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Slush Update, 05/21/15

Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before April 9, 2015 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before Apr. 9 and you have not received a response, please query us using the email form on our Contact Page.

We really mean this–go ahead and query now; it’s not necessary to wait. We will get back to you as soon as we can. Thanks very much.


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BCS #173 – Lingen, Powell, Large-Cast Podcast for Episode 150

Posted in: BCS Podcasts, New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #173 is now out, featuring two stories with dry fantasy humor from a returning BCS author and a new one, plus a large-cast audio reading in celebration of the 150th episode of the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast!

Marissa Lingen (“Cursed Motives” in BCS #105 and podcast BCS 091, “The Six Skills of Madame Lumiere” in BCS #46, and several others) returns to BCS with “Out of the Rose Hills,” a dryly serio-comic tale of an annoying yet imposing accidental companion.  Bill Powell’s “The Punctuality Machine, Or, A Steampunk Libretto” satirizes steampunk, time travel, and light opera in a voice delightfully dry.

BCS 150: The Punctuality Machine, Or, A Steampunk Libretto is a special large-cast reading in celebration of the 150th episode of the BCS podcast, featuring the narrational talents of frequent BCS podcast narrators Michael J. DeLuca and Tina Connolly, plus Bill Powell, reading over a dozen parts that include recitations, songs, and two separate choruses.

The From the Archives story with BCS #173 is “The Adventure of the Pyramid of Bacconyus” by Caleb Wilson from BCS #132 and podcast BCS 115, which was read by Michael J. DeLuca, one of the narrators in BCS 150: The Punctuality Machine.  Equally droll is Marissa Lingen’s “Cursed Motives” from BCS #105 and podcast BCS 091, read by Tina Connolly, another narrator in BCS 150: The Punctuality Machine.

All behind a new view of our spring cover art: “Twisted Mountain Valley” by Christopher Balaskas.


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BCS Authors Elsewhere – Kressel, Stufflebeam

Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

Several BCS authors with stories appearing in other magazines this month:

  • Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (“Everything Beneath You” in BCS #164 and podcast BCS 142, “The Girl with Golden Hair” forthcoming this summer, and a second new story forthcoming this fall) in the May/June Interzone

Congratulations!


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Slush Update, 05/12/15

Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before March 16, 2015 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before Mar. 16 and you have not received a response, please query us using the email form on our Contact Page.

We really mean this–go ahead and query now; it’s not necessary to wait. We will get back to you as soon as we can. Thanks very much.


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BCS #172 Special Weird Western Issue – Tobler, Cashier, Peavey, Cashier Podcast, Ahmed Audio Vault

Posted in: Ceaseless West Anthology, Ebook Sale, New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #172 rides into town today, a special Weird Western issue, featuring three Weird Western stories, a podcast, and a new episode of The BCS Audio Vault, all in honor of our new anthology Ceaseless West: Weird Western Stories from Beneath Ceaseless Skies, now available at ebook stores including Amazon, Apple iBooks, and WeightlessBooks.com.

E. Catherine Tobler (“We, As One, Trailing Embers” in BCS #147 and podcast BCS 127, “Artificial Nocturne” in BCS #126, both in her circus world, among others) offers “Splitskin,” another of her strange time-traveling circus stories, this one with a unique west-America feel. 

Erin Cashier (“Eighth Eye” in BCS #49 and podcast BCS 043, “The Alchemist’s Feather” in BCS #25 and podcast BCS 023, and“Hangman” in BCS #10, podcast BCS 010, BCS Audio Vault 017,  and the new Ceaseless West anthology) returns to BCS for the first time since 2009 with “Swallowing Silver,” a tale of family homestead tension amid a cursed outside threat.

Shannon Peavey offers “The Snake-Oil Salesman and the Prophet’s Head,” in which the sideshow protagonist is accompanied by his brother’s severed head in a jar.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 149: Swallowing Silver, the Erin Cashier story, rendered in the taut voice of bleak family and a bleak situation.

The new BCS Audio Vault episode with BCS #172 is BCS Audio Vault 018: Mister Hadj’s Sunset Ride by Saladin Ahmed, another unique Weird Western tale, which appears in our Ceaseless West anthology. It’s introduced by the author, explaining his exploration of fun Western tropes and rarely discussed history of Muslims in America.

The From the Archives story with BCS #172 is “The Angel Azrael Delivers Small Mercies” by Peter Darbyshire, from BCS #102 and podcast BCS 087, another tale of his gunslinging fallen angel whose first story appears in Ceaseless West.

All behind the great Weird Western cover art “Bandits Assault a Stagecoach” by Ignacio Bazan Lazcano, which appeared on our cover in Summer 2012 and also on Ceaseless West.

To celebrate the release of Ceaseless West last week, we’re having a BCS ebook sale! Check here or at Weightless Books for details. It ends Tues. May 5!


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New Ceaseless West Anthology on Kindle, iBooks, B&N, and More

Posted in: Ceaseless West Anthology by Scott H. Andrews

View full versionA fallen-angel gunslinger must defend a dusty town against hellspawn....

Living trains roam wild off their tracks....

A pious teetotaler widow faces a town’s scorn and a dying boy’s frantic spirit....

An eternal warrior marshal is drawn through time to face that which must be faced....

These and other dusty tales await in Ceaseless West: Weird Western Stories from Beneath Ceaseless Skies, our new ebook anthology of eighteen Weird Western stories from BCS, featuring authors such as Gemma Files, Saladin Ahmed, Peter Darbyshire, Ian McHugh, Kenneth Mark Hoover, E. Catherine Tobler, and more.

