The Writerly Raven

The Story Behind the Stories by Angelique Fawns

Story behind the Stories book coverHello, my darklings!

I’m going to take this post in a rather different direction than the usual waters in which I tend to swim. I honestly think this is a worthwhile deviation from my norm, and I’d really like to share it with you all.


Moving On Up: Heroic Fantasy Quarterly #47

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Well, here we are at the end of February. It’s hard to believe we’re already nearly a quarter of the way into 2021. For today’s review, we’ll be looking at Heroic Fantasy Quarterly #47, and it’s seems so strange to think that the editors posted issue #46 this past November, but it feels like it was just last week.


It’s Complicated: Flash Fiction Online #89

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I’m not sure if I’ve said it before here on The Writerly Raven, but I love flash fiction. Of course, that wasn’t always the case.

When I was working on my MFA, one of my classes focused on writing it. It was a struggle to tell a complete story in 1,000 words or less. Since then, I’ve gained a bit of skill but, in general, I still prefer to leave it up to those better versed in such things than I. Me, I have a tendency to be far too long-winded.


The Return of Fantasy Magazine

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There’s some exciting news floating about on the web. Any guesses?

If you guessed that Fantasy Magazine, a long-running monthly genre publication, has finally come back from hiatus, you’d be right. And it was quite a break! The editors published issue #60 all the way back in December 2016. Fortunately for us, November 2020 marked the return of the publication to digital bookshelves everywhere with issue #61.

When I got the assignment from the editor at Tangent Online, I was excited to review December’s issue #62 (original review here). For the most part, the stories were good. I actually quite enjoyed them, and I think  you will, too.


From Spies to Aliens and Back: Cirsova #5, Winter 2020

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Take a moment to center yourself and take a deep breath. Can you feel it? 2020 is drawing to a close, and 2021 holds a spark of promise for better things to come.

I think it’d be an understatement to say that it’s been a tough year. I don’t know that words can quite convey the insanity that the last twelve months have brought with them. So much has happened, yet it seems like time virtually froze in place for a while, as if even Old Father Time just decided to nope out of the world for a bit.


Yawning with Old Ones: Strange Horizons, February 17, 2020

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Have you ever thought about what it would be like to actually encounter an Old One? You know, those tentacled, madness-inducing horrors that writhe between the pages of nearly everything Lovecraft wrote?


A Bleak Peek into the Future: Neon Leviathan (Grimdark, February 2020)

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I hope this latest post finds you all well. Things are ramping up in the world with this new virus and I sincerely wish you all the best health.

This week, I’ve just finished reading a new collection soon to be published by Grimdark Magazine and written by T.R. Napper called Neon Leviathan. If you’ve ready my reviews here on this site before, you’ll notice that the review below is a bit different than my usual format. As with some of my other reviews, I originally wrote this review for Tangent Online (you can see the original here).


Deicide and Sacrifice: Grimdark #21, January 2020

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Well, it’s officially a new year. It’s hard to believe we’re already in 2020 and January is mostly gone but I’m back with my latest review of Grimdark Magazine #21.

Where in the name of all the gods does time actually go? I swear it was just Halloween last week…

The last time I posted an actual review was a little over two months ago on November 5, 2019. That’s wholly unacceptable, I know, but I have been writing, I promise. In fact, there are several that need to be uploaded here to the site and I will get to that this weekend. I’ll be back-dating them so that they reflect the dates they were actually published on Tangent Online, so here on my site, they’re going to appear before this Grimdark #21 review.


Three and a Half Minutes by Tara Grímravn

As originally published on Wattpad

Hey!

It’s me! Jimmy!

How’s it going, pal? Let me ask you something. You ever wonder how long it takes for someone to die? Three and a half minutes. That’s how long it took for me, anyway. When you say it out loud, it really doesn’t seem like very long, does it?

Well, trust me.

It is.


How to Become a Gargoyle in Two Easy Steps: Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores, October 2019

Illustration by Fran Eisemann as it was created for CRES for Stemple’s “Still Life” using public domain and creative commons images.

Happy belated Halloween, my darklings!

Hands down and without any doubt whatsoever, this is my absolute favorite time of year. The cooling weather, the scent of fall hanging in the air, the rustling of dried leaves in the breeze, and the marathon of both good and terrible horror films on every platform are just some of the small signs that several days of awesomeness are on their way. Both the Celtic Samhain, Norse Álfablót, and the Día de los Muertos celebrations start on October 31 and run through November 2, leaving me in shadowy bliss for three whole days.