January 27th, 2008

Summary: H. P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror, 2007

 Summary: H. P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror, 2007

This magazine continues to struggle to find a regular schedule. It is edited by Marvin Kaye. Just one issue appeared in 2007, featuring 10 stories, 2 novelettes, 8 shorts (4 of those short-shorts), for some 33,000 words of fiction.

I actually thought the most memorable story was a short-short, Nicholas Knight's "Thinking of You". Other nice stories came from Toiya Kristen Finley, Esther Friesner, and Kiel Stuart.

5 of ten writers were women. In 2006, 2 of 8 stories were by women.

Summary: A few more online sources, 2007

Summary: A few more online sources, 2007

These are a few more online sites that regularly publish SF, but that I have missed so far.

10. Ticonderoga Online

This is an Australian ezine edited by Liz Grzyb and Russell B. Farr. It was nominally quarterly and indeed four issues appeared in 2006 but in 2007 only one issue appeared, dated Autumn. (Remember that the Australian Autumn is the Northern Hemisphere Spring.) So I don't know what its future status is. This issue had three stories, 2 SF, 2 by women, all short, 7600 words total. The Jarrah Moore and Ben Payne pieces were my favorites.

11. Electric Spec

I looked at one issue of this ezine, which is edited by Lesley Smith, David Hughes, Renata Hill, and Georgia Simonds. That issue had 6 stories, all short, 1 short-short, about 22,000 words. I wasn't overly happy with it, but it probably deserves a further look. (One later issue include for example a story by Barth Anderson, albeit that one a reprint.) In this issue my favorite story was "The Rainbow Bridge" by Hank Quense.

12. E-Cards From Hell

This was a subscription service that sent a dozen short-shorts, with illustrations, on electronic postcards. The stories averaged about 500 words a pop, so about 6000 words total. They were all on horror-themes, and being short-shorts, were basically one-joke pieces, sometimes quite cute. My favorites were from Henry Gee and David J. Snyder.

13. Bruce Holland Rogers short-shorts at www.shortshortshort.com

This is an email service from Bruce, $10 a year, in which he sends 3 stories a month, generally short-shorts (occasionally they run just a bit longer). Some of them are reprints, and I've probably missed some of those, but I have 33 stories listed that I hadn't seen elsewhere. Just about 28000 words of new fiction. These are generally pretty good short-shorts. My favorites this year were a series of seven called collectively "The Seven Deadly Hotels", about seven very unusual hotels.


A preliminary summary, 2007

 I'm not quite done yet. I still plan posts on Shimmer, Anotherealm, and Thrilling Wonder Stories, as well as a long series of posts on original anthologies, and posts on "novella chapbooks", story collections, and various miscellaneous sources of the odd story. And one on the Fantastic Women issue of Tin House, one of the clear best magazine issues of the year.

But I'm almost done. And I can post some stats here.

From 2007 I read various issues of 47 print magazines, 33 electronic sources, 40 original anthologies, 12 story collections with original pieces, 18 single story chapbooks, and a few other miscellaneous spots. These places included (that I read) a total of 2263 stories: 72 novellas, 360 novelettes, and 1831 short stories (326 of those short-shorts). That's a personal record, and so is the total wordcount: just barely short of 12.4 million words.

Interestingly (to me anyway), the total wordcount of novellas was half that of novelettes, which was half that of short stories. (Near as dammit, anyway.) Novellas averaged just about 25,000 words, novelettes just about 10,000 words, and short stories about 3800 words.

I may have misidentified a very few authors, but I counted 793.5 stories by women, or 35%.

And I counted 937 science fiction stories, the rest being fantasy (or horror or slipstream or mainastream or, in perhaps one case, a barely or not at all fictionalized memoir). That's 41.4%, which I will say is a bit smaller proportion than I might have guessed.