We’re proud to feature a new and exclusive story from the author, titled “Crane.”
As always, thanks for the support—both for Solarcide and short fiction.
The Return Continues…
Solarcide is very pleased to present a new guest story from Michelle Ann King—author of The Transient Tales Series and other stories that have previously appeared at Strange Horizons, Interzone, and Black Static.
The Solarcide Interview Returns!
Be sure to check it out, and read our interview with the author here.
“Do you want to be perfect?”
That’s what Danny asked Celia the night he turned her into a vampire. Three months have passed since, and immortality didn’t transform her into the glamorous, sexy vamp she was expecting, but left her awkward, lonely, and working at a Florida gas station. On top of that, she’s a giant screw-up of an immortal, because the only blood she consumes is from illegally obtained hospital blood bags.
What she needs to do–according to her moody vampire friend Imogene–is just … bite somebody. But Celia wants her first bite to be special, and she has yet to meet Mr. Right Bite. Then, Ian moves in next door. His scent creeps through her kitchen wall and makes her nose tingle, but insecure Celia can’t bring herself to meet the guy face-to-face.
When she finally gets a look at Ian’s cyclist physique, curly black hair, and sun-kissed skin, other parts of Celia tingle, as well. Could he be the first bite she’s been waiting for to complete her vampire transformation? His kisses certainly have a way of making her fangs throb.
Just when Celia starts to believe Ian may be the fairy tale ending she always wanted, her jerk of a creator returns to town, which spells nothing but trouble for everyone involved.
Be Sure to Come Back Soon for the Solarcide Interview with Sara Dobie Bauer…
BLACK SAILS, DISCO INFERNO
by andrez bergen with renee asher pickup
RELEASE DATE: JUNE 30, 2016
LIST UNDER: CRIME/NOIR/PULP
PUBLISHER: OPEN BOOKS
An unnamed city, in which crime families flourish and police pinch pennies from those with most power… Black Sails, Disco Inferno retells the classic medieval romance of Tristan and Iseult by turning things on their head, reversing the sex of our chief protagonists, and then placing them in a ’70s pulp/noir world.
Andrez Bergen‘s latest novel (with Renee Asher Pickup) exposes Trista and Issy to a sensual, disco-infused narrative — one overflowing with double-dealings, violent brutality, and a spellbinding mystery. Black Sails, Disco Inferno is also the novelization of critically-lauded 2015-16 comic book series Trista & Holt that Bergen wrote and illustrated (Pickup scripted #7). Feedback to the comic is included in these lovely bytes:
“Captures the spirit of noir so perfectly it hurts.” GRAPHIC POLICY
“The dark, brooding world of Trista and Issy is compelling.” SCI-FI JUBILEE
“Trista is a breath of fresh air.” MARA WOOD
“A crime story, albeit with a hell of a lot of references to medieval literature.” FLICKERING MYTH
“Slow-burning, hard-boiled noir.” COMING UP COMICS
“Bergen shows once again he has a firm grasp on the concepts of noir literature – perhaps due in part to his readings of Chandler and Hammett (two of the genre’s best), and his consistent great work on Bullet Gal.” ALL-COMIC
The 280-page novel is now ready for pre-order, and both writers involved are available for comment or interviews.
(Solarcide will be conducting an interview soon!)
Andrez Bergen is an expat Australian writer, journalist, DJ, artist and ad hoc saké connoisseur who’s been entrenched in Tokyo, Japan, for the past 15 years. He makes music as Little Nobody and Funk Gadget, and ran groundbreaking Melbourne record label IF? for over a decade from 1995.
Bergen has also written articles for papers and magazines such as Mixmag, The Age, Anime Insider, Australian Style, Impact, Remix, Yomiuri Shinbun, VICE, and Geek Magazine.
He published noir/sci-fi novel Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat in 2011, the surreal fantasy One Hundred Years of Vicissitude through Perfect Edge Books in 2012, comicbook/noir/pulp tome Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? (2013), a collection of short stories and archival articles called The Condimental Op (2013), a surreal coming-of-age tale with crime/noir undertones titled Depth Charging Ice Planet Goth (2014), and the horror/noir comedy Small Change (2015).
He additionally makes comics, as writer and occasionally artist, with Tales to Admonish, Bullet Gal, Trista & Holt, Magpie, and a graphic novel version of Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat under the belt. Bergen has published stories through Crime Factory, Shotgun Honey, Snubnose Press, All Due Respect, Solarcide, Weird Noir, Roundfire Fiction, 8th Wonder Press, ProjectNerd Publishing, Under Belly Comics, Another Sky Press, and IF? Commix, and works occasionally on translating and adapting the scripts for feature films by the likes of Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell), Kazuchika Kise and Naoyoshi Shiotani, for Production I.G in Japan.
Renee Asher Pickup is a mellowedout punk rocker living in Southern California.
Renee writes fiction about bad things happening to flawed people—and stands by the statement that From Dusk Till Dawn changed her life.
‘A killer priest is on the rampage across London and an egotistical Hollywood action movie star is out for revenge when is his precious comic book collection is stolen.Meanwhile, gangster Marty Cook’s dreams of going legit swiftly turn pear shaped when one of his bouncers accidentally kills one of his salsa club’s regularsharp wisecracks, gaudy characters and even gaudier situations abound in Cold London Blues, a violent and pitch-black Brit Grit comedy of errors.’
Says author Andrez Bergen, “It draws on elements of the graphic novel, but I’m revamping, changing, and adding visuals/plot. So much fun.”
Be sure to check that out, as well as more from Andrez Bergen in the upcoming GrayHaven Comics anthology: Antithesis: A Twilight Zoe Inspired Graphic Novel.
Two great stories from author Daniel Donche, “Gift of the Rook” and “Smallerhouse,” are now live at Everwindtimes.com—both previously published while one originally appeared at Solarcide. In a joint promotional effort, the author has graciously agreed to let us republish Gift of the Rook—an Everwind tale that introduced some of our readers to the Everwind Series and Universe.
Contest ends February 1st!
Welcome to the second installment of our September guest content. Last week we had Richard Thomas round these parts, did you catch that? Scroll down the main page for the link if you missed that one.
This week we’re welcoming back a bona-fide veteran Solarcidian. Teri Skultety has been featured by us a few times now, both on the site and in our anthology projects. She’s a good friend of ours and today we’re delighted to be posting a brand new and exclusive story, a tale that is quite unlike anything else we have published.
Room 3327 is a fictionalised account of the mind and final times of the legendary scientist Nikola Tesla. And of course, us being the website we are and Teri being the author she is, there’s a darker slant to proceedings. It’s a touching and yet harrowing piece.
Check it out, show your support for Teri, and spread the work at this link right here.
We’re not through with the month yet, either. Next week we’ll have another good friend of ours, Jay Slayton-Joslin, here to entertain you. In addition, we’ll be announcing some fun and games for October. Keep your eyes out for that.
Until then, kill the sun.
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.
Put 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.