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The Prophets of Baal



If you love that old detective genre classic the English country house murder, well here's a new twist for you! Naïve young private investigator Toby Le Tocq is soon all at sea in more ways than one when he takes a casual interest in a two hundred year old case. Locals are strangely divided. Some want to drive him away, whilst two beautiful and aristocratic women compete for his affections. But is it really just blind luck? In the blood of the two rivals flows an ancient power of sorcery. When Toby falls for the younger witch he is enmeshed in a web of intrigue, crime and revenge. Behind it all is the battle for control of a vast demonic power. If the girl he loves is to be saved from death, Toby faces not just a struggle to understand the occult but an ancient battle for supremacy that somehow he cannot help believing he has fought before. And unknown to Toby, both sides have picked him to play a leading role in the latest round! 

Available for all types of e-reader on Smashwords.  Available in paperback or for Kindle from Amazon.


December 2017

Third & Starlight

THE STREET IS UNLIKE ANY OTHER • An old rogue one last job from retirement, a young one seeking his fame. Just take the pearl from the cave. Easy - except for the monsters, magic, and mayhem. 
• Darvolock is the potential Panama Canal of space, if only its inhabitants would share. But how do you negotiate a treaty with plants? 
• Human females do not die in childbirth. How strange. How troubling. Ribolee’s friend Siluone is about to die birthing many young oelene, a time of great celebration. And alone among her people, Ribolee feels a sense of loss. 
• In the post-apocalyptic New West, Corporations enforce their control of the food supply with war machines; and a veteran priest, his western heroine dirigible AI, and their mechanical bees seek crops to pollinate and villagers to serve. 

Fourteen tales by award-winning and nominated edgy new voices in science fiction and fantasy. Stories to amaze, delight, and touch the heart…on the corner of 3rd and Starlight. “Like trying strange and unusual foods, finding new writers to love and follow can be a chaotic, hit and miss experience. 

This anthology offers delicious and exotic creations by some of the best new writers in the speculative fiction field.” — William Ledbetter, 2016 Nebula award-winning author of “The Long Fall Up.” 

“An enchanting mix of tales from up-and-coming authors from Birch’s gentle story of passage to English and Finegold’s saga of love and honor among immortals. Every piece has its own delights!” — J. Kathleen Cheney, Locus award-winning author of “The Golden City.” 

“Fresh new discoveries and recent favorites from vibrant new voices in SF and fantasy. Remember these names! — Martin L. Shoemaker, WSFA award-winning author of “Today I am Paul.” 

* Rebecca Birch * Nick T. Chan * Jennifer Campbell-Hicks * * Philip Brian Hall * K. L. Schwengel * Rachelle Harp * M. E. Garber * *Dustin Adams * Frank Dutkiewicz * M. Elizabeth Ticknor * * Sean Monaghan * William R. D. Wood * Julie Frost * Scott R. Parkin * * Kary English * Robert B. Finegold, M.D. * 

- Illustrated edition -



November 2017

More Alternative Truths

More Alternative Truths is an exploration of the potential consequences of today’s politics in our daily lives. More than our individual lives, but our American identity.

This exploration defines this anthology. So many of the stories ask what has America become? What will it be in the future? Will it devolve into a Russian style oligarchy, or will we rise to the challenge and use our hearts, our minds and our votes to return to a rational democracy, of, by, and for the people. No one knows for sure. But these top-tier talented authors from around the world, from Philip Brian Hall to Bruno Lombardi to Jane Yolen give us their visions.

You will find the witticisms of Jim Wright exploring Donald Trump as Moses after presentation of the Ten Commandments. The mental genius of Edd Vick and Manny Frishberg as they give us Trump, tweeting his way across the solar system. There is much to laugh about.

There are serious visions as well. Brad Cozzens’s brilliant poem “America Once Beautiful” reaches poignantly from today’s reality into some salvageable vision of tomorrow that borrows from yesterday’s values. The poets in this volume, be they Brad, Jane Yolen, Gwyndyn T. Alexander or C.A. Chesse, bring new meanings to words and leave you thoughtful.

If you want a fun romp, jump to “Wishcraft.com,” by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, as she explores how important it is that political hacks not annoy witches. Or, if you prefer, K.G. Anderson’s, “The Right Man for the Job,” in which a post-corporeal LBJ rides to the rescue.

There is something for everyone. Coping. How do we cope? This painful question is explored by three of our best and brightest. Jill Zeller, a woman who won’t write of Elves, has given us “A Woman Walks Into a Bar,” an affirmation of our own choices. Coping is also explored brilliantly by Karin L. Frank and Kerri Leigh Grady in their stories “HMO” and “Final Delivery.”

There are so many more great stories in this collection, I can truly recommend them all. If, however, you can only read one, then read “Small Courages,” and let it touch you, maybe bring tears of hope, as you see our world through the eyes of a child and find that we can survive. We will survive.



27 October 2017

A powerful new addition to the bestselling Gothic Fantasy series of new writing and classic stories. Buried treasure, greed and envy are powerful forces in the minds of many, but at sea the consequences can be terrifying and deadly. With tales of pirates, deathly fogs and ferocious rocks, these dark tales of the haunted mind, trapped like ghosts at sea, are sure to entertain and enthrall.

Foreword by Sam Gafford
Contributions by Christine van Antwerp, Erica Barnes, Brad Carson, Adrian Chamberlin, Margaret Collins, Denzell Cooper, Sophie Francois, Philip Brian Hall, John A. Karr, John Leahy, Kathryn McMahon, Jacob Moger, Jennifer Povey, M. Regan, Jeremy TeGrotenhuis, Russ Thorne, A. Wise, Nemma Wollenfang

Hardback Deluxe edition, printed on silver, matt laminated, gold and silver foil stamped, embossed.: 280,000 words, 480 pages, 25 illustrations


20 September 2017

Strange Beasties

Nothing is too strange for Third Flatiron's new anthology, "Strange Beasties." Find something unsettling at every turn, from rising primordical monsters and gods to murderous supernatural predators and vengeful soul-hungry demons.

