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Played my first game of last night.

Rather pleased that the Belief/Instinct/Trait aspect that looked toothsome on paper didn’t disappoint.

Deadman Humour: Thirteen Fears of a Clown is now available.

Modern tales are filled with clowns who invoke fear not laughter: painted grins covering fanged maws; baggy costumes concealing unspeakable horrors; malevolent parodies of nature. What if, instead of being demons of urban legend, clowns were the victims or the heroes of a story?
An anthology of thirteen stories about clowns facing the supernatural.

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A Plague of Peskies by Jefferson Smith

"Smith pairs a curmudgeonly saviour with a world that would turn a saint cynical to create gritty fantasy (literally: deserts are full of blasted sand) that is seasoned with darkly uplifting humour."

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Wind and Words by Stephanie Flint

"Flint blends an interesting magic system with a very personal challenge to create a quest that has a feel of real consequence without the scale (or the weight) of epic fantasy."

More thoughts: davidjhiggins.wordpress.com/20

Wild Frontiers is out in the world. With all of the niggles that seem to surge forth just prior to release out of the way, I can focus on the fun bit of my job again: great stories. Over the next several days, I’ll be sharing a little more about the tales, not all weird but all wonderful. But first, I wanted to share my reasons for getting involved with the anthology: davidjhiggins.wordpress.com/20

Magebane by Stephanie Flint

"Flint provides an accessible perspective on the morals of magical compulsion while maintaining the fast-paced fantasy of previous volumes.

"This novel is the third in The Wishing Blade series. Spoilers ahead."

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Feeling overwhelmed by the perkiness of Spring?

The (slightly delayed) Autumn edition of DimensionBucket Magazine is out: amazon.com/dp/1729462324/

And it includes one of my stories.

Castle of Blue Stones by Jordan Elizabeth

“Elizabeth creates a claustrophobic variation on the young adult trope of plucky teen vs. dystopian regime that feels realistic yet fantastical.”

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Fanya in the Underworld by Jordan Elizabeth

“Mixing magic, steampunk, and colonialism, Elizabeth creates a fantasy tale that is fast-paced and personal without sacrificing depth and wider consequence.”

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Emma and the Elixir of Madness by Matthew S. Cox

“Cox continues to blend the excitement and strangeness of fantasy with the lightness and smaller-scale of middle-grade fiction, producing a tale that grips the reader without instilling terror.”

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Duel Visions by Misha Burnett & Louise Sorensen

“This anthology gathers a mix of published and unpublished stories by Burnett and Sorensen, spanning the genres from overt horror to the almost meditative.”

More thoughts: davidjhiggins.wordpress.com/20

The ‘Fears of a Clown’ submission window is still open.

Scary, thrilling, unnerving, or weird stories where the clown isn’t the thing that’s scary, where there’s something worse: davidjhiggins.wordpress.com/su

The Cursed Crown by Matthew S. Cox

“Cox smoothly blends questions of metaphysics with grimy fantasy and diverse characters to create a young adult tale that is both deep and fast-paced, uplifting and realistic.”

More thoughts: davidjhiggins.wordpress.com/20

The ‘Fears of a Clown’ submission window is now open.

I’m looking for short stories for a forthcoming anthology. Scary, thrilling, unnerving, or weird stories featuring clowns; but ones where the clown isn’t the thing that’s scary, where there’s something worse.

Full details here: davidjhiggins.wordpress.com/su

The Chronicles of Underrealm Collection One: A Book of Underrealm, (ed.) Garrett Robinson

“Robinson gathers eleven short stories by several authors set across the history and geography of his fantasy realm, providing both an expanded perspective on it and a series of tales engaging in themselves.”

More thoughts: davidjhiggins.wordpress.com/20

The Cursed Codex by Matthew S. Cox

“Treating both childhood and roleplaying games with seriousness while remaining aware of their more absurd aspects, Cox creates a fantasy tale that is accessible to younger readers without sacrificing the tension and complexity more mature readers seek.”

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Seven Things Not to do When Everyone’s Trying to Kill You by Megan O’Russell

“Displaying a firm grasp of how all lives suffer the same burden of the mundane without losing the excitement of magic and high-stakes adventure, O’Russell continues her fresh take on the trope of a young person who discovers they are a magician.”

More thoughts: davidjhiggins.wordpress.com/20

I’m looking for short stories for a forthcoming anthology. Scary, thrilling, unnerving, or weird stories featuring clowns; but ones where the clown isn’t the thing that’s scary, where there’s something worse. Full details here: davidjhiggins.wordpress.com/su

Emma and the Silverbell Faeries by Matthew S. Cox

"Cox crafts a fantasy adventure from viewpoint of a ten-year-old without losing the sense of nuance and complexity that many fans of adult fantasy seek.

"This is the third volume in the Tales of Widowswood series. Spoilers might lurk ahead."

More thoughts: davidjhiggins.wordpress.com/20

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