Eight stories in the second issue of Alt Hist

I am pleased to announce that we have now accepted eight stories in total for the second issue of Alt Hist. I’m really excited about this issue. We have managed to get more fiction in this time and an even more diverse range of settings and types of historical fiction, from straight historical to alternate to historical fantasy.

Work is now starting on typesetting. More updates soon.

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Alt Hist Issue 1 Print edition available via Amazon

I am pleased to announce that the print edition of Alt Hist Issue 1 is now available via Amazon.

Please visit http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004JLSHB0 if you want to order it.

Just as a reminder the first issue of Alt Hist contains the following stories:

  • “The Silent Judge” by David W. Landrum
  • “Easter Parade, 1930” by Rob McClure Smith
  • “Holy Water” by Andrew Knighton
  • “Lament for Lost Atlanta” by Arlan Andrews
  • “The Bitterness of Apples” by Priya Sharma
  • “Travelling by Air” by Ian Sales

Gareth Jones at SF Crowsnest reviewed the first issue and pronounced it “an interesting selection of stories and a successful debut issue”.

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Publication Date of the Second Issue of Alt Hist

When will the second issue of Alt Hist be published?

Well for the next issue I’m aiming for between 7 and 8 stories altogether and so far I have accepted 4. I do have some to review that looked quite good, so I’m fairly confident that I should have enough stories accepted by the end of this month. There will then be a round of proofs and typsetting to do in February/March, which means that with a fair wind you can expect the second issue of Alt Hist to be coming in March or April.

I’ll keep you posted!

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If you’re visiting the site don’t forget to sign up to RSS or Email alerts

You can stay up to date with all the latest news from Alt Hist in a number of ways. I’d recommend getting a subscription to our Email alerts or RSS feed if you want to get the latest key news updates from Alt Hist. See the menu to the right of this post for details.

Alternatively we also have a Facebook page and a Twitter account, which will also post all the latest news, sometimes smaller nuggets of information that won’t merit a whole post on this site, so these are well worth a look too.

On the Facebook page especially we’re starting to get some good discussions going. For instance about whether podcasting stories was a good idea and also some questions about the next issue. So if you use Facebook I’d encourage you to join the debate, or even start one of your own on the Alt Hist page on anything to do with Alt Hist or the subject of historical fiction, whether alternate, fantastical or reality-based.

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50% Off Alt Hist Issue 1 Until End of December 2010

I have now made available a 50% discount off the first issue of Alt Hist. This discount is available as follows:

Print copies via Lulu at £3.50/copy or equivalent US pricing

Ebooks in various formats available via Smashwords use the coupon code XE57C to buy at the discounted rate of $3.50

Kinde ebook available from Amazon for $3.49 (may take a couple of days to see on the Amazon site).

Please enjoy Alt Hist Issue 1 responsibly during the holiday season.

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Tangent Online posts review of Alt Hist Issue 1

Our third official review is now in. Tangent Online, one of the longest established sites for reviewing short story publications has posted a review of the first issue of Alt Hist. All six stories have received positive comments from the reviewer Robert Leishman.

Again “Easter Parade, 1930” by Rob McClure Smith, seems to have the best of the plaudits. Robert thought it was ‘definitely worth a read’.

Visit http://www.tangentonline.com/print–other-reviewsmenu-263/anthologies-reviewsmenu-107/1505-alt-hist-issue-1 for the full review.

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Lulu 15% discount Offer on Issue 1 of Alt Hist

Alt Hist Issue 1Lulu.com has kindly sent me a special promo code granting a 15% discount off copies of Alt Hist Issue 1.

Simply visit the product page for Alt Hist Issue 1 on Lulu and when checking out use the following coupon code:

STOCKING305

It looks like this offer expires on 15th December.

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Current Issue page features previews of each story

I have now created a page on this site for the Current Issue. From here, or by just using the drop-down menu that you’ll find by scrolling over Current Issue, you can get to an excerpt of each story as well as the biography of the story’s author.

Hopefully this will give potential readers a taster of what’s available for them.

Feel free to leave comments about individual stories or about the issue as a whole. I’d be glad to hear from you.

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Alt Hist reviewed at Locus Online and SF Crowsnest

The first issue of Alt Hist has now been reviewed at Locus Online by Lois Tilton, and at SF Crowsnest by Gareth Jones.

Both reviews I think are broadly very positive. Lois’s review at Locus concentrates more on individual stories, while Gareth reviews individual stories, but also gives his thoughts on the publication as a whole.

Lois thought that one of the stories in Alt Hist merited a special Recommended tag, which from looking at her short fiction reviews, she does not appear to grant lightly. So I was very pleased with that.

Gareth liked most of the stories and was also very complimentary about the issue as a whole. If  I may I’ll quote his entire last paragraph:

So it’s an interesting selection of stories and a successful debut issue. I wouldn’t necessarily choose to read historical fiction, but the mixture of historical tales among the alternate history were pleasantly enjoyable. With some relatively well-known authors for issues #1, editor Mark Lord has made an auspicious start.

I’m pleased that the authors in the first issue are getting the plaudits they deserve in both reviews, and also that the decision to start Alt Hist seems to have broadly welcomed.

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Alt Hist Issue 1 Now Available for Kindle

Alt Hist Issue 1 CoverThe Kindle version is now available for Alt Hist Issue 1. This ebook version of the first issue is available at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

And, although Alt Hist Issue 1 has only been available in the Kindle Store for a day we already have a sales rank on Amazon.com: #101,782 Paid in Kindle Store. No idea yet what sort of sales volume that equates too!

Anyway if you have a Kindle, or the Kindle app for your iPhone or iPad, this is anot

her way of getting a copy of Alt Hist Issue 1. I am sure you won’t be disappointed.

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