‘Eight Seconds’: my first story in an awesome, illustrated anthology :-)
Pandora Hope|10 January 2016
Pivotal moments in a normal life: birth, graduation, first tax return, shacking up, nappies, the end. Pivotal moments in a writer’s life: your first rejection slip, your first published story in a magazine, your second rejection slip (more depressing than the first), your first story in a great, big, fat, gorgeous anthology bulging with writers you’ve been following with awe and envy…
It’s happened. ‘She Walks in Shadows’ has just hit Australian shores and I’m holding a copy in my hot little hands (it’s always hot here, so I’m trying not to get sweat smears on the gorgeous cover.) I check the contents page for the tenth time to make sure my name is really there. Yep. ‘Eight Seconds’ by Pandora Hope. It’s still there, snuggled amongst the stories of some of my favourite dark fantasy and horror writers.
So the world holds its breath. Nobody else notices, but I do. In the age of online publishing, there is something special about holding a beautiful book in your hands. Especially one with your story in it.
‘The Warlock’s Child’ by Paul Collins and Sean McMullen, a six-part young adult fantasy launched on 18 April
Sean McMullen|16 April 2015
The first book of a young adult series that I wrote with Paul Collins, The Burning Sea, will be launched by Ford Street Publishing this Saturday (18th April). The series is The Warlock’s Child, and will be published in six parts between now and September.
The series was written in six parts so that reluctant readers would not be frightened off by the sight of a hundred thousand word epic in a single volume, while the proficient readers would be hooked by the fast moving plot. The artist Marc McBride, best known for the Deltora Quest covers, did the wonderful dragon paintings for the six covers. The Burning Sea has already sold out its first print run and had a reprint since its 1st April release.
Sean’s story ‘The Precedent’ appears in new anthology
Sean McMullen|16 April 2015
My story about climate criminal trials, The Precedent, will be published in the climate fiction anthology Loosed Upon the World next August. It’s in some pretty illustrious company, as you can see from the cover, and is edited by John Joseph Adams ((http://www.johnjosephadams.com/blog/2015/04/01/news-new-anthology-of-climate-fiction-loosed-upon-the-world-announced-saga-august-2015/)
Pandora Hope|4 January 2015
I loved writing this story. Having overdosed on vampires, werewolves, witches and angels, it was wonderful to explore the little-known mythology of the Norse succubus, the huldra. Rather than robbing their victims of blood, succubi survive on the life-force of their victims, a concept I thought had fascinating parallels with human relationships. I’ve studied runology and Norse mythology for five years now, and find it endlessly fascinating. I hope this story inspires readers to explore the myths and legends of the true lands of ice and fire.
The story is published by TTA publishing in issue 256 of Interzone, January 2015. The link to the magazine is http://ttapress.com/shop/
For anyone interested in the less well-known aspects of rune lore and Norse mythology, my Facebook page contains more information.