Forging on.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Small Acts of Rebellion by Emily Slaney

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Our first guest story of 2014 is live. UK author, Emily Slaney, who has previously featured in our flash fiction project, The Sinthology, takes us for a bittersweet trip down memory lane with her story Small Acts of Rebellion.

Drink, drugs, and suicide Barbie dolls.

Pooh-sticks and broken dreams.

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The Sinthology is on Amazon

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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.

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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.

They’re zombies, boss, but not as we know ’em.

LAndrewsThe guest story feature for August is now live and we’re very excited about this one.

Somewhat surprisingly, we have yet to run a yarn about zombies here at Solarcide. That ends now. ‘Ware ye though, his is no ordinary tale of the undead. This is something altogether new. This is a zombie story Laura Andrews style, and believe us when we say there is something for everyone here. If you like the sound of killer Pomeranians and guaranteed, grade A, virus-annihilating, bentonite clay, then The Legend of Johnny Bell might just hit the spot.

Check it out here. Have a great time. Then, help spread the word. As always, any sharing and re-linking is hugely appreciated.

Keep rocking on, ladies and gentlemen. We have some massive updates in the pipeline for you soon. Not least of which is our flashy little Sinthology explosion. Keep ’em peeled!

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More June Updates

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The birthday month celebrations continue with the final instalment of the Short Story Spotlight , which has featured a group of writers that have caught our eye with their short fiction work in recent times.

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Last time round we had two authors of the most dark and occult fiction. This time, we have two wordsmiths of the finest hard-boiled noir and gritty crime stories. Nik Korpon and Paul D. Brazill. Both know their way around a literary dark alley. Find out how they do it at the links below.

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Read Nik Korpon’s interview here.

Read Paul D. Brazill’s interview here.

And just before we go, a couple of reminders. First up, you should be keeping your eyes peeled for a brand new guest story coming to Solarcide soon. Our monthly story slot is seeing more interest than ever, and the submission are coming thick and fast. Check back soon to find out who we’ll be featuring this month.

And don’t forget about our birthday celebratory signed book give-away! Subscribe tot he site, or ‘like’ our Facebook page by the 18th of June to be in with a chance of winning a signed novel from the prolific author, Stephen Graham Jones.

All the best, folks. See you again soon.

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The Short Story Spotlight Continues

alexrichThe anniversarial celebrations continue at Solarcide with the next instalments of our Short Story Spotlight interview feature. This time around, we’re shooting the shit with two authors of most dark and sinister fiction, neo-noir guru, Richard Thomas, and the occult scribe Alex S. Johnson.

Both are very passionate about the world of short stories and had some great answers for our questions.

Check out Richard’s interview, here.

And check out Alex’s, here.

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And a reminder about our birthday party signed book give-away! If you follow this site as an email subscriber, or if you ‘like’ our facebook page to keep up with our updates that way, then you might be in with a chance of winning a signed novel by one of our favorite writers, Stephen Graham Jones.

The prize draw will be June 18th. Sign up before then to have a shot at winning!

We’ll be back after the weekend with the next instalments of the Short Story Spotlight, with authors Nik Korpon and Paul D. Brazill. Keep your eyes peeled for that.

Rock on, folks!

June updates: Solarcide turns two! Short story spotlights and a great give-away.

Hey, all. Some really fun things to write about in this post. The start of June saw the second anniversary of Solarcide’s launch, and we weren’t going to let that pass without some bonus content to post here. Also, we have a great signed book give-away lined up to add some jazz to the proceedings.

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logo3In the two years this site has been live, we have featured dozens of great short stories. Shorter fiction is what we do best and we certainly hope to continue that trend in the future. So, for our birthday celebrations, we decided to whip a batch of short story related questions around a few authors and allies who have impressed us in the past with their work within the smaller word counts.

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Over the next week or so we shall post up the resulting spotlight interviews. We begin today with Stephen Graham Jones, an author we have followed here at Solarcide for a while now, and who continues to impress us with his prolific publications. Stephen has written more short stories than we have had hot dinners, and is the perfect guest to kick off the spotlight feature.

Check out his interview here.

Check back later in the week for spotlight interviews with other awesome writers, including Richard Thomas and Nik Korpon.

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Stephen Graham Jones didn’t just hang around to join in with our short story spotlight. He is also our newest Facebook giveaway prize author. Two weeks from now, one lucky follower of our Facebook page will win a signed copy of a SGJ novel. All you gotta do to be in with a chance of winning is ‘like’ our page. It couldn’t be easier!

Alternatively, if you don’t use Facebook, then follow the site as an email subscriber by clicking the widget on the right of our main page to still be in with a chance of winning.

June 18th, we shall announce the lucky subscriber.

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And that, for now, is that. Check back in a few days for more short story spotlight interviews, with more great guests. Until then, rock out with SGJ, hit up the Facebook page for a chance to win that prize, and have a good time all round.

All the best, folks.

Flashy Updates & Vault Deposits

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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.

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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.

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

Get em’ while the getting’s good!

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Three more for the vault.

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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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