Risen from the slumber.


There’s a rumbling down in the guts of this old engine. The vents cough once, twice, and then spit forth a stream of exhaust fume. The wheels grip, and traction gained, begin to spin.

That’s right, fine folk. Solarcide is back.

After a quiet summer (we hibernate at the wrong time of the year – it’s a sun thing, too damn bright and solar during the summer months) we are happy to announce our return. We’re looking towards a full schedule to take us through to deep winter, a schedule full of dark and weird words. There’ll be special guests abound, and the long-awaited and much delayed release of a project that has been WIP for a long time.

Feels good to be back.

There will be a competition or two along the way. Some flash fiction perhaps. We’ll be inviting a few of our friends to talk about their work. And there will be new fiction from the site’s court appointed custodians – Martin Garrity and Nathan Pettigrew.


But don’t just take our word for all this. Let us lead with our money in our mouths. For we are kicking off our little revival with a brand new story from one of our favorite authors and one we have seen grow in status immensely since we first checked him out. He’s the author of the novels Disintegration and the forthcoming The Breaker, as well as being one of the best short story scribes we know. He also wrote a great introduction to our Solarcidal Tendencies anthology project.

RT facePut them together, folks, for Richard Thomas and his story Rapture. You can read that one right here.

In addition to this, we can confirm two other special guests that will be appearing over the course of September. Both long time friends of the site that we have published before and are honoured to feature again. Solarcide grew up with these two, featuring them again feels like meeting old buddies for lunch and a few (or more than a few) cocktails. Next week will see Terasa Skultety take to our stage with a very interesting story which considers the final days of the legendary scientist, Nicolas Tesla. And later in the month we’ll be meeting up with Jay Slayton-Joslin once more, who has another of his most peculiar tales in store for us.


That other big project we mentioned. The poorly kept secret that is Corridors grows ever closer to being ready for release. It has been a long time coming, we know this. So how about another peek inside, to prove the thing even exists? Before we went to bed for the summer we showcased one preview in Sweet Revenge and Top Soil. Well here’s another peek with Observational Hazard. It’s a rather daft flash piece with a sci-fi flavour. Sent back in time from another world, no less.


Towards the end of September we’ll be revealing some more of our plans. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the stories we have lined up.

It’s been too long, dear readers. Welcome back.

Kill the sun.

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.

Observational Harm @ Revolt Daily

rocksRevolt Daily is a very cool site that has grown through some interesting mutations since conception. It began as SYW mag with Laramore Black at the helm. More recently, as Revolt, with cool cats such as Jonathan Riley turning the gears, the good times continue.

This week is their second birthday. They are posting up some stories in celebration, each on a different theme. The first theme is ‘history.’ Solarcide’s co-editor Martin Garrity, and his short story/fictional essay “Observational Harm,” were selected for the slot.

This story is just a bit of fun really, though the real message isn’t so deeply buried. It was written in a flash fiction match-up in the last LitReactor community war. This story came out in a last-minute-before-the-deadline-rush, and has only been tweaked a little since then. In Revolt’s anniversary bash, it has an excellent home.

Many thanks to anyone who reads it and many thanks to the team over at Revolt.

Keep rocking on and fighting the good fight.


The Relaunch Continues


The 2013 relaunch of the site rolls on and the Solarcide authors gear for up for ever bigger, and ever better things. To continue the great vibe around the site this month, we have a couple more announcements.

The new author pages for the co-editors here are now fully live and up-to-date. Check them out under the “About ” tab.

John Spinx

First up Nathan Pettigrew offers you a chance to follow the white rabbit. In his author section you will find links to all of his online short stories, including several that follow the adventures of Roland Thomas from Bayou Black, the main character from Nathan’s WIP novel project. Look for Roland The Conqueror at DarkMedia for a highlight.

Right now Nathan is promoting a new story, Wakey Wake, which is published in the award-winning pages of Thuglit, available now at Amazon in paperback and Kindle.

With more short story publications already confirmed for the future, Nathan is set to keep his hot-streak running way into the new year.


And then Martin Garrity gives a preview of the cover artwork for his short story collection, Corridors, set for publication by Solarcide in 2013.

Featuring dozens of short stories and flash fiction pieces, Corridors will be a cracked mirror to the world of the weird. Here’s what Paul D. Brazill, author of The Gumshoe, Guns Of Brixton, and 13 Shots Of Noir, had to say about the collection.

“The sharply sliced tales in Garrity’s CORRIDORS give an askew view of the world, a peek over the precipice of a dream, a glimpse into life’s dark corners.”

More blurbs can be found at the author page.


Not content with simply blowing our own horns in this announcement, we have more to share. Solarcide has teamed up with Bradley Sands, bizarro veteran and authors of titles such as Sorry I Ruined Your Orgy and Rico Slade Will Fucking Kill You, for a great new book give-away.

To be in with a chance of winning a SIGNED copy of Bradley’s latest book, TV Snorted My Brain, all you have to do is either hit the “Like” button on the Solarcide Facebook page, or sign up directly to this site as an email subscriber, before the 31st of January.

At the end of the months we will draw a winner to receive the awesome prize.

Bradley’s writing is hilarious. You don’t want to miss this chance to get a signed copy of his latest adventure, which is published by Legume Man Books.

vaultAnd finally, we have added two more stories to The Vault today.

If you’re looking for something fun to read tonight, how about a bizarroadtrip with David Bobis and Curtain Cape, or a punchline from a forgotten joke with Bordello by Jay Slayton-Joslin.

See you again soon, folks.

As always, Rock On!