Jordan Ellinger and I don’t agree on much. He’s more sci-fi, while I’m more fantasy. He is a plot guy, and I’m a language girl. He is Jordan Ellinger, and I think pen names are silly. He spells words with a lot of extra l’s and u’s, and sometimes q’s. I mean, he’s Canadian, for Pete’s sake.
When we met at Clarion West five years ago Jordan was already a Writers of the Future award winner, well-steeped in science fiction and fantasy, and ravenously acquiring new writing techniques, contacts, and story ideas with an almost mercenary precision. I was much, much less prepared. Jordan (rightly) eviscerated my first story, and we’ve been literary frenemies ever since.
We still don’t agree on much, but one thing we do agree on is that we’ve brought you a terrific first issue of Urban Fantasy Magazine. In this issue you’ll find an intro to Urban Fantasy from our own Nonfiction Editor Andreé Robinson-Neal and reviews of Debbie Vigue’s Circle of Blood and Jenna Black’s The Gifted Dead. In fiction, we’re pleased as punch to debut with a new story from award-winning author Ken Scholes. “A Chance of Cats and Dogs” made me want to howl at the moon, and possibly disembowel some bad guys.
One final thing on which Jordan and I see eye to eye is that the hands-down best part of being an editor is uncovering a gem of a story for all to see. We’re very proud to bring you John Wiswell’s “Wet,” a haunting tale of friendship and catharsis. With ghosts.
So many good stories came in through our submissions system that it was a real shame we had to choose just one for this first issue. We hope you’ll come back month after month, because we have some even equally good work coming up: stories from the likes of Carrie Vaughn, John A. Pitts, and Tim Powers, alongside beautiful stories from up-and-coming writers.
Every Thursday, we’ll bring you new content right here on our site, and the complete magazine will be available for download in both mobi and ePub formats in the coming days. We realize that we’re a new market and that we have to earn your trust. We feel like the issue we put together should do just that and, to prove it, we’re offering it for, well, whatever you’d like to spend on us. That’s right–our debut issue is Pay What You Want. Our suggested price is $2.99, but you can download it for free if you’d like. Check us out, and if you like the direction we’re heading in, buy a subscription and make sure that we’re able to keep doing what we’re doing.
- A Chance of Cats and Dogs by Ken Scholes
- Wet by John Wiswell
- Reading Urban Fantasy by Dr. Andree Robinson-Neal
- Circle of Blood by Debbie Viguie
- The Gifted Dead by Jenna Black
We look forward to sharing some of the best Urban Fantasy fiction and non-fiction with you in the coming months and years. So, with that said…
Welcome to Urban Fantasy Magazine!