Fantasist Enterprises http://fantasistent.com Awaken Your Wonder with illustrated fantasy and horror Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:12:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Small Business Saturday Price Changes http://fantasistent.com/2016/11/26/small-business-saturday-price-changes/ http://fantasistent.com/2016/11/26/small-business-saturday-price-changes/#respond Sat, 26 Nov 2016 21:15:11 +0000 http://fantasistent.com/?p=1727 In celebration of Small Business Saturday, we’re announcing a permanent price change to four of our early titles.

Starting today, Fantastical Visions, Fantastical Visions II, Cloaked in Shadow: Dark Tales of Elves, and Modern Magic: Tales of Fantasy & Horror will be 50% off cover price.

Life’s been busy, but I’m hoping things will start to change in the coming months. We have a couple exciting projects in the works, and anything we sell at this point will help us move forward.

Please consider ordering copies of our titles to help us carry on our mission of awakening wonder in as many readers as possible.

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Modern Magic

Tales of Fantasy and Horror

Edited by W. H. Horner

Mystery, wonder, and danger in 26 tales of fantasy and horror.

“[A] wonderful anthology of bright, inventive fiction.”—Nancy Holder

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Cloaked in Shadow

Dark Tales of Elves

Edited by W. H. Horner

Get caught up in the games that Sidhe play with 22 dark tales.

“An eerie funhouse packed with twists and thrills.”—S. L. Viehl

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Fantastical Visions II

Edited by W. H. Horner

Thrill to the storytelling of up-and-coming fantasists, as they take you to faraway lands populated by magical characters. Ten stories as well as advice on how to write award-winning fiction await you.

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Fantastical Visions

Edited by W. H. Horner

Meet zombies, elves, kings, and even ordinary human beings, all wrapped up in magical events.

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Veins Cycle Sale Continues http://fantasistent.com/2015/02/01/veins-cycle-sale-continues/ http://fantasistent.com/2015/02/01/veins-cycle-sale-continues/#respond Mon, 02 Feb 2015 03:42:18 +0000 http://fantasistent.com/?p=1552 VEINS Cover

Veins

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Vipers

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Vortex

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Veins Cycle Sale http://fantasistent.com/2015/01/24/veins-cycle-sale/ http://fantasistent.com/2015/01/24/veins-cycle-sale/#respond Sat, 24 Jan 2015 04:35:20 +0000 http://fantasistent.com/?p=1521 VEINS Cover

