Old News – March 2005

March 2005

I’ve been sending out announcements for the sword and sorcery, sword and planet, and swashbuckling historicals critique groups. I designed the semi-pro critique group and will also serve as moderator, so I’m very excited! Each group will run for 15 weeks and consist of 5 participants. Each participant will submit 3 manuscripts to the group. If you’re interested in joining us, please visit the writing pages of www.
SwordandSorcery.org. Special thanks to www.SFReader.com and its webmaster, Dave Felts, for hosting the critique groups in their forum section. Thanks, Dave!

Old News – April 2005

April 2005

Another of my short stories featuring Dermanassian has been accepted for publication. “The Demon War,” is scheduled to appear in Flashing Swords, Vol. 1, Issue 3 edited by Howard Andrew Jones. It should be available at www.SwordandSorcery.org in July. Thanks, Howard!
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My essay on Michael Moorcock’s classic treatise,
Wizardry & Wild Romance: A Study of Epic Fantasy, has been accepted for publication by Howard Andrew Jones at www.SwordandSorcery.org. It should be available shortly. Thanks, Howard!

Old News – May 2005

May 2005

My essay entitled “Why We Should Care About Michael Moorcock’s Wizardry & Wild Romance: A Study of Epic Fantasy,” just published by Howard Andrew Jones at http://www.SwordandSorcery.org, has provoked the ire of Moorcock’s “Number 1 Fan” (as Kathy Bates of Stephen King’s Misery might say). To read the discussion, please visit the discussion forum at http://www.SFSite.com, specifically the topic on the sword and sorcery critique groups. Here’s a link:
http://www.sfsite.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=93. The irked fan even mentioned me in his blog. Thanks for the publicity!!
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The essay has also sparked conversation over at http://www.SFReader.com. Check out the Flashing Swords folder, then the “Moorcock” and “Deeper Meaning” topics. Here’s a link:
http://www.sfreader.com/forum/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=50. Thanks,
readers!
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Great news! Howard Andrew Jones, editor of the quarterly e-zine Flashing Swords and its home website http://www.SwordandSorcery.org, has invited me to become a contributing editor. Of course, I’ve accepted. Thanks, Howard!
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My essay entitled “Why We Should Care About Michael Moorcock’s
Wizardry & Wild Romance: A Study of Epic Fantasy,” has been published by Howard Andrew Jones in the articles section of www.SwordandSorcery.org. Thanks, Howard!
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I’ve just received another invitation to submit. Let’s hope it works out!

Old News – June 2005

June 2005

My article on Michael Moorcock’s first fantasy character, Sojan Shieldbearer, was accepted for publication by Howard Andrew Jones, editor of www.SwordandSorcery. org. The article should be available soon. Thanks, Howard!
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I can’t wait for July! It should be a great month! I’m expecting reprints of two stories to appear. First up is “Cloning Jesus,” scheduled for e-zine Gateway S-F Magazine, edited by John A.M. Darnell and available at
www.gateway-sf-magazine.
com. “Cloning Jesus” was originally printed in the semi-pro print magazine Fantastic
Stories of the Imagination #21 (Spr. 2001), edited by Edward J. McFadden. Thanks, John!
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My first story featuring my reoccurring hero, Dermanassian, is scheduled to be reprinted in e-zine The Sword’s Edge, edited by Fraser Ronald in either July or August. “The Gray Mist” will be available at
www.SwordsEdge.ca. “The Gray Mist” was originally printed in the semi-pro print quarterly Gauntlet! The Magazine of Heroic Tales Vol. 1, #4 (Sum. 2000), edited by George Smith and was also temporarily available at (the now defunct) http://www.GauntletMagazine.com. Thanks, Fraser!
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July will also be the debut for the latest Dermanassian short story.  “The Demon War,” is scheduled to appear inFlashing Swords, Vol. 1, Issue 3 edited by Howard Andrew Jones. It should be available at
www.SwordandSorcery.org. Thanks, Howard!
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Additionally, we will be starting the first critique group at
www.SwordandSorcery.
org. As designer and moderator of the group, I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Again, special thanks to http://www.SFReader.com and its webmaster Dave Felts for hosting the critique groups in their forum section and for working out a few kinks in the system. Thanks, John, Fraser, and Dave!

Site Awards

In the interest of preserving my original site’s history, I’ll be adding my old site awards.

Krista's Korner Award of Excellence - Bronze

Krista's Korner Award of Excellence - Bronze

Krista’s Korner Award of Excellence – Bronze

“Excellent job!”

www.kristas.ca
Award Sites! Rated 4.0
UWSAG Rated 4.0
WebsAwards Rated 1.0
Awarded: Feb. 24, 2006

News from Kaleidotrope

Greetings and happy holidays from Kaleidotrope!  I hope you’re enjoying the holiday season and looking forward to 2009 as much as we are.

2008 was a very good year for Kaleidotrope.  We published two issues to favorable reviews — plus a brief mention in the Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror — and we’re very enthusiastic about the stories and poems we have coming down the pipeline in the New Year.  Our next issue will be available in April ’09, and it promises to be an eclectic mix of mostly fantasy and science fiction, with both returning favorites and new voices for readers to discover.