Ceaseless West is available at major ebook retailers, including:

WeightlessBooks.com, as PRC, EPUB, PDF (Special early release!)
Amazon Kindle Store, in Kindle format
Apple’s iBookstore/iTunes, for iPod/iPad/iPhone users
BarnesandNoble.com, for Nook users
KoboBooks.com, in EPUB format

If you buy Ceaseless West at Weightless Books, where we’re having a BCS ebook sale, you’ll also get a free ebook of our other BCS theme anthology, Ceaseless Steam: Steampunk Stories from BCS, and a coupon for 30% off all BCS anthologies and BCS ebook subscriptions.

To celebrate Ceaseless West, we’re also doing a special Weird Western issue, BCS #172, on Thursday, featuring E. Catherine Tobler and Erin Cashier, and two recent Weird Western episodes of The BCS Audio Vault, and a reprise of the great Weird Western cover art from Late Summer 2012: “Bandits Assault a Stagecoach” by Ignacio Bazan Lazcano.


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BCS Ebook Sale with New Ceaseless West Anthology

Posted in: Ceaseless West Anthology, Ebook Sale by Scott H. Andrews

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In conjunction with our new BCS theme anthology Ceaseless West: Weird Western Stories from Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and its special early release at WeightlessBooks.com, we’re having a BCS ebook sale at Weightless Books!

Buy Ceaseless West at Weightless Books and you’ll get a free ebook of our other BCS theme anthology, Ceaseless Steam: Steampunk Stories from BCS, and a coupon for 30% off all BCS anthologies and BCS ebook subscriptions.

Those other BCS anthologies eligible for this 30% off include all our Best of BCS annual anthologies, such as The Best of BCS, Year Five, featuring Richard Parks, Gemma Files, and Gregory Norman Bossert’s World Fantasy Award-winning story “The Telling.”

BCS ebook subscriptions eligible for this 30% off include not only new subscriptions but also existing subscribers renewing or extending your subscription, regardless of when it ends. Subscribers can get issues delivered directly to their Kindle, smart phone, or tablet (any device with an email address), and they get new issues early, a week before the website.

So buy a copy of Ceaseless West at Weightless Books to get your free ebook of Ceaseless Steam and the coupon for 30% off BCS anthologies and subscriptions. All proceeds go to pay BCS authors and artists, so it’s a great way to support BCS and get some awe-inspiring fiction too!

But hurry; this sale ends Tues. May 5!


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New Ceaseless West Anthology Out Early at Weightless Books, and BCS Ebook Sale

Posted in: Ceaseless West Anthology, Ebook Sale by Scott H. Andrews

View full versionA fallen-angel gunslinger must defend a dusty town against hellspawn....

Living trains roam wild off their tracks....

A pious teetotaler widow faces a town’s scorn and a dying boy’s frantic spirit....

An eternal warrior marshal is drawn through time to face that which must be faced....

These and other dusty tales await in Ceaseless West: Weird Western Stories from Beneath Ceaseless Skies, our new ebook anthology of eighteen Weird Western stories from BCS, featuring Gemma Files, Saladin Ahmed, Peter Darbyshire, Kenneth Mark Hoover, and more.

Ceaseless West releases next Tuesday Apr. 28, right before our special Weird Western issue, BCS #172, on Thursday Apr. 30.

But right now, in conjunction with our BCS ebook sale at WeightlessBooks.com, Ceaseless West is available early at Weightless Books!

Buy Ceaseless West at Weightless Books, and you’ll get a free ebook of our other BCS theme anthology, Ceaseless Steam: Steampunk Stories from BCS, and a coupon for 30% off all BCS anthologies and BCS ebook subscriptions.

(That includes renewing or extending your existing BCS subscription. Subscribers can get issues delivered directly to their Kindle, smart phone, or tablet, and they get new issues early, a week before the website.)

So buy a copy of Ceaseless West at Weightless Books to get your free ebook of Ceaseless Steam and the coupon for 30% off BCS anthologies and subscriptions. All proceeds go to pay BCS authors and artists, so it’s a great way to support BCS and get some awe-inspiring fiction too!

But hurry; this sale ends Tues. May 5!


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New Episode of The BCS Audio Vault: “Mister Hadj’s Sunset Ride” by Saladin Ahmed

Posted in: BCS Audio Vault Podcast, Ceaseless West Anthology by Scott H. Andrews

The BCS Audio VaultOut today is a new episode of The BCS Audio Vault: 018: Mister Hadj’s Sunset Right by Saladin Ahmed, a Weird Western tale of a strange old man from the Old Country told by his bounty hunter companion as they trail a devilish quarry.

It’s introduced by the author, explaining the story’s aim in exploring the fun tropes of Westerns while presenting a seldom-discussed aspect of the history of Muslims in America.

“Mister Hadj’s Sunset Right” in its text version also appears in our brand new ebook anthology Ceaseless West: Weird Western Stories from Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

Ceaseless West features great BCS stories by Kenneth Mark Hoover, Peter Darbyshire, Mark Teppo, E. Catherine Tobler, and Gemma Files. It will be released early on Apr. 23 at Weightless Books, along with a BCS ebook sale, and at other ebook retailers the following week.

To hear new episodes of The BCS Audio Vault, including stories by Marissa Lingen, M. Bennardo, and Chris Willrich and introductions by ALiette de Bodard, Rajan Khanna and Lou Anders, subscribe to The BCS Audio Vault via RSS feed RSS feed or look for it on iTunes.


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