“The use of fairy tales demonstrates their inherent flexibility and our individual power to (literally) rewrite the problematic literature of our culture, as it twists stories so ingrained in Western culture, stories that we wrongly assume can only include certain types of people.” Laura Costello writes about fairy tales, diversity and the Spellbound and Spindles anthologies […]

The Kaiserine's Vampyre by Derek Paterson

The Scarlet Pimpernel meets Dracula in Derek Paterson’s novellas featuring flintlocks, tricorn hats and the supernatural.
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My Gun Sleeps Alone by Martin Clark, second in the supernatural noir series, The Dead Don't Weep.

“God may not play dice, but Death sure does—and they’re loaded.”

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Brass Stars by A.G. Carpenter

A gunslinger and her psychotic cyber-horse blaze a trail of vengeance across the stars.

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The Hag of the Wind by Laura J. Underwood.

Ginny Ni’Cooley is a mage facing down demons, ghosts, and the distrust of the locals.

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Night Never Ends by Martin Clark

“Death can be indifferent—but murder? Well, that’s always personal.”

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The Big Dash by Robert Hanley

Spaceships, aliens, espionage and a murder mystery all traveling faster than light!

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The Fine Art of Boxing by Phil Voyd

A science fiction thriller with teeth.
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Etta Mae's Little Theory by Lori Ann White

Etta Mae isn’t your average fantasy heroine, but if her theory is right she might be your average psychic.

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Vessel of Heaven by Jamie Rosen

The Wizard of Oz meets Dante’s Divine Comedy in a parallel universe … a science fiction story where art, poetry, fact and fiction collide in a thought-provoking tale of what it means to reach for the stars.

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Spiritual Growths by Lori Ann White

Let everyone else worry about what it means when mysterious trees pop up all over San Jose.  Robbie just wants to get rid of the one growing out of her tub.

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Dead on Arrival by Crystal Lynn Hilbert

The only thing worse than Max’s death is his new living arrangement.

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Hearts Starve by Patricia Russo

A random encounter with a capricious entity sends three strangers crashing into one another; changing each in unexpected and unimaginable ways. By turns fantastical and horrific, Hearts Starve is a modern day fairy tale in the tradition of the oldest of Grimm’s stories.

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The Illusion of Steel by Lenora Rose, a fantasy e-book

Not even a shape-shifter can hide from her past forever …

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“I loved it! The cover and the magazine. I adored the highly appealing illustrations which I stared at for a fair while, before reading a bit more then tapping the pages back to see them again.”—Nayu’s Reading Corner

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The last couple of months have eaten my face in a big way.  Between deadlines, health issues and various expensive car repairs I found myself falling way far behind on reading submissions for these two anthologies.  I’ve spent the last week going through them.  So far here is the rough breakdown of what submissions look […]

 Spellbound “gets a gigantic, very rare (only 1-2 books have ever received this from me): THREE THUMBS UP!!!”—T. Drecker, Bookworm for Kids

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Lots of things going on this last week: nominations, interviews and new releases. Everyone at Eggplant sends a hearty “Congrats” to poet B.J. Lee.  Her poem “Don’t Call Me a Fairy”, which appeared in Spellbound’s Spring 2013 issue, has been nominated for the 2013 Rhysling Award. On the nomination front our art director Sam, who is also […]

The more I read the story the more intrigued I became. The story concept was something that I hadn’t run into before.—Shirley Niedzwiecki, The Nerd’s Domain

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Evelyn Christensen of Writing for Children’s Magazines interviewed Raechel about Spellbound.  They talked about Spellbound‘s origins, what she looks for in submissions, and the magazine’s future. Click on the link to read the full interview.

“I can’t recommend this e-zine enough for young fantasy lovers (and us not-so-younguns as well!) or young readers you want to introduce the fantasy genre to. With each issue of Spellbound, young readers will find themselves in a world of magic, tricksy creatures, surprising wonders, and so much more!” - Word Spelunking

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The 2014 Hugo nomination period is open until March 31, 2014.  Full instructions for voting can be found on the Loncon 3 website.  Who can nominate?  According to the site: You may nominate for the 2014 Hugo Awards and the John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer if, on or before 31 January 2014, […]

We released the Dwarves issue of Spellbound on Saturday.  It has been simultaneously the hardest and the easiest issue to put together so far. Hardest, because it landed during a time when I have been dealing with lots of personal issues and illnesses (plus the unrelenting cold and snow) over the last couple of months.  […]