We’re always eager to see new submissions, so please do check out our guidelines at the website below or write back for more details.  We’d love to hear from you!

Finally, a quick reminder that now until December 31 is your last chance to subscribe to Kaleidotrope at the current rate of $16 ($25 int’l). That’s four issues of stories, poems and other various tidbits delivered straight to your mailbox twice a year. It’s a great way support an independent zine and a terrific assortment of writers.  Individual issues are also available.  Subscribe now and save!

Again, happy holidays.  Wishing you all the best in the New Year!

Regards,

Fred Coppersmith
Editor, Kaleidotrope
www.kaleidotrope.net/

Return of the Sword 2d printing available

From Rogue Blades Entertainment‘s website…


Return of the Sword

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Return of the Sword: An Anthology of Heroic Adventure

Return of the Sword is a brand new anthology of blood-pounding, spine-tingling stories by some of today’s most critically acclaimed Sword and Sorcery authors. First published in March 2008, it has just gone back for a second printing.

Stacey Berg, Bill Ward, Phil Emery, Jeff Draper, Nicholas Ian Hawkins, David Pitchford, Ty Johnston, Jeff Stewart, Angeline Hawkes, Robert Rhodes, E.E. Knight, James Enge, Michael Ehart, Thomas M. MacKay, Christopher Heath, Nathan Meyer, S.C. Bryce, Allen B. Lloyd, William Clunie, Steve Goble, Bruce Durham, and Harold Lamb present you with enough fast paced adventure to keep you reading for hours.

A hand painted, wrap around cover by fantasy artist Johnney Perkins ensures that Return of the Sword will not only be enjoyable to read, but also look good on your coffee table or bookshelf.

Return of the Sword cover

Return now to the days of true adventure! Join fierce warriors in savage battles of survival and supremacy as they face hordes of vile foes, vie against inner demons, or struggle before onslaughts of both. Enter the halls of heroic fantasy in awe and marvel at the deeds of the mighty. Close upon the heels of Howard’s Conan, Moorcock’s Elric, and Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser come Ehart’s Ninshi, Heath’s Brom, and Hawkes’ Kabar. Unsheathe your sword and follow in their steps if you dare!

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Purchase code: ROTS2

Table of Contents

“Altar of the Moon” by Stacey Berg
“The Wyrd of War” by Bill Ward
“The Last Scream of Carnage” by Phil Emery
“The Battle of Raven Kill” by Jeff Draper
“What Heroes Leave Behind” by Nicholas Ian Hawkins
“Fatefist at Torkas Nahl” by David Pitchford
“Deep in the Land of the Ice and Snow” by Ty Johnston
“Mountain Scarab” by Jeff Stewart
“Lair of the Cherufe” by Angeline Hawkes
“To Be A Man” by Robert Rhodes
“Storytelling” by E.E. Knight
“The Red Worm’s Way” by James Enge
“To Destroy All Flesh” by Michael Ehart
“Guardian of Rage” by Thomas M. MacKay
“Claimed by Birthright” by Christopher Heath
“The Hand that Holds the Crown” by Nathan Meyer
“The Dawn Tree” by S.C. Bryce
“An Uneasy Truce in Ulam-Bator” by Allen B. Lloyd & William Clunie
“The Mask Oath” by Steve Goble
“Valley of Bones” by Bruce Durham
“Red Hands” by Harold Lamb

Site Awards

In the interest of preserving my original site’s history, I’ll be adding my old site awards.

American Association of Webmasters Bronze Award

American Association of Webmasters Bronze Award

American Association of Webmasters Bronze
Award

“We see all the hard work and dedication that you have
put into constructing your web site… Your site displays a
nice clean design and layout… with quality content… A
wonderful website…”

www.aawebmasters.com
Award Sites! Rated 4.5
Awarded: Feb. 20, 2006

Site Awards

In the interest of preserving my original site’s history, I’ll be adding my old site awards.

Krista's Korner Award of Excellence - Bronze

Krista's Korner Award of Excellence - Bronze

Krista’s Korner Award of Excellence – Bronze

“Excellent job!”

www.kristas.ca
Award Sites! Rated 4.0
UWSAG Rated 4.0
WebsAwards Rated 1.0
Awarded: Feb. 24, 2006

Old News

More of my site preservation project…

September 2008

My short story, The Peacekeeper of Bullfrog was just published in the last
issue of Doug Hebling’s
Nanobison.

On the Bookshelf: Lewis Black’s Nothing’s Sacred (2006) and Richard
Russo’s
Empire Falls (2001).

Site News: Kinda quiet here.


August 2008

A nice quiet month! Who knows, maybe I’ll get some writing done…

On the Bookshelf: Lewis Black’s Nothing’s Sacred (2006) and Richard
Russo’s
Empire Falls (2001).

Site News: Kinda quiet here.

July 2008

A new critique group session just started. The next one should start in
January 2009.

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“Justice is an Old Woman’s Business” is scheduled to appear in a fall
edition of Lorelei Signal.

On the Bookshelf: Still reading Black Gate #9, and magazines,
magazines, magazines.

Site News: Nuttin’ much, I expect.