ISSUE 23

We’re knocking it out of the park with our first ever sports issue!
This twenty-third 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.

A Brief Survey of Intergalactic Sports and Other Competitive Events—Will Swardstrom
Murder Bowl XIII—Nathan M. Beauchamp
Echo Dome—Bob Williams
Peach of a Delivery, That!—S. Elliot Brandis
Veloxity—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.

Jessica West reads and discusses "After the End" by Will Swardstrom

CONTRIBUTORS TO OUR LATEST ISSUE

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.

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

S. Elliot Brandis

S. Elliot Brandis is an engineer and author from Brisbane, Australia. He writes post-apocalyptic, horror, and dystopian fiction, often blurring genre lines. He is a lover of bourbon, baseball, and horror movies. His novels are about outlaws, outcasts, and outsiders. Join the mailing list at http://eepurl.com/PsmMv for news about giveaways and upcoming releases.

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.

Bob Williams

Bob Williams lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife Sara and daughter Kate. When Bob isn't writing he works for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville. Bob has another short story, MAGENTA, currently available in the Amazon Kindle Store. Bob hopes you enjoy reading his words as much as he loves writing them.

Nathan M. Beauchamp

Nathan M. Beauchamp started writing stories at nine years old and never stopped. From his first grisly tales about carnivorous catfish, mole detectives, and cyborg housecats, his interests have always delved into strange waters. Nathan works in finance so that he can support his habit of putting words together in the hope that someone will read them. His hobbies include reading, photography, arguing for sport, and pondering the eventual heat death of the universe. He has published many short stories in magazines and anthologies, and holds an MFA in creative writing from Western State. He lives in Colorado with his wife and two young boys. Nathan co-created the award winning YA science fiction series Universe Eventual where he writes as N.J. Tanger. The series includes Chimera, Helios, and Ceres and the prequel Ascension. Universe Eventual is available on Amazon.

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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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