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.


The Sinthology is on Amazon


Flash Me! The Sinthology, the latest anthology project from Solarcide, is available in paperback right now via Amazon. They got it up a few days faster than estimated, which is very cool.

Amazon US link.

Amazon UK link.

This is a collection featuring twenty-six wicked and decadent flash and micro-fiction pieces from twenty-six wonderful authors.

The book is edited by Solarcide’s own Martin Garrity and Nathan Pettigrew, and guest curated by Chester Pane. Featuring work by Rebecca Jones-Howe, Bryan Howie, Alex S. Johnson, Shannon Barber, Jason Wayne Allen, Terasa Skultety, and many more. The full table of contents can be see here.

We’re very excited to see this release come through. We worked hard on it. It is great to finally see it unleashed upon the world in all its dastardly glory.

We’d love it if you checked out the book. And if you want to be extra awesome, help us spread the word. Any ‘sharing’ and re-linking, or any other kind of promo you can think of, is very much appreciated. And hey, if you read it, and enjoy, please do leave us a review.

Rock on, folks.

Flashy Updates & Vault Deposits


As you may know, we are currently calling for submissions for our next anthology – lovingly dubbed Flash Me! the Sinthology. Well, we have a quick update regarding this project and the deadlines for submissions.

We have received some excellent work so far. Many people have sent us work (and it’s great to see new names and old friends alike amongst the subs) and those people should soon be receiving their responses.

We do, however, want to see more. There’s a thirst here that is not quite quenched. We want more sin, more decadence, and more flashing. As a result the deadline for submissions to this project is being extended from the end of this month, to the end of March. That’s a whole extra month for you to open up that literary rain coat and show us your grizzly bits.

This is going to be one decadent anthology.

You should pull up your stockings and crotchless pants and join us.

Check out the submissions guidelines here.


Also in the news this week – another deposit of stories to our vault of fun. Bringin’ it back with a literary attack this week are some of our very good friends.

Bryan Howie, with his tale of the nuances of modern womanhood.

Terasa Skultety, with a story about lightning storms in a dust bowl.


Terence Kuch, with a ditty about lines, and how to cross them.

Get em’ while the getting’s good!

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Terence Kuch headshot

Three more for the vault.


January rolls to a close and out month of rebirth has been a resounding success.

Our new features have been pulling in plenty of attention and we have surpassed all our previous records for site traffic. Many thanks to everyone that checked us and our little relaunch out.

There will be lots more fun to come over the coming months! Look for a new guest story going up in February, and of course you should all be checking out the submissions page for our Flash Me! anthology.

For now, to see out the month, here are three more stories for the vault.

Alphabets, hammers, and shotguns.

Terasa Skultety, Bryan Howie, and Lisa McCormack.

A word party all round!

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We’re back, and we have big news!

logoWe’re back, baby!

After a period of down-time to welcome in the new year, we have returned. Happenings around here are about to become more fun than ever.

We have a brand new, retro-funk design, and a new page layout to match recent changes around here, of which there are many. There are some very grand plans for 2013.

Where to start?


Possibly the biggest news, is our new strategy for guest story content. We will now be running a regular, monthly, guest story slot. We hope for this feature to become one of the most exciting online venues for short stories, and to up the ante on our end we will now be paying for guest content that is accepted.

That’s right, you can now earn a payday by sending us your work. We will pay $50 (USD) for every story we run. Only a single story will be selected each month, so bring your A-game if you’re thinking about hitting up this party!

The grizzly details on how to submit can be found in the Submissions Guidelines. We really look forward to seeing what comes our way.

And to kick things off on that front…


…our guest story for January is already live!

Year Of The Pig comes from a new face to these pages. In fitting style, Andrea Taylor actually makes her fiction publication debut to kick-start off our new monthly feature.

With the quality of this work, it’s hard to belive Andrea isn’t a household name already . We’re certain that this publication will not be her last.

It’s a dark one for sure. Check it out here.

We have also set up a page in our guest story section called The Vault, which will be the new home for some of the guest story content we ran over the past eighteen months. Look out for an update about this real soon.


That’s not all for the big announcements in this update. Following hot on the heels of last year’s Nova Parade anthology, we are delighted to announce our newest feature release project.


Are you ready to get dirty with us? Because over the coming weeks, we are accepting submissions for Flash Me! The Sinthology, featuring one of our closest friends and allies, Mr Chester Pane, (The Flash Assassin™) as co-editor.

Flash Me! has a proud history of written perversions, and we are very happy to be continuing its evolution with this bona-fide, flash extravaganza. It’s going to be a whole lot of filthy, decadent fun.

This project will also be our first foray into print format publishing, another milestone in our quest to wage war on the sun.

There is more information on this project here, and the specifics on submissions can be found here.

We hope for many of you to be joining us is shaming ourselves with this project.


Finally, some more news. Solarcide will, for the next batch of episodes, be the official sponsor of the Books and Booze podcast. The crew over there do great work, putting out informative, and sometimes hilarious, interviews with exciting special guests. They’re good friends of ours over there and it’s great to be working alongside them.

And that’s about all.

For now. Keep your eyes peeled for more posts later this month, including the filling of The Vault and the info on a tasty book give-away.

Rock on, fuckers. All the best,

Martin Garrity & Nathan Pettigrew