Howdy, folks. My name is Lawrence Dagstine, and I’m a writer of Speculative Fiction, as well as a former small press magazine editor. What is speculative fiction? Well, it’s in the realm of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. A sub-genre of all three of the mentioned, or perhaps just two? Something hard to define or coin, I’d say. 😉
Let’s say a science fiction story has elements of fantasy (the fantastical) or elements of horror (the horrific) in it, then it’s consdered a piece which crosses genres and it is therefore speculative in nature. Which means you can’t really call it a 100% sci-fi.
I decided to start this blog website, when time permits, as a lot of people have been suggesting I do it, especially with the recent increase in the last year in the small press with my writing credits. Since 2005, I have jumped from roughly 120 fiction publishing credits to 260+, found out I’ve been talent-scouted by various small houses, published a 170-page fiction magazine with a stellar line-up of award-winning and award-nominated authors (The Literary Bone), and I have about 30 more credits on the way between now and early 2008 in various print and online publications. These are things I will keep all who visit here informed on, with banners, magazine and book covers, and future links, whether it be print or online. I’m also the author of four books, available through Amazon and Barnes & Nobles.com, as well as a few libraries and independent bookstores, one of which is a short story collection. The other three are espionage titles and a western novel.
I’ve been writing since spring 1996, right out of journalism school. I thought I would pursue a career as a freelance writer, and though I’ve had a small number of articles published, creative writing and reading SF literature is what veered me towards fiction and traditional prose more.
Anyway, this is just the first of many blogs, so all of you who visit can track my progress, my personal life (if I wish to share a tidbit or two), my points and views and my upcoming publications.
Lawrence R. Dagstine