Horror Sci-Fi Fantasy Mag Features Lyn Cannaday

If horror/science fiction/fantasy is your thing, then check out the magazine, Morpheus Tales.  And by “magazine” I mean like a real, hold-in-your-hands magazine published on that medium you might vaguely remember, commonly known as paper

Their website gives you some free previews, so you can get an idea if you want to purchase or not, without just buying it blind.  You can also see some of their artwork, which looks interesting, wonderfully disturbing, and very high quality.

This publication came to my attention because Lyn Cannaday (previously featured here in blog posts Two Random Moments and Tricky Aliens and Bisexual Penguins) had her first story published in Issue 4.  (First as in not soley a web publication, since she has had a number of stories recognized and accepted on various sites across the web.)

Her flash fiction story is called Vampires Suck, and it looks like part of Issue 4, including Cannaday’s story, is now available in pdf format.  So, you can read Cannaday’s story as well as some other flash fiction at that link, although I recommend buying the issue since this is just a small sampling of what you get in the actual magazine.  Here is an excerpt from Vampires Suck:

“Humans give vampires all the awesome powers: mesmerizing eyes, sexy accents, angsting drama, and now they get to be sparkly,” he complained with a huff. “Why don’t humans give us some of those cool powers? I’d love to see a movie where the werewolves weren’t just bad actors in fur suits. I want a werewolf movie with a sexy she-wolf with hypnotic, silver eyes and retractable claws and the strength to tear down mountains.” His eyes grew unfocused and lusty.

(FYI, the pdf link was slow to load for me, so give it a minute before you decide to back out of it.)

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Eclipse

Eclipse is the third and latest in a series of young adult vampire novels by Stephenie Meyer (the first two being Twilight and New Moon).  I see a lot of amazon.com books with high ratings but only 5 reviews or so, which you can pretty much tell are the author’s friends.  Eclipse, on the other hand, has a high rating and 400+ reviews, and it just came out two months ago.  That’s a good sign.  Here’s the book description:

“As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob—knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?”

If you’re wavering over whether or not you’d like to get this book, you can read the first chapter at Meyers’ website.  For more information, read an article about Stephenie Meyers at seattlepi.com, read a book review at theorangechair, or read tifaaeris’ blog entry about being in love with the “fictional and fabulous” Edward.  Check out the author’s calendar, too.  It looks like she will be in Dublin on October 12 and Toronto on November 2, 2007.  I’ve heard she draws HUGE crowds, so get there early.