The Doctor Returns…

5 Jan

So, Doctor Who is back for a new series with an epic two-part opener called Spyfall. Only, it’s not so epic and might better be called Spyfail

Spoilers Ahead

If you haven’t seen Spyfall and plan to do so, stop reading here!

Aliens are killing spies in order to prepare the way for an invasion in which they will reformat human DNA to serve as hard drivers for them to inhabit. Or, something vague and unsatisfying like that. Still, plenty of excellent Doctor Who stories have been built on such tenuous foundations. Throw in the return of the Master and it really could have been great.

Except, it wasn’t. The plot was hackneyed and half of episode two veered off for a pointless trip through time that might have been better spent on the main plot. Despite having shown real potential in some epidosdes of her first series, the Doctor was just irritating in these two and the Master, whose initial appearance seemed excellent, became almost as irritating in the second half, as well. (Missy was so much better!)

The second episode also threw Ada Lovelace and Noor Inayat Khan into the mix – two fascinating historical figures who could each easily have been the focus of an adventure, but here had no real role to play and were wasted.

The only part that really excelled was the plane sequence, which was also when we had the revelation that the Master had returned (prior to him becoming irritating) and the Doctor, in an appearance on a screen guiding her companions to survival, where she actually seemed in character.

Given that she could act like a credible Doctor in that one scene, with a couple of other flashes elsewhere, I’m still inclined to see the problem as not being Jodie Whittaker, but the scripts and, maybe, direction. Indeed, given that the story was rubbish and wasted what potential it had, I think it’s clear there is an ongoing problem with the quality of writing for the series that began before she took over but is preventing her from having a real chance at establishing her incarnation as a credible Doctor. Very disappointing.

It’s Christmas…

22 Dec

…in Atlantis with the tenth issue of View From Atlantis, which contains festive poetry from Aeronwy Dafies, DS Davidson, David Edwards, Mark Hudson, and DJ Tyrer.

And, although it’s too late now to order one for your stocking, there’s no reason an issue of Xmas Bards couldn’t entertain you in the new year!

(And, although we don’t reopen to submissions until February, you might want to ride the festive buzz and write some poems for the 2020 issue of Xmas Bards…)

Christmas Is Coming!

3 Dec

Enter the festive spirit with…

Xmas Bards 9

Xmas Bards 9 is now available to order! An Imp For Christmas by DJ Tyrer is available for a SAE within the UK (or for free as part of a larger order) and for £1.40 overseas (again, for free as part of larger orders).

Should you want something else for your stocking, the following new releases are here…

Codex Kaiju

This is the new scifaiku sequence from Cardinal Cox, a sequel to his Codex Yokai. It is a £1.50 booklet and the three-for-two offer applies to it.


Issues 19.1, 19.2 and 19.3 are all now available, and issue 19.3 has a suitably-wintery theme. They count as £3 booklets and the three-for-two offer applies to it.

Closed to Submissions

1 Dec

Atlantean Publishing is closed to submissions during December and January, with the following exceptions:

  • View From Atlantis
  • Letters of comment
  • Letters, adverts and copies of magazines and books for review

If you have an urgent enquiry, please get in touch, but if your enquiry isn’t urgent or involves a submission sent in 2019 (unless being withdrawn), please wait until February to get in touch.

The intention is to use this period when we are closed to submissions to clear the remaining backlog of submissions from 2019.

When We Reopen…

…in February, you can send us your aesthetic, decadent and symbolist poetry for Carcass Literature, which closes at the end of the month, and your reviews and articles for The Supplement.

It is likely there will still be slots to fill for Awen and Monomyth, and we are always in need of poems and artwork for Bard.

We will also be open to submissions of poetry for our broadside series – The Bards (all poetry), Xothic Sathlattae (Cthulhu Mythos or similar poetry), and Yellow Leaves (Yellow Mythos poetry). Please check line lengths fit the width of the columns.

Manuscripts for future volumes in the Buxton University Press series of fictional ‘non-fiction’ will also be welcome (if you have trouble with the page, please email for details).


We have three hard deadlines for 2020:

Franco-Prussian War Booklet

2020 will be the 150th anniversary of the Franco-Prussian War and the beginning of the Siege of Paris. To celebrate, we are looking for stories set in the run-up to, during or in the aftermath of the war, siege and Paris Commune. Stories may be historical adventure or romance or any genre as long as they involve the war, siege or Commune: remember the Siege featured in Robert W. ChambersThe King In Yellow, while the Commune provided a little of the background to The Phantom of the Opera. Time travel or bookends set later are acceptable as long as the bulk of the story takes place in the period. Events may deviate from the established history, both alternate history ‘what ifs’ and steampunk reinterpretations, but should remain fairly close to what happened, at least initially, in order to fit in.

Length should be between 1500 and 5000 words.

Poems may be of any length.

The poems may appear in the same collection as the stories (see below) or may appear in a separate booklet.

Deadline: End June 2020.

Hallowe’en Poetry Booklet

Continuing our annual tradition, we are seeking dark, scary or comic horror poems for our Hallowe’en booklet. Poems don’t have to reference Hallowe’en.

Deadline: End of September 2020

Xmas Bards

Poets are invited to submit a set of festive-themed poems for the annual broadside.

Deadline: End of September 2020

Other Open Calls

The following calls for poetry and prose booklets are either ongoing or ‘until filled’ (but not before the end of February).

The Dark Tower Series

We are looking for poems that deal with the theme of the Dark Tower in some manner. Very short fiction may also be considered.


Pulp Fiction

Two-fisted tales, jungle adventures, tomb raiders and other stories of adventure with a pulp flair. Ideally, 1000-3000 words, absolute maximum of 5000 words.

Till Full

Lovecraftian Fiction

Fiction inspired by the Cthulhu Mythos and other stories of HP Lovecraft. Ideally, 1000-3000 words, absolute maximum of 5000 words.

Till Full

Horror Fiction

Scary stories and horrific encounters. Ideally, 1000-3000 words, absolute maximum of 5000 words.

Till Full

Clark Ashton Smith Fiction

As the Spectre Press anthology seems to have been abandoned, we are once again open to fiction inspired by Smith’s Tsathoggua and Zothique, and possibly other aspects of his writings. Ideally, 1000-3000 words, absolute maximum of 5000 words.

Till Full

We look forward to your submissions in 2020!

Happy Hallowe’en!

31 Oct

As a Hallowe’en treat, View From Atlantis issue seven is now online. It features horrific (and horrifically-funny) poetry from Sheikha A., Aeronwy Dafies, DS Davidson, David Edwards, Mark Hudson, Frederick J. Mayer, Donna McCabe, and DJ Tyrer.

If you’re staying in and trying to avoid trick-or-treaters, you probably need more Hallowe’en horrors, so why not try the latest issue of Tigershark ezine, the Night Terrors issue?

While it’s too late to get your hands on it for Hallowe’en, if you missed the latest Atlantean Publishing Hallowe’en poetry booklet, you can still buy a copy to give yourself a fright on these long winter nights… Culinary You contains poetry from Cardinal Cox, DS Davidson, Gary W. Davis, John Francis Haines, Ian Mullins, Sunita Thind, Richard Stevenson, DJ Tyrer, Neal Wilgus, and Matthew Wilson.

Take A Trip to the Middle of the World

4 Oct

A Trip to the Middle of the World by Atlantean editor DJ Tyrer is a new ebook from Alban Lake, available in ePub for 99c. Explore the inner recesses of the Earth and laugh in wonder at what you find there.


Beer-Battered Shrimp for Cognitive Ruminations

4 Oct