Writing Prompt #2: Arrows and Forest Squash

Use this prompt as a jumping off point for your own short story, poem, narrative, fragment, etc. and see where you goperhaps the picture or the text taken separately or mashed together somehow will lead you somewhere useful or fun…

Suggestion: Create something new that somehow brings both pictures into your work.

Bonus points if you can work in the picture from prompt #1

If nothing gels using both pictures, try using just one. As usual, bring other elements such as music, visual art, and so on into your brainstorming session. Use whatever techniques serve your end goal to create something new!

If this prompt leads someplace interesting, leave a link leading toward your new creation wherever that may be. Of course you can also post your masterpiece, if it is short, directly in the comments.

Closed to Submissions

Redwood Press is closed to submissions for The Lost Librarian’s Grave horror and weird fiction anthology as of June 6, 2021. If you have already sent us a manuscript we will still consider your submission and get back to you no later than July 1st. Please feel free to contact us if we haven’t responded to your submission within 30 days. There will be some inevitable delays because Don and I are swamped with over 2,000 stories!

If we have asked for revisions, please do send them to us within the time frame we have requested or as soon as possible if we haven’t discussed timing.

If you missed this submission call, we will be announcing other projects in the months to come so please keep an eye on our website or subscribe to receive updates.

Thank you to everyone. Don and I grateful you have given us a chance to look at your work, and we hope you’ll take a look at The Lost Librarian’s Grave when it comes out in October.

Write on!

— Ann Wycoff

Ken Hueler unearths his short story, “Infinity of Worse” for The Lost Librarian’s Grave horror anthology

The Lost Librarian’s Grave—coming October 1, 2021.

Today brings us Ken Hueler’s “Infinity of Worse,” the story of a late Victorian era odd couple, the brutish Lowell and smooth-talking Paul, who ply their charming trade of digging up the dead for the local medical and dissection trade. Seems a particularly apt tale for The Lost Librarian’s Grave, wouldn’t you say?

We think Ken really brought the late 19th Century alive in his chronicle of Lowell’s and Paul’s adventure where things go from bad to worse to very strange indeed! As the title suggests, I wouldn’t bet good brass on a happy ending this time.

Ken writes in a number of genres, choosing what works best for his current project or whatever interests him at the time. Fortunately for us, Ken’s tastes often run to horror and dark fantasy.

Ken teaches kung fu in the San Francisco Bay Area, where with fellow members of the Horror Writers Association’s local chapter he gets up to all sorts of adventures. His work has appeared in Weirdbook, The Sirens Call, Space & Time, Weekly Mystery Magazine, and the charity anthology Tales for the Camp Fire.

Visit Ken’s website at kenhueler.wordpress.com.

“The Ocean’s Misfortune,” a short story by Alison McBain, rolls like an unclean tide into The Lost Librarian’s Grave horror anthology

The Lost Librarian’s Grave—coming October 1, 2021.

Wednesday brings more good news from The Lost Librarian’s Grave: Alison McBain’s short story, “The Ocean’s Misfortune,” rolls into the anthology like an unclean tide, redolent with dead eels and even deader eyes. The oceans bring lifethe oceans are lifebut sometimes what a fisherman brings back is something not exactly Life, nor is it Death, but a fate worse than either.

Alison has nearly a hundred short publication credits over a wide range of genres including literary, romance, horror, science fiction, fantasy, historical, and adventure.

Her debut novel, The Rose Queen, received the Gold Award in the Young Adult Fantasy category of the 2019 Literary Classics International Book Awards. During the same year, she released Enchantress of Books, a collection of her short, fantasy stories.

Alison was born in Canada, raised in California, and currently resides in the beautiful state of Connecticut, where she chose to raise her family. Her personal mantra is, “Do something creative every day,” so between her writing and drawing she always has irons in the creative fire.

You can learn more about Alison on her blog, www.alisonmcbain.com.

Writing Prompt #1: Stacks of Railroad Ties and “here’s the thing” …

Use this prompt as a jumping off point for your own short story, poem, narrative, fragment, etc. and see where you goperhaps the picture or the text taken separately or mashed together somehow will lead you somewhere useful or fun…

Visual Prompt:

Text Prompt:

We had no intention of choosing sides until we were sure who was going to win, but here’s the thing…

You can also bring in other elements, more pictures, other words, music, memories, anything that helps you create whether that be a novel, an exercise in free writing for, say, one minute or something in-between.

If this prompt leads to something interesting, leave a link leading toward your new creation wherever that may be. Of course you can also post your masterpiece, if it is short, directly in the comments.