Sunday, 24 April 2016

New issue 2016.36

“But when I woke up this morning, could’ve sworn it was judgment day.”
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[ Issue 2016.36; Cover art © 2016 Pear Nuallak ]

Issue 2016.36

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Thursday, 10 March 2016

Fae Visions of the Mediterranean TOC

The Mediterranean horror and weird themed anthology edited by our own Valeria Vitale, Fae Visions of the Mediterranean will be on bookshelves from May this year. You can see the publisher’s details and thumbnail of Tostoini’s marvellous cover art over at the press page, but herebelow is the first preview of the full table of contents:
  • Madonna Mermaid Christine Lucas
  • Regretful in the City of Promises (poem) Kelda Crich
  • The Miracle Town Mattia Ravasi
  • The Dance of the Hippacotora Claude Lalumière (trans. Arrate Hidalgo)
  • Salt in Our Veins Dawn Vogel
  • On Encountering Unicorns (extract) Marco Polo
  • The Wisps of Tabarka Hella Grichi
  • Għanja Bla Flus / A Free Song (poem) Maria Grech Ganado
  • The Minotaur in Pamplona Rhys Hughes
  • The City of Brass (extract) Anonymous
  • The Heart of the Flame (poem) Mari Ness
  • Ya duerme el mutado Álvaro Mielgo Gallego
  • Bilaadi S. Chakraborty
  • Mimikrija / Mimicry Urša Vidic
  • Michaelis and the Dew Shades Louise Herring-Jones
  • Изгубеното злато / The Lost Gold Kalina Aïch
  • Liquid Pleasure (poem) Jenny Blackford
  • The Return of Melusine Angela Rega
  • Kod Kose i Sata / The Scythe and the Hourglass Vladimira Becić (trans. Dunja Ševerdija)
  • The Strangest Sort of Siren Lyndsay E. Gilbert
  • Il-Passjoni Ta’ San Ġorġ / The Passion of St George (poem) Maria Grech Ganado
  • Mare Nostrum Simon Kearns
  • Buzzing Affy (Sappho’s Hymn to Aphrodite) Adam Lowe
  • Xandra’s Brine Claude Lalumière
We can’t wait for you to have this beauty in your hands! Some great authors and wonderful atmosphere between the covers of this anthology. I think you’ll like it.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

New Issue 2015.35

“The waves of the Aegean are not just washing up dead refugees, dead children, but the very civilisation of Europe.”

—Alexis Tsipras

 [ Issue 2015.35; Cover art © 2015 Laura-Anca Adascalitei ]

Issue 2015.35

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    Saturday, 14 November 2015

    TFF-X table of contents

    We’re very happy to share the TOC of the anthology celebrating ten years of The Future Fire magazine, which will be out next month in print and e-books from all the usual places. We think you will love TFF-X, as we do, with its mix of stories you may have seen before (if you’ve been reading TFF loyally for the last decade), and many new pieces of irreverent, experimental and unexpected content… We couldn’t have done this without these amazing authors, and especially you beautiful readers. This one’s for you.

    Nasmina’s Black Box • Jennifer Marie Brissett
    The Taste of Their Dreams • Margo-Lea Hurwicz
    Shadow Boy and the Little Match Girl • C.A. Hawksmoor
    Flight of a Sparrow • Jocelyn Koehler
    What Hath God Wrought? • Neil Carstairs
    Fae Visions of the Mediterranean • Valeria Vitale
    Reflection • Jessica E. Birch
    The Need To Stay the Same • Jo Walton
    Bottom Drawer • Brett Savory
    Liquid Loyalty, ten years on (poem) • Redfern Jon Barrett
    Always Look on the Bright Side • Alison Littlewood
    Mermaid Teeth, Witch-Honed • Benjanun Sriduangkaew
    Sweet Like Fate • Sara Puls
    An Unrecognized Masterwork • Bruce Boston
    Je me souviens • Su J. Sokol
    Lessons of the Sun (poem) • Joyce Chng
    Sophie and Zoe at the End of the World • Rebecca Buchanan
    Accessing the Future • Kathryn Allan
    Art Attack! • Mark Harding
    Slice of Life • Julie Novakova
    Half Light House • James Bennett
    Lifting the Veil on the Illustrators • compiled by Cécile Matthey, Serge Keller
    Drown or Die • Therese Arkenberg
    Easy Sweeps of Sky • Melissa Moorer
    Always Left Behind • Jack Hollis Marr
    Outlaw Bodies (seven prologues and an epilogue) • Lori Selke
    Thick on the Wet Cement • Rebecca J. Schwab
    Innervation (poem) • Toby MacNutt
    Ephemeral Love • Melanie Rees

    If you haven’t already seen it, don’t forget to check out the fabulous cover art by Cécile Matthey on our Press Page.

