Sunday, June 28, 2009

Launching Monday, July 6, 2009

                                                                              photograph by Shasta Fletcher

the Freezine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

"a freezine devoted to the resurgence of a post-
New Wave Science Fiction & Fantasy ethic

The editors of the Freezine -- the bloodhost, I sometimes call them -- or nanoswarm -- seem to be battling harder within me every day to excise my interference altogether so they can address you directly. I won't let them. I'll have you know it's a matter of willpower alone that is allowing me to maintain a strong presence here. Don't get me wrong. I don't perceive them as the enemy or anything. For all I know they are here to help us all. I just see them as a refined tool whose delicate intricacies may outweigh my capability of mastering them. Such a tool can only become dangerous in unskilled hands. Forget about double edged instruments -- with the microhorde, three edges is just the beginning. But I digress.

This missive has been generated with a post automatic suggestion implanted in the mind of your host--yours truly--to bring you up to date with our Freezine's progress. To the Zine's current Followers: You are the Inner Sanctum. We may now extract a randomized variable with just enough coherency, from the configuration of forty-four neurolinks, to proceed. Digital Man--welcome to the Fold. You are the forty-fourth member of the Inner Sanctum.

What's cooking on the platter for the Freezine's Debut is the launching of the serialized novella SKY PIRATES from none other than award-winning novelist John Shirley. It is a good old-fashioned, blast-em space opera set on an alien world, and appears here for the first time. Although it serves well as a stand-alone story, it is roughly the first half of a novel still in progress. SKY PIRATES should fit snugly into July's serial slot, ending on Thursday, July 30. John's newest books are BLACK GLASS: The Lost Cyberpunk Novel out from Elder Signs Press, and in August Simon and Schuster is bringing out his urban fantasy novel, BLEAK HISTORY. Be sure to visit his authorized website at

Also ready to be served up each and every Friday, are enticing pieces of fiction from Johnny Strike, David Agranoff, Keith Graham, and many more as yet top-secret undercover fantasists.

Johnny Strike is a founding member of the protopunk band CRIME (vocals/guitar) as well as author of the 2007 short story collection A Loud Humming Sound Came From Above (published by Rudos and Rubes), and the 2004 novel Ports Of Hell (published by Diagonal).

David Agranoff is the author of a short story collection Screams from a Dying World just released by Afterbirth Books. Afterbirth will also be releasing his first novel Hunting the Moon Tribe.

Keith Graham is a Computer Programmer, Blues Harp player and Speculative Fiction writer. He currently maintains 45 active websites. He has published more than 50 stories over the last six years in venues such as Martian Wave, AtomJack, Electric Spec, Aoffe's Kiss, Tales of the Talisman, Fifth Di..., The Harrow, and many others. Visit his website:

I can now reveal that the Freezine of Fantasy and Science Fiction will declare its independence by debuting Monday, July 6, 2009, with the John Shirley novella SKY PIRATES presented in daily installments, from Mondays to Thursdays. Each Friday we will present a different short story by another author for our dear Followers to print up and read over the weekend. Week 2 should present the continuation of SKY PIRATES, with another juicy story offered up that coming Friday. This daily eperiodical will meet the qualification (in the eyes of the post -blog -twit -generation) of being updated irregularly (five times a week, twenty times a month, two-hundred-and-sixty times a year, more or less). Just don't expect anything on weekends. The bloodhost need to recharge their power supply.

-- breaking urgent memo from the fleet -- we are to include an interview with a writer at least one Friday a month. --/end memo

-- New breaking memo -- the nano-armada informs me they have arrived at the final stage of their calculations. They encourage writers to "submit their fantasy and science fiction short stories and novellas with all the terrific elements of horrifying tales rooted in these traditions". --/end memo

email your submissions to:

These imaginative tales and interviews are quite eagerly anticipated by the microhorde. They tell me they want to "copy them and send them on". I suggest we should not seek to fear the unknown, but to understand it. I think its best we work with the nanofleet, and provide for them exactly what they want: the elixir of our dreams.

