to the February 2009 Silverthought update. Happy Groundhog Day.
And New Year. Merry Christmas. And don't forget to vote. Okay,
sorry for the wait. We've been working frantically on some necessary
improvements under ST's hood, but now that those are in order
and now that the Pennsylvania Bastard Snow Rat has been scared
away by his shadow, take some time over the next six weeks of
winter hell to enjoy this fiction.
February update features the last chapter of Out of Nothing
by Thomas Henry Dylan and the first chapter of Mr. Head by
Michael Gold. We have short fiction by returning writers Gayla
Chaney, Alex Clark, Ken Dean, Joseph Hirsch, Chris Hlad, Kimberly
Raiser, and Joel Van Valin, along with the ST debuts of Patrick
Anderson Jr., David J. Batista, and Tim Lieder. You'll find grenades,
cannibalism, Nazis, mercenaries, robots, ghosts, and multiple
stabbingseverything from Mr. Head to Mr. Toes.
the print front, I'm pleased to say that ST has received nearly
five thousand queries since we opened for print submissions again
in January. We've begun putting the 2009-2010 print lineup together.
First up, the long-awaited Thank You, Death Robot anthology
edited by Mark R. Brand, which you can expect in the spring. I've
also accepted Brand's The Damnation of Memory, How It
Ends by Scott Lyerly, Bliss: A Novella and Blood:
The New Red by David S. Grant, Horror House Detective
by Michael Gold, and Affluenza by David LaBounty. More
announcements about the print division will soon follow, including
a planned limited-edition horror collection, a women's collection
edited by Becci Noblit Goodall, and perhaps the most heartbreakingly
gorgeous sf novel I've read in years. Stay tuned for details.
of you wishing to submit material to our online or print divisions
should peruse our updated submission guidelines closely. We've
made some minor changes to simplify the process and clarify who
we are and what we do. I'm talking to you, two hundred people
who lied when they said they picked up an issue of Silver Thoughts
and liked what they saw. Sure you did.
now on a more serious note, if you didn't read "Strangedays"
by Rhian Waller in our last update, you really missed out. You
should read it now. You should also consider donating to Rhian's
fundraising campaign for Amnesty International: http://www.justgiving.com/rhianwaller.
She's going to shave her head. More information is available on
the Facebook group "Rhian Goes Bald for Amnesty" at:
ST wishes Rhian all the best at her endeavor. I'd show my support
by shaving my head, but if winter continues like this, I will
have pulled the rest of my hair out in frustration by our next