Risen from the slumber.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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June Updates!

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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.

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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.

Solarcidal Tendencies. Coming Soon.

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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.