Wednesday, 31 August 2016

The Wild Hunt Magazine

I stumbled across this awesome magazine whilst looking for places to submit my short stories to and instantly fell in love with it.

The Wild Hunt magazine is an exclusively online magazine which publishes the very best fiction that celebrates the weird and the surreal and I was incredibly fortunate enough to be published by them.

So if you grew up devouring fairy tales, old legends, old myths of magic beasts and adventures, ghost stories that leave you tingling then look no further than the Wild Hunt Magazine.

The great news is that all their content is free and they have a great selection of stories to read at your pleasure so go on, enjoy.

In here you'll find tales of dandy popinjays, super cute bunnies, strange plants, lost love, ancient magic heroic quests, intoxicating music and ethereal hippies.

The Mound by S.J.Budd



Overnight the garden had perceptibly shifted, even Marilyn with her city eyes could see that. Betwixt the falling of twilight and the lifting of dusk the garden had taken on a luminosity of green, so bright it seemed to vibrate with joy. A shade of green that possessed a wild and savage nature in servitude to no one. Marilyn almost dropped her morning cup of coffee. It seemed to her that the garden had travelled back in time to a primordial state of being.

In the centre of the garden stood a large round green mound that had not been there before. All the border plants and trees leaned in salute to pay homage. Just last night nothing was awry and it was all due to the strange lady at the end of Whitsand Cliffs.


When Marilyn meets a strange woman along the Cornish cliffs of Whitsand Bay she hopes her fortunes will be reversed. But sometimes you have to be careful in what you wish for.


About S.J.Budd


S.J.Budd is a horror/dark fantasy author from the UK who has had several short stories published im magazines such as Sanitarium Magazine, Siren's Call Ezine, Innersins, Bewildering Stories, Aphelion, Shadows at the Door, Deadman's Tome, Danse Macabre Magazine, Blood Moon Rising and The Wild Hunt Magazine.

Website www.sjbudd.co.uk

Twitter @sjbuddj



Home Improvements by Jill Hand



Danae left for work one morning only to return to find that her house was gone, fallen into a sinkhole. She stood on the sidewalk amid a gaggle of curious onlookers, staring at the place where her house used to be. There was nothing there now but a ragged hole in the ground cordoned off by wooden barricades strung with yellow police tape. All my stuff was in there, she thought dazedly.

Imagine going to work as you do every day only to find your house gone when you  returned? Danae has lost everything, everything apart from her beloved cat; Evil George.

Danae is devastated but through her misfortune she finds the most beautiful cottage located on two acres of land on Greenwood Lane. It's going to be the start of a new life, especially when she meets two curiously odd fellows on her land.


About Jill Hand


Once a newspaper reporter Jill Hand now writes speculative fiction and her work has appeared in numerous publications including, Another Realm, Aphelion, Bewildering Stories, Jersey Devil Press, Suspense, Weird JJ, The Literary Hatchet, Nebula Rift, Silver Blade Magazine and The Siren's Call.

She has recently published her first novella, The Blue Horse

Twitter @jillhand1_gef



My Ex-Girlfriend's Ex-Girlfriend by J.M.Wetherall



My ex-girlfriend's ex-girlfriend called me up tonight and told me to look out the window. Did I not see it, in the haze above the steaming rooftops of apartment buildings, extending west'the greenish-gold filigree, a tear in the late summer sky?

"Don't you see, this is our chance?" she said.



In this beautiful  and ethereal tale our protagonist  meets their mysterious ex-girlfriend's ex girlfriend who is quick to befriend after a chance encounter at the laundrette the very same night they go for dinner for dinner and the next day she calls.  She is keen to make a real connection of their mutual ex.

However she soon presents him with a remarkable revelation, an extraordinary skill that she offers to share with him and together they can be truly free, not just of their ex-girlfriend but every every known physical restraint.


About J.M.Wetherall



J.M.Wetherall is a writer and radio producer living in New York City.

The Alchemist's  Daughter by Rebecca Hurst



Once there was a scholar who all his life sought to turn lead into gold. Alchemy was his art, science and his religion. It left no time for anything else; he lived as one who is blind, deaf, mute. Or at least he spoke, but only of gold.

In this quaint little fairy tale an alchemist dedicates his whole life to learn the secrets of alchemy in the process he loses everything, his parents, his wife and his home. Only his loyal daughter remains by his side and supports him by working at a nearby inn. She scrubs and cleans all day for her father and cares for a tattered old Jackdaw whom she comes across one day. The Jackdaw,reminding her of her tattered father soon becomes very special to her. She is kind to all things and one day a traveler arrives at her door seeking just a little cup of water she is quick to help. 

The girl ambles through life under the shadow if her father and collects tiny pieces of treasure keeping them close to her heart. She may not know how to create gold but she has more wisdom and sense than her father will ever possess.


About Rebecca Hurst



Rebecca Hurst is currently a doctoral student at Manchester University. Her previous work has appeared in many publications such as Magna Poetry, The Next Review, The Golden Key,SWAMP and Cricket Magazine. Her chamber opera Isabella premiered in London 2015.

You can find out more by heading over to her website here

Twitter  @zinadreams


All the Hippies are Dying by  Gwendolyn Kiste



My mother went to Woodstock. The real one, not any of the imposters that came after. She says she met my father there, but since I was an eighties baby- a product of shoulder pads and Aqua Net, not mud and free love - I doubt she kept him hidden away from relatives and friends for a decade and a half just to pull him out of cold storage and declare "Let's make a baby!"

