ISSUE 31

This thirty-first issue of Tales from the Canyons of the Damned consists of five sharp, suspenseful, thought provoking short stories—each from a different featured master of speculative fiction.

Fortune Cookies by Hunter C. Eden
That Time of Year by D.K. Cassidy
The Pairing Witch by David Alan Jones
Similar by Holly Heisey
#Eddie_and_June by Daniel Arthur Smith

Tales from the Canyons of the Damned (canyonsofthedamned.com) is a dark science fiction, horror, & slipstream magazine we've been working on since 2015. What is Dark Science Fiction and Horror? Think of it as a literary Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, or Outer Limits, it's Netflix's Black Mirror and Amazon's Electric Dreams in the short story format. And it's a bargain. Each monthly issue has three-to-five sharp, suspenseful, satirical tales from today's top speculative fiction writers.
These are Dark Sci Fi Slipstream Tales like you've never read before.

S. Elliot Brandis reads and discusses "Float" by Ernie Howard

CONTRIBUTORS TO OUR LATEST ISSUE

Hunter C. Eden

Hunter C. Eden is a Denver-based essayist and dark fantasy writer whose work has appeared in Weird Tales, City Slab, and Ravenous Monster Horror Webzine.

Jessica West

Jessica West (a.k.a. West1Jess) is currently pursuing a state of self-induced psychosis, also known as writing. In the past, she has worked for Wal-Mart, a lawyer, and a bank. Now if she could just get a couple years experience with the IRS and the NSA, world domination is in the bag. Jess lives in Acadiana with three daughters still young enough to think she’s cool and a husband who knows better but likes her anyway. For more information, visit west1jess.com

D.K. Cassidy

D.K. Cassidy scribbles daily in various genres including Science Fiction, Magical Realism, & Urban Gothic. Her goal? Messing with your mind by transforming the voices in her head into odd stories. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her greatest fans: her husband Mark, twin sons Aidan and Jared, and four cats. When not writing, she loves to travel, run, knit, use the Oxford comma, and of course read!

Holly Heisey

Holly Heisey is an author, illustrator, and designer with a love of spaceships and a tendency to quote Monty Python. They’ve had stories in Intergalactic Medicine Show, The Doomsday Chronicles, Clockwork Phoenix 5, and Transcendent: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction volumes one and two, as well as translated into German and Estonian. Holly lives in Arizona with Larry, their pet cactus, who doesn’t bite. They’re currently at work on a space opera epic, and you can find them online at hollyheisey.com.

David Alan Jones

David Alan Jones is a veteran of the US Air Force where he served as an Arabic linguist. He is also a martial artist, a husband, and a father of three. David writes novels that draw upon his experiences in intel and martial arts combined with his love of all things literary. An eclectic reader, David counts Anne Tyler, Stephen King, Lois McMaster Bujold, Robert J. Sawyer, J.K. Rowling and many others among his favorite, and most influential, authors.

Daniel Arthur Smith

Daniel Arthur Smith is a USA Today bestselling author. His titles include Spectral Shift, Hugh Howey Lives, The Cathari Treasure, The Somali Deception, and a few other novels and short stories. He also curates the phenomenal short fiction series Tales from the Canyons of the Damned and Frontiers of Speculative Fiction. He was raised in Michigan and graduated from Western Michigan University where he studied philosophy, with focus on cognitive science, meta-physics, and comparative religion. He began his career as a bartender, barista, poetry house proprietor, teacher, and then became a technologist and futurist for the Fortune 100 across the Americas and Europe. Daniel has traveled to over 300 cities in 22 countries, residing in Los Angeles, Kalamazoo, Prague, Crete, and now writes in Manhattan where he lives with his wife and young sons.

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Word Limit: 500-5000 words.

Pay Rate: Original stories 3¢ per word for the first 5000 words.

Genres: Dark Science fiction, Horror, Weird, and Slipstream. Think of the Canyons as a literary Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, or Outer Limits—it's Netflix's Black Mirror.

Language: English (Translations are welcome.)

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