2018 Line-up…

will be announced soon. A couple folks have already been bragging about their sales, but I’ll try to get the list posted in the next few days to weeks. There are a couple stories we’re still waiting to hear back on, but once we get them nailed down, I’ll get it up.

We’ll have 4 issues next year of approximate 45-50k words each.

If there are any pulp stories that I’ve talked about at Castalia House or here at Cirsova you’d be interested seeing in print, let me know. People have bugged me for some time about using Cirsova to reprint old pulp stories here and there, and maybe I have been convinced? No guarantees. But I’m considering sticking in Raiders of the Second Moon, Moon of Danger, and maybe something else in, depending on what the page counts are looking like once stories are placed.

Reviews on Issue 5, CL Moore & Hugos

Issue 5 is finally starting to get some more reviews on Amazon! A huge thank you to everyone who has taken a moment to review this or any of our other issues!

Five issues on, and Cirsova is keeping up with its high standard. Even tho the large chunk of this issue is based around this same shared fictional background, stories are as varied in theme, tone and style as ever, with now usual mixture of new authors and zine veterans. Burnett’s short piece stole the show for me. In this age of “subversive” takes on Lovecraft, it is surprising to see one such story in a magazine like this one, one that is actually good at what it does unlike many a thematically similar yet preachy and cringe-inducing piece whose fame lies on its fashionable themes alone. – Paul Blagojevic

The hype is real. A themed issue based on the mythos of H.P. Lovecraft upon which is backdropped some of the most rousing adventure fiction I’ve read in some time. No need to fear the dreck of such pastiches often rolled out by inferior immitators, Cthulhu is not namedropped even once. Like Adventure Stories and Weird Tales before it Cirsova continues to dominate short fiction and has my life long support.

Immensely pleased. – Anon

The Misha Burnett piece is the best story I’ve read yet this year. Since writing Appendix N, I’ve been on the lookout for a magazine that could put out short science fiction and fantasy along the lines of what people were reading back when fantasy role-playing games were a brand new thing. Cirsova is it! – Jeffro Johnson*

*:Jeffro’s been a past contributor of non-fiction for us.

One of Jeffro’s pieces for us, in our third issue, was his Retrospective on The Best of C.L. MooreRetrospective piece on The Best of C.L. Moore. I’d read some Moore, but I’m just now getting around this classic anthology edited by Lester Del Ray.  I was left a bit unimpressed by her collab with Kuttner on The Last Citadel, but I gave the grande dame another chance when I found a Jirel anthology, which I enjoyed thoroughly, yet now, reading a bit broader range of her stories, I’m blown away. I’m only a little ways into this anthology, but The Black Thirst and The Bright Illusion… Wow. C.L. Moore may be better at writing Lovecraftian Science Fiction than Lovecraft!

I’d strongly recommend that anyone considering trying their hand at writing “Lovecraftian” or Weird Fiction in general would be doing themselves a huge favor in reading Moore and looking to her for inspiration rather than those who were trying to directly ape Lovecraft’s writing.

Lastly, I’ll note that the voting for the Hugo Awards closes on Friday. It’s been interesting to see just how little discussion there is on categories that do not focus on a single work; there’s been next to no talk about our category, the pro-zine category,  or the fanzine category. It’s understandable, though. It would be a struggle for most folks to get through all of the fiction categories in time to make a somewhat informed decision on them, much less slog through portfolios of two and a half dozen zines and editors. Much more so than the fiction, which is heavily reviewed and discussed on merit**, it’s a popularity contest and PR game, and as the guy from Amazing Stories pointed out, one we’re not the best at playing. Between being a last-second Rabid Puppy addition and of our support for a pro-ethics movement that was relentlessly smeared by the media it was trying to hold accountable, I hold no illusions as to our chances of winning. I’ll be happy so long as the magazine of the guy who was tweeting out pro-Antifa memes doesn’t win.

**:Even if you disagree with the standards or lenses the stories are measured against, you can’t deny that they are being discussed on those merits.

Updates on Acquisitions

It’s been a very busy and trying week for me. I’ll be getting payment out authors soon. I’ll announce stuff when everything is nailed down.

Submission Grinder is saying there are 2 pending submissions waiting for responses. I think we’ve done better this year than last about following up with everyone in a timely manner, but I really don’t want anyone to slip through the cracks if I can help it.

If you haven’t heard from us, let us know.

Appendix N is out in Hardback!

Finally, out in dead tree fiber format!
The book that launched a movement.

Jeffro's Space Gaming Blog

People have hounded me about this for months. When, Jeffro? When?! When is APPENDIX N going to be out in some kind of honest to goodness book format.

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve approached complete strangers in order to wax eloquent on the brilliance of my literary exploits only to find out that there of mass quantities of people out there that will not read anything unless it is real. No, an ebook reader will not do! It’s gotta be old-fashioned wood pulp. It’s got to be something nice that would make for a touching gift or something uber-cool that would look good on the coffee table.

But I tell ya, it’s the pleading that really got to me– the people that came to me, desperate to read my book, begging for me to do anything I could to facilitate the process of it being…

View original post 268 more words