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LampLight Volume 6 Issue 3 Released!

Chet Williamson is the featured writer! He brings a haunting story, “And So Will I Remember You…” We talk with him about audio productions, acting, and, of course, books.

Fiona Maeve Geist talks about Gertrude Barrows Bennett & Daphne Du Maurier

Fiction from:

  • Errick Nunnally
  • Melanie Rees
  • Lisa May Lu
  • Samantha Mills

Fiction from: Errick Nunnally, Melanie Rees, Lisa May Lu, Samantha Mills

Out now!

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Spring 2018 Submission Window Change

Hi everyone. We are going to delay LampLight Magazine spring submissions to 15 April (and extend through June!)

This will let us finish catching up on some things before Volume 7 starts.

In the meantime, we are having a subscription drive! Your support is what keeps LampLight going. Subscriptions support both the magazine and the podcast, and bring to you four great issues of LampLight magazine which can be sent directly to your Kindle if you like!

 

Subscribe Today!

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200th Anniversary of Frankestein

First published in 1818, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, is a classic for both horror and science fiction

Written in the summer of 1816, as a part of a challenge by Lord Byron that “each write a ghost story.”

Mary Shelley would do better than that.

For the 200th anniversary, we have an ebook edition of the 1818 text for you to enjoy for free.

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Mastheads and Sails

LampLight Volume 4
LampLight Volume 4

I spent the better part of two months doodling up designs for the logo of LampLight. I was trying to make a simple-to-draw lamp to sit in the corner of each cover as a logo for the magazine.

I’ve known Paula Snyder longer than is polite to say out loud. Needless to say, we still look fabulous.

I wrote Paula about my endeavors and asked if she could help, sending an (no doubt rambling) email about my idea for the lamp, what the mag was about, etc.

What Paula sent back was fantastic, elegant, and real. Naturally, it looked nothing like my scribbles or descriptions. This is why it looks good.

The LampLight masthead, and overall look of the covers, the outward visible part of the magazine is all due to Paula, and LampLight would not have been the same without them.

Don’t forget to subscribe, so you’ll never miss a great issue of LampLight! Subscriptions support both the magazine and the podcast.

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Drowning with Kevin Lucia

photo by Joanna Smith, Horrorfind, 2011
photo by Joanna Smith, Horrorfind, 2011

I had known Kevin Lucia for about ten minutes when I approached him about doing the first serial for LampLight.

We had met at Necon in 2011, and saw each other again at Horrorfind Weekend. It was June of 2012 when I sent an awkward email that I had re-written about fifteen times. I was making a magazine, it was going to be quiet horror, would he be interested in doing a serial novella to span the first volume.

Kevin said yes, saying he had a piece he had in mind that would be a great fit. And thus, And I Watered It With Tears (later to be republished as Drowned) came to find its home in LampLight. The characters and locations in Tears are woven into his Clifton Heights saga, which I cannot recommend enough.

Tears helped set the tone of LampLight and we would later make our first Radio Play based off this novella.

We had two more serial novellas, The Devoted by James A Moore, and Wilted Lilies by Kelli Owen. All three are fantastic.

In the end, quarterly release is too long in-between installments for a serial. We haven’t given up the idea, though–I think serials are a great means for story telling.

Kevin would return to LampLight for volume 4 & 5 with his Horror 101 series, taking us on a tour of the genre, past and present.

Listen to Drowned, the episode 1 of the LampLight Radio play, based on the novella by Kevin Lucia

Get all of volume 1, featuring And I Watered It With Tears by Kevin Lucia, for only 5$!

And don’t forget to subscribe, so you’ll never miss a great issue of LampLight! Subscriptions support both the magazine and the podcast (and maybe some crazy serial idea we have…).

(Guest appearance in this post by Lincoln Crisler, author of Queen and Other Stories)

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Shadows in the Attic

Reprint Anthologies
Reprint Anthologies

My pitch to JF Gonzalez for LampLight went like this:

You know how when us younger writers don’t know an important writer? And you rant about that, but then give a list of books and stories we need to read? That. I want that.

