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The Book Awards 2013 Winner!

Nobody is more surprised than me but I am the winner of the 2013 Book Awards for book reviews at the New York Journal of Books.

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The Book Awards have been run by ‘not for profit’ publisher Acclaimed Books Limited since 2008 and, in that time, tens of thousands of voters from over one hundred countries around the world have shown their appreciation by supporting and nominating books in the competition.

“We have run the awards for over five years but last year was the first time we featured the, often unsung, stalwarts of the literary industry, our supporting professionals. Without the help of these talented individuals and organisations, many of our much-loved stories would never have seen the light of day.  Steve has received particularly warm support. It really is quite an accomplishment for a ‘behind the scenes’ professional to inspire so many to get online and vote in such numbers, and Steve is a very worthy winner!” The Book Awards Managing Director, Peter Lihou

The Book Awards are the only international awards that are open to all professionals offering services to authors and titles distributed in Kindle or printed formats by Amazon.com sites around the world. Anyone can nominate or vote for a professional without charge or registration. Dubbed The People’s Book Awards, this openness attracts large numbers of visitors to the awards site www.thebookawards.com

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Some stories are simply too good to resist…

Julia Kavan’s brilliant short story is re-released today. If you missed it last time, catch it now…

Dreaming, Not Sleeping

Some nightmares are simply too good to resist…

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So, I’m here. There’s no turning back.

A few steps farther off the path and I will be consumed by the dark. A few steps farther and I will be embraced by the forest, wrapped in the musty smell of decay, held in its damp caress. A few steps farther and I will be lost forever.

Fallen twigs snap beneath my feet. Leaves whisper conspiratorially as I brush past. Twisted branches snatch at my face, scratch my cheek, draw blood. I press my fingers first against the wound, then against my lips, tasting the ferrous stain on my skin. I can hear my own breathing, my own heartbeat, over the wind whipping through the canopy of trees above me.
Not long now and I’ll see him. Not long now and I’ll be held softly in his arms and loved in a way I have only briefly tasted but often imagined.

Buy it now!

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and all the other little Amazons

You can find Julia here: http://www.juliakavan.com/
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Happy New Year!

Goodbye 2013, welcome 2014

It’s customary to celebrate the arrival of a new year with Strauss’s Blue Danube waltz, so here it is – but with space images, ‘cos when we’ve fucked this planet over once and for all we’ll be relying on space travel to save our species.

I found this video on Youtube and this is what it says:

Using the power of the free high-resolution space simulation program, Celestia, visit the world of “2001, a Space Odyssey”. Follow a meticulously choreographed dance of spacecraft from the movie, to the music of the Blue Danube. Experience the beauty of space from gifted Celestia designer Jean-Marie Le Cosperec. You can interact with all of these spacecraft in Celestia, fly next to them, visit the space station and moon base, and examine the ships up close. Visit http://gregs-educational.info to obtain Celestia. This 2001 add-on is available for free. Details and links to the add-on are on that site in the links section, and on Jean-Marie’s website at http://celestiasws.free.fr/index_en.html

Have a good one!

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Arise! Spring Edition Submission Call

Shall I submit one myself, or not?

Massacre Publishing

Sunrise MassThe light! It burns!

The dark days may linger but spring advances. The light will soon be upon us and we must be prepared. The time has come to seek themed stories for Edition 2 of Massacre Magazine. And what is it that we seek?

Resurrection

What can you dig up to make out bones tremble and our flesh creep?

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Let your mind wander to dark places and dark times – past, present…future. What we really want to see is imagination at work rather than the obvious.

If you have a new twist on an old theme or ancient myth, send it in, however… just one word of caution. Zombie stories are acceptable BUT they will have to be exceptional to be successful.

So, whether you’re breathing new life into the undead, or rising from the ashes, send us your submissions!

Fire treesDeadline for ‘resurrection’ themed stories and dark verse is:…

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