“It’s hard to find a good SF magazine these days. I thought these stories were very readable and entertaining, and at least one was laugh-out-loud funny. If you remember an old magazine called Aboriginal, this is a lot like that.”

K.J., on Amazon.com

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

EOCL Sale: Stupefying Stories 1.2

2011-11One of my pet peeves is the traditional publishing industry “All Rights for the Remaining Balance of Eternity” contract, so when we launched the e-book version of Stupefying Stories, I included a “three years and out” self-destruct clause in the contract. To my surprise we’re still here three years later, and that self-destruct clause is now armed and ready to blow.

Therefore, this is your LAST CHANCE to buy Stupefying Stories 1.2 (a.k.a., the November 2011 issue) at the special end-of-contract-life price of $0.99! Because as of midnight Central Time on November 30, 2014, this one goes out of print, never to be re-released again!

And now, the catalog copy...

STUPEFYING STORIES 1.2
Released November 2011

No sooner was 1.1 released than STUPEFYING STORIES began growing very rapidly. This book contains more and longer stories than 1.1 and marks the first appearance in our pages of Aaron Bradford Starr, Clare Deming, Sarah Frost, and fan favorite Rebecca Roland, as well as another story from Anatoly Belilovsky and one of the most disturbing horror stories we’ve ever published, “The Oily,” by E. A. Black.
Which has led to considerable confusion ever since. Is STUPEFYING STORIES a science fiction magazine that sometimes publishes horror or a horror magazine that sometimes publishes science fiction? Somehow people fixated on “The Oily” and didn’t notice that this book also contains two of the funniest stories we’ve ever published, “First Impressions” and “Watch This!”
Contents:
  • FIRST IMPRESSIONS, by Aaron Bradford Starr
  • THE BAMBOO GARDEN, by Clare L. Deming
  • HOME SECURITY, by Gary McKenzie
  • BORROWED FEATHERS, by Sarah Frost
  • IF THIS BE MAGIC, by Anatoly Belilovsky
  • THE OILY, by E. A. Black
  • IN FALL, AFTER THE HARVEST, by S. Travis Brown
  • THE KING OF ASH AND BONES, by Rebecca Roland
  • WATCH THIS!, by Henry Vogel

Available for the Amazon Kindle at these links: United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Japan, India, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, and Australia.

Also available for the Barnes & Noble Nook and in the Apple iTunes Store.

Inventory Clearance Sale: It Came From The Slushpile

20100800Yes, it’s our original print edition, done as a prototype to see just how closely we could emulate the look and feel of a vintage digest-sized pulp in what was initially planned to be a quarterly magazine. We spent a small fortune on this one, and aside from my never being really happy with the way the cover turned out, it worked...but it also convinced me our money was far better spent on paying writers and artists more rather than on keeping paper mills and print shops in business.

Nonetheless, we still have a few boxes of copies of this one taking up space in the warehouse, so from now through December 31, 2014, we’re selling it out for the blowout price of $1.99, plus the usual Amazon shipping charges. Then, as of midnight Central time on 12/31/2014, it’s going out-of-print, never to be reissued again!

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0982897405/

P.S. Be sure to get your copy from K&B Booksellers, as K&B is the only dealer selling fresh-from-the-box new copies at this price. (Some optimists out there think this one is a valuable collector’s item worth $45 or more!)
Contents:
  • TECH SUPPORT, by John Oglesby
  • LIFELINE, by Kersley Fitzgerald
  • IT CAME FROM THE SLUSHPILE, by Bruce Bethke
  • CATACHRONISM, by Jakeb Lliesl Ladrey
  • ICEHAWK'S ILL OMEN, by Martin Davidson
  • ARMSTRONG, by James Rye
  • WE DON'T PLUMMET OUT OF THE SKY ANYMORE, by M. David Blake
  • ASSAULT AND BUTTERY, by Anton,Gully
  • TEACHING WOMEN TO FLY, by Guy Stewart
  • FIRST RULE, by Allan Davis Jr.
  • THEN THE END COMETH, by David Yener Goodman
  • HEART OF DORKNESS, by Henry Vogel

Saturday, November 1, 2014

STORYBLITZ!

STUPEFYING STORIES SHOWCASE returns to production with STORYBLITZ: A Storm of Stories!

Featuring:
  • Fulfilling, by Joy Bernardo
  • The Thing About Analyn, by David Steffen
  • Disclaimer, by Bret McCormick
  • This Cat Must Die! by Jason Lairamore
  • A Failure to Communicate, by Phil Temples
  • The Pro Turned Weird, by Stephen Lickman
  • Back from the Dead, by John Lance
  • Till Death Us Do Part, by E.N. Loizis
And that's just what we published today!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

It's our first-ever 36-HOUR SALE!


