The Final Selection

All The Night-TideWe have had an unusually busy autumn here at Aädenian Ink, and winter is shaping up to be even busier and increasingly exciting. While we are in no way complaining about this, we must apologise for having been rather remiss in posting news here on the blog recently.

Our most exciting piece of news is that the final selection has been made for our much-anticipated anthology, All The Night-Tide. To remind you, for our first anthology we decided to combine all the elegance and poise of Edgar Alan Poe’s beautiful poetry with the best elements of the Steampunk genre we love so much. We are also delighted to announce that this will be an illustrated volume, including art work by some fantastic illustrators (more on that at a later date!!).

Unfortunately, due to scheduling issues and various other factors, we had to postpone the release date of the anthology, which was initially set to come out at the end of this month. At present we’re still not sure exactly when you can expect to see it, but we will keep you updated! In the meantime, we’d like to introduce to the authors who topped the pile of submissions.

We really must congratulate everyone who submitted to us, and apologise for being unable to offer individual feedback on every story we received. There were a lot more submissions than anticipated and as a result the selection process took considerably longer than expected. We got there in the end however, and eight fantastic pieces were chosen.

Aiyana Jackson

Fronting the anthology, as was announced from the start, will be established Aädenian Ink Steampunk author Aiyana Jackson, with her take on the poem Annabel Lee. Aiyana’s tragic love story is filled with the romance of childhood passions, the adventure of the high seas, and even higher flying escapades in the clouds above the Kingdom by the Sea. Aiyana is no stranger to tackling the classics and putting a new spin on them, having based Encante, the first novella in her Fifteen Solars series on the Jules Verne classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Aiyana is an English author who writes almost exclusively in the Steampunk and High Fantasy genres. Her love of books is extensive, but when it comes to writing she likes to craft elaborate worlds of magic and mischief. Heavily influenced by writers such as Robin Hobb, Brandon Sanderson, Tolkein, Lewis, Caroll, Philip Pullman, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, China Mieville and Scott Westerfeld, her own style has developed out of an appreciation of the classics and a love of the profoundly modern. A huge fan of Fantasy and Science Fiction in general, Aiyana can often be found at conventions and festivals and is as fanatical as the next gal. Steampunk gradually became Aiyana’s favourite genre as she read more and more of it, and began collecting as many Steampunk-infused films and TV shows as she could. To date her favourite remains the Studio Ghibli adaptation of Howl’s Moving Castle, and the influence of this film can be clearly seen in her Fifteen Solars series, particularly in the planet named Howl, and the character of Ryder. Aiyana also has an abiding love of boots, rum, pirates and pirates drinking rum whilst wearing really, really cool boots.

www.aiyanajackson.com

www.facebook.com/AiyanaL.Jackson

A redhead with a redheaded attitude, Charie D. La Marr lives in NY with her family. Charie is primarily known as a ghost-writer in the field of sports, mostly baseball. She is currently working to establish herself as an author in her own name, and has created a genre called Circuspunk. Her collection of short stories in this genre, Bumping Noses and Cherry Pie, was published with Chupa Cabra in 2013. She also has upcoming stories in Alex S. Johnson’s heavy metal anthology Axes of Evil; Shwibly Magazine; James Ward Kirk’s Bones and Ugly Babies;In Vein for the benefit of St. Jude’s Hospital; Chupa Cabra’s We Walk Invisible; Dynatox Ministries’ Witches! and other anthologies. She was September’s featured writer at Solarcide and is known for writing in many different genres, including crime, bizarre, erotica and even Seussian. She is currently editing a Circuspunk anthology called The New Whakazoid Circus—the Greatest Show on Paper.

Jay Wilburn

 

Jay Wilburn lives with his wife and two sons in the swamps of coastal South Carolina. He has written a number of Steampunk and Southern Gothic stories. His novels include Loose Ends and Time Eaters. Follow his many dark thoughts at JayWilburn.com and @AmongTheZombies on Twitter.

 

 

 

Regina HansenRegina Hansen teaches at Boston University and is a writer and scholar of the fantastic. Her recent publications include Roman Catholicism in Fantastic Film and the forthcoming “Supernatural”, Humanity and the Soul: On the Highway to Hell and Back. She has written and reviewed for Science Fiction Film and Television and The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts and is a frequent contributor to the American children’s magazines Calliope and Dig, writing mostly on supernatural subjects. She has also contributed to the Ashgate Encyclopedia of Literary and Filmic Monsters, including an entry on angels which helped her to conceive the topic for the story “The Horn of Israfel.” As a fiction writer, Regina has received the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Artist Grant for fiction and was a PEN New England Children’s Book Caucus “Discovered” writer. This is her first published story. Regina is a lifelong lover of supernatural fiction and film. She started reading Poe at the age of 9 when she ordered a collection of his stories from the Scholastic Book Club. She was born on Prince Edward Island, Canada, and grew up in Montreal and the Boston area. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, with her husband, three children, one chinchilla and one hedgehog.

Kenneth.Sebastian

Kenneth Sebastian is a former Southern gentleman and gambler who lives in New York City with his wife and son and recently completed work on a Gilded Age epic about mermaids. He studied Anthropology at the City College of New York and social activism at the University of the Streets on Tompkins Square. He speaks fluent Spanish, and enjoys coffee. Edgar Allan Poe has long been a morbid obsession.

Ray Dean was born and raised in Hawaii, where she spent many a quiet hour reading and writing stories. Performing in theatre and working backstage led her into the delights of Living History. Creating her own worlds through writing seemed the next logical step, or rather, an illogical step, but she’s not complaining. The genre of Steampunk has allowed her to play in a history created from her own imagination, opening up vast frontiers to explore.

www.raydean.net

www.facebook.com/RayDeanAuthor

Andrea Lake is a mature student, studying at the University of Leeds on an English Language and Literature Bachelor’s Degree course.  She is married with three children and a dog, as well as three cats who decided to live with them and join in the mayhem. She enjoys writing poetry and reading a lot of fiction, especially the Gothic genre, but loves Dystopian fiction: somehow, the macabre darkness of Gothic seems like fantasy when compared with the truly awful things that humanity does to each other.

With a line-up like this, and the artists we have coming on board to illustrate, we can’t wait to show you the finished product. We will keep you updated on our progress, and hope to have a release date finalised soon.

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