Author List for “Fantastic Detectives”

The final selection has been made and the following authors will be appearing in the anthology, “Fantastic Detectives”:

  • Reed Bonadonna – “Perchance to Dream”
  • Gregg Chamberlain – “This Sword for Hire”
  • Robert Finegold – “A Madness Most Discreet”
  • David Keener – “The Cleaner”
  • Emma Melville – “Penance”
  • Jeff Patterson – “Sister Autumn and the Angel’s Blade”
  • Maria Prokopyeva – “Worshippers of Baser Stuff”
  • Daniel Robichaud – “Out Among the Pecan Trees”
  • Donna Royston – “The First Censor’s Statement”
  • Shannon Taft – “The Codicil”
  • David Tatum – “Tumbling the Lord”
  • Martin Wilsey – “Justice in the Mist”
  • Austin Worley – “The Skull in the Tree”

There you have it…a solid baker’s dozen of awesome fantasy detective stories! We’re anticipating a September 2022 publication date.

Fantastic Detectives – Reopened for Submissions

Everybody,

We have determined that Worlds Enough experienced an email issue during the submission time period for our anthology, Fantastic Detectives. During this time, we were forced by our web host’s unexpected closure to move our website and email services. Our “submissions@worldsenough.com” email address was re-directed to a Yahoo email account because of this unexpected move. It looks like Yahoo’s spam filter zapped some of the submissions. Unfortunately, Yahoo also removes spam entries after 30 days, so we can’t go back and determine what was lost.

We’ve confirmed that at least three people were impacted, and possibly two or three more based on queries we’ve received. There are likely more.

We feel that we put enough pressure on authors when we ask them to write a good story that adheres to a specific theme. It’s a bridge too far to also randomly zap them with a spam filter when they’re kind enough to submit their work to us.

Everybody that submitted deserves consideration. Period.

Accordingly, we’re re-opening for submissions. All stories that we have actually received have either been notified of being “Not Accepted” or having made it into the “Final Round.” If you have submitted and not received a notification, then your story got lost. Send it again and we will expedite the review process so that you get the consideration you’re due.

All stories need to be received by April 30, 2022. The same email address will work (this time), submissions@worldsenough.com. We will also provide a manual email response acknowledging that we received your story.

We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience. Given the situation, we feel this is the only way we can deal fairly with this mess and ensure that all submitters receive due consideration for their stories.

— David Keener —

Welcome to the Forever Inn

Forever InnWelcome to the Forever Inn, the finest cross-dimensional tavern in existence. Our 5-star chef is a reformed eldritch horror, our top bartender is a refugee combat mage with PTSD (don’t even THINK about messing with her), our bouncer is an orc, and one of our waitresses is a hominid. We carry beers from across the timelines, and you never know who will be stopping in.

So, join us in September when The Forever Inn anthology is released. The volume is edited by Donna Royston and David Keener. They’re both experienced editors who previously produced the anthology Fantastic Defenders.

Contributors include: Cora Baker, Evan Friedman, C. M. Frost, Jerrik Hjort, David Keener, Stephanie Mirro, Sheila O’Shea, Martin Wilsey, and more.

Pre-Announcement:​ Worlds Enough, Volume 2

The second volume of the Worlds Enough anthology series is now in the planning stages. The series was always envisioned to span the different sub-genres of the speculative fiction field. Since the first volume, Fantastic Defenders, covered fantasy heroes, the second will be targeted at the fantasy/detective sub-genre.

The title for the second volume will be “Fantastic Detectives.” We’re looking for stories about crimes in fantasy settings, ranging from urban fantasies to “second world” settings. The fantasy detective sub-genre can obviously lead to some dark stories, which is fine, but there should be at least a little ray of hope somewhere in each tale.

With this volume, we’re adding more variety to the story lengths, so stories may range from 5K to 20K words. Since we’re targeting 100K words for the entire volume, longer stories are welcome but will need to hold up under harder scrutiny.

Note that this is a pre-announcement. The official Call for Stories has not yet been released, though the schedule for the Call for Stories, submission deadlines, and anticipated publication dates are already available on our Schedule page.

Packaged Up “The Curator”

The Curator

Worlds Enough has done the packaging for The Curator, the new anthology from the Hourlings writing group. Although not responsible for editing, we formatted the print edition, created the ebook, and did the cover design. The cover painting, of course, was licensed from the incomparable Luca Oleastri. The cover design was commissioned from Don Anderson.

The anthology will be published by Tannhauser Press around the end of December, 2018.

Three Hoarsemen Interview

Interview on The Three Hoarsemen Donna Royston, Martin Wilsey, and David Keener were interviewed a week ago for Episode 44 of the Three Hoarsemen podcast. They got to discuss the new anthology, Fantastic Defenders, in their various roles as editors or, in Marty’s case, as the publisher (Tannhauser Press) of the volume. That podcast episode is now available online.

Fantastic Defenders Of the interview, David Keener said, “We had a lot of fun being interviewed. We got to talk about the anthology, our other works, Tannhauser Press, and a few other subjects.” The podcast is an hour and forty-two minutes long, but you can skip to the interview at the 1:07:48 mark if you’d like.

Since the podcast hosts also discussed the movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, earlier in the podcast, the title they chose for the episode was: “Fantastic Defenders of the Guardians of the Galaxy.” Check it out now!

Worlds Enough: Back Cover Blurb

The stories are all in for Volume 1 of the Worlds Enough anthology series, with Fantastic Defenders clocking in at a highly respectable 88K words. Now that the stories are off to the copyeditor for final revisions, we thought it would be interesting to share the back cover blurb for the volume:

YOU CAN’T KEEP A GOOD HERO DOWN

Across astounding and magical worlds, five heroes step forward to defend against fantastic threats:

  • A sorceress in a besieged city faces a malignant force even more dangerous than the city’s would-be conquerors.
  • An unassuming bureaucrat stumbles upon a threat to a vast empire and deals with it in his own inimitable fashion.
  • A resourceful bodyguard for an infant princess, trapped and surrounded by merciless assassins, finds a unique way to hold them at bay.
  • A mage press-ganged into the Royal Navy finds himself volunteered for a dangerous, secret mission on foreign soil.
  • A disgraced royal guardian who failed in protecting his king hunts down those who cost him his honor.

These are…the Fantastic Defenders!

David Tatum Makes the Cut!

David Tatum, author of fantasy books like In Treachery Forged and The Kitsune Stratagem, has been selected for the fifth and final slot in the anthology, Worlds Enough: Fantastic Defenders.

His story is “A Gun for Shalla,” about a hapless wizard named Kusk who gets press-ganged into the imperial navy. After serving on board a ship-of-the-line, he’s singled out thanks to his unique combination of magical talents. He’s forcibly volunteered to assist in a dangerous mission to rescue the imprisoned relative of a high-level diplomat. Naturally, things don’t go as planned.

Look out for it on May 5, 2017, when Worlds Enough: Fantastic Defenders is published.

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