Archive of Stories
and Authors


Phoenix has enjoyed writing since he
was a little kid. He finds much import-
ance and truth in creative expression.
Phoenix has written over sixty books,
and has published everything from
novels, to poetry and philosophy.
He hopes to inspire people with his
writing and to ask difficult questions
about our world and the universe.
Phoenix lives in Salt Lake City, Utah,
where he spends much of his time
reading books on science, philosophy,
and literature. He spends a good deal
of his free time writing and working
on new books. The Freezine of Fant-
asy and Science Fiction welcomes him
and his unique, intense vision.
Discover Phoenix's books at his author
page on Amazon. Also check out his blog.

Adam Bolivar's

Adam Bolivar's

Adam Bolivar's

Adam Bolivar is an expatriate Bostonian
who has lived in New Orleans and Berkeley,
and currently resides in Portland, Oregon
with his beloved wife and fluffy gray cat
Dahlia. Adam wears round, antique glasses
and has a fondness for hats. His greatest
inspirations include H.P. Lovecraft,
Jack tales and coffee. He has been
a Romantic poet for as long as any-
one can remember, specializing in
the composition of spectral balladry,
utilizing to great effect a traditional
poetic form that taps into the haunted
undercurrents of folklore seldom found
in other forms of writing.
His poetry has appeared on the pages
of such publications as SPECTRAL
CTHULHU, and a poem of his,
"The Rime of the Eldritch Mariner,"
won the Rhysling Award for long-form
poetry. His collection of weird balladry
and Jack tales, THE LAY OF OLD HEX,
was published by Hippocampus Press in 2017.

David Agranoff's

David Agranoff's

David Agranoff is the author of the
following books: Ring of Fire (Eraserhead
Press, 2018), Flesh Trade (co-written
w/Edward Morris; published by Create-
Space, 2017), Punk Rock Ghost Story
(Deadite Press, 2016), Amazing Punk
Stories (Eraserhead Press, 2016),
Boot Boys of the Wolf Reich (Eraserhead
Press, 2014), Hunting the Moon Tribe
(Eraserhead Press, 2011), The Vegan
Revolution...with Zombies (Eraserhead
Press, 2010), and Screams from a Dying
World (Afterbirth Books, 2009).
David is a hardcore vegan and tireless
environmentalist. His contributions to
the punk horror scene and the planet in
general have already established him
as a bright new writer and activist to
watch out for. The Freezine of Fantasy
and Science Fiction welcomes him and
his defiant vision open-heartedly.

David is a busy man, usually at work
on several different novels or projects
at once. He is sure to leave his mark on
a world teetering over the edge of
ecological imbalance.

Sanford Meschkow's

Sanford Meschkow is a retired former
NYer who married a Philly suburban
Main Line girl. Sanford has been pub-
lished in a 1970s issue of AMAZING.
We welcome him here on the FREE-
ZINE of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

Brian "Flesheater" Stoneking's

Brian "Flesheater" Stoneking's

Brian "Flesheater" Stoneking currently
resides in the high desert of Phoenix,
Arizona where he enjoys campy horror
movies within the comfort of an Insane
Asylum. Search for his science fiction
stories at The Intestinal Fortitude in
the Flesheater's World section.
The Memory Sector is his first
appearance in the Freezine of
Fantasy and Science Fiction.

Owen R. Powell's

Little is known of the mysterious
Owen R. Powell (oftentimes referred
to as Orp online). That is because he
usually keeps moving. The story
Noetic Vacations marks his first
appearance in the Freezine.

Edward Morris's

Edward Morris is a 2011 nominee for
the Pushcart Prize in literature, has
also been nominated for the 2009
Rhysling Award and the 2005 British
Science Fiction Association Award.
His short stories have been published
over a hundred and twenty times in
four languages, most recently at
PerhihelionSF, the Red Penny Papers'
SUPERPOW! anthology, and The
Magazine of Bizarro Fiction. He lives
and works in Portland as a writer,
editor, spoken word MC and bouncer,
and is also a regular guest author at
the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival.