Veins

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Vipers

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Vortex

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2014 Bram Stoker Preliminary Ballot http://fantasistent.com/2015/01/21/2014-bram-stoker-preliminary-ballot/ http://fantasistent.com/2015/01/21/2014-bram-stoker-preliminary-ballot/#respond Thu, 22 Jan 2015 02:25:55 +0000 http://fantasistent.com/?p=1495 Bram Stoker Awards Preliminary Ballot has been announced by the Horror Writers Association. Congratulations to everyone included, especially our very own Lawrence C. Connolly for his novel Vortex. Note that links to books are affiliate links. Superior Achievement in a Novel Superior Achievement in a First Novel Superior Achievement in a YA Novel Superior Achievement in Long Fiction
  • Dandelion Clocks,” Michael Bailey (Inkblots and Blood Spots)
  • The Infected,” Taylor Grant (Cemetery Dance #71)
  • Dreams of a Little Suicide,” Eric J. Guignard (Hell Comes To Hollywood II)
  • Ceremony of Flies,” Kate Jonez (DarkFuse)
  • Fishing for Dinosaurs,” Joe R. Lansdale (Limbus, Inc., Book II)
  • Three Guys Walk Into a Bar,” Jonathan Maberry (Limbus, Inc., Book II)
  • Lost and Found,” Joe McKinney (Limbus, Inc., Book II)
  • Ridin the Dawg,” Gene O’Neill (Mia Moja)
  • The Long Long Breakdown,” John F.D. Taff (The End in All Beginnings)
  • The Riggle Twins,” Gregor Xane (Bad Apples)
Superior Achievement in Short Fiction
  • Sleep Paralysis,” Dale Bailey (Nightmare 4/14)
  • Hot Tub,” Hal Bodner (Hell Comes to Hollywood II)
  • Trigger Warning,” Patrick Freivald (Demonic Visions Book 4)
  • Baby’s Breath,” Sydney Leigh (Bugs: Tales That Slither, Creep, and Crawl)
  • The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family,” Usman T. Malik (Qualia Nous)
  • Nature’s Oddities,” Alessandro Manzetti (The Shaman: And Other Shadows)
  • Ruminations,” Rena Mason (Qualia Nous)
  • Splinterette,” John Palisano (Widowmakers: A Benefit Anthology of Dark Fiction)
  • The Street of Fruiting Bodies,” Sayuri Ueda (Phantasm Japan)
  • A Dweller in Amenty,” Genevieve Valentine (Nightmare 3/14)
  • The Floating Girls: A Documentary,” Damien Angelica Walters (Jamais Vu #3)
Superior Achievement in an Anthology Superior Achievement in a Collection Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel
  • Sugar Skull, Charles Burns (Pantheon)
  • Through the Woods, Emily Carroll (McElderry)
  • Kiss Me Satan, Victor Gischler & Juan Ferrerya (Dark Horse)
  • Locke and Key: Vol. 6: Alpha and Omega, Joe Hill & Gabrielle Rodriguez (IDW)
  • I Tell You It’s Love, Joe R. Lansdale & Daniele Serra (Short, Scary Tales)
  • Bad Blood, Jonathan Maberry & Tyler Crook (Dark Horse)
  • The Witcher, Paul Tobin (Dark Horse)
Superior Achievement in a Screenplay
  • American Horror Story: Coven: “The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks”
  • The Babadook
  • Doctor Who: “Listen”
  • Helix: “Pilot”
  • Infliction
  • Penny Dreadful: “Possession”
  • Penny Dreadful: “Séance”
  • Sleepy Hollow: “Bad Blood”
  • The Walking Dead: “The Grove”
  • Wolf Creek 2
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VEINS and VIPERS E-Books Available http://fantasistent.com/2014/09/04/veins-and-vipers-e-books-available/ http://fantasistent.com/2014/09/04/veins-and-vipers-e-books-available/#respond Thu, 04 Sep 2014 15:39:53 +0000 http://fantasistent.com/?p=1426 Veins Cycle E-Books

Lawrence C. Connolly’s novels Veins and Vipers are now available in e-book format, here as well as on Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble. The e-book packs sold here contain epub, Mobi, and PDF files, so you can read the books on a wide variety of devices including iPads, Kindles, Nooks, Kobos, smart phones and tablets, and other compatible devices.

To celebrate the release (and the impending release of the final book in the cycle, Vortex), the Veins e-book will be on sale for $0.99 from 9/5 to 9/10 here and through participating retailers.

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Fleeing from what should have been a perfect crime, four crooks in a black Mustang race into the Pennsylvania highlands. On the backseat, a briefcase full of cash. On their tail, a tattooed madman who wants them dead. . . .

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Axle and Bird are back from the dead. No longer merely human, they must now work to further the oohaate—the spirit path. Whether they will like what they find at the journey’s end remains to be seen, but for now, there’s no turning back. . . .

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Site Maintenance: Deleting Accounts http://fantasistent.com/2014/06/19/site-maintenance-deleting-accounts/ http://fantasistent.com/2014/06/19/site-maintenance-deleting-accounts/#respond Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:05:37 +0000 http://fantasistent.com/?p=960 In order to get the FE site running more smoothly, we’re doing a fair amount of maintenance and optimization, from improving code and reexamining which plugins we are using to culling user accounts from the site.

