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About Steve Carr
Told by a high school teacher that he had writing talent, Steve Carr’s career as a writer began right after graduation. He spent three years in the Army as a military journalist, writing articles for newspapers all over Florida, and followed that up with four years in the Navy where he taught in the Psychiatric Technician Program at Portsmouth Naval Hospital, training Hospital Corpsmen how to provide care and support in an inpatient setting for young men with psychiatric disorders. He then finished college, majoring in English/Theater and then spent the next 13 years working in non-profit health care development and management, mostly in rural communities, during which time several of his plays that he wrote in his spare time were produced in several states. He gave up the steady income to pursue his dream of writing/producing/directing his own plays and began a theatrical production company in Arizona. He retired early and in June 2016 began writing short stories. Since then he has had over 550 short stories published internationally in over 280 different print and online magazines, literary journals and anthologies. Collections of his short stories, Sand, Rain, The Tales of Talker Knocks, and the hardback edition The Very Best of Steve Carr: 52 stories, was published by Clarendon House Publications. His collection of short stories, Heat, was published by Czykmate Productions. His self-published debut novel, Redbird, was released in November, 2019. He independently published LGBTQ: 33 Stories, which was released in January, 2020. In May of 2020 his short story collection The Theory of Existence: 50 short stories, was released. His guidebook Getting Your Short Stories Published was also published by Clarendon House. He has over 130 publications and books that contain his short stories listed on his Amazon bibliography. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice. In 2019, he was on the cover of the Inner Circle Writers’ Magazine inaugural issue and dubbed “The King of Short Stories.” He’s a native of Cincinnati but has traveled extensively in the United States and abroad. He currently lives in Richmond, Virginia where when he’s not writing he frets about his writing peers not getting the attention they deserve. He is the founder of Sweetycat Press, a Facebook Group, that produces publications as promotion tools for emerging writers
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Authors who have contributed to this edition are Mehreen Ahmed, Susan Sams Baggott, Gabriella Balcom, Amanda Jane Bayliss, David Bowmore, Bernie Brown, Cheryl Burman, Eva Marie Cagley, Steve Carr, Vonnie Winslow Crist, Tim Curry, P. C. Darkcliff, Dawn DeBraal, John Drudge, J. D. Edwards, Natalie Gasper, Nancy Lou Henderson, Kerri Jesmer, Shawn M. Klimek, Tim Law, Ruth Littner, Lynn Miclea, Lady C. E. Miller, Jack Mulcahy, P. A. Oneil, Shiloh Osheen, Lisa H. Owens, A. L. Paradiso, D. A. Ratliff, Paula R. C. Readman, Bruce Rowe, Mark Scheel, Sue Marie St. Lee, Ann Stolinsky, Christine Tabaka, Mike Turner, Virginia Watts, and Justin Wiggins.
Wilde Stories showcases the previous year’s best offerings in gay short fantasy, science-fiction, and horror. This edition includes award-winning and critically acclaimed authors Sam J. Miller, A. Merc Rustad, A.C. Wise, Martin Pousson, and more.
The stories in this, the latest volume in this annual series, challenges the definition of life and infamy, existence and reputation, were chosen by Steve Berman, the premier editor of queer speculative fiction for more than a decade.
From The Introduction by Steve Dillon:
"We live in a time when isolation seems to be the only way to protect ourselves from another infectious plague. Loneliness has become the new norm, it seems, yet we still find ways to pull together in an ever-increasingly world of virtuality.
This anthology was born of a desire to face up the beast that is covid-19, aka coronavirus, aka the 2020 plague; to look in its slavering maw and say ‘fuck you because life goes on, and when you’re gone from this place, the world and its people will be stronger.’
The other driver, for myself and all the wonderful contributors who’ve shared these stories with us, is to see if we can make a difference where we can. In this case to raise funds for the Save the Children Coronavirus Response.
I’m delighted to see such a great response from the people who know such horrors best; the horror writing community, the experts and the dabblers in dark fiction; the people who care to make a difference, who are inspired by the thought that horror fiction can make a difference to those living real-world horror stories. In fact, the response was so great that a second volume is already well under way. So, to all the authors and other contributors, I tip my hat to you all, and wish you a happy and healthy future."
