We’re Back, Baby!

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It’s been a while, folks, but StarkLight Press is back!

Or rather, we are finally getting around to updating all of you lovely, loyal fans with all the amazing books, poems, multimedia work and more our happy little elves at StarkLight have been working on this past evolution.

… starting with our latest book, a Tales from Space series novel involving some of your favorite characters, including by popular demand, Verily Wrought in kid form and that precocious scamp of an android, Nick Goodfrey.

Check in later this week for the details on our latest title, The Androsian Question, along with updated editions of An Incident in El Noor, Dalton’s Daughter  and its sequel Galaxy’s Daughter.

Poetry anthology information to follow for your favorite authors, Virginia Stark!

Check again soon for information on our  upcoming short story contest, and poetry contest as well!

It’s just what the Galaxy wanted for a holiday gift!

– Tony Stark,

Publisher and CEO,

StarkLight Press.

 

Blue Moon Season Release Date!

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Our first were-themed anthology is set to hit bookshelves in stores across North America on August 21, 2016!

This rollicking read features stories about transformation into anything… wolves, fossas, lamps… this anthology is filled with spine-chilling misadventures of people who tangled with the light of the full moon, and the monsters that emerge from it.

Featuring a bevvy of new authors, as well as StarkLight Press favorites, Blue Moon Season is perhaps our most horrifying, entertaining anthology to date!

Check into StarkLight Press all this week for interviews with our winning authors, including:

Piper Tadwell                                     Van Fleming

Mod Welles                                         Will Norton

Tara O’Neill                                        Jeren Nethers

Alfie Elkins                                        Virginia Carraway Stark

Nicholas Vincenzi                            Leanne Caine

Cathy Illes

and more!

Congratulations to all of our winning authors!

Look for Blue Moon Season Anthology August 21 on Amazon and Scribd, as well as in bookstores in British Columbia, Ohio, Ontario and California!

 

– Tony Stark,

Publisher and CEO,

StarkLight Press.

 

Outermost Magazine July Reading Spree!

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To celebrate our monthly paranormal magazine, Outermost: A Journal of the Paranormal, StarkLight Press is happy to announce that all 8 titles are FREE for the month of July!

Kick back in the sun this summer and enjoy over two hundred pages of gripping, spine-tingling paranormal facts, articles and fiction short stories about topics like:

UFOs

Aliens

Angels and Demons

Psychics and Psychic Powers

and more!

You can find them online here, for FREE, only for July. Look for Issue 9, (also free for July) coming out on the 15th of this month!

https://www.scribd.com/document/317471527/Outermost-Vol-1-Issue-2

Madder Family Portrait

Madder Family Portrait ca. 1888

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This piece, along with others from artists throughout Canada’s northern territories, is part of the Art Walk in Dawson Creek, B.C. this year. Pieces from StarkLight Press can be seen at Faking Sanity Bookshop in downtown Dawson Creek throughout the summer.

The Madder family is one of Victorian London’s premiere families, with a textile empire father Geoffrey Madder forged from the riches of the Indian colony. His three girls were some of the most sought-after matches in the Empire. When Geoffrey disappeared in the wilds of Asia, those three girls were left to their own devices- only their closest neighbor and friend, Horus Haut de Nuit, came to their aid and tried his best to keep them from the circling society vultures. Horus left his inventions and trekked to India to divine the fate of his dear friend Geoffrey, and returned with a massive, beautiful tiger… with Geoffrey Madder’s eyes.

Unable to find a means to rectify the accursed transformation that Geoffrey had undergone, Horus instead developed a showy collar for his friend, so that Geoffrey could accompany his youngest daugher, Rosie, to all of the business meetings, society functions and other neccesitous events required to keep up the Madder fortunes.

Although lauded throughout London for the creation of Rosie’s amazing clockwork tiger, Horus was not satisfied until he had created an actual clockwork man. Link, the brass and steel artificial man, not only had his own sentience, but could be used in place of steam and gas powered devices. Would Horus’ latest invention be allowed to remain a free creation, or would the interests that had shaped the steam-powered Victorian age do anything to stop Link and his father from changing their world?

