Beware of ferocious seagulls, killer crabs, and the unrelenting power of mud.
Justice is served in The Mud Jury—Read it Here and Enjoy!
Stoneboat 7.2 “Beyond Red and Blue: Voices for America“ is a special issue of the literary journal dealing with the current political divide in our country. My story “The Red Tie” sees a family torn apart when a young man loses the trust of his mother over political and social differences.
The support of those who visit this site is very much appreciated, and I’m thrilled that it’s still going after these past six years.
On our featured story front? Submissions for April have closed and we will be going live with a new story soon. Check back toward the end of the month.
Night in New Orleans features my story “The Farewell Quarter” —a Crime and Horror tale about a young man running from a dark and tragic secret—but all secrets are exposed in the French Quarter when our protagonist crosses paths with a psychic gypsy and an unhinged stranger.
More Stories Coming Soon. Stay Tuned and Thanks for the Support…
Welcome to Solarcide 2017—when the world has gone to shit.
We’re proud to present our first guest feature of the year, by author Mário de Seabra Coelho.
A man’s daughter is murdered. The world has been destroyed. What’s a man to do?
Find out here—and Enjoy!
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.