Review by Dawn Vogel: The Shattered Queen by Jaym Gates

Jaym Gates’s collection, The Shattered Queen & Other New Mythologies: A Broken City Miscellany (Falstaff Books, 2016), is a collection of 26 short prose pieces, some of which are more lyrical or poetic than story, and others that create entire worlds in the span of scant few pages. Of the pieces, half are reprints, while the other half are new to this collection.

While all of the pieces are beautifully written, some of the stories stuck with me longer than others. “First Step, Last Breath” tells the story of explorers in over their heads. Using a parallel structure, the reader slowly comes to understand more and more of the truths behind this story, and its inevitable ending.

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Dawn Vogel Reviews Glittership Winter 2017

Glittership began as a podcast for reprints of short stories with LGBTQ characters and themes. Recently, however, they have begun publishing some original stories as well. As of 2017, Glittership is also available in ebook format in advance of the audio versions of the stories.

The first of these collections, Winter 2017, features four original stories and three reprint stories. There’s a range of speculative fiction encompassed in these stories, including high fantasy, sci-fi, and more, similar to other spec fic publications.

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Review by Dawn Vogel: She Walks in Shadows

She Walks in Shadows (Innsmouth Free Press, 2015) is an anthology of stories set within the Lovecraftian Mythos, all of which are written by women. While all of the stories contain horror elements, they range between funny and truly terrifying, hitting all of the points in between.

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Writing Book Review: The Art of War for Writers by James Scott Bell

The Art of War for Writers by James Scott Bell © 2009

Writing books come in three flavors: technical manuals on craft, how-to books on publishing, and the writing life/creative life books. The authors of this last category focus either on how a particularly successful writer became that way or the transition from wannabe to professional writer. The Art of War for Writers by James Scott Bell falls into this last category. Bell uses the metaphor of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War to advise new writers on how to become professionals. Like Sun Tzu, Bell divides up the book into three sections: Reconnaissance, Tactics and Strategies. Each section is made up of a series of mini-essays (more than seventy total) identifying the skills and temperaments that are associated with a successful writing career.

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