You can read the first installment of The Madder Family Chronicles in Holly and Ivy, A StarkLight Steampunk Christmas Anthology. 

Find a link to the print book and e-book here:

http://www.starklightpress.com/starklight-bookstore/

You can hear Alfie Elkins reading a passage from the story upon which this painting was based here:

For more information about steampunk as a genre and a cultural movement, check out these links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steampunk

http://steampunkworkshop.com/

The Great Space Race

The Great Space Race

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Howard Donovan rolls his eyes in exasperation at the offensive antics of the Pismarian pirate racers as the starting lineup for The 187th Annual Galactic Grand Prix waits. This year’s Grand Prix takes place in the Gamma Quadrant, a dangerous and primitive part of the Milky Way. Pirates and shady characters have found their way into this year’s race as a result, bringing stolen technology like the Winged Particle Surfer to try to increase their winning edge. The Galaxy’s most versatile personal flight craft, the Donovan Jump Jet, will have its work cut out for it in this motley collection of space ships of intergalactic design. Howard will have to be on the look out for cheats and sabotage of all kinds as he tries to negotiate one of the most challenging space race courses in the GAGA.

The account of this thrilling space sport is told in the science fiction anthology, Tales from Space 2. Available this July from StarkLight Press, Tales from Space 2 features this story as well as tales about the wroiling mass of consumers, workers, stars and soldiers that make up the GAF Mainframe science fiction universe.

You can find the first volume of Tales from Space here, in print:

https://www.amazon.ca/Tales-Space-Anthology-Tony-Stark/dp/1518816614/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1466644672&sr=8-2&keywords=tales+from+space

Look for the Tales from Space e-book on Scribd here:

Look for GAF Mainframe books An Incident in El Noor, The Arkellan Treaty and Space Stranded, coming later this summer from StarkLight Press.

Here is an excerpt of Virginia Carraway Stark reading an excerpt from The Great Space Race:

StarkLight Press Bookstore

Peruse through our available titles here, order yourself a copy of your favorite books today!

Starklight Volume 2– featuring fiction from L.E. Caine, Will Norton, Jeren Nethers, Virginia Carraway Stark, Nicholas Vincenzi and Tony Stark. This anthology touches on everything from aliens in the oil patch to demon children, planetary destruction to zombie apocalypse. Nice, light reading 😉

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StarkLight Volume 3- this anthology features stories about forbidden historical romance, interplanetary vacations gone awry, possessed objects, Katrina Calvera and haunted hotels. This volume includes a short story from The Program at Green Hill, where psychics and other remarkable people find themselves working for the Navy.  http://www.theprogramatgreenhill.wordpress.com

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Dalton’s Daughter- The official autobiography of Lt. Sasha Wheaton, GAF Medical Officer to Detach Detachment. Follow the salacious, exciting, scandalous career of the Galaxy’s favorite soldier as she moves from resource planet to one of the most influential women in the Galactic Association of Globes and Asteroids. (Adult content advisory)

         Print Book                                                                                                                    E-Book

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Tales from Space Volume 1- This highly addictive, thought-provoking volume provides backstory to the incredibly engaging GAF Mainframe Universe. Read the events behind important references in the GAF Universe, including the Legend of the Bluestone Maenad, Verily Wrought’s kidnapping, the foundation of the Grater Love Cult, Buxbie’s Better Bees and more!

Print Book                                                                                                                                E-Book

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StarkLight’s Christmas Anthology

Introducing a very special, close-deadline short story contest!

StarkLight is putting forth a Christmas anthology of short stories… and our theme is:

Steampunk Holiday Stories!

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As usual, we are looking for stories with a wry, speculative, thought-provoking twist- and this time, with an added shot of Christmas, Solstice and any other winter holiday you think goes well with gears and petticoats.

Minimum word count is 250

Maximum word count is 10 000

Poems and other print media are welcomed.

Deadline is November 20, 2015

Please put your story in .doc, .odt, .pdf format and submit along with contact information to:

starklightdesk@gmail.com

Share with your steampunk-minded friends today!

– Tony Stark,

Publisher and CEO,

StarkLight Press.