Until we installed a couple of extra security plugins a few months ago, we were being hit with fairly constant SPAM user account signups. We need to reduce the drag on the database, so we’re going through and removing potential SPAM accounts. Unfortunately, there’s no good way of differentiating the real users from the fake ones, so that means we have to eyeball the list. Chances are, we might delete a real account, so if you do happen to attempt to log in with no success, chances are your account got caught in the net.

If that happens, we apologize and hope that you’ll take a few moments to sign up again. Thanks for your understanding and patience.

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VORTEX Cover Painting http://fantasistent.com/2013/07/07/vortex-cover-painting/ http://fantasistent.com/2013/07/07/vortex-cover-painting/#respond Sun, 07 Jul 2013 23:43:34 +0000 http://fantasistent.com/?p=950 Posted by W. H. Horner, Editor-in-Chief

Author Lawrence C. Connolly and artist Rhonda Libbey with the painting for the cover of Vortex: Book Three of the Veins Cycle.

Last week, while Lawrence C. Connolly and I were in Greensburg, PA, for the June residency of Seton Hill University’s MFA in Writing Popular Fiction program, we had the chance to meet with Pittsburgh artist Rhonda Libbey, who surprised us with the finished painting for the cover to Larry’s forthcoming conclusion to the Veins Cycle: Vortex. I was blown away to see the art in person, and I kept staring at it over lunch. Some of the other patrons of the restaurant were curious as well, stealing glances from time to time. We spent a couple of hours going over our list of twenty interior illustrations, hashing out details and making sure that everyone was on the same metaphorical and literal pages. Rhonda brought a few sketches, and Larry even had the opportunity to flex his artistic muscles and transformed his words into rough drawings and diagrams that Rhonda will be able to reference in the weeks to come.
Larry doing a quick sketch while Rhonda looks on.

Larry doing a quick sketch while Rhonda looks on.

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Warning: http://fantasistent.com/2013/06/24/warning/ http://fantasistent.com/2013/06/24/warning/#respond Mon, 24 Jun 2013 01:59:15 +0000 http://fantasistent.com/?p=947 Vortex: Where terrors converge.

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Gen Con 2013 http://fantasistent.com/2013/06/24/gen-con-2013/ http://fantasistent.com/2013/06/24/gen-con-2013/#respond Mon, 24 Jun 2013 00:00:08 +0000 http://fantasistent.com/?p=946 Planning on attending Gen Con Indy this year? Author Lawrence C. Connolly (The Veins Cycle, Visions, Voices) and editor-in-chief W. H. Horner will be presenting their Fiction Fundamentals workshop series.

Fiction Fundamentals:
Author Lawrence C. Connolly and editor W. H. Horner, both lecturers and faculty mentors with Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction MFA program, will walk attendees through nine fundamental aspects of writing fiction over the course of three intense workshops roughly analogous to the three stages of writing: planning, drafting, and revising/editing. Attendees are encouraged to come with a new idea for a story, and through activities and handouts they will explore those ideas and expand upon them. While the workshops are geared towards novels, all of the skills and techniques can be transferred to short story writing. Attendance of all three workshops is encouraged, but not required.

Handouts and worksheets to be provided. Attendees should bring a three-ring notebook and plenty of paper to take notes.

Fiction Fundamentals Part 1: Plotting and Planning (Event ID: WKS1345344)
Have you ever wasted time writing rough drafts of stories as you wandered from scene to scene, unsure of how to connect the dots, and only realizing who your protagonist is after you reach what you think is the end of the story? Did you then need to go back and make massive revisions, reworking characters and scenes to make everything flow from the beginning? We can show you how to avoid much of that heartbreaking and time-consuming work. While it may seem like extra work, planning your story, its characters, and the world they inhabit from the beginning will save you time and effort in the long run—and knowing what you need to include will save you a great deal of trial and error.

