ISSUE 18

This eighteenth issue of Tales from the Canyons of the Damned consists of four sharp, suspenseful, thought provoking short stories of the sea and things deep—each from a different featured master of speculative fiction.

Kevin Lauderdale shares a letter from the past.
Terry R. Hill offers scientific insight.
Philip Harris tells us 12 things we need to know.
And Daniel Arthur Smith shares another clip from the Lost Tapes series

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 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.

“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the mortal mind to correlate all its contents.” ~ H.P. Lovecraft.

CONTRIBUTORS TO OUR LATEST ISSUE

Kevin Lauderdale

Kevin Lauderdale has written essays and articles for the Los Angeles Times, The Dictionary of American Biography, and McSweeneys.net. His short fiction has appeared in several of Pocket Books’ Star Trek anthologies as well as various small press publications. His story “Box 27” appeared in the science journal Nature. This is his second James and Reggie story for Canyons of the Damned. His story “James and the Dark Grimoire,” which made Ellen Datlow’s Honorable Mention list for the year’s best horror and was nominated for a Washington Area Science Fiction Association Small Press Award for Best Short Story was reprinted in Canyons #6. More James and Reggie adventures are in the Canyons pipeline. With Jeff Ayers, he has written The Fourth Lion, a YA thriller set in contemporary Washington, D.C. and its surroundings. He hosts the Old Time Radio podcast, “Presenting the Transcription Feature,” and co-hosts “Temple of Bad,” the podcast about movies that are so bad, they’re practically a religious experience, both on the Chronic Rift network. He is a member of SFWA and HWA.

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

Philip Harris

Philip Harris was born in England but now lives in Canada where he works for a large video game developer. Not content with creating imaginary worlds for a living, he spends his spare time indulging his love of writing. His published books include The Girl in the City Trilogy and an homage to the old pulp science fiction serials - Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet. His short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines including The Jurassic Chronicles, Bones, Uncommon Minds, The Anthology of European SF, and Peeping Tom. He has also worked as security for Darth Vader. His novels are about outlaws, outcasts, and outsiders.

Terry R. Hill

Terry R. Hill, a Texas native, was trained with two degrees in aerospace engineering. He has worked for NASA since 1997 with a very satisfying career as an engineer and project manager spanning programs from the international space station’s navigation software, to next generation space suit design, to exploration mission planning, to mitigating the health effects of space on astronauts. While supporting the manned space program has been a lifetime passion, writing of different worlds, alternate futures and the human condition has filled his spare time.

Daniel Arthur Smith

Daniel Arthur Smith is the author of the international bestsellers 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. 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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Genres: Dark Science fiction, Horror, and Slipstream. Think of the Canyons as a literary Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, or Outer Limits—it's Netflix's Black Mirror.

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