When he said yes, it changed things. LampLIght was no longer a dream, an idea that I talked about ‘one day.’ Jesus said yes, and the keel of the magazine was laid down. Upon that, I build the rest of the ship.

Those first four articles of Shadows in the Attic are fantastic, and perhaps a bit dangerous to your bank account. But there are so many great suggestions, stories, writers and words. So much great advice and mentoring from a great writer.

Get those articles now, all 4, for 5$. Read the past, keep it alive.

Get those issues and a subscription here to support the next 5 years of LampLight

LampLight is dedicated to JF Gonzalez, always.

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LampLight Volume 1 Re-release

June is birthday month here at Apokrupha. And this year is a milestone. June 2017 marks 5 years of publishing, and we’ve got quite a few things to celebrate. A new issue with a great line up; a new steampunk book; a new Radio Play episode; space dragons…

To mark the occasion, we are re-releasing all of volume 1 of LampLight. These first four issues of LampLight are where it all started.

AND. Get all four of them, thats 130,000 words of short fiction, interviews, a full novella by Kevin Lucia and the fantastic Shadows in the Attic series by J.F. Gonzalez… for just $5.

Get them here!

Already own all of these titles? The files are updated, so just re-download. Files from Smashwords, Amazon, Kobo and Nook will be updated soon.

And don’t forget to subscribe to LampLight to support another 5 years!

apokrupha.com/store

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LampLight Magazine Subscription Drive

We have a goal, we want to get to 1,000 subscribers to LampLight magazine.

With this goal we will be able to acquire more great stories. We will be able to increase writer pay. With this goal, we will be sure that LampLight will be around for another 5 years.

Buy a Subscription, 10$ for One Year!

A subscription is convenient and saves money! For just 10$ a year you will get four great issues of LampLight emailed to you or direct to your Kindle. Ebooks will be available as epub, mobi and PDF.

And, as a bonus, get the current issue as well!

These are our subscriber goals:

  • 500 – Additional story per issue. Submissions periods increased.
  • 750 – Bonus issue of LampLight that will ONLY be available to subscribers. Payment cap removed.
  • 1,000 – Increase writer payments to 6¢ per word for new fiction, 3¢ per word for reprints.

Stretch Goals:

  • 2000 – We switch to bi-monthly, releasing SIX issues a year of great fiction.

We want to be around for a long time, and to bring the best dark fiction right to your hands. Help us achieve that. Pick up a subscription, help spread the word.

Buy a Subscription

All of the funds from these purchases are going straight to us, no cut from Amazon or Kickstarter. All of these funds are going right back into LampLight magazine to pay writers and editors in our community. Subscriptions support both the magazine and the podcast.

Missed out on some of the older issues? We have two ebook bundles set up as well:

  • Volume 3 – Featuring Yvonne Navarro, Mercedes Yardley, Nate Southard, Victorya Chase
  • Volume 4 – Featuring Tim Waggoner, Gene O’Neill, Jonathan Janz

Check on the bundles in our ebook store!

For more information on our titles:

The Past issues of LampLight

Apokrupha Catalog

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The LampLight Radio Play Wins a Sarah Award

March 28, 2017.

The LampLight Radio Play won a Sarah Award for “Occurrence at B.E. Investments” for Best New Artist!

Andrew Wardlaw received the award in the WNYC studios. There was fanfare, live performance from Welcome to Nightvale, and a marching brass band.

The first teaser, A Talk with A Fallen Girl was actually created for the 2016 Very, Very, Short, Short Stories Contest, and though it did not win, it set the tone for the Radio Play.

Congrats to Andy. And thank you to the Sarah Awards.

About The Sarah Awards

The Sarah Lawrence College International Audio Fiction Award, aka The Sarahs, celebrates the best audio fiction currently being made around the world. See more on their site, thesarahawards.com