On Hiatus

Greetings all,

This isn’t bad news, but it’s not good news either. Urban Fantasy Magazine is taking a three month hiatus to re-tool and re-launch on a third party subscription and distribution service, which we will announce shortly. At that time, we will also launch a mobile version of the magazine that will be available on iOS and Android.

Why are we doing this?

First, both our subscription and submission systems were written in-house and they had bugs. By moving those to an outside service, we’ll hopefully streamline both of them and make the magazine a more pleasant reading experience.

Second, as previously announced, Katrina S. Forest is stepping down as editor and, while Camille Gooderham Campbell (Every Day Fiction) has agreed to come on board, she needs some time to sort through the submission pile for great work that we can publish in the magazine. Also, under Ms. Forest the direction of the magazine had shifted to focus more on new voices in fiction rather than established names. We’ll be shifting the focus back to having one big name and one new voice in every issue. Securing stories from those big names also takes time.

What happens now?

We will be cancelling the subscription of anyone currently subscribed to the magazine. When we resume our operations, those subscriptions will resume at no charge. Ever. That includes our lifetime subscriber.

We apologize for this temporary interruption in your scheduled service and we thank you sincerely for your continued support.

We’ll see you in three months.

Jordan Ellinger

Executive Editor, UFM.

Welcome to the December Issue of Urban Fantasy Magazine

Just wanted to keep it simple this month and say thank you. Thank you to the staff for all the help and support you’ve given me during my time as editor. Thank you to the authors who trusted me with their work. Thank you, readers, for giving our magazine a place in your reading time this year. We hope to have more stories in your hands very soon.

-Katrina S. Forest

Welcome to the November Issue of Urban Fantasy Magazine

Well, we’ve made it. Urban Fantasy Magazine is officially in its second year. It’s been a crazy ride with so many amazing stories along the way. For those who haven’t seen it on our website already, due to gaps in our staff, we will be going on hiatus in January. We will keep the website updated with any new developments.

If I had to pick a theme to our stories this month, it would be “changing rituals.” It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the things we do every day, the way we’ve always done things. It often takes something extreme to alter our views, and even then, we can be pretty stubborn. In our first story, “Gawania and the Banner Man” by Daniel J. Davis, a creature’s fate is wrapped up in an old tradition. In “Bad Times to be in the Wrong Place” by David Tallerman, a man looks at everyday rituals in a unique way when he learns the world may not be around much longer. “Bad Times to be in the Wrong Place” is our first reprinted story, and David Tallerman is also our interviewee for November.

We’ve got a guest reviewer this month, Sara Patterson, who shares her opinions on Nick Harkaway’s The Gone-Away World, while Kristin Luna reviews a creepily fun anthology, Carniepunk. And, of course, we have the grand finale to our serialized story, Dead Records by Ryan Reid and Steven Savile.

Thanks for reading, and for all of you joining in the craziness that is NaNoWriMo, happy writing!

-Katrina S. Forest

Message for Authors

Due to the large amount of stories we have been receiving, we unfortunately have to close submissions a few days earlier than expected. We will stop taking submissions on October 26th at 11:59pm EST.

We sincerely apologize to authors who were still planning to send work in and encourage you to send us your work either today or tomorrow. We’ve had a lot of good stories coming through the queue, and we want to give everyone who submits a fair chance at being selected.

We are looking forward to reading your work!

Welcome to the October Issue of Urban Fantasy Magazine

I’m just going to say it — October is awesome. I like the cooler weather. I like that I can get pumpkin-flavored every-dessert-ever-invented. I like that National Novel Writing Month is right around the corner. And let’s face it, a holiday dedicated to dressing in costume is like something custom-made for the urban fantasy fan.

In keeping with the Halloween theme this month, we’ve got a story that fits the definition of dark and creepy. In Wendy Hammer’s “Layer by Layer”, a woman is able to look into the future. Her methods are unconventional, and she carefully weighs whether to tell people the truth about what she sees. (Some scenes of domestic violence are present in this story.)

We’ve also got a ghost story — but in this case, the ghosts are not human. They’re betta fish. And when their former owner is facing a crisis, they prove themselves surprisingly useful in “Flare” by Eleanor R. Wood.

Our October interviewee, Paul Cornell, has worked across a huge range of mediums, including comics, novels, screenplays, short stories, and nonfiction books. He has written numerous works in the Doctor Who universe, as well as created some fascinating universes of his own.

Finally this month, our reviewers take a look at Heather Dixon’s Illusionarium as well as two books by Rachel Neumeier: Black Dog Short Stories and Pure Magic. We also reach the penultimate chapter of Steven Savile and Ryan Reid’s Dead Records, but Aura and Marcus’ adventures aren’t quite over yet; stay tuned for the conclusion next month!

Enjoy your October and, as always, thanks for supporting Urban Fantasy Magazine!

-Katrina S. Forest

Changes at UFM

This is one of those announcements I hoped as an editor I would never have to write.

Both myself and our slush editor Frances will be stepping down from our positions in December. This is not related to any creative differences; we have loved working together. Rather, our professional lives are simply not allowing us to give this magazine the time and attention it needs. This is not a decision either of us have made lightly. (For myself, as I have been largely funding the magazine, there are also financial reasons to consider.) UFM has been a huge part of both our lives and we sincerely hope to see it flourish. Many magazines do not complete their first year, and we have reached that milestone. We are proud and honored to have worked with so many amazing people along the way.

What does this mean for UFM subscribers?
The magazine will go on hiatus in January. These are two big gaps in our staff, and we will need time to find the right people to fill them. We will contact our annual subscribers over the next few weeks to discuss what this means for their subscriptions.