Fiction Fundamentals Part 2: Creating Scenes (Event ID: WKS1345345)
You have a clear direction for your story as well as an understanding of its main characters and its world. Now it’s time to breathe life into your creation. Effective scenes need to grip the reader and keep him or her engaged. You’ll learn how to improve your pacing and how to inject your scenes with emotion. You’ll learn what constitutes quality dialogue and how it operates, and you’ll learn how to truly bring stories to life and how to fill your writing with the details that matter. Exercises will walk attendees through crafting a rough draft of a scene.

Fiction Fundamentals Part 3: Putting on the Polish (Event ID: WKS1345346)
You’ve completed the first draft of your story, and since you worked through all the steps of planning and carefully crafting each scene, that means you’re done, right? Not quite. Now’s the time to add layers and make sure that your themes ring true. Only by re-seeing your work can you discover the hidden wonders that your subconscious was working on throughout the drafting process. You probably have a fair amount of grunt work to do as well. All first drafts are littered with mistakes or weak writing. By becoming aware of common pitfalls, you can fix issues in your completed first drafts and begin to avoid them more effectively in future drafts.

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VORTEX Coming Soon! http://fantasistent.com/2013/06/12/vortex-coming-soon/ http://fantasistent.com/2013/06/12/vortex-coming-soon/#respond Wed, 12 Jun 2013 01:29:14 +0000 http://fantasistent.com/?p=943 Lawrence C. Connolly

We’re now hard at work on Lawrence C. Connolly’s latest novel.


Vortex

Where Terrors Converge

The final hours have come.

Rocks burn, floodwaters rage, and serpents take wing as a storm of fire and rain threatens the world.

Amid this chaos, a young man named Axle lies near death in a shuttered bedroom. He has the power to save the earth, but to do so he must retrieve something from his dreams, an artifact of memory that he has spent a lifetime trying to forget. With a single ally standing guard, Axle’s spirit searches the terrors of his past, following clues that may unlock a second chance for the human race.

All he needs is time.

Enter Samuelle, a woman whose touch can raise the dead and kill the living. Axle’s rivals have given her a mission: find the dreamer, administer the killing touch, unleash the storm that will destroy all of humanity.

Fasten your seat belts for the concluding arc of the Veins Cycle, where cosmic forces play out on a human scale, and where the mind may yet prove to be the most powerful spirit of all.



Rhonda Libbey

We’re also pleased to be adding to the FE family with Pittsburgh artist Rhonda Libbey, whose wonderful art will help bring the final arc of the cycle to a thrilling conclusion.

Rhonda Libbey is a western PA native, best known for her work in the science fiction and fantasy genres in both games and literature. Her work has been published in numerous properties, including Call of Cthulhu, Legend of the Five Rings, Conan, Lord of the Rings, Dungeons & Dragons, Red Dragon Inn, A Game of Thrones, Starship Troopers, and Middle Earth Quest.

Rhonda has written and directed a few award-winning film shorts. In 2012 she worked as Art Director on the full-length motion picture Scream Park (Dir. Cary Hill, ProtoMedia), creating the storyboards, posters, postcards, and DVD case as well as assisting in wardrobe and makeup design. Details about the film and its Pittsburgh premier can be found on the website www.screamparkmovie.com.

When painting, she works primarily in oil paint due to the vibrancy of the color and the permanence of the paint. She believes that what she says with her art is as important as how she says it. Research, color psychology, and composition all play a critical role in every image that she creates.

Rhonda is a member of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators and is the current chairperson for their Scholarships Committee. Her work has been exhibited in several museums throughout the world. In 2005 her illustration and conceptual work done for Starship Troopers won the Origins award for Best Science Fiction Art.

We’ve included a couple samples of Ms. Libbey’s previous work to give you an idea of what’s in store. For more, visit her on the web at http://www.rhondalibbey.com.

The Lure

The Lure

Illustration from BADASS 3: ULTIMATE DEATHMATCH

Illustration from Badass 3: Ultimate Deathmatch

Saint Michael vs. the Dragon

Saint Michael vs.
the Dragon


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