    Saturday, 31 October 2015

    Hallowe’en favourites from the editors of TFF

    Staying in the Hallowe’en mood, we asked all of the TFF editors and guest editors for their recommendations of horror-themed short stories (both worldwide and in TFF’s back catalogue), for names of women and POC horror writers, for films, children’s books, artwork and videogames in this genre. Not everyone answered in every category, and the list below is just the first thing or two that each person thought of, in no particular order, and is certainly not meant to be a definitive list. Please add your own favorites or recommendations in the comments. Happy Hallowe’en!

    1) Horror Stories:
    2) TFF horror stories:
    3) Women horror writers:
    • Mary Shelley
    • Susan Hill
    • Nicola Griffith
    • Octavia Butler
    • Cecilia Tan
    • Cherie Priest
    • Tanith Lee
    • Wendy Wagner
    4) Horror writers of colour:
    • Tananarive Due
    • Rani Manicka (her book The Rice Mother about the horrors of the Japanese occupation of Malaysia was so disturbing)
    • Ben Okri's books are terrifying
    • Benjanun Sriduangkaew
    • Daniel José Older
    • Koji Suzuki
    • Khakan Sajid
    5) Horror films/TV shows:
    • A Woman Walks Home Alone at Night
    • Ginger Snaps
    • Alien
    • The Thing
    • Babadook
    • Pan’s Labyrinth
    • The Hunger
    • The Ring
    • The Nightmare Before Christmas
    • Afterlife (TV)
    • Pushing Daisies (TV)
    • Les Revenants (TV)
    6) Horror/monster-themed children’s books:
    • Les trois brigands, by Toni Ungerer (I don't know if this counts as horror, but it is a scary story that turns out to be cute in the end)
    • Jan Pienkowski's Haunted House
    7) Horror artwork:
    8) Horror videogames:
    • Eternal darkness: Sanity's Requiem
    • American McGee’s Alice

    Friday, 30 October 2015

    Hallowe'en Special: horror stories from TFF

    If you’re looking for a few dark and bloody tales to read for the Hallowe’en season, we’ve a list of 35 such stories to share with you—taken from the annals of TFF over the last ten years. Maybe we should make an anthology of these some day…

    If you like your horror fairly classic: more or less contemporary, and some combination of supernatural or violent, here are the stories that might be up your dark, deserted alley:

    If you don't mind a bit of secondary world in your horror, dark fantasy, historical, post-apocalyptic or dark steampunk, then some of these might be more your steaming mug of horse blood:


    And if you like a touch of surrealism or magical realism while your heckles are being raised, sample some of these other-worldly beauties…
    For more like this, follow The Future Fire for the next ten years, or check out our Fae Visions of the Mediterranean anthology—call for stories open for the next two weeks; volume will appear in the new year!

    Wednesday, 30 September 2015

    New Issue 2015.34

    “When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.”

    —Maya Angelou

     [ Issue 2015.34; Cover art © 2015 Carmen Moran ]
    Issue 2015.34

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    Friday, 18 September 2015

    TFF-X blog carnival recap

    A recap of guest posts, interviews and other blog posts that were posted as part of the TFF-X fundraiser during the month of August (thanks to everyone involved!):
    1. Interview in Urban Fantasy Magazine
    2. Interview on Fox Spirit blog
    3. Micro-sequel Monday: “Little Match Girl, ten years on” *
    4. Interview with Joyce Chng
    5. Interview with Djibril by Jocelyn Koehler
    6. Friday Flash: “A Sense of Place” *
    7. Interview with Kathryn Allan at Twinja Book Reviews
    8. Micro-sequel Monday: “Galatea's Stepchildren, ten years on” *
    9. Ernest Hogan, "A Low Ride with Victor Theremin"
    10. Stephanie Saulter interviews Valeria
    11. Blog post at Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
    12. Interview with Richard Thieme
    13. Rebecca Schwab interviews Bruce
    14. Interview with Lori Selke at Apex Books
    15. Friday Flash: “From the Mud, Rising Bravely” *
    16. Djibril's Friday Five at Pornokitsch
    17. Margrét Helgadóttir interviews Cécile Matthey
    18. Su J. Sokol interviews Jennifer Marie Brissett
    19. TFFX writing contest
    20. Micro-sequel Monday: “Good Form, ten years on” *
    21. Quiltbag stories from the last decade
    22. “My Superpower” by Djibril over at Skiffy and Fanty
    23. Alasdair Stuart interviews Valeria
    24. Cécile interviews Rebecca Schwab
    25. Valeria interviews Vanessa Fogg
    26. Friday Flash: “Now Playing” *
    27. Serge interviews James W. Bennett
    28. "Keeping The Future Fire Burning" at Anne E. Johnson's blog
    29. Micro-sequel Monday: Rustwisdom *
    30. Peter Tennant interviews Djibril at "Case Notes"
    31. Re-opened: "Number 10"-themed writing challenge
    32. Tracie interviews Kathryn Allan
    33. Rebecca Buchanan interviews Robin
    34. Friday Flash: Morphic Resonance *
    35. Sunday Sequel: Pirate Stories *
    36. Microfiction Monday: 2084 *
    37. Dennis Upkins interviews Cécile
    Look out especially for the micro-sequels posted at this site (marked with * above) which are lovely—and there will be more new material like that in the anthology.

