ISSUE 29

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

Nice List by Will Swardstrom
Dreaming of a Carboniferous Christmas by Robert Jeschonek
The Christmas Gift 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

Robert Jeschonek

Robert Jeschonek According to Mike Resnick, Robert Jeschonek “is a towering talent.” Robert is an award-winning writer whose fiction, comics, essays, articles, and podcasts have been published around the world. His young adult fantasy novel, My Favorite Band does not Exist, won the Forward National Literature Award and was named one of BOOKLIST’s Top Ten First Novels for Youth. His cross-genre science fiction thriller, Day 9, is an International Book Award winner. He also won the 2013 Scribe Award for Best Original Novel from the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers for his alternate history, Tannhäuser: Rising Sun, Falling Shadows. Simon & Schuster, DAW/Penguin Books, and DC Comics have published his work. He won the grand prize in Pocket Books’ nationwide Strange New Worlds contest and was nominated for the British Fantasy Award.

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

Will Swardstrom

Will Swardstrom is a speculative fiction author. His latest novel is Blink, the first adventure in The Utility Company series, co-written with his brother Paul. He also has two full length novels, Dead Sleep and Dead Sight, and is at work on the finale in the trilogy. He also has three stories in The Future Chronicles anthology series (Uncle Allen in The Alien Chronicles, Z Ball in The Z Chronicles, and The Control in The Immortality Chronicles). Each of those anthologies has charted in the Top 5 on the SF Anthology list and The Alien Chronicles reached as high as #6 on the Overall Top 100 List. The Control from The Immortality Chronicles has been nominated for Best American Science Fiction. He also has a few stories set in Hugh Howey’s WOOL Universe among his various other short stories and novellas. He lives in Southern Illinois with his wife and two kids.

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.

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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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