Featured Story for August: Tusks by Paul Goat Allen

The man is no stranger to fiction. Professional Reviewer and Author Paul Goat Allen comes to Solarcide and gives us “Tusks”—Our Final Guest Story for the summer.

While we’re temporarily closing to submissions to continue our promotion of Solarcidal Tendencies, we’re excited to see our monthly stories go out on a high note with Paul Goat Allen’s latest. Readers should eat this one up and can check out “Tusks” right here.

Enjoy, Comment, Share and Be Sure To Kill The Sun!

Tendencies – getting the word out!

logoOur latest anthology project has been available for a little while now, and we’ve had some awesome feedback coming in for it. We couldn’t resist sharing some of it here.

First up, Canadian author, Chris Lewis Carter, the man behind the Camp Myth project and a slew of fantastic short stories, had this to say about the collection:

“Solarcide prides itself on showcasing up-and-coming writers who aren’t afraid to push the envelope, and this collection proves why they’re quickly becoming my go-to source for hard-hitting fiction. A lot of collections claim to be “edgy,” or attempt to use shock value as a smoke and mirrors routine to distract you from the lack of depth between the covers, but the authors of Solarcidal Tendencies understand exactly how to grab your attention, make you smile, then break your heart.

The introduction by Richard Thomas sets the tone perfectly and from there you’re dropped face-first into “Perfectly Natural” by Jessica Leonard, which is a story so haunting and beautifully-written that I immediately had to read it again. No joke.Throw in work from more of my favorite indie voices, including Brandon Tietz, Gordon Highland, Rebecca Jones-Howe, and Andrea Taylor, and you’ve got one of the best collections of the year, hands down.”

If that wasn’t enough to peak your interest, then here’s another review of the book, this time from UK author Jonny Gibbings, who’s novel Malice In Blunderland is one of the funniest and most batshit crazy things to see publication in recent years.

“Solarcidal Tendencies is a genuinely exceptional body of work and probably the best collection I have ever read. Collections I’ve often found seem to be genre specific and within the volume the writers can seem to attempt to be a winner, competing to stand out. What makes Solarcidal Tendencies so fantastic is how varied and amazing yet harmonious the context of the collection is. Yes – it is that good.

The quality of writing and writer is again exceptional. Within are names I know with talents I love already, surrounded by names I’ve never read and all with such ridiculous talent. The mixture of genre excites and each with superb delivery, it is like a lucky dip of brilliance, I felt so excited to see what the next short would bring I finished the volume at 4am.

I can’t name and review all, but just as a taster the volume opens with ‘Perfectly Natural’ by Jessica Leonard, a desperately bleak almost voyeuristic piece on motherhood that bruises you. As a parent I felt every word, and then boom! Bryan Howie & K.A. Hunter drop an atom bomb of the darkest comedy in ‘Horsepower’ that had me laughing so hard. The two couldn’t be further apart in genre, and each exceptional in their own craft. Brandon Tietz shows that he can reduce bizarro comedy to a short and it still be brilliantly funny as he always is. His piece ‘Carl’ is just fecking superb. Andrea Taylor takes the reader to a sinister and dark place with ‘Year of the Pig’ that has you holding your breath. Then there other shorts that are painfully beautiful in both craft and narrative; Renee Pickup delivers, as she always does, pure distilled tension that only she can do, ‘A Lady on the Streets’ is like hiding under a table when a relationship explodes. ‘Distance from Daddy’ by Rebecca Jones-Howe was plain beautiful and painful all at the same time, stripped back, raw and emotional, if you are a father you will feel and fear every word. The whole volume is stunning and gifts you alternative perspectives, Ben Tanzer’s jaded view ‘Something Special’ flips the hero theory and brilliantly gives you a view of the long term.

Solarcidal Tendencies is a wonderful, bleak, hilarious, beautiful, insightful, dark, bizarre, and tense volume of exceptional talent. There isn’t one weak link.”

Many thanks to Chris and Jonny for the kind words. Many thanks indeed.

In addition to these reviews, Solarcide co-editor Martin Garrity was a recent guest at the blog of Brit Grit master, Paul D. Brazill. The short interview looks at Solarcidal Tendencies, as well as some other fun stuff.

