Sunday, January 16, 2022

The Work of Keeping a Speculative Fiction Magazine Alive


In December of 2022, I will have officially operated MYTHIC: A Science Fiction & Fantasy Magazine for six years. For the longest time, it has been a quarterly publication, but I'm trying to change that with the latest reboot by transitioning to a monthly publication.

The biggest challenge to keeping MYTHIC going is having the means to pay the authors whole supply the publication with its great stories. To do that, I set up a Patreon page at the outset. Yes, I picked up subscribers in other ways, but from the beginning, I wanted to use the crowdfunding platform to build upon the base of original subscribers and provide a simple platform for reoccurring support. 

Right now, I'm running a subscription drive for the magazine. I announced it on the MYTHIC website and on the magazine's Facebook page. I'm regularly tweeting from MYTHIC's Twitter account @MythicMagSFF.

The work of promoting and seeking new subscribers (patrons) continues. So, far as of this writing, I've added eleven new ones. I hope that number continues climb. The more support coming in each month, the more I can potentially pay the authors. That's the bottom line with me. I want to produce a quality and professional-level publication. I won't give up until I achieve that goal. I just won't!


Friday, January 14, 2022

Free Fiction Friday: The Tempest

 


With a will of iron and a taste for adventure, Captain Moriah Kayne sails the high seas trading in precious goods. When she offers passage to a merchant and his magic-wielding niece, and then has a run in with a band of pirates—including a man from her past—she's truly caught in the middle of a tempest!

The Tempest by author Shaun Kilgore is free on this website for one week only. The story is also available as an eBook through various online retailers here

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The Tempest
by Shaun Kilgore

 

 The winds buffeted the ship as it plied the narrow spaces between the chain of islands. The rigging was close-hauled, forcing the crew to make last minute adjustments to the sails just so they wouldn’t collide with the rocky specks of land. Just behind the helm, a tall, imposing woman stood solidly while the deck gently tilted back and forth. Arms crossed, she had a stern but shrewd look on her tanned face. She wore breeches like a man and a loose, flowing shirt that was cinched closed by a snug vest that pushed her chest up. The woman had a wild mane of ink black hair that flowed in the breeze and eyes like sparkling emeralds.

Silence in the City is Live

Hey gang,

I'm happy to announce that Silence in the City: Stories of the Sudden End of the Modern World, my latest outing as an editor (and author) is now live and available for purchase from several retailers. 

Here's the blurb: 

Sudden disruptions in power and other major services sends a city into chaos. In the blink of an eye, the modern technological world fails. Is it a government plot? Experiment gone wrong? A foreign cyber-attack? Alien invasion? A mystical incursion from beings beyond this dimension? Who knows? Now the noise and the bustle of the city has vanished, and an eerie silence settles over the urban landscape. Within, there are stories of human violence, depravity, and desperation, but also heroism, selflessness, and sacrifice. Silence in the City is an anthology of speculative tales asking what happens when a city—and all of modern civilization—is plunged into darkness.

Read great stories by Alex Shvartsman, David B. Coe, Joshua Palmatier, Gini Koch (writing as A.E. Stanton), D.A. D'Amico, John Michael Greer, Dean Wesley Smith, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Kevin McLaughlin, Kirsten Cross, D.B. Keele, Annie Reed and Shaun Kilgore

You can buy your print or electronic copy from my publishing company store.

Or you can purchase from your preferred retailer

Friday, January 7, 2022

Free Fiction Friday: The Demons of Dukaris


Six adventure-seeking companions have been at sea for days. 

It began with the sort of rumors one heard while sipping ale in one of the smoky taverns tucked into the narrow streets of the city. There were whispered tales of an exotic city that lay at the tip of Umar on the Seventh Sea, strange stories of intrigues, wealth and indulgence, and dark magic. The more they learned the more the companions realized they had to see this place for themselves. With passage secured aboard the ship, they had set out.

Now, the city of Dukaris lies before them, but so do unnamed dangers. Only together will they live to tell the tale.

The Demons of Dukaris by author Shaun Kilgore is free on this website for one week only. The story is also available as an eBook through various online retailers here

If you like this story, you can leave me a tip here:

https://www.buymeacoffee.com/shaunkilgore

If you really like my stories, and FREE FICTION FRIDAYS, please consider ongoing support via Patreon:

Become a Patron!

The free story will be available for one week only. If you missed this one, click on the links above. Here’s another free story lurking somewhere around the site. Track the story down, read, and enjoy!