Stumar Press

an independent publisher of horror and fantasy fiction

Announcements

Peter Borg - Derby Scribes 2011 Anthology author interviewed

Posted by Stuart Hughes on October 21, 2011 at 3:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Derby Scribes member Peter Borg talks to Hampton Reviews about his short story "Dave's Dinosaur" - published in the Derby Scribes 2011 Anthology.


Peter says, "My latest story, included in the anthology, is the introduction to a longer piece I am writing that follows the title character as he struggles to cope with the surreal situation of an invasion of dinosaurs. He lives in a world that is exactly like ours in every respect with the tiny exception that dinosaurs have spontaneously appeared all over the planet.


"I was playing a game with myself one day. I was trying to think of the strangest possible way to wake up. I thought that there couldn’t be a lot stranger than my partner informing me that there was a dinosaur outside the tent we were sleeping in. The story came from this idea."


Read the full interview.

British Fantasy Society announce Stumar Press

Posted by Stuart Hughes on September 21, 2011 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The British Fantasy Society announced Stumar Press on their website.


"Stumar Press is a new independent publisher; its first publication is the Derby Scribes 2011 Anthology – eleven short stories by Simon Clark, Conrad Williams, Neal James and members of the Derby Scribes writing group.


"The aim of the imprint is to publish horror and fantasy fiction, primarily as eBook editions available for the Kindle and via Smashwords on a variety of other platforms. Print book editions for some of Stumar Press’s titles will also be made available. Focussing on short stories, Stumar Press is looking to publish both collections and anthologies, and is currently inviting author pitches. The Press is also interested in publishing an eBook version of previously published print edition short story collections where the author has retained copyright and no eBook edition exists."


Read the full announcement.

FantasyCon Reading - Soul Screams

Posted by Stuart Hughes on September 21, 2011 at 12:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Horror and crime novelist Sara-Jayne Townsend will be reading a short story from her forthcoming collection Soul Screams at FantasyCon, at 3:30 pm on the afternoon of Friday 30th September 2011.


The reading will take place in Room 134 of the Royal Albion Hotel, Brighton. If you're at FantasyCon at that time, do come along.


Soul Screams will contain thirteen horror stories - both psychological and supernatural tales. Many of them are angsty, dealing with negative emotions and darkness of the soul.


Coming Soon in early 2012.

Sara-Jayne Townsend blogs about "Soul Screams"

Posted by Stuart Hughes on September 17, 2011 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Sara-Jayne Townsend blogs about her forthcoming short story collection "Soul Screams" - to be published in 2012 by Stumar Press.


Sara-Jayne says, "I am pleased to be able to announce that my next publishing project is in the pipeline. A collection of my short stories, with the working title of SOUL SCREAMS, will be released as an e-book and POD version, with a scheduled publication date of February 2012.


"The anthology will contain previously published short stories, as well as some unpublished ones. They are all horror-themed, but much of my earlier work dealt with psychological horror rather than supernatural horror, and characters in very dark places. It’s not going to be an uplifting read, put it that way. Unlike my novels, my short stories rarely end happily.


"I am very excited about working on it."


Stumar Press are delighted to have Sara-Jayne Townsend onboard and are excited about publishing Soul Screams in 2012.


Read the full blog here.

Announcing Stumar Press

Posted by Stuart Hughes on August 31, 2011 at 3:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Stumar Press are delighted to announce themselves as a new independent publisher with the publication of the Derby Scribes 2011 Anthology – containing eleven short stories by Simon Clark, Conrad Williams, Neal James and members of the Derby Scribes writing group. 


The aim is to publish horror and fantasy fiction, concentrating primarily on eBook editions available through Amazon, for the Kindle, and Smashwords on a variety of other platforms. Print book editions for some titles will also be available.


Focussing on short stories of horror and the macabre, Stumar Press are looking to publish titles as either single author collections, or anthologies by a variety of authors.


Next up for Stumar Press will be Soul Screams, a collection of twelve short stories by horror and crime novelist Sara-Jayne Townsend. News on further titles will be available soon.


Editor Stuart Hughes has previous experience as the former editor of the British Fantasy Award winning Peeping Tom magazine. Stuart says, “To be honest I blame Peter Mark May. When he first floated the idea of his Alt-Dead anthology he asked for volunteers to help on the editing side. Like an idiot I volunteered and, to my surprise, discovered I enjoyed it and still had a knack for it. About that time, Mark West was promoting ‘ill at ease’ and I got talking to him about the wonderful world of eBooks. We found we had a similar vision and the idea for Stumar Press was born.


“As editor, I’ll be bringing the same values and principles to our titles as I applied to Peeping Tom. That is, to say, we’ll be looking to publish the best fiction we can and our attention to detail and editing standards will be high.”


Publisher Mark West says, “When I first got into the small press, about a decade ago, Peeping Tom was one of those markets that I really wanted to crack but it wasn’t until much later, via the wonder of Facebook, that I was finally able to ‘meet’ Stuart. We got talking, since we were both involved ‘behind-the-scenes’ on Alt-Dead and at the time, I was also working on ‘ill at ease’. As a dedicated paper-and-ink man, I was disappointed that a lot of Kindle/Smashwords material was – to put it simply – very poor and wanted to prove that there was a place for intelligent, keenly-edited, sharply designed eBooks. As a shared vision, Stuart and I decided to pool our resources and see what happened and Stumar Press is the end result.


“With an editor of Stuart’s calibre, it makes perfect sense to have him doing what he does best. I’ll be concentrating on the publishing side, getting the formatting produced to the highest quality and ensuring that the artwork and design is always eye-catching.”


Stumar Press are currently looking for short story collections to publish and are inviting author pitches. They are also interested in publishing an eBook version of previously published print edition short story collections where the author has retained copyright and no eBook edition exists.