We love this collection, so naturally we are delighted by this feedback. And we bestow many graditudes upon each and every reader that checks the project out.

Rock on, folks. See you again soon!

Solarcide Social Media


Solarcide is expanding its social media network. We’re now recruiting soldiers for our war on the sun on a global scale.

As before, you can catch up with our exploits through our Facebook page.

Now, if you are not a Facebook fan but you still keep a tab on what we’re up to, you can also follow us at our brand new pages for Twitter and Google+.

We’ll be running some fun promotions for the site through these new platforms, including book give-aways and more. Keep an eye out for those.

Hope to see you all around.

Rock on.

Solarcidal Tendencies is available now.

 3Visions, plagues, angels. A different view of the miracle of birth. Bestialty farms, departing souls, talking cold-sores, and of course, elder gods. All of this and more. Edited by Martin Garrity and Nathan Pettigrew, this is a collection of some of the darkest and most perculiar words ever published by Solarcide. The long awaited return of some of the craziest, funniest, and most brutal fiction that was featured during the first couple of years of the site’s operations. Featuring an introduction by neo-noir road-warrior, Richard Thomas, and boasting stories from wonderful folk such as Ben Tanzer, Gordon Highland, Brandon Tietz, Rebecca Jones-Howe, and Garrett Cook. Wicked words are contained within.

Our newest anthology project is go! So many great friends of the site are in this book. These are stories we have loved for a long time and finally the moment is right to bring them back. This is probably our best feature publication yet. We would love it if you checked it out.

Check out the full table of contents (and read Richard’s introduction to the anthology) here.

Now you are powerless to resist, here’s the linkage.

US Amazon link

UK Amazon link

Createspace E-store link

We really are incredible grateful to each and every one of you that gives it a go.

Rock on.

June Updates!


Good day, all.

Some fun things to share today. Our newest anthology release, Solarcidal Tendencies, is in the very last stages of preparation. We’re just about ready to go with this one.

logoTendencies is a collection of sixteen works by fantastic authors we have worked with over the last couple of years. This book is our ‘best-of’ from the early days of the site. We rebooted slightly at the beginning of last year, and many of the guest stories from the old version of the site were kept back. Until now. The site has grown a great deal since then. Only now, do we feel the time is right to release these top drawer stories.

These stories are some of the darkest and weirdest words we have ever featured. At times the collection is hilarious, at other times, brutal. All the way through, it is unforgettable.

Within its table of contents Tendencies boasts headline authors such as Ben Tanzer, Gordon Highland, Brandon Tietz, Rebecca Jones-Howe, Garrett Cook and Len Kuntz. You can see the full table of contents here.

In addition, we have now uploaded the introduction from the book as a little teaser trailer for what is to come. The introduction was written by Richard Thomas, prolific author, neo-noir warrior, and the head of Dark House Press. RTCheck out what Richard had to say about the book here.

So, what else is new?

flashmecoverOur last anthology project, 2013’s Flash Me! The Sinthology, is now available in the Amazon Kindle format at bargain pocket change prices. This collection of wicked and decadent flash fiction features such authors as Bryan Howie, Rebecca Jones-Howe, Shannon Barber, Terasa Skultety, and Sean Leonard, and is now available for Amazon e-readers and the Kindle app. (which runs on Apple, Android, and Windows platforms)

There are twenty six author here, showing what they have hidden beneath their literary raincoats. All for less than a cup of coffee. You can find the collection for sale here (US) and here (UK).

And finally.


Don’t forget there’s a new guest story live at Solarcide this week.

The Youngest Brother is a crime/noir tale of power struggles and assassins. Sara Dobie Bauer is our guest author, and you can read the story right here.

Many thanks to everyone who checks this stuff out, and to all that help us spread the word around. Plenty of good times on the horizon. Bring em’ on.

Rock on.

June’s Guest Feature: “The Youngest Brother” by Sara Dobie Bauer

So girl walks into a bar and … Wait. Undercover female assassin walks into a bar and spots her mark. She’s been hired to seduce and kill Duncan Sadler on the day of his father’s funeral. His older brother wants him dead for reasons unclear. But who’s playing who at the Sphinx Bar?”

