Gypsum Sound Tales
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About Gypsum Sound Tales
We are a publishing house based out of Sydney, Australia. Writing is our thing, and, if you're here, we're guessing that it is yours too. Specialising in short stories and novellas, our aim is to get great fiction out into the public forum so that you, the reader, can enjoy it just as much as we have.
Our two digital publications, Colp and Thuggish Itch, are designed to give every author, no matter their experience or background, the opportunity to get their work out there. We'll give any submitted story a read so please don't hesitate to send your work through to us via the submissions page on our website.
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Feet is Colp’s tenth collection (ten books, ten toes), and it is great that we were able to feature several stories that were not horror-based or pieces of speculative fiction.
Thuggish Itch’s first collection, Viva Las Vegas, contains sixteen horror and sci-fi stories from sixteen inspired authors, all of which delve beneath the city of Las Vegas’s bright lights and serve up a glimpse of what may lie within.
By the Seaside is the eighth Thuggish Itch collection, and although lockdowns and rapid antigen tests slowed down its progress, we are proud to present these stories from a mix of frequent collaborators and GST first-timers.
“You two can’t get on," said one of the ride workers. "Too tall. Your feet will scrape along the concrete, or it’ll take your leg right off.”
This comment stuck with me over the years, and at times I would wonder just what would have happened if we had managed to sneak onto the ride. Nothing good I imagine.
Thuggish Itch’s Theme Park is a collection of sixteen short stories that delve into the weird, wonderful and sometimes dark world of carnivals, fun fairs and theme parks. Lower your lap bar, strap yourself in, and prepare for the ride…
Thuggish Itch’s fifth collection, Hospitality, features sixteen short stories from some of our favourite authors. From haunted hotels and tainted lunch buffets to an unwanted guest in a restaurant fish tank, each story pays homage to the industry.
For Gypsum Ground Tales, we have put together the stories of some of our favourite authors, each of which is set in and around the fictional Quémado copper mine in northern Chile. Each story reflects the style of its author and, when all put together, flesh out the city of Barvina and its residents. I hope you enjoy them, thanks for reading.
Colp’s sixth collection, Solitude, contains fifteen stories, each of which provides a portrayal of what it is like to be alone; whether that be through the eyes of an old man wandering the halls of a retirement community late at night, the actions of a soldier traumatised by war or the thoughts of a young lady who truly feels that she has no one.
About midway through, at that climatic part where they finally reveal the monster fully for the first time, a thought hit me. Why are these monsters never really that big? I asked my wife. Sure we get sea beasts with tentacles that stretch for tens of metres and skyscraping-climbing primates that tower over the average human, but where are the primates that are the size of a skyscraper? Where are the sea beasts with tentacles the thickness of a train carriage?
Big is home to a collection of stories that feature large, enormous or gigantic characters and concepts and, in this situation, it is most definitely a case of bigger is better.
A Little Bit of Nonsense contains exactly that: a handful of short stories that are otherwise to obscure and too nonsensical to find a home anywhere else. Enjoy.
Thuggish Itch’s sixth collection, Close the Gate, features eighteen short stories from a group of authors from all over the world. There are some great stories here, all of which involved gates, doors and rooms that should remain closed (but are invariably opened).
A tumbleweed twists and turns on Main Street as Boone Markwell and the rest of the Markwell Gang head for the saloon and the liquor that waited within. The day is long and there is much to be done before the sun sets behind the mountains. On the other side of the road, the shopkeeper bows his head, opting to stare at the dusty ground than make eye contact with the gunslinger. A dog barks in the distance, followed closely by a woman's yell, and Boone feels his finger slip to the butt of his revolver; the movement smooth and instinctive.
For Gypsum Sound Trails, we invited some of our favourite collaborators to write their own western centred in and around the fictional Arizonan town of West Moreton and its inhabitants, including the infamous Markwell Gang. Each story reflects the style of its author while helping create a realistic western community.