It's an infected apocalypse and we're all (alone) in it together!
ALL proceeds go to the Save the Children Coronavirus Response.
Infected authors include:
Lisa Morton | Kevin J. Anderson | Lee Murray | Tabatha Wood | Ben Monroe | Peter Naughton | Dawn DeBraal | Carolyn Geduld | Steve Carr | Ingrid Taylor | Stephen Herczeg | Mark Cassell | Darren Todd | Kurt Newton | Jenean McBrearty | Steve Dillon | Cory Swanson | Marlin Bressi | Paul Moore and Eugene Johnson
Ramsey Campbell has said of this magazine-sized charity book of short stories:-
"A fine anthology for a fine cause. Invest your imagination in it and you'll be investing in the world as well."
We are using this to raise funds for victims of the Australian bushfires. A collection of dark Valentine's Day tales that is also a charity anthology to raise funds for the Australian bush-fire victims...
ALL sale proceeds will be donated to the Australian Red Cross.
Thank you for buying, and hope you enjoy these stories, all for a great cause!!
- Louise Zedda-Sampson and Chris Mason (editors).
Tender Whisper on a Crimson Tongue by Erik Hofstatter
Orchid, Squirrel, White-Hot Star by Russell Hemmell
A Saint Valentine’s Day Tale by James Dorr
To Cherish, Love, and Obey by K.B. Elijah
Waxing Her by Michael Arnzen
Old Stones by Miguela Considine
Melody in the Dark by Sarah Doebereiner
The Rose Room by Kurt Newton
Kardia by Donna Laemmlen
Smoke Signals by Lynne Lumsden Green
Abduction Again by Janis Butler Holm
Invisible Boy by Bruce Meyer
Valentine’s Volunteer by A.J. Collins
King Cupie by Josh Dygert
Geometric Dilemma or Made for Each Other? by Nadja Maril
Fallen Angel by Alyson Faye
Dark Wings by Gerri Leen
Jarred by N.M. Brown
When He Comes by Susan Snyder
Seamless by Geneve Flynn
Screaming for Love by Diane Arrelle
Edible Panties by Kevin J. Kennedy
Flowering Night by Mere Rain
Love Ya to Death by Steve Carr
Honeymoon Lodge by Kurt Newton
Cleaning up the Act by Steve Dillon
A Receipt by Josh Strnad
Pit of Love by Claire Fitzpatrick
Lover Song, Mantis Instinct by Russell Hemmell
Dance of the Forever Wolf by S.M. Fedor
Broken Crows by William Falo
Bloom by Kurt Newton
Teratophile by Blake Jessop
Wrong Number by Noel Osualdini
Vegan Vamp by Donna J.W. Munro
One from the Heart by Anthony Ferguson
Polluted by Sara Tantlinger
Lovers’ Quarrel by Michael A. Clark
Threeplay by Suzanne LaFetra Collier
DNA by E.E. King
Encore by Nic Brady
Whiter Shade of Pale by C.L. Raven
Incisions by Sara Tantlinger
The Music of the Heart by John Grant
The Catch by Eugene Johnson
Vampires and Perfume by Michael Arnzen
Doris by Ronnie Smart
Out of Sight, Out of Mind by Alan Meyrowitz
The Lucky Palace by sydney khoo
A Ballet of Blood and Flames by Liam Hogan
Still Broken-Hearted by Lynn White
The Lonesome Defeat of Bridge Repair by Gabriel Hart
Heart of Dust by Ric Connely
Or Something by Sara Tantlinger
Damaged by Kevin David Anderson
Stone Cold by Leslie Wibberley
Lovers by Laura Wild
Fermented Fatalities by Sara Tantlinger
Hermit 2.0 by Rebecca Fraser
The Ballad of Elvis O'Malley by Matthew R. Davis
1) A new idea, method, or device.
2) The introduction of something new.
3) The application of better solutions to meet unarticulated needs.
Three definitions to inspire writers around the world and an unlimited number of possible stories to tell. Here are 120 of our favorites.
