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.
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.
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.
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: