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Innsmouth Free Press issue number 5 has been released into the wild!

This time, we offer you eight tales of horror and the bizarre, a number of them connected by the thread of dark gods. Sword-and-sorcery meets horror in “The Song of Tussagaroth”, while a deity of the forest haunts a widowed man in “The Green World” and a terrible plague must be contained in “The Night We Burned Our Hearts Out”. A goddess of the Egyptian variety might be the cause of a strange infestation in “Nibbling”. A shape-shifting creature seems to haunt modern city streets in “The Changeling”. Strange aquatic creatures prey on unwary fishermen in “Beneath the Cold Black Sea” and “Borgan’s Deli” is open for business but not in a prime location.

It’s here.


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Over at Steampunk Fashion/Clockwork Couture, they’re raising funds for breast cancer sufferers, via the Busted Foundation.

Everyone likes boobs, right?

So, head on over here and give what you can, if not in the form of cashy money, then maybe you’ve got some steampunkish creations that can be auctioned. Good karma in, good karma out.

Even more fun than shaving an editor: giving boobs a boost.

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Okay, so most writers manage to send an editor bald via tearing out of hair, but Russell B Farr is volunteering to de-fur himself.

All for a good cause. Head on over here and contribute to his de-hirsuting.

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… is over at Apex! Huzzah!  And it totally got io9‘d! Double huzzah!!

Rat opens the double doors and the stairwell smells of baking, the air thick with dull warmth and the smell of yeasty dough. He wrinkles his long nose and wonders if it will be like this for the entire way down, or if the doughy stink will gradually transform itself into the aroma of fresh-baked. He hopes not. Rat worked in a bakery one summer, and he hasn’t enjoyed the smell of bread since. It reminds him of the finger burns and the thick coats of lard painted into hot bread trays to keep the dough from sticking as it cooked.

He flexes his fingers. The big backpack is so heavy it’s cutting off the circulation to his arms, so he has to remember to keep his fingers moving.

Someone has bolted a sign to the mahogany balustrade, warning people not to throw coins or pebbles down the centre of the stairwell. The guidebook says this is for the safety of fellow climbers. Every year someone is struck on the head when they’re 130 flights below, and there’s no chance of getting help in time when you’re that far down.

Go here to read the rest.

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Head over to Fantasy Magazine for Aidan Doyle’s new, poignant tale Stone Flowers.

Even though he was a god, Daisuke always removed his shoes before he went inside. It was the polite thing to do.

He knocked on the sliding screen door.

“Come in,” a woman’s voice called.

Daisuke slid open the door and stepped into the front chamber. He stared in surprise at the woman sitting on the tatami mat floor. He couldn’t remember the last time he had been able to see Yoshiko so clearly. She wore a yellow kimono decorated with white flowers. Her bright eyes and sunrise smile shared her face with an abundance of wrinkles.

“Please sit down,” she said.

He knelt in front of the low, wooden table in the center of the room. He couldn’t take his gaze from Yoshiko. She looked almost solid. His own skin was translucent.

Yoshiko poured two cups of tea and handed one to Daisuke. “The cherry blossoms will be here soon,” she said. “I don’t think the flowers would be as beautiful if they lasted all year. A week or two and they are gone.”

He couldn’t detect any sadness in her voice, but he knew the significance of her flesh becoming solid had not escaped her.

Ze rest lives here.

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Books, books, books.

You know you want books.

QWC is giving you the chance to get books with its two raffles, one general fiction, the other speculative fiction. Oh, and each sack’o’books also contains a brand spanking new copy of the latest Australian Writer’s Marketplace for 2011/2012 – the 11th edition, in fact.

Ze list of books is below, click ze links for more details for purchasing purposes:

Speculative Fiction
Timon’s Flight, Mary Victoria (HarperVoyager)
The Secret Ones, Nicole Murphy (HarperVoyager)
Unholy Ghosts, Stacia Kane (HarperVoyager) 
The Wounded Guardian, Duncan Lay (HarperVoyager) 
Madigan Mine, Kirstyn McDermott (Picador)
From Dead to Worse, Charlaine Harris (Gollancz)
All Together Dead, Charlaine Harris (Gollancz)
Definitely Dead, Charlaine Harris (Gollancz)
Dead as a Doornail, Charlaine Harris (Gollancz)
Dead to the World, Charlaine Harris (Gollancz)
Club Dead, Charlaine Harris (Gollancz)
Living Dead in Dallas, Charlaine Harris (Gollancz)
Dead Until Dark, Charlaine Harris (Gollancz)
Dead and Gone, Charlaine Harris (Gollancz)
Dead in the Family, Charlaine Harris (Gollancz)
Australian Writer’s Marketplace 11th Edition

General Fiction
Border Watch, Helen Young (Hachette) 
The Making of Modern Australia, William McInnes (Hachette) 
The President’s Wife, Thea Walsh (HarperCollins)
Black Mamba Boy, Nadifa Mohamed (HarperCollins)
An Absence of Saints, Rosanna Licari (UQP) 
A Voice of Reason: Reflections on Australia, Ian Lowe (UQP)
Home Truth, Carmel Bird (HarperCollins) 
Brooklyn, Colm Toibin (Picador) 
Taming the Beast, Emily Maguire (Picador) 
The Gospel According to Luke, Emily Maguire (Picador) 
Smoke in the Room, Emily Maguire (Picador)
Ten Hail Marys, Kate Howarth (UQP)
The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama, David Remnick (Picador)
Mosquito Advertising, Kate Hunter (UQP) 
The Flying Orchestra, Clare McFadden (UQP)
Imperial Bedrooms, Bret Easton Ellis (Picador) 
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Jacks, Rebecca Skloot (Picador) 
Room, Emma Donoghue (Picador) 
The Castle in the Pyrenees, Jostein Gaarder (Orion) 
The Legacy, Kirsten Tranter (HarperCollins) 
Houdini’s Flight, Angelo Loukakis (HarperCollins)
The People’s Train, Tom Keneally (Vintage) 
Beneath Hill 60, Will Davies (Vintage) 
Like Being a Wife, Catherine Harris (Vintage) 
Illustrado, Miguel Syjuco (Vintage)
The Thirty Six, Siedmund Siegreich (Vintage)
Ransom, David Malouf (Vintage) 
Loaded, Christos Tsiolkas (Vintage) 
Once on a Road, Mary-Ellen Mullane (Vintage)
Siddon Rock, Glenda Guest (Vintage)
Caledonia Australis, Don Watson (Vintage) 
Otherland, Maria Tumarkin (Vintage) 
The Book of Emmett, Deborah Foster (Vintage) 
The True Story of Butterfish, Nick Earls (Vintage)
Australian Writer’s Marketplace 11th Edition

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Mutation Press has produced this gorgeous anthology – Music for Another World. Good reasons to get it? Two starters: Lisa Hannett and Aliette de Bodard.

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