There's plenty of dark comedy too, with gamblers who race unusual beasts, ogres who run cooking podcasts, horrifically dysfunctional families, and unhinged sorcerers.

An international group of new and established contributors to "Strange Beasties" makes this an original and varied collection that is sure to please fans of science fiction/fantasy, humor, and horror. Writers include Bruce Arthurs, John Sunseri, Philip John Schweitzer, Tim Jeffreys, Sarah Tchernev, Lucy Harlow, Philip Brian Hall, Jean Graham, Marc E. Fitch, Christa Carmen, Isobel Horsburgh, Paulo Da Silva, Jeff Hewitt, Wulf Moon, Daniel Rosen, Brenton Clark, John J. Kennedy, and  Brian Trent. Foreword by Lizz-Ayn Shaarawi.

Join us for an exhilarating ride through uncharted dark territory--and keep an eye out for strange beasties.


1st September 2017

All Hail Our Robot Conquerors

The robots of the 50s and 60s science fiction movies and novels captured our hearts and our imaginations. Their clunky, bulbous bodies with their clear domed heads, whirling antennae, and randomly flashing lights staggered ponderously across the screen and page and into our souls—whether as a constant companion or as the invading army threatening to exterminate our world. We can never return to that innocent time, where the robots could be identified by their burning red eyes or our trusty robot sidekick would warn us instantly of danger— Or can we?

With a touch of nostalgia and a little tongue-in-cheek humor, here are fifteen stories from today’s leading science fiction and fantasy authors that take us back to the time of evil robot overlords, invading armies, and not-quite-trustworthy mechanical companions. Join Julie E. Czerneda, Brandon Daubs, Tanya Huff, Brian Trent, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., Jason Palmatier, Jez Patterson, Gini Koch, Lauren Fox, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, Philip Brian Hall, Rosemary Edghill, R. Overwater, Helen French, and Seanan McGuire as we step into the future with a nod to the past. Hold on to those stun guns. You may need them!




August 2017

Phantaxis


ISSUE 6

Superbly crafted tales of science fiction and fantasy from around the world. Previously unpublished stories that will take you to new realms, experience mystic sorcery, meet strange creatures, travel through time and visit distant galaxies! Turn the pages and let your journey begin today.

31st January 2017

Unbound II - Changed Worlds

The Unbound Anthologies are a collection of short themed stories perfect for your reading pleasure. Every year we open a call to authors around the world challenging them to create new works of fiction, pick the best ones, and bundle them together for you.
This edition, our authors received the challenge of “Changed Worlds” in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre. 
Recompose - Autumn 2016

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When we say something is literary we’re actually saying several things. We are saying the story is grounded or ‘normal’ in a way that is recognizable to us. We are not surprised by the intervention of either science or magic. If someone told us this story about themselves, we could believe them.

We’re also talking about what the story lacks – usually elements we expect in other genres, like rocketships or aliens or princesses or fairies. What we are not talking about is the quality of the writing, the emotional power of the story, or the poetics of the language. I find stories about princesses rescued from dragons rather cliché, but I feel the same way about dissatisfied English professors who fall in love with their students. I’ve seen both these stories before, and I am sick of them. However, my ability to love even these cliché ideas lies in the language, the characters, and the craft.

 Beyond that, I want a story that fearlessly marches towards the boundaries of the genre and never feels the need to reassure me that it belongs to one or the other. What does that look like? To me it looks a lot like Moby Dick, a story which is infused with magic and yet the magic is never overtly discussed. It is as evident as the ocean. Ishmael never bothers to explain the ocean. We all know it’s there.

It's Come To Our Attention

20 February 2016

It's Come to Our Attention" from Third Flatiron Anthologies contains imaginative speculative fiction short stories about things that could be happening quietly, without a lot of fanfare, but which could still be extremely significant or make a big difference.

Fourteen international authors come together in "It's Come to Our Attention" from Third Flatiron Anthologies. Their stories scratch below the surface to unearth a world of hidden gems:

Visit a landfill to hear some real trash talk. Tag along with an alien agent here to save the earth from his hideout in the insane
asylum. Bust a conspiracy to change the climate via mind control. Form an unhealthy attachment to your radio. Go down to the basement even though we told you not to. Decide on the pros and cons of  immortality. Tell a librarian she would look beautiful without her glasses. Find outwhat's at the bottom of the wishing well (besides coins). Indulge in a little illegal but highly satisfying genetic tinkering. Acknowledge the debt we all owe to French culture.

Kindle from Amazon


Chilling Ghost Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) 

Hardcover – Special Edition, 30 Sep 2015


A deluxe edition with a chilling selection of original and classic short stories. The new tales, many of them published here for the first time, are written by today's top authors, and they bring a modern twist to the outstanding mix of intrigue that lurks in the furtive imagination of E.F. Benson, Henry James, Wilkie Collins, Washington Irving , Edith Wharton, Oscar Wilde, and so many more within this outstanding collection.  And of course Philip Brian Hall.

Hardback from Amazon and all good bookshops.




The Sockdolager: Spring 2015 

3 Mar. 2015

Robots, unicorns, showdowns, sentient spaceships and post-apocalyptic libraries, all in the first issue of THE SOCKDOLAGER! This collection of science fiction & fantasy contains dight stories eight tales of strange adventure—but not in a stupid way. In a fun, beautiful, eerie, wonderful way. And you don't have to take my word for it.


Kindle edition from Amazon