Category: Interviews

Let’s talk ‘Supernatural Noir’ with Steven S DeKnight

Let’s talk ‘Supernatural Noir’ with Steven S. DeKnight

In his own words, Steven S. DeKnight has a “love of two-fisted, hard-boiled detective stories and matinee creature-features of days gone by”. HARD BARGAIN, his debut graphic novel, is a dream thirty years in the making.

Time to close those blinds, grab a glass of something smooth, dim the lights even further and let’s get into some supernatural noir with Steven S. DeKnight.

“Tough talking P.I.’s and double crossing dames, along with demons, magic and monsters, both the inhuman and human kind. Steven S. DeKnight’s HARD BARGAIN, loaded with hairpin turns, crackling dialogue, humor, horror and tragedy…James Ellroy meets Stephen King, with a healthy splatter of Sam Raimi.”

–       Eric Kripke, creator of the hit show The Boys

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“Each and Other” DreamForge Kickstarter

“Each and Other” DreamForge Kickstarter

By Angelique Fawns

 

My favorite positive Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine is DreamForge. In 2024-2025 they are hoping to publish at least 20 exceptional stories and poems embracing the theme of “Each and Other: Invisible Ties and Unseen Reflections. Not only do I belong to their writing group the DreamCasters, but I am a member of their Patreon and love the rewards in their Kickstarters!

They offer copies of their fantastic magazine, webinars, a novel manuscript review among other fun things. 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/scotnoel/each-and-other-a-dreamforge-press-project

Scot Noel, the editors shared his vision and writing hints. 

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Jermaine Martin & The Underdog Press

Jermaine Martin & The Underdog Press 

By Angelique Fawns

Who doesn’t love and root for an underdog? This aptly named press says, “our goal is to take novels and stories that are a hard sale and don’t currently have a home and become that place where they can shine.

I recently sold them a story about a galactic gambler with a ship full of vices to The Underdogs Rise Vol. 2 and thought it might be nice to learn more about the folks championing  the underserviced. 

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Zehlreg A. Grindstone’s Spectacular Western Oddity Emporium Kickstarter Saddlin’ Up with Suzanna Lundale & Mark Tizura

Zehlreg A. Grindstone’s Spectacular Western Oddity Emporium Kickstarter

Saddlin’ Up with Suzanna Lundale & Mark Tizura

By Angelique Fawns

Sometimes a project looks like so much fun, you can’t help but hop on the stagecoach. The title alone might be the one of the best I’ve ever heard. This anthology promises stories where “the Wild West meets the vast worlds of Fantasy.”

Hello. Right up my corral.

 Check out the Kickstarter here! 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/grindstonesemporium/zehlreg-a-grindstones-spectacular-western-oddity-emporium

They were accepting stories from January till March of this year and I wanted to sub something, but didn’t have anything quite long enough, so I queried and got this response:

Thanks for your interest. I think one of the things we’ve learned on our adventures is that rules make for manageability and must be flexible when need be. Turn away a promising author from her favorite genre in the universe? Not us.” 

How can you not love editors like this? I sent in a strange piece about dragons who mountain race in a dwarf world in the throes of war, and it was accepted. I sat down with Suzanna Lundale to find out more about this “spectacular” project. 

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Kerrie Flanagan and Crave Books

Kerrie Flanagan and Crave Books 

By Angelique Fawns

 

Kerrie Flanagan is an author, instructor, and consultant with some very fun novels out in the world. I just finished reading Back to the 80s, was a romantic pop-culture romp, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

You can check it out yourself here: https://books2read.com/b/3k6OOn

She’s also part of a service called “CraveBooks” which provides a platform for readers to find the content they love, and writers a place to get their work out in the world. 

I meet Kerrie at Superstars this February and loved her energy and passion.

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The Robots Weren’t Wrong: Tales of Unstoppable Technology – An Interview With Weird Little Worlds

The Robots Weren’t Wrong: Tales of Unstoppable Technology

Weird Little Worlds Kickstarter

By Angelique Fawns

 

Weird Little Worlds wants to give ALL authors an equal chance at selling a story to their latest anthology. They are looking for 20 stories in the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres that explore: “Ghosts in the machine. Robot armies. Artificial intelligence that outsmarts even the most genius human mind. The robots are here and it’s no secret that they think we’re not capable of managing the world by ourselves.”

Calling the vibe Black Mirror meets Twilight Zone they are funding the project through Kickstarter. Check it out here. 

 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wlw/the-robots-werent-wrong-tales-of-unstoppable-technology

I asked the editors a few questions:

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Migrating to a Whole New Water World with Eliza Chan

Migrating to a Whole New Water World with Eliza Chan

An interview with Eliza Chan 

By Sarah Elliott

 

Hold your breath. We may be spending some time underwater. Let’s dive in and find out about Eliza Chan, author of Fathomfolk No1 Sunday Times Bestseller. Bring arm bands if you must and remember to pack a snorkel. We could be going deep.

Eliza Chan is a Scottish-born Chinese-diaspora author who ‘writes about East Asian mythology, British folklore and reclaiming the dragon lady, but preferably all three at once.’ Eliza’s work has been published in The Dark, Podcastle, Fantasy Magazine and The Best of British Fantasy, and her non-fiction has appeared on Tor.com. She lives in the North of England with her partner and young child. Fathomfolk is her first novel. @elizawchan

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Kevin J. Anderson & A Lifetime of Short Stories

Kevin J. Anderson & A Lifetime of Short Stories

Kickstarting Fifty Years of Fiction

By Angelique Fawns

 

Kevin J. Anderson is a juggernaut in our industry. He’s published almost 200 books, and has over 50 best sellers! He was recently a co-producer on the mind-blowing Dune: Part Two movie, and has written various novels in the Dune universe. You can also find his name on books in the Star Wars and X-Files worlds. 

I met Anderson when I attended his Superstars Writing Conference this February, and it was the one of the greatest experiences of my writing life. 

He’s just launched a Kickstarter featuring more than 130 of his short stories spanning his entire career. 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thekja/the-kevin-j-anderson-short-fiction-library

Though he may be one of the busiest humans I’ve ever met, he agreed to answer a few questions for us!   

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