I am offering a special price on the first issue of Alt Hist only for readers of this blog. If you order via Smashwords before the end of October you can get it for $3.99 rather than the list price of $6.99.
Alt Hist is the new magazine of Historical Fiction and Alternate History. Lovers of historical fiction for too long have been denied outlets for short pieces of fiction, as the number of print and online magazines for historical short fiction is very limited compared to the popularity of fiction set in past times. Alt Hist’s mission is to provide readers with entertaining and well-written short stories with a historical setting, whether portraying actual events or events that could have happened. If you read and enjoy historical fiction, alternate history or historical fantasy then we think you will like Alt Hist.
The first issue of Alt Hist features six short stories:
“The Silent Judge” by David W. Landrum “Easter Parade, 1930” by Rob McClure Smith “Holy Water” by Andrew Knighton “Lament for Lost Atlanta” by Arlan Andrews “The Bitterness of Apples” by Priya Sharma “Travelling by Air” by Ian Sales
Alt Hist Issue 1 also includes an interview with Brandon H. Bell, co-editor of Aether Age, and information about the alternate history anthology Columbia & Britannia.
A bit less blogging recently because I have been concentrating on managing the flow of submissions to Alt Hist. We’ve had quite a good number of submissions in and I am received to say that a lot of these are good enough to be published. Some have not quite made the grade, but so far three have – as I blogged about on the Alt Hist site. Of those that have been rejected, some of them were very good, but didn’t quite do it for me. As well as quality I am also looking for stories that I like, which I suppose is what all Editors do in the end – you have to be subjective, if you don’t like a story, it’s unlikely that your readers will either.
If you are writing short pieces of historical fiction or alternate history then please do visit Alt Hist and submit your work. I would also love to see some non-fiction too – reviews and features about historical fiction and alternate history.
No matter what the e-book/iPad/tech-geeks/get it all free cos it’s online folks may say…
There is something very special about seeing your work in print.
I ordered my copy of Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction #33 last week as it features my story “Bird Talk”, and received it in the post the other day. What a thrill to get my first piece of fiction in the post. I had the same thrill many years ago when I had some poems published by small magazines, but they were mere pamphlets compared to the very professional magazine that Stephen Theaker has put together.
The magazine is printed on demand by Lulu and I thought that the production values were excellent. The cover is perhaps a bit shiny looking, but the paper, typesetting and layout make for a very professional publication. And there’s my story in there as well with my name of the cover.
How cool is that.
OK, ego trip now over!
“Bird Talk” is also now available to purchase as a separate story via Smashwords and Amazon.
In a previous post I mentioned Alt Hist before in a previous post. My plan was to start a Facebook page (and associated Twitter feed) to provide a news and discussion forum for anyone interested in historical fiction, whether it be “realistic” or alternate history. At the time I saw this as possibly growing into a regular magazine for publishing historical fiction and alternate history as well.
Well guess what! I went and started up the magazine! Hooray! Quite scary, but amazing fun as well. Alt Hist got listed on Duotrope a few days ago and already we’ve had a few submissions come in. I really hope that if you’re interested in historical fiction at all you will find Alt Hist write up your via (bad puns intended).