Lawless Lands is Live!

I’m so excited to announce that the Lawless Lands Kickstarter is live! We’re thrilled to bring you a collection of fantastic stories by some of the best speculative fiction writers in the business.

Our authors include Jake Bible, Alexandra Christian, David B Coe, Laura Anne Gilman, Barb Hendee, Faith Hunter, Nicole Givens Kurtz, Margaret S McGraw, Seanan McGuire, Devon Monk, Edmund Schubert and more. Laura Anne is giving us a story from the Devil’s West (and if you haven’t read the first book, Silver on the Road, what are you waiting for??) and Devon Monk is revisiting the world of her Cold Iron steampunk Western series (again, get to reading, people!)

There are incredible reward levels, including a chance to have lunch with the editors or with the fabulous Faith Hunter. Go take a look at the campaign, and maybe throw a few bucks our way. We want this […]

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An Editor’s Thought

Last week we chose the stories for Lawless Lands from the open submissions. It was a hard experience – we received over 300 stories, and there were far more great stories than we could possibly fit into one anthology. Honestly, the turnout was incredible and the quality was high.

The experience was also painful. Several stories were submitted by people I know and call friends. People who are good writers and sent us good stories. People that I would have been delighted to publish for their first time. But we didn’t choose them. Because for one reason or another, their stories didn’t quite impress us as much as other stories did, or their stories were too much like other stories that were just a little bit better, or their stories might have needed more editing than others.

The rejection notices went out last Tuesday, and since then, I’ve been […]

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The Rogue Mage is back!

Lore Seekers Press is pleased to announce the release for preorder of the first of two e-book anthologies, to be followed by a trade paperback omnibus set in the world of Faith Hunter’s Rogue Mage series.

The Rogue Mage world began long ago, when the epic battle between the High Host and the Darkness was won and lost. Now, nine writers—including Faith Hunter herself—take fans of Thorn St. Croix into the past, before the opening pages of BLOODRING. These stories, set in Faith Hunter’s Rogue Mage world, are adventures with new characters and old, facing dangers unimaginable. And they must save the world all over again.

If you ever wondered what happened between seraphs, kylen, second-unforeseen, mages, seraph-touched, spawn, dragons and their creatures, and humans before the series, now is your chance to delve deeper and wider. The ebook TRIALS presents twenty-one vignettes and short stories. TRIALS will be […]

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Magical Words Link Roundup 11-15-2016

In 2014, twelve authors and fans shared their stories about the importance of representation in science fiction/fantasy in Invisible. Now Jim C Hines is partnering with author and editor Mary Anne Mohanraj to begin work on Invisible 3, and submissions are open.

A giant metal shield designed to contain radioactive waste at Chernobyl’s damaged nuclear reactor is being moved into place. Speaking of Chernobyl, have you read Roadside Picnic? Do.

Ever wondered if someone could be a robot and not know it?

The GoodReads Best Books of 2016 competition is open and waiting for your votes.

Charlie Jane Anders, Alyssa Cole, and Rumaan Alam spoke about building stories around characters and identifying their own blind spots.

Carolina Renaissance Festival Fun!

Over the last weekend, several of us gathered to celebrate Time Travellers Weekend at the Carolina Renaissance Festival. We sold books, talked to readers and had a lovely couple of days surrounded by people of all kinds who were having fun together. As I said to a friend yesterday, if only the real world could be as warm and welcoming as the fake Renaissance.


Nicole Givens Kurtz and me!









Ed McKeown and Janine Spendlove (as Snow White!)




Kim Harrison dropped by for a quick visit!



Lord Superman (aka Ron Garner) and Lady Wonder Woman (Janine Spendlove) spent Sunday with us!







We are Groot.


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The New Magical Words!

Hey beloveds!

Some of you are just dropping by for the first time, and others have been with us from the beginning. Those of you who’ve been around for a while know that we’ve gone through a few changes over the years. Well, we’re making a big change now.

Instead of a scheduled rote of blog posts, we’re going to move to a more open-ended style. Your favorite writers are still going to post here, but in addition to their posts, we’ll be including a daily round-up of links to articles that might be interesting to you, our readers. Over the next few weeks, we’ll also be including posts by guests of the site, opportunities for in-person visits at cons and book signings, interviews, links to podcasts and book reviews, too. We’ll be changing the look of the site a little, with a new banner. But don’t panic – we […]

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Explaining the No

Back in June, we opened submissions for the upcoming Weird West anthology, Lawless Lands, from Falstaff Books. We’ve had a lot of stories roll in, some of them great, some of them okay, and some of them pretty terrible. Yeah, I said ‘terrible’. Despite all the advice we here on Magical Words (as well as lots of other writing sites all over the net) have offered over the years, there are some writers who are just NOT. GETTING. IT. And that breaks my heart. As an editor, what I hope to find every time I open a story file is that incredible story, the one that makes me race through to the end and then read it again because it was that good. The one that leaves me in tears because it touched me so deeply. THAT story. But sometimes writers send in pieces that make me stare at the […]

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