recently found out that two of my short stories were accepted to…

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Awen 107 online

20 Feb

Issue 107 of Awen is now available to download and features fiction from Aeronwy Dafies and John Jones and poetry from Nick Armbrister, Christopher Barnes, Ed Blundell, Bruce-Grove, Harris Coverley, DS Davidson, David C. Kopaska-Merkel, Paul Murphy, Sally Plumb, Margaret Saine, SchiZ, DJ Tyrer, and Matthew Wilson.

Fantasy Review: Hollow Men

1 Feb

Hollow Men

By Todd Sullivan
ISBN 9780999852279, 129pp, pb, Mocha Memoirs Press
Available from Amazon in paperback and on the Kindle

Hollow Men

Every year, the heroes got younger.

Hollow Men opens with a tantalising first line that certainly had my attention, wondering at its meaning and provided a story that deservedly kept it throughout.

Todd Sullivan has managed to write a fantasy book that fits exactly with my tastes. It explores a different sort of setting and isn’t as thick as a brick (literally or metaphorically). Lengthy fantasy novels are frequently a turn-off for me and it’s great to read a novel that doesn’t outstay its welcome, but gets on with telling its tale.

If this book has a weakness, it’s the title and cover, which are rather generic fantasy fare and don’t really do justice to the words within. Yes, the plot is a fairly standard fantasy quest and, had Todd Sullivan set his story in a standard fantasy setting, it wouldn’t be anything special. But, the setting is far from the sub-Tolkien worlds of much quest fantasy.

Hollow Men (the title refers to the undead-like foes the heroes face near the climax) is set in a fantasy version of Korea in which going on a quest is a rite of passage for the youth of the kingdom used to establish social status (hence the meaning of that enchantingly-enigmatic first line). We meet a band of such young people, including Ha Jun, the only person who can wield his mighty and exceptionally-heavy glyph sword, who are about to set off on an adventure, namely to face and defeat the titular monsters and the Ak-ma, or demon, that commands them. They are accompanied, as all such adventurers are, by a Dark Elf, named Windshine, whose duty, being so much longer lived than a human, is to record their deeds.

The Dark Elves, foreigners who arrived in a ship generations before and have been split up amongst the provinces of South Hanguk to prevent them from wielding their great sorcerous power against the human realm, are initially an enigma. Indeed, although a meaning might be inferred from their warlike past, the descriptor of ‘Dark’ remains enigmatic given no other Elves, or other non-human races, seem to exist in the setting, but that is a minor quibble and it does fit with the distrust of certain humans as to their intentions. Are the Dark Elves all they appear or are they truly subverting the human rulers of the kingdom (whose positions of authority stem from their success on the quests the Dark Elves oversee)? Certainly, their initially superfluous-seeming presence is soon revealed to be a major part of the setting and adds a further layer to the adventure as we wonder about Windshine’s motivations and the efficacy of the human plots against her.

There really isn’t much to criticise here. It is a little slow to get started, but the world and characters are interesting enough that it isn’t an issue and once events get moving, it’s fun and fast paced. Some people might find the Korean-based setting a little off-putting, but although different, it isn’t so exotic as to be difficult to understand and the character names are no more difficult than those found in many fantasy settings.

No, this is a solid fantasy story for those who want something a little bit different. Recommended.

Love Is Love…

29 Jan

Love Is Love

…is the title of the new romance anthology coming in February from Breaking Rules Publishing. You may recognise a couple of familiar names amongst the 24 contributors:

A Love So Madly – Marlon Martinez
Farewell – Christopher Dabrowski
Simon – Richard Natale
The Emperor And The Regent – Daniel Fisher
The Last Matador – Steve Carr
The Dating Portal – Christopher Dabrowski
Where I Heard My Favorite Joke – Michelle Lisan
Dragon Dances – Alicia Graybill
At A Changing Of The Gods – Gene J. Parola
The Stone – Christopher Dabrowski
A Surfeit Of Love – Timothy Naslund
The Culprit Was Winter – Timothy Naslund
The House Sitter – Keltie Zubko
The Promise Of A Kiss – Robin Pond
Lost And Found In Space And Time – David M. Hoenig
Black Feline Love – A.L. Paradiso
Intersection – Silvana McGuire
Observable Universe – Marlon Martinez
The Gate – Christopher Clawson Rule
Captive Maiden – Francis Currier
Take That Chance – Trisha McKee
Love Is Love – A Romance – Agnes Chawadi
Pardon Me – P.A. O’Neil
A Play – Timothy Naslund
Glimpses Of The Future – Achit Joshi
The Lost Shoes Of Paris – Simon Clarke
A Quiet Love – M. A. Thea
Desert Roads – D. J. Tyrer