Death and The Mother by Melissa Yuan-Innes

Image by Richard Tennant

SF Canada member Melissa Yuan-Innes was published August 3, 2020 in Enchanted Conversation: A Fairytale Magazine. Her fractured fairytale “Death and The Mother” presents a chilling view of how the Angel of Death pursued Snow White throughout her childhood.

Death chuckled. It felt like finger bones clinking in her throat. “It does not work that way, my Queen. Once a human has been marked for Death, I will keep coming, no matter how many lives are thrown in my path.”

This popular story is currently trending on the magazine’s website, alongside the richly detailed illustration of the Angel of Death, shown here.

“Editor’s note: I couldn’t resist this angle on the Angel of Death. Melissa takes a classic fairy tale and Death and mashes them up in a very unexpected way. A surprising and satisfying tale.”

Melissa writes speculative fiction as Melissa Yuan-Innes and medical thrillers as Melissa Yi. She is an emergency physician and award-winning writer. In her newest crime novel, DEATH FLIGHT, Dr. Hope Sze battles murder on an airplane. Previous Hope Sze volumes were recommended by the Globe and Mail and CBC Books as best suspense novels of the season.

Read “Death and The Mother” at fairytalemagazine.com.

Issue 15 of Polar Borealis Available for Download

Polar Borealis Issue 15The latest issue of Polar Borealis, edited by SF Canada member R. Graeme Cameron, was published this past June.

Discover poetry from SF Canada members Melanie Marttila and Lisa Timpf, along with fiction from Robert Runté.

Graeme has been nominated for a 2020 Aurora Award for both Polar Borealis and Amazing Stories.

Polar Borealis is currently closed to poetry and fiction submissions, but is open for cover art. Check the website for an announcement in February 2021 regarding the next submissions window.

Download Issue 15 for free. Visit polarborealis.ca to view back issues and find more information about this paying market.

Arena by Holly Jennings

Holly Jennings announces the publication of her debut novel, Arena by Ace Books.

Suit Up. Plug In. Press Start. Don’t Die.
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The RAGE tournaments—the Virtual Gaming League’s elite competition where the best gamers in the world compete in a no-holds-barred fight to the digital death. Every bloody kill is broadcast to millions. Every player is a modern gladiator—leading a life of ultimate fame, responsible only for entertaining the masses.

And though their weapons and armor are digital, the pain is real.

Chosen to be the first female captain in RAGE tournament history, Kali Ling is at the top of the world—until one of her teammates overdoses. Now, she must confront the truth about the tournament. Because it is much more than a game—and even in the real world, not everything is as it seems.

The VGL hides dark secrets. And the only way to change the rules is to fight from the inside…

Unguilded by Jane Glatt

Unguilded by Jane Glatt published by Tyche Books

Mage Guild wants to enslave her. Can Kara survive among the Unguilded?

At sixUnguilded_frontteen Kara Fonti still has no magic. But Mage Guild, the most powerful of all the Guilds in Tregella, has a use for her – they will force her to bear children for men who do have magic. Arabella Fonti, to protect her own status within the guild, pushes her daughter to do the unthinkable – run away to live outside the guild system.

But unguilded are not welcome in Tregella, especially on the magical chain of islands of the capital Rillidi. In increasing danger of being arrested or killed, Kara finds refuge on Old Rillidi, the original island that was neither created by magic nor controlled by one of the guilds.

On Old Rillidi, Kara discovers true friends, makes a home for herself, and learns more about her strange ability to “see” magic. But the Mage Guild will not let her go, and it is here where she feels safest that Kara is betrayed . . .

Short Story Published

Paul Marlowes short story “The Grinsfield Penitent” has been published in the Indian literary magazine The Affair. (Click the links to read the story for free on-line.) Ether Frolics cover

The story, about a priest confessing and recollecting a supernatural incident connected to the First World War, also appears in Marlowe’s collection Ether Frolics, which was short-listed for the 16th annual Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best début collection of short fiction by a Canadian author.

Reviews of Ether Frolics

Marlowe’s sense of place is dynamic and fresh, for all that his writing is set in the past… what Marlowe has written is a creation well worth the read, revealing a major Canadian talent.” – Chadwick Ginther, The Winnipeg Review

This collection of nine short stories is a true jaw-dropping jewel of a book…
Aly Grauer, Doctor Fantastique’s Show of Wonders