Sunday, 21 June 2015

Dark Horizons and the Summer Solstice

Question: What do these two have in common?
Answer: A flash in the pen.

If you missed the sunrise at Stonehenge today, don't worry. The unicorn would like to invite you to the launch of Authors Electric's fiction anthology "A Flash in the Pen", which involves a unicorn and possibly some naked dancing around a virtual standing stone (optional).

Katherine's story is called The Last Maiden (because of the old wives' tale that only maidens can lure unicorns out of the enchanted forest) and was first published in the British Fantasy Society magazine "Dark Horizons" back in 1995. That was before ebooks, and before many online magazines too. It had black-and-white artwork printed on real paper and looked like this:

cover illustration (c) Alan Casey


The story even had its own full-page illustration in the magazine:

illustration (c) Bob Covington

As you can probably tell from the picture, this is not your typical sweet sparkly pink unicorn story (she just sat him on the desk in the first picture to mislead you all). It's more of a horror story really... although that depends on what you believe when you reach the end. If you believe in horror, you'll get horror. If you prefer pink and sparkly, then maybe you'll get sparkly (if not pink... it was a black and white magazine, and there's a limit to a unicorn's power).

There are many other stories in this collection from many different writers - historical, crime, literary, fantasy, romance - most of them aimed at adults, so please don't give this one to younger readers. But if you're a YA reader (or, ahem, a bit older) and want to sample some different authors, then this collection could be a good taster.

currently 99p for the launch

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