That's right. For the next 36 hours, STUPEFYING STORIES 1.1 (a.k.a. the October 2011 issue) is on sale for the irresistibly low price of $0.99! Slightly notorious around here for being the last time we ever attempted to publish poetry, issue 1.1 is better known for being the first time Anatoly Belilovsky appeared in our pages, as well as the first publication of the outstanding hard SF story, “Return to Earth” by Ryan M. Jones, which has since been picked up for several other podcasts and anthologies. STUPEFYING STORIES 1.1  features:
  • ODE, by Amy Helfritz
  • THE WINDOW, by David Yener Goodman
  • THE DEPORTED, by Vox Day
  • PICKY, by Anatoly Belilovsky
  • THE CURSED WAIL, by Caileigh Marshall
  • S&M VAMPIRE GRRLZ: THE MOVIE, by Chris Bailey Pearce
  • QUILL, by Allan Davis Jr.
  • REVIVAL, by Daniel Eness
  • DAVE’S FRIGHT, by Kersley Fitzgerald
  • OTHER SISTER, by Rich Matrunick
  • RETURN TO EARTH, by Ryan M. Jones
If you missed this one when it first came out -- if you've been meaning to pick it up but just never got around to it -- this is your last chance, because at the stroke of midnight on October 31 it goes out of print, never to be released again!

Available for the Amazon Kindle at these links: United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Japan, India, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, and Australia.

Also available for the Barnes & Noble Nook and in the Apple iTunes Store.






Sunday, August 24, 2014

Cross-links are live

Every day, we get a little closer to what we're trying to achieve. Today, it gives me great pleasure to announce that we've got the cross-links working.

Which means that if you open the Amazon.com page for the Kindle edition of Scout's Honor, you'll find a link to the paperback edition, and vice versa. Better yet, the reader reviews and ratings are now shared across both editions. Likewise, if you open the Amazon.com page for the Kindle edition of Five Stars, you'll find a link to the paperback edition.

Best of all is this little bonus, which you'll find over on the right side of the Amazon.com pages for the paperback editions of both books:

If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for FREE. Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.
An actual book to read when you feel like reading ink on paper, plus a Kindle version to read on your phone or tablet when you're on the move, all for the price of the dead-tree copy alone? How cool is that?  

Friday, August 22, 2014

BOOK RELEASE: FIVE STARS


Title: FIVE STARS: Five Outstanding Tales from the early days of STUPEFYING STORIES
Contributors: Aaron Bradford Starr, Rebecca Roland, Guy Stewart, David W. Landrum, Ryan M. Jones
Editor: Bruce Bethke
ISBN: 978-1-938834-35-6 (print edition)
ISBN: 978-1-938834-34-9 (ebook edition)  

FIVE STARS is the new STUPEFYING STORIES sampler package.* These five carefully selected tales from our earliest issues are all outstanding examples of the kinds of stories we're looking for, because these are the kinds of stories we love to publish. Sometimes funny, sometimes tragic, sometimes brimming over with adventure and excitement and other times simply dripping with terror, these are the sorts of stories that made us fall in love with fiction in the first place, back when we were reading just for the fun of it, and long before we ever dreamed of becoming professional writers or editors.

Whether you're a new friend who's wondering whether to start following STUPEFYING STORIES, an aspiring contributor who's wondering what sort of stories we'd like to see, or an old friend who just happened to miss these tales the first time around, check out FIVE STARS.

Featuring:
  • "First Impressions" by Aaron Bradford Starr
  • "Sennacherib" by David W. Landrum
  • "Teaching Women to Fly" by Guy Stewart
  • "The King of Ash and Bones" by Rebecca Roland
  • "Return to Earth" by Ryan M. Jones  
Now available in our first-ever simultaneous Kindle and print editions!

For Kindle and Kindle Reader Apps: United States | Canada | United Kingdom | Australia | India | Japan | France | Germany | Italy | Spain | Mexico | Brazil

Print editions on Amazon: United States | United Kingdom | CreateSpace

Links for other e-readers and readers apps to be announced as they come online.

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* Personally, I think of FIVE STARS as our Greatest Hits EP, but whenever I say that, I end up having to explain what EPs were, which always segues into a discussion of my theory that short stories are the Top 40 hit singles of the literary world, and pretty soon we've gone so far off-topic that we've completely lost the trail of breadcrumbs and that dicey-looking gingerbread cottage is beginning to look like an attractive place to bed down for the night. It's a sampler, okay?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

IT'S ALIVE!!!!!

After more "learning experiences" than I like to think about, our first print-on-demand book, Scout's Honor, is finally debugged, finished, approved, and ready to go. Today you can get it at this link (https://www.createspace.com/4958544) but over the next few days it will be percolating out to Amazon worldwide, and then out to distributors, bookstores, and...well, basically, everywhere.

Wow. The mind reels. Good thing Henry's already finished the sequel, Scout's Oath, and we're working on releasing that in September.


And yes, this means from that this point forward (and retroactive back to STUPEFYING STORIES 1.12), everything we release will come out in Kindle, epub, and print formats. In time we'll even make it to releasing books simultaneously in all formats.

I now consider myself a fully qualified expert on the subject of converting author's manuscripts to p.o.d. books, and am available for consulting at modest rates.