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Literary Mix Tapes today announced the worldwide release of its cross-genre anthology Deck the Halls: festive tales of fear and cheer ; a revamped and extended offering primed to subvert readers’ notions of the holiday season.
“This revised edition, pays homage to the imprint’s origins,” founding editor Jodi Cleghorn said. “In early December 2010 I had an idea for a collection of web-published stories after sitting through my son’s school carols night.
“In my mind the lyrics of ‘Deck the Halls’ were potent writing prompts to create twisted, non-tradition Christmas stories. It was intended as some fun. Nothing more.”
On the back of the success of the Christmas collection, Cleghorn launched the Valentines’ anthology Nothing But Flowers: tales of post-apocalyptic love and established Literary Mix Tapes as an official imprint in February 2011. eMergent Publishing took the imprint under its umbrella in June the same year and has gone on to publish Eighty Nine and From Stage Door Shadows, with plans to publish two anthologies a year under the Literary Mix Tapes imprint.
“Many of the cornerstones of Literary Mix Tapes came from assembling those original Christmas stories,” said Cleghorn.
Those key characteristics include crowd-sourcing authors via social media, guaranteed inclusion after successful nomination, short fiction built on lyrical prompts, peer support and what Literarium co-owner Tom Dullemond has termed “a collective submissions process”, making Literary Mix Tapes unique among small and large presses in Australia and abroad.
“All the authors beta read and line edit for each during the three week writing period,” Cleghorn said. “Rather than competing against each other for inclusion, they work together to produce the best possible collection of stories for publication.”
The imprint boasts an impressive international line up of more than 70 authors after 18 months of operation, and a reputation for investing in and developing emerging authors.
“Central to Literary Mix Tapes is the editor-author relationship,” said Cleghorn. “We see that relationship as the core function of a publishing business, and essential in supporting up-and-coming authors and producing quality books for readers.”
The ultimate stocking stuffer (or Secret Santa gift) for commuters and lovers of speculative fiction, Deck the Halls: festive tales of fear and cheer is available now for pre-orders ahead of the Thursday, 6th December release.
“Readers can expect the bizarre and twisted from the 32 authors who have each put their unique spin on the holiday season in these bite-sized pieces of fiction. From corset-bound adventurers to troll hunters, intergalactic anthropologists and petrol-toting politicians the stories cover everything from the Summer Solstice to Modraniht, in equal measures of humor, horror and heartache.”
As an additional sweetener, all stories will be available for free on the Literary Mix Tapes website, beginning midnight (AEST) on the 24th December.read more
eMergent Publishing are proud to announce their newest publishing partner: Vine Leaves Literary Journal.
Vine Leaves Literary Journal specialises in vignettes: the forgotten literary form.
It’s rare for a literary magazine to accept the ‘vignette’ as a publishable piece of literature. Why? Because it is not a ‘proper story’. We beg to differ. ~ Vine Leaves website
The editors of Vine Leaves describe a vignette as a snapshot in words, differing from flash fiction or a short story in that its aim doesn’t lie within the traditional realms of structure or plot, instead focusing on one element, mood, character, setting or object. It’s descriptive, excellent for character or theme exploration and wordplay.
Vine Leaves, established late last year, is published quarterly as an online journal and is about to unveil it’s 4th edition. The journal is a lush synergy of atmospheric prose, poetry, photography and illustrations, put together with an eye for aesthetics as well as literary merit.
eMergent is teaming up with Vine Leaves editors to publish their ‘Best Of…’ paperback collection (slated for a 1st of December release). The collection will showcase the best writing from the journal’s 2012 editions.
‘Best of…’ will assist in underwriting the Vine Leaves in 2013 and help move the journal toward the goal of becoming a paying market.
The partnership expands eMergent’s commitment to supporting innovative publishing projects, emerging writers and editors.read more
The long-awaited fourth Literary Mix Tapes anthology, From Stage Door Shadows (formerly known as “Tiny Dancer”), will launch at Conflux 8 in late September.
From Stage Door Shadows is based on Bernie Taupin’s lyrical tribute to California in the 1970s, “Tiny Dancer”. The song appears on Elton John’s fourth studio album, Madman Across the Water and although not a hit at the time of release, went platinum in August last year.
The anthology is a backstage pass to the underbelly of the entertainment industry. The stories re-introduce Taupin’s blue jean baby and LA lady, along with the the seamstress for the band and a myriad of other characters who step out of the carefree Californian sun and onto brooding stages small and grand. The anthology inhabits darkened theaters, vaudeville and concert halls, opera houses, piano bars, dressing rooms, pageants and talent searches, soulless hotel suites and street corners, where dreams of fame, fortune and fulfillment live and die in a heart beat.
Blake Byrnes (EIGHTY NINE) returns as cover artist.
A full table of contents will be released shortly.read more
Jimmy Cannon said: Christmas is a holiday that persecutes the lonely, the frayed, and the rejected. Released today, Literary Mix Tapes third anthology, Deck the Halls: festive tales of fear and cheer, is populated with characters who would absolutely agree with Cannon, and equal numbers who would refute his statement.
From Yule to Mōdraniht, Summer Solstice to Years’ End the 32 stories journey through consternations and celebrations, past, present and future, which might be or never were. Along the way you’ll meet troll hunters, consumer dissidents, corset-bound adventurers, a joint-toking spirit, big-hearted gangbangers, a brainwashed wife, petrol-toting politicians, mythical swingers, a boy who unwittingly controls the weather and a host of other characters who will make you laugh and cry as they do their best to traverse the joys and jeopardy of the festive season.
Launched in Australia to coincide with Christmas in July celebrations, the anthology is available in paperback and eBook, as well as a selection of twenty-four stories available free for twenty-four hours on the website.
Perfect with a mug of mulled wine during the cold winter evenings in the Southern Hemisphere.
Showcasing the anthology’s 14 Australian authors, along with a selection of international authors.
Tuesday 17th July
9am Touched Rowena Specht-Whyte
10am Drench the School Benjamin Solah
11am Coming Home Rebecca L Dobbie
12pm While You Were Out Sam Adamson
1pm Twenty Five Rebecca Emin
2pm A Jolly Pair Christopher Chartrand
3pm Gays and Commies Graham Storrs
4pm A Better Fit Jen Brubacher
5pm Salvation Nicole Murphy
6pm A Troll For Christmas Jo Hart
7pm Modraniht Kate Sherrod
8pm ‘Til Death Do Us Part Emma Kerry
9pm High Holidays Dale Challener Roe
10pm The Headless Shadow Jonathan Crossfield
11pm Not A Whisper Lily Mulholland
Wednesday 18th July
12am Through The Frosted Window Laura Meyer
1am Lords of the Dance Janette Dalgliesh
2am Midsummer’s Eve S.G. Larner
3am Yuletide Treasure Rob Diaz II
4am Broken Angel Jodi Cleghorn
5am Unfolding Alison Wells
6am Hail The New Trevor Belshaw
7am Softly Sing The Stars Steve Cameron
8am Through Wind and Weather David McDonaldread more