What does this mean for UFM authors?
We will continue taking submissions up until 11:59 EST November 1st. After that, we will be closed to submissions until at least January 2nd. (Again, when we re-open will largely depend on when/if we find the proper staff to take our places.) To help our staff move through the stories in the queue a bit quicker, we may have to send form rejections to some stories, though we will try to give personal feedback whenever possible. We completely respect any author’s decision to withdraw their story given this announcement.

What about the upcoming issues?
There will be a October issue, a November issue, and a December issue. That much is certain. The October issue is available for purchase now, and we think it is awesome. We hope you do, too.

Welcome to the September 2015 Issue of Urban Fantasy Magazine

September is a time of change. For me, it means walking into a classroom full of new faces and remembering just how much a person can learn over the course of a year. For Urban Fantasy Magazine, it means only one more month before our first anniversary. We’ve come a long way since our inaugural issue, and it’s exciting to see where we’re headed.

Sometimes years of changes can pull a family apart; in Rati Mehrotra’s “The Singing Tree”, a father seeks a unique way to mend those bonds. There is no magic in this story that can re-create the past, but perhaps there is a way to make a new, brighter future.

Our solicited stories are back this month, with an original short story by New York Times bestselling author, Jonathan Maberry. His characters have fought off zombies and evil masterminds across a whole series of novels. In “Ink”, his new character Monk Addison must search for the villain at great cost to himself. (Note: Our stories this month handle some heavy topics, including suicide, child abuse, and sexual assault.)

In the seventh installment of Steven Savile and Ryan Reid’s Dead Records, we find Marcus racing to save Aura from the overwhelming sadness in her songs, while saving himself from another, less kind-hearted, magical singer named Martine.

Finally, our reviewers this month take a look at All That Glows by Ryan Graudin and Red Hot Steele by Alex P. Berg. Both books feature characters working with a partner they don’t like at first, but must learn to tolerate if they want to survive.

We hope you enjoy this issue of Urban Fantasy Magazine, and thanks for reading!

-Katrina S. Forest

Welcome to the August 2015 Issue of Urban Fantasy Magazine

The Magicians has been one of my favorite urban fantasy reads so far this year. So when Lev Grossman agreed to be our August interviewee, you could say I was pretty happy. I’m also discovering the joy of reading through the slush pile and discovering those short stories that make me go, “Seriously? No one snatched this up yet?”

In “Echoes”, our first story this month, a man has the ability to bottle emotions. His products can fetch a good price and might give his son a better life, but his latest might cost him more than he can pay.

Our second story, “A Thing in All My Things”, features a monster that we can all relate to — the kind that hides in shadows and feeds your fears that you’ll never amount to anything. It’s the kind of monster that writers fight off every day, even if (unlike our story’s protagonist), they don’t literally have it sitting in their coffee maker.

Our book reviewers dove into some action-packed urban fantasy this month with Loose Changeling by A.G. Stewart and City of Fae by Pippa DaCosta. And of course, we have the next section of our serialized story, Dead Records (part 6 of 9, for those keeping track at home). In the last section, Marcus discovered that his siren singer Aura takes on the emotions of whatever song she is singing. And now her blues songs are her biggest hits.

Here’s to an August filled with many uplifting emotions. Thanks for reading Urban Fantasy Magazine.

-Katrina S. Forest

Welcome to the July 2015 Issue of Urban Fantasy Magazine

Well, summer has hit (at least in my hometown, it has!) We’re sporting a new look on our cover and a new feature in our pages. In place of our typical nonfiction article, we’re presenting this month’s topic, diversity in urban fantasy, in an interview format. Our guest is Djibril al-Ayad, who has been publishing short fiction from underrepresented voices for the past ten years.

We’ve also got two amazing short stories for you this month, both from authors who are no strangers to the professional short story market.

Our first story is from H.L. Fullerton, whose previous work can be found in Buzzy, Penumbra, and Flash Fiction Online. In this new story, “D.J.’s Locker”, a troubled teen’s dark past is shoved in his face when a series of sand dollars, each with a message, starts to appear at his school.

Our second story is from Michael T. Banker. His short fiction has been featured in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show as well as Writers of the Future, Volume 31. In his story, “Tides Beckoning”, a young woman caught between the world of the sea and the world of humans struggles to find her true home.

If you still need a taste of the ocean, you can check out part five of our serialized story, “Dead Records”. Marcus may have finally found a way to stop musician/siren Aura from making her listeners go insane, but it’s taking a toll on her that even she might not be aware of.

Last but not least, our book reviewers bring you their opinions on Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey and Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger.

As always, thanks for reading!

-Katrina S. Forest

Welcome to the June 2015 Issue of Urban Fantasy Magazine

We’re excited to have a new story by New York Times bestselling author Jane Lindskold. In “Button Witch”, a girl named Penn seeks a wish from a witch who’s inspired a lifelong hobby.

In the “The Duchess of Fitzrovia” by Anne E. Johnson, a mysterious woman with an otherwordly air takes up residence in a coffee shop, leaving the barista to decide whether to help her or turn her away.

Beth Nolan explores the history of witches throughout literature in our nonfiction article this month. And in “Dead Records: Part 4”, Marcus probably wishes he had someone who could change his life with a single spell. Trying to sell a siren as a popular singer is not getting any easier.

Our reviews this month feature two great YA novels: JACKABY by William Ritter and CARUS & MITCH by Tim Major.

Want to share your thoughts about this month’s stories? You can leave feedback on our website or on Facebook. Thanks for reading and enjoy!