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A Birthday Valentine to Webrid by His Creator, Anne E. Johnson

It has been five years since Anne E. Johnson unleashed Ganpril Webrid on unsuspecting Earthlings. Webrid is a true everyperson: my own sense of him is that he’s what Wookies are really like when they’re not brandishing crossbows or tinkering with starship circuitry. And when he transcends himself despite fears, doubts and shortcomings, it makes […]

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Piper Deez and the Case of the Winter Planet by M. Fenn: Cover Reveal and Synopsis

Lovers of Blade Runner and kickass women: feast your eyes on Chelsea Neveu’s evocative cover to M. Fenn’s Piper Deez and the Case of the Winter Planet that fully captures the harsh, intrigue-riddled world of the novella’s inhabitants. Piper Deez is a nifty SFnal twist on hardboiled noir fused to space opera—Outland meets Smilla’s Sense […]

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May Expeditions

May bids fair to be a happily busy month! To celebrate recent-past and near-future launches, we have two giveaways and yet another glowing review! At GoodReads, we just launched the giveaway for Robin Shortt’s smashing original fantasy adventure Wellside, a tour de force of subgenre fusion that just cries out to become an immersive movie […]

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Reckless Imprint: Cover Reveal

Two weeks ago we launched The Reckless, our new imprint of novelette/novella-length digital works. In that post and in the submission guidelines I mentioned that works in this category will sport semi-customized covers. With great pleasure I can now reveal these covers, created by Alan C. Caum — an artist of unusually broad range who […]

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Launch of The Reckless

“It ain’t all buttons and charts, little albatross. You know what the first rule of flying is?” — Mal Reynolds, captain of the Firefly-class starship Serenity ****** Around last year’s winter solstice, I mentioned that in 2017 Candlemark & Gleam would launch an imprint of novelette/novella-length digital works. Those checking the submission guidelines must have […]

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Drakon Inspiration: The Villain

Athena’s note: A.M. Tuomala and I had a blast imagining the cast and music of the film version of Drakon. But the foundations of this immersive work are deep, and as fascinating as the part that’s above ground.  Below is a repost of the author’s reflections about the story’s non-obvious villain.  It’s interesting that the […]

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Unraveling Timelines by Lise Breakey: Cover Reveal and Teaser Synopsis

Lovers of history, superpower struggles, and star-crossed romances: feast your eyes on Eleni Tsami’s stunning cover to Lise Breakey’s Unraveling Timelines that fully captures the mythic magic and titanic conflict of the work (not the first amazing cover that Eleni has created for Candlemark). Lise started out writing fantasy role-playing game articles and books but […]