“The Youngest Brother” is noir crime fiction from award-winning author, prison volunteer, and Ohio University alum Sara Dobie Bauer.

Solarcide is honored to bring the author’s work to readers for our return to the Monthly Guest Story after a short break to prep for our upcoming 3rd Anniversary.

We thank our readers for your support and Sara Dobie Bauer for sharing her latest with Solarcide.

Read “The Youngest Brother” Here.

Godlings @ Pulp Metal Magazine

PULPLOGOGodlings, a cosmic tale of juvenile deities and their playground games, by Solarcide’s own Martin Garrity, is now live at Pulp Metal Magazine. This story is a preview of the upcoming fiction collection, Corridors.

PMM is an awesome site. While you are over there, take a look around. Lots of good reading. Cheers to Jason Michel over there.

Rock on, folks!


Solarcidal Tendencies. Coming Soon.


It is with great delight that today we can announce the full table of contents for our next anthology project.

Solarcidal Tendencies.

Edited by Martin Garrity and Nathan Pettigrew, this collection of some of the darkest and the weirdest words ever committed to the page will be landing before full summer hits. Featuring an introduction by neo-noir and horror author Richard Thomas, and boasting stories from wonderful folk such as Ben Tanzer, Gordon Highland, Brandon Tietz, Rebecca Jones-Howe, and Garrett Cook. Wicked words are contained within. Keep your eyes peeled!
Coming this summer.

The full table of contents.

Introduction – Richard Thomas
Perfectly Natural – Jessica Leonard
Horsepower – Bryan Howie & K. A. Hunter
Child – David Bobis
‘Burgatory – Gordon Highland
A Lady on the Streets – Renee Asher Pickup
Triple Flash – Len Kuntz
Enhancement – Garrett Cook
Distance From Daddy – Rebecca Jones-Howe
Something Special – Ben Tanzer
Carl – Brandon Tietz
Hands and Tendrils – Axel Taiari
The Love – Teri Skultety
The Legend Of Johnny Bell – Laura Andrews
My Life In A Brutalist Concrete Bunker – Tony Rauch
Year of the Pig – Andrea Taylor
Love, Posey – Michael J. Riser

Rock on, folks.

Kill the sun.


Paul D. Brazill and Lyric McKnight are the Winners of the Mardi Gras Murder Giveaway—Congratulations to both!!

Mardi Gras Murder features 13 New Crime Tales set around the biggest and craziest party of the year. Solarcide thanks Mystery and Horror, LCC for allowing us to participate in the giveaway, and we also thank our readers for the continued support.

The Mardi Gras Murder anthology is on sale now in Paperback through Barnes&Noble and Amazon, and for Kindle through Amazon. Just click on the blue for direct links, and for all of those celebrating on Tuesday, be safe and be sure to have enough fun to last until next Year!

Mardi Gras Murder and Book Giveaway

A New Crime Tale from Nathan Pettigrew is featured in the Mardi Gras Murder anthology released this past week.

13 New Stories appear in the anthology from such authors as Marian Allen, Harriette Sackler, and Debra H. Goldstein to name just a few. “Krewe of Bayou Black” is the name of Nathan’s story, in which a young thief goes head to head with a local crime lord during the craziest time of the southern year.

The Paperback edition is available through Barnes & Noble here, and through Amazon at this location, where you can also find the Kindle edition

Mardi Gras Murder is brought to you by Mystery and Horror, LLC (MAHLLC)—the indie press that released the acclaimed Ha! Ha! Horror Volume 1 joke book by MonsterMatt Patterson before Christmas.

Solarcide is also excited to announce that we’re celebrating this year’s carnival season with a Mardi Gras Murder Giveaway!

Participants will have a chance to win a Free Copy of Mardi Gras Murder –courtesy of the generous folks at MAHLLC—and 2 winners will be announced.

Those who “like” the new facebook page for MAHLLC here will be entered into the drawing. Or you can visit the MAHLLC site and “like” the Solarcide facebook page from there to be entered into the drawing as well.

Those who have already liked MAHLLC and Solarcide on facebook will also be eligible.

More Updates To Come…