Innovation features 300-word speculative flash fiction stories from across the rainbow spectrum, from the minds of the writers of Queer Sci Fi.
The Samhain Show by Edward Ahern . Hatless Witch by Gabbi Van Amburg & Dylan James Harper .
Word Witch by Stephanie J Bardy . Sand Witch by Cathy Bryant . The Book of Isobel Gowdie by Steve Carr . Ruined by Kevin A. Davis . The Witch's Code by Dawn DeBraal . Flying by James Dorr . My Year With a Witch by Peggy Gerber . The Woman of Red (La Mujer de Rojo) by Stephen Johnson . Lose the Battle, Win the War by Donna J. W. Munro . The Banshee Tavern by Melissa Small . Island Time by Victory Witherkeigh
Featuring stories by: Scotty Milder, Eddie D. Moore, Chanelle Loftness, Zoey Xolton, Amber M. Simpson, Dan Rice, Erica Schaef, A.R. Dean, Holly Rae Garcia, Willow Croft, Diane Arrelle, Steve Carr, Bob Ritchie, Brianna Witte, Austin P. Sheehan, Rae Stinger, Dawn DeBraal, Ann Bell Feinstein, and Lyman Graves.
Featuring an introduction by Leanna Renee Hieber, author of the Eterna Files and Strangely Beautiful saga, DeadSteam plays host to the scintillating writing of David Lee Summers (Owl Dance, The Brazen Shark), Jen Ponce (The Bazaar, Demon’s Cradle), Wendy Nikel (The Continuum), Karen J Carlisle (The Adventures of Viola Stewart), Jonah Buck (Carrion Safari), and more…
With seventeen chilling tales of dreadpunk, gaslamp, and dark steampunk, DeadSteam will leave you tearing at the pages, desperate for more. For within these pages, the dead rise from their graves to haunt the London Underground, witches whisper their incantations to the wind, a sisterhood of bitten necks hunts fog-drenched alleyways lit only by gaslight, and only one thing is certain: that dread will follow you until you turn that final page.
And that sinking feeling in the pit of your chest? That fear that something is following you, watching you, hunting you? It is not for nothing. Look over your shoulder, dear reader. Watch behind you. Listen to the whispers in the darkness.
But know this...it is all inevitable.
All Worlds Wayfarer is a quarterly literary magazine specializing in character-and-theme-driven speculative fiction. We celebrate stories that take readers on tours through wonderful and terrifying realms, evocative visions, and eye-opening new lives. When our readers come home, they should return ever so slightly changed for having made the journey. After all, the most powerful stories transcend, enlighten, and entertain at once.
“Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” -Plato
Our inaugural issue includes 12 stories spanning the speculative fiction spectrum:
The Impossible Bird by Jamie Lackey
"'You can't be real,' Tommy whispered. 'There are no blue jays in Europe.'"
Taking Root by dave ring
"In the forest they were wild things."
Better to Curse the Dark than Light a Candle by Joseph Cusumano
"I must find a soul darker than my own."
Three Hundred and Forty-Nine by Gerri Leen
"Inside him, a war goes on between the programming that makes him give chase and the need to rebel that he feels each time his queen’s mind touches his."
The Sphere by Garrett Rowlan
"'The circle holds the fundamental fact of existence,' she had told him once."
Never Ending Litany by Diane Arrelle
"I heard it, the call, but it was daytime faint."
Leanan Sidhe by Lucy Stone
"When he was in the music—when he was the music—it opened up a space inside his head where he could be himself, just for the length of a canto."
Intergalactic Litany by Kayleigh Shoen
"As if the Universe were built for granting wishes."
The Tower by Jay Caselberg
"Now why, you ask, would you cast an infant from the very peak of a stone edifice?"
For the Sake of Mushrooms by Mary E. Lowd
"In the belly of the red giant, could Irudy find her lost home?"
When Wizards Sing by Steve Carr
"Then silence fell, and I lay upon the whale's back and held my breath."
Dreams of the Docent by Lee Clark Zumpe
"I told myself that the dreams would not follow me home from Shady Haven."
Venture beyond the mundane with the best of fantasy, science fiction, horror, and magical realism.