Her mother is truly one of a kind, living off  "communes, acid and tie-dyes" dreaming forever of her magical time spent at Woodsock during the ultimate summer of love and freedom. She spends her whole life, like all the other hippies trapped in the music that she listens to but her daughter instead shuts her ears to it.

She has never met her father and spends her time pondering over a photo of her mother taken from Woodstock of her mother's friends captured forever in the frame forever obsessing over who took the photo remaining forever hidden. One by one the hippies in the photo start to die and so does a bit of her mother who's light  and shining aura starts to take on a  hidden darkness. It seems her mother may be next...


About Gwendolyn Kiste


A writer that I've long since admired her numerous work has appeared in many magazines such as Nightmare, Shimmer, Interzone and Flash Fiction Online to name a few. She currently lives on a farm with her husband, two cats and not nearly enough ghosts. You can find out more about her fiction by taking a gander to her website.

Twitter @GwendolynKiste

Sever by Jan Stinchcombe


When Sheila arrived at Langelinie Promenade, her cheekbone was purple and swollen. She was making a pilgrimage to the Little Mermaid statue, where a crowd had already gathered. Sheila pushed forward to see the mermaid or what was left of her, and heard a woman explaining to a small boy that the statue wasn't supposed to look like that. Someone had stolen her head. This was not nice. It was in fact, an act of vandalism. A crime.

A wild and strange tale that draws upon ancient folklore and fairy tales which shows us just how important and powerful our imaginations can be and that all crimes committed are permanently recorded in memories passed down.


About Jan Stinchcombe



Jan Stinchcombe's fiction has appeared in numerous publications such as Necessary Fiction, Conium Review Online Compendium, A cappella Zoo, Paper Darts and many others. Last year saw the release of her novella, Find the Girl. She has a regular column for Luna Station Quarterly, Notes from Rapunzel's Tower,  where she reviews fairy tale inspired works. You can find out more about her by taking a look at her website here 


Tsunami Mon Amour by Willem Myra


I hired a team of scientists-the best one hundred grand could get you in those days- and had them fabricate a hurricane I named after you. The scientists promised me it would kill at least three hundred people and wreck four times as many homes, and when you said, "That's all? it broke my heart because that was my present for you.

Two people are locked in a ferocious love keep their true nature hidden from the outside world but one day Marla is given an impossible task to show her undying love and devotion.


About Willem Myra


Willem Myra lives near Rome and is currently studying for a BA in Media Studies and has just tried his hand at writing in English. I'd say it is going very well.

Lore by Helen McClory


They killed the hare when the mist was on the early morning river. They had come upon her
in an abutting field, while crossing it silently out on a hunt. She lay in her form, resting, eyebright and whiskers quivering. Dew on the long and parted grass. One man whistled through his teeth. She did not move. Her nose moved. Someone cocked their gun.

A beautiful strange and haunting story that delves into the folklore and mythology surrounding the incredibly shy and elusive Hare who by folklore is associated with the moon and the sacred fires of Spring. Once Believed to have  been hermaphrodites they were thought to have been a balance of male and female energy which symbolises the Celtic Spring Equinox when all the male and female life forces are held in balance.


About Helen McClory


Helen McCory hails from Scotland. Her fist flash fiction collection, On the Edges of Fiction, which won the Saltire First Book of the Year, is available by Queen's Ferry Press.
Her debut novel, Flesh of the Peach, will be published by Freight in 2017

Twitter @HelenMcCrory


Return To Greenash by Mark Furlong


The nimble beast flashed with frenzied speed through the dark, dense trees. With each violent step the sodden ground surrendered,causing him to falter,recover,and then falter again. Sharp ,thorny branches sought out the vulnerable openings of Lathon's sallet, raking flesh, and digging shallow scarlet gullies into his arms. He desperately struggled to guide his steed through the thick underbrush with muscle memory instinct guiding his way.

"Do you challenge?"

An epic fantasy tale of deep magic, centuries old prophecies and the bounding nature of loyalty. Lathon and his beloved horse Childra fights his way to return to Greenash after 15 long years in exile. He thinks he is doing the right thing by coming back and returning the mystic sceptre beleiving it to be his defining quest but instead he invokes something much older and sinister.


About Mark Furlong


This is Mark Furlong's first published story and by day he is an online marketing manager for an STM book publishing company. He lives in Buffalo NY.



Bunny Museum by Ron Birch



We're going to the Bunny Museum! It is finally here. We don't know for how long but we know we have to go. Some have told us that if we don't go soon enough, it disappears and we'll have to wait months, perhaps years, perhaps never!,for it to return. We put on our long ears and slip our legs into the furry suits until we are covered. We're ready, excited. Off to the Bunny Museum!

Two friends set off in search of the location of the elusive clandestine Bunny Museum. It sounds so innocent but there's something dark and disturbing about the Bunny museum which is shrouded in mystery. 



About Ron Birch


Ron Birch has had many short stories published in numerous publications such as Mississippi Review, Cheap Pop, Eleven Eleven and PANK. His debut novel, Bliss Inc, is out now.



The Trolls by Christopher Dewan



They pulled off the highway and onto the winding country road that led to his parents' house.
"When's the last time you saw them?" Staci asked.
"It's been a while."


Ils is taking Staci, his girlfriend, to the wilderness to meet his parents. She's going to be the first woman he's ever brought back. Is there a specific reason for that? Is it all in his head? 

About Christopher Dewan



Christopher Dewan has had more than forty short stories published in numerous publications such as A cappella Zoo, Bartleby Snopes, Necessary Fiction, Passages North and wigleaf. He has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize and his collection of short stories, Hoopty Time Machines,  is due out in September 16 from Atticus Books.

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