Another issue has now been published for Wicked Words Quarterly, this time there is a small Japanese-theme running through some of the stories which was absolutely accidental.
There were hundreds of Novellas offered for one space and I was wondering if there was call for an annual New Year Novella collection – though this would have to be purely profit share as all other backers have now removed themselves from the publishing and running of this publication and it is all down to me now.
Please let me know what you think.
Contributors for December 2014 are:
Dennis, born 1984, grew up along the Rhine and today lives and works in Cologne. He writes short stories and novels in German and English and is co-publisher and editor of a German magazine for experimental fiction, “Die Novelle – Zeitschrift für Experimentelles” (http://dienovelle.blogspot.de/).
Samantha Lienhard’s “Rokurokubi”
Samantha has wanted to be an author her entire life, and is currently pursuing her MFA in Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction program. Her past publications include a horror serial called Sacreya’s legacy, a horror/comedy novella called The Accidental Zombie, a Lovecraftian serial called The Book at Dernier, and numerous pieces of flash fiction. Samantha is an affiliate member of the HWA and her website is http://www.samanthalienhard.com/
Conor Power-Smith’s “Harry’s Homework”
Conor Powers-Smith grew up in New Jersey and Ireland. He currently lives on Cape Cod, where he works as a reporter.
Gerri Leen’s “Fox Fire”
Gerri Leen lives in Northern Virginia and originally hails from Seattle. She has a collection of short stories, Life Without Crows, out from Hadley Rille Books, and stories and poems published or accepted in such places as: Escape Pod, Ares Magazine, Sword and Sorceress XXIII, Spinetinglers, She Nailed a Stake Through His Head: Tales of Biblical Terror and Dia de los Muertos. See more at http://www.gerrileen.com.
Gary Girod’s “Malvore”
Gary Girod has previously been published in Tales of Old, Mystic Signals, fiction365.com and the Wi-Files among others. His novella ‘The Last Pet Shop in Belfast’ is available on Amazon Kindle.
Charles Gramlich’s “Long Dead Woman in a Black Dress”
Some of Charles’ stories have been published in anthologies like Dark Terrors and Dark Voices IV, as well as in a variety of both print and online magazines such as Dead of Night and Beat to a Pulp. Many of his published horror tales were collected in an anthology called In the Language of Scorpions. Charles is an active member of the Horror Writers Association.
Pam Phillips’ “The Undying Pen”
Pam Phillips has been making up stories since she was a little girl pretending her fingers wielded poisonous stingers. Now she plays amateur naturalist learning about the bees in her garden. The bees hardly ever wield their poisonous stingers.
You can find more stories at www.pamphillips.net.
This reading for this issue took much longer than the previous issue, this was due to two main factors; I was finishing off my Open University degree and had to write a 4500 word essay concerning 15th century Flemish Altarpieces and the other factor was the amount of submissions, well over 250 this time.
A lot of strong stories which made it even harder to choose which to include, but the ones I have included are:
- The Sled by Edward McDermott
- Closing Schrödinger’s Box by Michael W. Lucht
- 6/13 by Luke Walker
- The Corruption of Rome by Nick Nafpilotis
- The Spume Horse by Bo Balder
- Pit Stop by S. Kay Nash
- The Duke’s Fountain by Hugh O’Donnell
- My Four Foundling Fathers by Michael Andre-Driussi
- Red Zoo by Paul McMahon
- Whatever It Takes by Wendy Hammer
- Like Father by Justin Koch
- The Watchmaker by Todd Scott Moffet
A few weeks of formatting and editing ahead to get it ready to publish in September and then continue reading the stories already submitted for the December issue, there are already approximately seventy submissions, a large majority of which are Novella-sized.
It can be found on Amazon – Wicked Words Quarterly – Issue 1 June 2014
Now to concentrate on reading the next 100 submissions for the September Issue and start in on the novellas that have been submitted for the December Issue.
This has been much more of a success than I initially thought it would be and that is thanks to the number and quality of submissions I’ve received.
Thanks for all of them and I look forward to reading more from all of you.
All the stories for the first edition of Wicked Words Quarterly have now been chosen and I’m in the process of editing and formatting for publication. It still seems to be on track for the 1st of June 2014.
The contributors for the first edition are:
- Nicole Tanquary’s “In a Tower”
- Logan Merriweather’s “Pipe Monster”
- Jason D’Aprile’s “Odin Waits”
- DJ Cockburn’s “Spookmoth”
- Deborah Bailey’s “Stranger Has Disconnected”
- Robin Wyatt Dunn’s “The City of the Wren”
- Phyllis Green’s “The Diary of Margreth Frogonne”
- Terri Cross Chetwood’s “Diamondback”
- Adam Gaylord’s “Mac the Repairman”
- Mai-Chi Pham’s “Dinner Time”
- Matthew Barbour’s “The Flicker of Farolitos”
- J.J. Steinfeld’s “The Old Neighbourhoods of Mars”
- Maggie Denton’s “2007 OR-10”
- Tony Peak’s “Dare to Sleep”
The final count of submissions was 242 and this is what made most of the choosing difficult as there were so many good stories to read and it was a great privilege to do so.
