SPEC FARE: KILGORE, MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE, DEARLY BELOVED CREATIONS, MANNONE, HOPE, WIGGINS, GOLD, AND DERWIN

Shaun Kilgore, Owner/Publisher, Founders House Publishing LLC has launched a Kickstarter for the upcoming The Silence in the City, “A New Anthology of Speculative Stories of Sudden Collapse” and will contain at least fifteen original short stories spanning the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres with authors like Gini Koch (writing as A.E. Stanton), David B. Coe, Dean Wesley Smith, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Joshua Palmatier, Kevin McLaughlin, Alex Shvartsman, John Michael Greer, and many others. Find out more details here.

Midnight Syndicate just released their first live album, Live Shadows, on June 11. Recorded between 2014 and 2019 at their multimedia Midnight Syndicate Live! shows at Cedar Point HalloWeekends, the album features new material and newly-arranged live versions of music spanning their career. A series of music videos highlighting each of their four Midnight Syndicate Live! productions are being released along with the album. Live Shadows will be available digitally and on CD and limited-edition purple vinyl. Find out more details here.

Dearly Beloved Creations has made a Living Secular Saint tribute to Gordon Linzer, the founding father of Space and Time Magazine and Speculative Fiction author. All candle designs are created and rendered digitally by Dearly Beloved, then printed with laser jet ink onto high quality gloss photo decal paper. Each image is hand cut and placed on an 8″ glass jar candle with unscented paraffin wax made in the USA. $1 of each sale will go to Space and Time magazine and will be used for the first Linzner Awards in 2022. You can purchase your own Patron Saint of Speculative Ink candle here.

John C. Mannone had his poem “Fairy Ring” nominated for the 2021 Dwarf Stars Award from the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association. The award recognizes the best short (10 lines or less) speculative poem published in the previous year. “Fairy Ring” was first published in the Tiny Seed Literary Journal.

Akua Lezli Hope just performed a reading sponsored by Pensive Journal out of Northeastern in Boston on Wednesday in honor of Juneteenth. She created Art Kits that include instructions and materials for making strip and folded books, popup cards, and jointed paper dolls. These will be distributed at the Juneteenth Celebration in Elmira Saturday, June 19.

Charlotte Ekker Wiggins was just awarded an Independent Book Publisher’s 2021 IPPY Bronze Award in the home and garden category for “A Beekeeper’s Diary Self-Guide to Beekeeping.” She is now a provisional Great Plains Master Beekeeping Program master beekeeper and her books and classes are certified for credit towards the Great Plains Master Beekeeping program. Find out more info here.

Maxwell Ian Gold just had his prose poem “The Great Parade” accepted for issue 16 of Spectral Realms from Hippocampus Press.

Theresa Derwin has curated a charity anthology titled Flashes of Hope to help raise funds for food banks. From Amazon: This flash horror story anthology, curated by Theresa Derwin, has been compiled to bring hope in this time of darkness and to do something about it by raising funds for food-banks and people adversely affected by Covid and lockdown. This book celebrates the strength of our key-workers by making every hero in the book one of them: from cleaners, to nurses and doctors to shop keepers, these are the heroes at the frontline. And the heroes in these stories. Featuring stories from Alyson Faye, Ruschelle Dillon, Ken Shinn, Dave Jeffery, Eric Ian Steele and Anna Taborska, these protagonists fight all kinds of monsters, supernatural and other. So step inside, face the darkness, and see Hope win. Flashes of Hope is now available to preorder here.

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About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Shimanchu-American and an award-winning poet, author, and publisher with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), a two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner and HWA Mentor of the Year for 2020, she offers free classes for writers on her website.

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