‘A Collection of Secrets’ by Rhea Rose

‘A Collection of Secrets’  is now out in Pulp Literature #35! In this new story by SFC member Rhea Rose, a young collector discovers the power of nature — and nurture.

Rhea says: “I know mermaids are popular, and many stories are written about them. When writing about popular creatures, a writer wants a new twist, a new lens through which to experience them. … I wanted my mermaids to have agency and power, be a force for the planet, and get some payback for the damage done to their world from polluting plastics. I wanted them to be more than sexy sirens.“

Rhea is also the featured author of this issue — be sure to read the interview too!

Rhea Rose has published many Canadian speculative short-fiction stories and poems. She is a three-time Aurora Award nominee, and is currently nominated a fourth time, for her editorial work and writing in Polar Starlight, an online zine of speculative poetry by Canadian authors.

Be sure to read an excerpt from ‘A Collection of Secrets’ here, and buy Issue #35 here!

“Warning” by Bernadette Gabay Dyer

SFC member Bernadette Gabay Dyer‘s latest publication is “Warning”, a poem in I Become The Beast, the Australian horror and speculative poetry magazine.

Bernadette Gabay Dyer was born in Kingston Jamaica, and has lived in Toronto, Canada for many years. She is a poet, a storyteller, an artist, a playwright, and the author of four novels and two short story collections. Her work has been widely anthologized, and her poetry and short stories have appeared in the University of Miami Journal, as well as in Wasafiri from St Mary’s University in London England.

Bernadette’s latest novel, Santiago’s Purple Skies at Morning’s Light, is available here, and her two collections, Stone Woman and Segovia Stories, are available at Mosaic Press.

News from Jean-Louis Trudel!

SF Canada member Jean-Louis Trudel has been busy lately!

Along with some story acceptances (watch for their release in the coming months!), his poem, “Summer Encroaching, Winter Yielding”, published in Little Blue Marble, was nominated for a Rhysling Award and will be reprinted in this year’s anthology:

And his academic paper on SF dramaturgy in Québec was the runner-up for this year’s Jamie Bishop Award for non-English-language SF scholarship!

Find out more about Jean-Louis at culturedesfuturs.blogspot.com

Congratulations, Jean-Louis!

New Publication from D. Leitao!

SF Canada member D. Leitao has a new book out on the craft of writing.

Yes, you can hook your readers from page one.

This book is based on a workshop I gave a while ago. Even as I was preparing the workshop, trying to distill the essence of crafting hooky stories in simple, easy-to-understand concepts, I was amazed.
Nobody had ever explained this to me.

Providing all sorts of tips and techniques to help you craft stories that readers won’t quit, Hook Them or Lose Them offers advice that is simple, easy, and flexible enough not to hinder your writing style or dampen your inspiration.

…advice for beginnings and examples of efficient first paragraphs so that you’ll never again freak out wondering how to start your book. Instead, you’ll feel confident that you can hook your reader from page one.

Find Hook Them or Lose Them on D. Leitao’s website and pick up a copy today!

New publications by Alexander Zelenyj!

SF member Alexander Zelenyj is pleased to announce that an expanded German language edition of his 2019 mini-collection Animals of the Exodus (originally published by Eibonvale Press) has been released by Germany’s WhiteTrain Press under the title Tiere des Exodus.

As well, a compendium of Alexander’s short fiction, These Long Teeth of the Night: The Best Short Stories 1999 – 2019, is about to be published by Fourth Horseman Press.

Find more of Alexander’s fiction at his website: alexanderzelenyj.com