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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
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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!

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SPACE DRAGONS

The Thing In The Ice by E. Catherine Tobler

Kaiju Revisited #4, Out NOW in ebook, Print coming soon!

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In the vast, black emptiness between Mars and Jupiter, Ceres was melting

Buried within the asteroid’s core, Ceres Station provides water-ice for an ever-growing system of corporations and explorers, each intent on carving their names into the future of the galaxy. But no one anticipates the secret Ceres harbors.

Ice cutter Flit Navarro knows how to haul ice from asteroids and that Scrabble boards only have six Rs. She’s never confronted mercenaries intent on claiming Ceres Station for themselves. She’s never plummeted to the lowest levels of the station to confront a secret waking from the ice, a monster of ice and instinct.

But she’s about to.

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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

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Goliath Is Here

The latest Kaiju Revisted is here! Ghost In The Machine by K.H. Koehler is out now in Print, Kindle and Smashwords ! Kobo, Nook, and Print coming soon!

Ghost In The Machine

 

Utilizing their great cybeasts, the unstoppable Xirian army has conquered a thousand worlds in the galaxy, subjugating or destroying the inhabitants in the process. The War Master has ordered a Level 7 cybeast to be created.

The beast: Goliath. The target: Earth.

Xara is only a scientist, more at home in a lab than a battlefield. She is just barely keeping her life together when the alien attack commences and the Xirians unleash their full fury on the planet.

As she watches Goliath’s devastating initial attack, she forms a plan—a plan that might actually stop the cybeast and save the human race, but it will take a combination of courage, treason, and ingenuity to carry it out…

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K.H. Koehler – K.H. Koehler is the author of various novels and novellas in the genres of horror, SF, dark fantasy, steampunk and young and new adult. She is the owner of KH Koehler Books and KH Koehler Design, which specializes in graphic design and professional copy-editing. Her books are widely available at all major online distributors and her covers have appeared on numerous books in many different genres. Her short work has appeared in various anthologies, and her novel series include The Kaiju Hunter, The Mrs. McGillicuddy Mysteries, Anti-Heroes, Planet of Dinosaurs, the Nick Englebrecht Mysteries, and The Archaeologists. Visit her website at khkoehlerbooks.wordpress.com.

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LampLight Volume 5 Issue 1

Volume 5 of LampLight is here. Grab a subscription, and don’t miss any of the upcoming issues!

Subscribe to LampLight!

 

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Featuring “Are You Sure What Side You’re On?”, an all new story by Sunny Moraine. We talk to them about the Root Code books, short fiction and the writing process.

Kevin Lucia’s Horror 101, The Weird. What is Weird? How does it fit into horror or literature?

Fiction from:

  • Walter Dinjos
  • Amandeep Jutla
  • Ryan Lazarus
  • Nghi Vo
  • Konstantinos Kellis