Gene Stewart
(writing as Art Wester)

Gene Stewart's

Gene Stewart is a writer and artist.
He currently lives in the Midwest
American Wilderness where he is
researching tales of mystical realism,
writing ficta mystica, and exploring
the dark by casting a little light into
the shadows. Follow this link to his
website where there are many samples
of his writing and much else; come

Daniel José Older's

Daniel José Older's

Daniel José Older's spiritually driven,
urban storytelling takes root at the
crossroads of myth and history.
With sardonic, uplifting and often
hilarious prose, Older draws from
his work as an overnight 911 paramedic,
a teaching artist & an antiracist/antisexist
organizer to weave fast-moving, emotionally
engaging plots that speak whispers and
shouts about power and privilege in
modern day New York City. His work
has appeared in the Freezine of Fantasy
and Science Fiction, The ShadowCast
Audio Anthology, The Tide Pool, and
the collection Sunshine/Noir, and is
featured in Sheree Renee Thomas'
Black Pot Mojo Reading Series in Harlem.
When he's not writing, teaching or
riding around in an ambulance,
Daniel can be found performing with
his Brooklyn-based soul quartet
Ghost Star. His blog about the
ridiculous and disturbing world
of EMS can be found here.

Paul Stuart's

Paul Stuart is the author of numerous
biographical blurbs written in the third
person. His previously published fiction
appears in The Vault of Punk Horror and
His non-fiction financial pieces can be found
in a shiny, west-coast magazine that features
pictures of expensive homes, as well as images
of women in casual poses and their accessories.
Consider writing him at,
if you'd like some thing from his garage. In fall
2010, look for Grade 12 Trigonometry and
Pre-Calculus -With Zombies.

Rain Grave's

Rain Graves is an award winning
author of horror, science fiction and
poetry. She is best known for the 2002
Poetry Collection, The Gossamer Eye
(along with Mark McLaughlin and
David Niall Wilson). Her most
recent book, Barfodder: Poetry
Written in Dark Bars and Questionable
Cafes, has been hailed by Publisher's
Weekly as "Bukowski meets Lovecraft..."
in January of 2009. She lives and
writes in San Francisco, performing
spoken word at events around the
country. 877-DRK-POEM -

Icy Sedgwick's

Icy Sedgwick is part writer and part
trainee supervillain. She lives in the UK
but dreams of the Old West. Her current
works include a ghost story about a Cavalier
and a Western tale of retribution. Find her
ebooks, free weekly fiction and other
shenanigans at Icy’s Cabinet of Curiosities.

Blag Dahlia's
armed to the teeth

BLAG DAHLIA is a Rock Legend.
Singer, Songwriter, producer &
founder of the notorious DWARVES.
He has written two novels, ‘NINA’ and

G. Alden Davis's

G. Alden Davis wrote his first short story
in high school, and received a creative
writing scholarship for the effort. Soon
afterward he discovered that words were
not enough, and left for art school. He was
awarded the Emeritus Fellowship along
with his BFA from Memphis College of Art
in '94, and entered the videogame industry
as a team leader and 3D artist. He has over
25 published games to his credit. Mr. Davis
is a Burningman participant of 14 years,
and he swings a mean sword in the SCA.

Shae Sveniker's

Shae is a poet/artist/student and former
resident of the Salt Pit, UT, currently living
in Simi Valley, CA. His short stories are on
Blogger and his poetry is hosted on Livejournal.

Nigel Strange's

Nigel Strange lives with his wife and
daughter, cats, and tiny dog-like thing
in their home in California where he
occasionally experiments recreationally
with lucidity. PLASTIC CHILDREN
is his first publication.

J.R. Torina's

J.R. Torina was DJ for Sonic Slaughter-
house ('90-'97), runs Sutekh Productions
(an industrial-ambient music label) and
Slaughterhouse Records (metal record
label), and was proprietor of The Abyss
(a metal-gothic-industrial c.d. shop in
SLC, now closed). He is the dark force
behind Scapegoat (an ambient-tribal-
noise-experimental unit). THE HOUSE
IN THE PORT is his first publication.

K.B. Updike, Jr's

K.B. Updike, Jr. is a young virgin
Virginia writer. KB's life work,
published 100% for free:
(We are not certain if K.B. Updike, Jr.
has lost his Virginian virginity yet.)