The School of Hard Knocks
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Twilight Times Ezine
a digital journal of speculative fiction
Halloween 2015 Issue
Twilight Times ezine has been providing some of the best stories and poetry available online since July 1998.
See an overview of the Halloween 2015 issue.
A few highlights of the Halloween 2015 issue.
See an overview of the Halloween 2014 issue.
Publication of Twilight Times ezine has been sporadic for the past couple of years, but we're re-launching with the Halloween 2017 issue (Oct. 2017). Going forward, we will be publishing on a regular quarterly schedule -- Winter (January 2018), Spring (April 2018), Summer (July 2018) and a special Halloween issue (October 2018). We need poetry and stories for upcoming issues. We will be open to submissions from July 15 to August 5, 2017 and again from Oct. 5 to Dec. 5, 2017.
Many thanks to the talented contributors who are sending us the finest in speculative fiction, poetry and fantasy artwork. This is the thirty-fifth issue of Twilight Times ezine - online since July 1998.
Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine is now part of the Twilight Times family of publications which includes Twilight Times Books, Paladin Timeless Books and Twilight Times ezine.
Latina Authors and Their Muses!
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by delving into Latina Authors and Their Muses.
Award-winning author Mayra Calvani has now edited a collection of interviews
with 40 Latina authors living in the U.S. and writing in English. Latina Authors
and Their Muses is an inspirational and informative book focusing on the craft of
writing and the business of publishing, one that provides aspiring writers with the
nuts and bolts of the business.
The Dazzling Darkness a supernatural mystery by Paula Cappa. A secret lies buried beneath the haunting statuary in Old Willow Cemetery. In Concord, Massachusetts, the surrounding woods are alive with the spirits of transcendentalists Emerson, Thoreau, and Alcott. Elias Hatch, the cemetery keeper, is the last of modern-day transcendentalists. Does he know the secret power buried in Old Willow Cemetery? Would he reveal it?
Check out Paula's story The Haunting of Jezebeth.
The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing by Mayra Calvani and Anne K. Edwards
This book was written not only with the aspiring reviewer in mind, but also for the established reviewer who needs a bit of refreshing and also for anybody--be they author, publisher, reader, bookseller, librarian or publicist--who wants to become more informed about the value, purpose and effectiveness of reviews.
If you enjoy the stories you've read in Twilight Times, then you'll also enjoy books published by Twilight Times Books. More great stories, only longer! Links to story excerpts.
Twilight Times Books is listed in the Writer's Digest 2012 Top 100 Markets for Book & Magazine Writers.
An Elfy on the Loose, fantasy by Barb Caffrey.
Bruno the Elfy has been intentionally mistrained and misled about who and what he is by the Elfy High Council. He is sent to our Earth, finds his talents, rescues his mentor and saves the world (or at least Knightsville, California) from a Dark Elf.
Watch out, universe--an Elfy is on the loose!
Barbarians at the Gates, military SF by Christopher Nuttall.
The Federation has endured for hundreds of years, but as corruption and decadence wear away the core of human unity, rogue admirals rise in rebellion. As the Federation struggles for survival, two officers, an old Admiral and a newly-minted Lieutenant, may be all that stands between the Federation and destruction.
ParaNormal Detective, fantasy by Christine Amsden.
"In this entertaining series opener, Amsden (The Immortality Virus) introduces readers to the eponymous Cassie, a decidedly mundane member of a magical family. ...Readers will enjoy Cassie's fish-out-of-water struggles as she fights magical threats with little more than experience and bravado." ~ Publishers Weekly
Reunion, contemporary fantasy by Ken Lizzi.
"Ken Lizzi's novel puts a fascinating spin on the time-honored post-apocalypse tale. There is action a-plenty, and the writing is adept and engaging..." ~ Steve Perry, New York Times Bestselling Author
Schooled in Magic, fantasy by Christopher Nuttall.
Schooled in Magic follows the adventures of Emily who is kidnapped by a necromancer and brought to a wholly new world that's technically inferior to our own. Emily is rescued by an enigmatic sorcerer and finds out she has magical powers of her own. Compelled to go to school in order to learn how to use her magic, she also must learn how to survive.
The Coal Elf, fantasy by Maria DeVivo.
Ember Skye is not another spell casting wizard or vampire groupie. She is a fed up teenage Coal Elf with a big ashy chip on her shoulder. After six years of obedient service in the coal mines, her possession of the fabled "Naughty List" sets into motion a chain of events that will see her take on her demonic boss, a mysterious Council and the head of the North Pole himself: Santa Claus!
The Curse Giver, fantasy by Dora Machado.
Betrayed and condemned to die for a crime she didn't commit, an innocent healer must ally with the embittered lord pledged to kill her in order to defeat not only the vile curse obliterating their lives, but also the curse giver who has already conjured their demise.
The Melanin Apocalypse, SF suspense by Darrell Bain.
A man-made virus is killing all the blacks in the world. The African continent is devolving into total and complete chaos. Blacks in America begin rioting and killing Whites. China prepares to invade Taiwan...
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