Hopefully you will enjoy these stories when they are released in less than a months time as much as I’ve enjoyed compiling them.
A Darlington-based company runs a monthly short story competition.
There is no set theme and works have to be 2000 words or under.
Why not give it a try!
Two days later and it’s done!
Wicked Words Quarterly is open for business (well submissions anyway) and hoping to get the first edition out by June 2014.
Here is the front page blurb:
Wicked Words is a new quarterly magazine on the Kindle that will publish short stories and flash fiction.
Wicked Words will publish science fiction, fantasy and horror themes and we are looking for high-quality stories that surprise the reader and play with the genres.
So if you have stories that fit these criteria why not submit them to be considered.
If you like reading short stories in this genre why not sign up to the newsletter where you will be kept up to date on how the project is progressing.
Wicked Words first edition is scheduled to be published at the start of June and then quarterly after that (September, December and March).
Each Winter Edition will also include a previously unpublished Novella alongside the usual flash fiction and short stories.
So if you know anyone with stories that would fit the criteria why not send them over my way 🙂
Have just found a source of some fiction prompts which was what I was looking for 🙂 Will start working through these to give me some ideas for short stories and flash fiction.
I will add more fiction prompts as I find them or think of them for anyone to use 🙂
I found this bunch at Eric J. Krause’s Writing Spot
- The moon looks big in the sky. A little too big.
- A minor cut won’t stop bleeding.
- Something is scratching the inside of your closet door.
- Your life is on your phone, but you just dropped it into a pit of deadly vipers.
- Your mouthwash is actually a magic potion.
- You awaken to find yourself locked in a casket.
- You trade lives with your cat for a day.
- The new USB drive you bought came preloaded with a strange secret.
- Everytime you enter your house, you hear the faint sound of children laughing. You have no children, and none live on your street.
- Your rich uncle give you the supernatural secret to his fortune.
- You interact with a ghost that doesn’t know it’s dead.
- Your new running shoes have a special feature which allows you to run further and faster, but it comes with a unique price.
- A strange new social movement was actually started by space aliens (or time travelers).
- One of the books in the library glows.
- A mummy’s curse falls over an entire town.
- Your fingernails fall out, but are replaced by retractable claws.
- An app store lets you download magic spells.
- Those toy laser guns at the amusement park souvenir stand aren’t toys.
- Your imagination runs wild – everything you imagine comes true.
- Your parents reveal a dark family secret.
- Unbeknownst to you, an alien has been visiting you in your sleep for years.
- A favorite piece of jewelry is more than it seems.
- Your favorite childhood storybook comes to life.
- What in the world is that in your stocking?
- Santa has a terrible secret that may ruin Christmas.
- A newborn child can converse in perfect English.
- The Mayans were right…sort of.
- The airline didn’t lose your luggage — they changed it into something different.
- A new app for your phone bends the laws of physics.
- A patch of quicksand leads to another world.
- The fireplace leads to a wonderland, but only when it’s lit.
- An alien society seizes control of your tablet computer.
- A new app lets you copy your soul and download it into different things.
- Your pen contains magic ink.
- A tiny planet declares independence from the intergalactic empire.
- The heat and humidity begin to melt people. Literally.
- Days begin to run backwards.
- Terrorists create an app that instantly kills anyone who downloads it.
- The scent of a certain rose does strange things to people’s minds.
- Space aliens built the pyramids.
- Ancient Atlantis is discovered, and it is a thriving society.
- A Twitter follower follows you in real life.
- The Post Office demands more than just a mere stamp to deliver your letter.
- If a top-secret government computer is shut down, the entire universe is shut down.
- There’s intelligence in that stray dog’s eyes. Too much intelligence.
- Your iPod plays a strange song you didn’t load onto it.
- You turn on the shower and blood pours out of the faucet.
- You awaken into the world of your favorite novel.
- There’s a new app available that lets you control minds.
- A tiny dragon, no bigger than a hummingbird, befriends you.
- The newest gym craze is exploding exercise bikes: stop peddling and BOOM!
- A new bottled water on the market doesn’t exactly contain water.
- The light from a sun in a distant solar system has strange effects on a crew of astronauts.
- A rabbit-eared television set can control time and space.
- A radical environmental group starts assassinating smokers.
- Is that Santa climbing down your chimney…or something else entirely?
- Your favorite stuffed animal comes to life.
- A tiny spacecraft crashes through your bedroom window.
- Gnomes follow you home.
- A buzzard circles above you.
- Space aliens knock on your front door.
- Your dog strikes up a conversation with you.
- An Internet virus affects your computer in a strange way.
- You hear a nearby train whistle. There are no railroad tracks anywhere close.
- The court jester has a sinister gleam in his eyes.
- You’re alone, but there are footsteps in the hall.
- You find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
- The local zoo displays a real unicorn.
- There is a monster inside your mattress.
- A dragon is spotted flying over a distant farm.
- A shooting star just changed directions.
- Your favorite video game is actually a training manual for death.