StarkLight 5 Short Story Contest

Due to circumstances beyond the scope of planning, StarkLight Press has had to postpone its fifth short story contest.

Usually, our next contest rolls out shortly after our current volume hits the shelves; however, this time, we will have to wait and begin accepting submissions after November 11, 2015.

For those of you that have submitted already in advance of the announcement, please re-submit your entries when we make our official announcement.

For all those waiting and working on their short stories for our Fifth Anthology, have no fear- you haven’t missed it! We will announce the beginning of the contest with fanfare and much post sharing 😉

Until then, enjoy our three existing volumes!

– Tony Stark,

Publisher and CEO,

StarkLight Press.

A Celebration of Contract

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In light of the recent contractual “flexibility” displayed by DeAndre Jordan of the L.A. Clippers, I feel it an appropriate time to say a word about the plight of the publisher in this regard.

StarkLight Press was founded on the ideal of Collaborative media- multiple authors writing respectfully about a given universe, honoring its creative intricacies and its principles. We have therefore given very free rein to our authors, especially in our StarkLight Anthologies. We welcome authors with diverse and original worldscapes to submit works to us so that their unique worlds may have a first audience in print publication.

The great majority of our contributors have been exemplary with regard to our contracts. Helpful, ready to share interviews and video interviews, happy to share links to their sites, associated media and graphics, etc. We are happy to promote these on starklightpress.com in the hopes that creativity will breed creativity, and we may all enjoy more great stories from more authors as a result.

It is therefore frustrating to find an author who fails to live up to this ideal, especially once a formal contract has been signed and not insubstantial funds put to promotional materials, not just of anthologies, but of their own worlds as well. The idea of reneging on contracts, either verbal ones like Jordan made last Friday, or heaven forbid, on written, signed and sealed ones, is an abhorrent one to the world of business. It is also a source of great shame, as it leaves all associated parties in a tangled mess of delay, extra expense and red tape.

It is for reasons such as this that StarkLight 3 has been delayed in print version. I would like to express my sincerest apologies to not just the plucky contributors who have been waiting patiently so that friends, family and fans may buy copies, but also to the many fans of StarkLight Press Anthologies.

The issues have been handled and forwarded to appropriate channels, and the print version of our third anthology will be out soon.

I am also pleased to announce that, in spite of one bad experience, StarkLight Press is still proud to provide a supportive and welcoming platform to authors of fantasy and science fiction worldscapes- no lengthy contracts, no strings attached, not even after this recent and first imbroglio for our organization. We still offer a springboard for new authors and undiscovered creators to increase their exposure and share their worlds, and we always will.

We thank our many authors who have made it so easy for us to shake off a DeAndre Jordan of an affair, and we thank all our fans for their patience.

Tune in here later this week for the release date for StarkLight 3 in print, and for StarkLight 4’s release in ebook.

July is loaded with release dates, in fact, including the release of the first Galactic Armed Forces adventure, An Incident in El Noor, and the complete second novel from Virginia Carraway Stark, Carnival Fun.

-Tony Stark,

Publisher and CEO,

StarkLight Press.

Anybody Wanna Buy an Encyclopaedia?

Announcing the publication of our newest reference guide- the Encyclopaedia Galactica!

This is the one stop, handy reference guide for all things in the GAF universe- including updated entries on Verily Wrought, Sasha Wheaton, the HSD epidemic and the mysteries of Bluestone Academy and Brandenburg.

This is a completely annotated, updated version of the old EG, available on the original GAF Mainframe website.

It will be available in Novemeber 2014 in paperback and ebook.

The fully illustrated, annotated Encyclopaedia Galactica will be available in 2015.

Our first entry is up this Thursday at http://gafmainframe.com/2014/07/11/bluestone-maenad/

Check http://www.gafmainframe.com on our Encyclopaedia Galactica Page for entry updates every Thursday- feel free to comment, add interesting tidbits and offerings there.  Pertinent additions will be included in the publications. Your name could be included in the list of contributors of the most prestigious reference in the Galaxy!

-Tony Stark, Publisher and CEO.