New Releases from WHM Contributors

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New Releases from WHM Contributors

We are excited to report that two of our contributors--Helen McClory and Gwendolyn Kiste--have books published this month. Helen follows up her 2015 story collection On The Edges of Vision with the new and anticipated novel Flesh of the Peach. Gwendolyn continues with her imaginative and stark stories collected together in And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe

* Read in The Wild Hunt *

Helen McClory's Lore

Gwendolyn Kiste's All the Hippies Are Dying

 

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Patreon: Becoming a Patron

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Patreon: Becoming a Patron

This past year--our first year--has been extraordinary for many reasons. We've published excellent stories, and have had the support of such creative readers and writers. We hope 2017 and on, will both continue and grow The Wild Hunt. 

This month, we set up a Patreon page. We have one patron so far. Woohoo! We're beyond excited. The idea is to use funds to help maintain operational costs, but also, muster up some support to pay contributors. That is a top priority. 

We hope you consider becoming a patron (think, only $1 a month) and when you are a part of our Patreon, we have a couple of thank yous coming your way.

Please pop on over. 

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Halloween Reads 2016

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Halloween Reads 2016

“Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see.” 

- Edgar Allan Poe

We're digging through the archives to handpick a few eerie stories to get you in the mood for autumn (we think the above Poe quote does an excellent job summing up our feelings about many of our stories!). Leading up to Halloween, we are featuring one story per day on our Twitter account, which includes a bespoke bit of teaser art for each story. We have flash fiction and short stories lined up. They run the gamut of horror, folklore, fantasy, and just plain weird. Also, we're giving you a sneak peek below of next week's new short story that will release on Wednesday, November 2. 

Shall I Thrown It Down

by Boggy

 “Shall I throw it down?” asked a monotone drone above us.

“Go ahead,” shouted Mr. Monofilio into the dark gape. Metal scraped against metal and a heap of rubbish crashed at the base of the furnace. Someone had hung a cardboard sign reading “toasty fireplace” next to a large white button with a faded “ignite” printed on it. The sign must have been a sort of in-joke between the last person to work here and his imaginary friend. The rubbish contained loose needles, bags of blood, and jars of who-knows-what organs. There were stained scrubs, bandages, and a hospital gown holding the mass together like a ribbon on a present.

“After you check to make sure everything is in order, you press the big button,” Mr. Monofilio explained, “and whoosh!” A white fire engulfed the medical waste. The syringes melted, the bags of blood popped and red liquid boiled. The cloth disappeared almost instantly. I turned away, afraid to damage my eyes. When I looked back, there were only ashes and small scraps of charred metal in the fireplace.

“Check to make sure everything’s good and burned, and then wait for our electronic friend…”

“Shall I throw it down?” the voice from above us asked, indifferently.

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We Would Like To Have a Newsletter

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We Would Like To Have a Newsletter

A short time ago, we added a newsletter subscription option to the bottom of the website. We have yet to send anything out, but we're really looking forward to organizing an occasional email newsletter that will act as a digest of recent work published to the site, along with any relevant news and announcements

The newsletter will be brief and serve more as an easy way to find our contributors' fantastic writing and artwork. 

We're also hoping that the newsletter will in any way assist with making The Wild Hunt more widely known. We launched earlier this year, and have been more than thrilled with the reception we've received. We are always honored the moment we receive a new submission and hear from the excellent contributors--past and upcoming--whose work we've published.

The occasional newsletter will also serve as a venue to announce any good fortune or new publications from our contributors. We try to promote hard on this blog and Twitter. For example, Gwendolyn Kiste won an award for her story we republished and Christopher DeWan's debut story collection was released

Your privacy is respected and we will not share your email address. It will only be used in our confidential newsletter list (you, of course, will always have the option to unsubscribe or change your preferences at any time). 

So, with all that said, please consider signing up for our occasional newsletter. Here is the easy subscription form. 

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Hoopty Time Machines by Christopher DeWan

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Hoopty Time Machines by Christopher DeWan

Congratulations to Wild Hunt contributor Christopher DeWan, who had his book of stories released on September 22. The book is filled with imaginative and terrifying short stories and flash fiction of fabulist origins.

His storiesinspired by fairy tales, folklore, and modern lifeare fantastical and curious. They are unexpected in the best sense of the word. In the titular story, "Hoopty Time Machine," a character is whisked away and assumed to be in another time or world, and DeWan's stories must be that place. The reader is dropped into flipped fairy tales, apocalyptic Omega Man scenarios, and scary stories that are best read late at night.

One story, "The Interview," ends with spine-chilling last words:

 

Since you don’t know what’s inside, there is no way to be ready, and it would be foolish to be scared. I don’t know, you tell her, as you step into the darkness toward the monster.

Rereading the above quote only emphasizes the mission and artistic motivation of the collection as a whole. Be warned, reader, there is danger here and you will certainly welcome it.

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In March 2016, we published "The Trolls," a short story featured in this collection. At the end of the book, there is an author's note on origins, where DeWan states of the story:

I remember running into some Scandinavian folk tales about trolls moving into houses, eating the people who lived there, and taking over their lives...The young man in this story is convinced trolls have moved into his childhood home—but no one else seems to think anything weird is going on...

You can get a taste of this collection by reading "The Trolls" on The Wild Hunt and then go nab a copy of the entire collection.

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Behind the Music

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Behind the Music

We've heard little drops in email exchanges with contributors about their story inspirations. They've been vague, in passing, and about a sentence long (we still love hearing them, though).

But June author, Gwendolyn Kiste, laid it out for us on her personal blog. It was wonderful to read about Gwendolyn's love for magical realism, and more about her inspiration and motivations.

Read "All the Hippies are Dying" and then go check out her blog post.

‘All the Hippies Are Dying’ is an oddly personal tale, one that highlights my love of turntables and vinyl and 1960s music. In a way, I’ve been carrying this story with me since I was fifteen years old and started researching Woodstock in books at the public library.
— Nostalgia and Reprints, Gwendolyn Kiste

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