Wednesday, April 22, 2015

New Published Story: Freelance Drakky Hunter

My steampunk monster hunter story "Freelance Drakky Hunter" is in the newest issue of Havok magazine! And the steampunk setting, an intrepid monster hunter protagonist, and incredibly freaky monsters are really just the beginning of the story. To find out what other entertaining elements are woven into "Freelance Drakky Hunter," you'll have to read it.

Havok's newest issue is available here: Havok 2.2 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Where to Submit Your Christian Short Stories

Although the number of magazines publishing Christian short stories has shrunk lately, a few are still around and open to submissions from writers. Here are the ones I know of, including several that are perhaps best described as Christian-friendly, since they are not aimed only at Christians.

Paying Magazines

Clubhouse (children's, open to some speculative)

Clubhouse, Jr. (children's, general fiction)

Havok (speculative)

Kids' Ark (children's, open to some speculative)

Primary Treasure and Our Little Friend (children's, true stories)

Ruminate (general fiction)

Splickety (general fiction, including historical)

Non-Paying Magazines

Ancient Paths (most genres, including some speculative)

The Common Oddities Speculative Fiction Sideshow (speculative)

TRC (all genres, including speculative)

TWJ (all genres, including speculative)

The Untold Podcast (speculative)

Also, the Splickety Blog, while not a magazine, publishes stories in all genres, including speculative.

Do you know of any other magazines that publish Christian fiction?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Movie Review: Rise of the Guardians

The Story: Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, and Jack Frost are brought together by the Man in the Moon. Their combined forces are needed to battle the Boogeyman, who wants to steal wonder and hope from children and replace the kindly magical figures of childhood with his own wicked one.

My Thoughts: The trailer and concept for this film gave me high hopes, despite its lukewarm reception at the box office and by critics. And the concept doesn’t disappoint. The protagonists are all quirky and amusing, while many of the fantasy elements are unique and fun to see for any fantasy fan.

The story’s execution, however, is a bit stiff and clumsy, which keeps the film from being great, and that may be partly why it wasn’t a big hit. In spite of this, the film’s original fantasy touches and unflinching look at the darkness of evil make it well worth seeing for all lovers of speculative storytelling. It’s a film I look forward to watching again.

Content Overview: A bit of mild crude humor. Some mild violence. More scariness than parents might expect in a film aimed at children.