Issue 2 – Editorial
Hello and welcome to the second monthly episode of Dark Fiction Magazine. What a month it’s been. The response to our Halloween launch was astounding. Thanks to everyone who got in touch letting us know how much they enjoyed listening to the stories and exploring the website.
Since releasing the first episode we’ve been keeping busy with an open submissions call for a Christmas flash fiction anthology called Twelve Days. The anthology is due to be published on December 21st, the Winter Solstice. Submissions are now closed and we bring news of which authors and stories have made it into the anthology over the next few days at the Dark Fiction Magazine blog. In the last seven days we’ve also published stories by Andy Remic and Simon Kurt Unsworth in celebration of National Short Story Week.
We’re not the only ones with a passion for short fiction, it would appear. November has been an exceptional month for the short story form. In addition to National Short Story Week, news went out on November 22nd of an exciting new project from Angry Robot Books, Nano Editions; digital publications of short stories from the Angry Robot authors. On November 26th the Guardian announced a short story podcast series, and on November 29th The Independent published an article on the launch of a new short fiction website, The Shortlist Press.
So, what do we have in store for you this month? Dystopian Desires – four tales of what might have been, what should have been, what could never be and what may be waiting just around the corner for the human race. Our first story is The Crack Angel by Jon Courtenay-Grimwood, narrated by David Moore. Next up is The Killing Fields by Kim Lakin-Smith, read by the author. Our third story is What Would Nicholas Cage Have Done? By Gareth L Powell, also read by the author. The final story for this episode is On The Last Wave by Jennifer Williams, read by the author.
Thanks to all our authors for taking part in this month’s episode, and thanks to David for his reading of Jon’s story. As ever, we hope you enjoy the stories, and look forward to hearing what you make of them.
Until next time!
Photo courtesy of Marcus Jake