    Tuesday, 15 September 2015

    Seeking experimental microstories

    Call for Stories

    The TFF-X (The Future Fire—ten years) anthology will contain 15 reprinted or slightly revised stories, plus at least as many new pieces that we hope will give an idea of the sort of things we’d like to see more of in the magazine in the future. We’re enthusiastically looking forward to the next decade, as well as celebrating the last one.

    If you think you can help us to exemplify different and experimental modes/kinds of social-political, diverse, progressive and speculative stories, we’d love to hear from you. Some of our ideas are listed below. We're looking for very short pieces, so 500-1000 words is about right (or equivalent, for comics/poetry). We'll pay $20 per piece, and this call will remain open until we have the 5-10 new pieces we need to fill the volume (or until the end of October at the latest, at which point we'll have to firm up the table of contents if we’re to publish the anthology before the end of 2015). If you have any other experimental ideas—try us! Email your submissions or pitch ideas to with a subject line beginning “TFF-X submission: (title of work) and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

    Genre, style or conceit (many of these can be summed up as “ekphrasis”—a representation of one art form via the medium of another):
    1. Story written as a theater or radio play, or as an interview
    2. Story written as a pitch for a TV show or web series
    3. Story in the form of an online user review for a science-fictional/fantastic product (hoverboard, replicator, magic wand? You can think of something more original than this!)
    4. Design a poster or one-page advert for a made-up book or film
    5. Story in the form of a critical review of a non-existent book (no spoilers!)
    6. Story in the form of a user guide for a videogame or a module for an RPG
    7. Story told via a letter or letters (letter to a magazine advice column; letter of complaint; rejection letter for a job/story/grant; letter of condolence/congratulation; any letter that isn’t just the sender telling a story to the recipient)
    Theme, content or medium (can be combined with one of the above, if you want to be hyper-efficient):
    1. Stories written largely/partly (or with dialogue) in a language or dialect other than US-English—with no apology or translation for the reader
    2. Bi/pansexual and trans/nonbinary characters (we do pretty well with queer representation otherwise)
    3. Utopian story—a world that satirizes our own by being visibly better than it in some significant way (doesn’t have to be perfect)
    4. Absurdist or nonsense piece—any combination of surrealism, dadaism, bizarro, dream-quest
    5. Horror and dark fantasy (so many possible modes)
    6. Poetry (any style; up to 40 lines)
    7. Graphic/comics story (2-4 pages)
    All stories should of course be social-political, diverse, intersectional, and all the others things that TFF want to see in fiction anyway!
    (If you would like to read more about what some of our editors would like to see more of in TFF in the future, the question has been addressed by Kathryn, Cécile, Valeria and Djibril in recent interviews. More suggestions welcome!)

    Submission guidelines summary:

    Length: approx. 500-1000 words (poems 40 lines, comics, 2-4 pages)
    Email submissions as attachment to
    Deadline: October 31, 2015, or sooner if filled
    Pay: $20 (USD) per story, poem, comic, etc.

    Monday, 14 September 2015

    TFF-X Fundraiser — Thanks!

    The following message has just gone out to all backers of the TFF-X fundraiser (in case anyone missed it):
    Many thanks to all of you who supported the TFF-X fundraiser, which exceeded its target by nearly $300 at the beginning of the month; you have made this anthology possible, and freed up some much-needed funds to increase the pay rate for Fae Visions of the Mediterranean as well.

    We expect the anthology to appear before the end of the year, at which point those who backed at the appropriate levels will receive your print or e-copies of these and other books. (The five-anthology bundles won’t be available until the last two volumes are published, of course.) Copies of Lowest Heaven should already have gone out to those of you who backed at those levels, and undead dolls and custom artwork recipients have been put in touch with their respective creators. If you think you should have heard from me but haven’t, please drop me an email asap, and I’ll try to sort it out.

    Warmest thanks to you all again!
    As noted, we have as a result of the generosity of our backers raised the pay-rate for Fae Visions to €30 per short story or poem, and €15 per flash story. The CFS for that anthology is still open for a few more weeks, and we’re especially keen to hear from any authors from the Mediterranean region, in particular those from North Africa, the Near East or Turkey, who are currently very underrepresented. It’s going to be a great anthology whatever happens, but it has to be representative of the region if it’s to mean anything.