And then of course all of your best laid plans go hawry.
A few months back I backed the Kickstarter for the launch of a new magazine, called Skelos.
And you either catch the title reference, or you are on the wrong blog, and there’s no use for me to try and explain.
The complete title is Skelos – The Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy, and my backer digital copy of #1 arrived last night – and all my plans went hiwire.
Of course I had to start reading it straight away, despite the fact that it was night and it’s a PDF – the epub and mobi version will be delivered later on – and it’s not the most convenient format for digital reading.
Anyway – Skelos #1 is 160 pages of fantasy/sword & sorcery goodness, and you get a list of the contributors on the back cover above.
Under the Gustave Doré cover, we find:
- Seven short stories – including a R.E. Howard unpublished draft.
- Two novelettes.
- Six poems.
- Two essays – one connected with the R.E. Howard story draft.
- A brace of features and editorials.
- A ton of great illustrations.
The quality of the offering is impressive – I won’t single out a story or an essay or a poem, the general level is very high.
So impressed I was by the overall quality of Skelos, that I decided steps should be taken to lower such quality, and fast – so I pitched this morning two pieces to the editors, a short story and an essay1.
Writing those pieces, should they be accepted, would of course further tangle up my schedule. But I really don’t care.
But let’s see what happens. For sure, I’d love to have my name in this beautiful magazine.
In the meantime, go out there, and check out Skelos – you will thank me later.
- because one needs to be thorough, in these cases. ↩