Route 66… (acceptance, and plug!)

Just had a short (and I mean short) accepted to Route 66, a new upcoming magazine with a slightly new and innovative theme.  Stories that can fit inside your pocket… Stories that are exactly 66 words in length… No more, no less.  Talk about a written exercise.  It took me about 2 hours to chop words for my accepted tale, entitled: “The Mortician’s Pride.”

Kimberly Raiser, talented and refreshing author-turned editor, is looking for submissions for the premiere issue, and I promised I’d give her a little plug.  Route 66 will accept any genre and debut in Early 2008.  Can you write a story in exactly 66 words?


Route 66 Details/Guidelines:

Route 66 Submissions:

Blood Moon Rising #34 (acceptance)

Just had a story accepted here.  Can’t seem to find a banner for their site.  Anyway, Blood Moon Rising’s been around for a number of years.  They’ve been sold (and still might be) through places such as Shocklines and Clarkesworld Books.  I’ll be in Issue #34.  I have no idea when it’s coming out.  2008 or 2009? Anyway, I’ll be sure to keep you posted.

 Visit Blood Moon Rising’s Website:


Kinships #7 (Now Available; Final Issue)

I’m currently in the latest and final issue of Kinships Magazine.  Issue #7.  I headline the last issue with a much older religious SF story, called: “Men are from Ganymede, Women are from Callisto.” This is actually my THIRD credit with the story. It originally appeared in Silverthought ( first, then Nova SF #18 not too long after.  So I now retire it within the pages of this cute little small press paying publication.



I know, the magazine cover’s a little slanted.  Anyway, this issue also features fiction and poetry by Jason Gaskell, Kristine Ong Muslim, Aurelio Rico Lopez, Lee Clark Zumpe, and many others.  Hmm… I see they misspelled my name on their index homepage… 😦

Purpleverse #1 and #2 (Now Available!)

Darren Randle puts together this fabulous cutting edge horror fiction and dark poetry and art magazine, available now, called Purpleverse.  P.S. Gifford, Faye Sizemore, Alexis Child, Barry J. House, Georgepat, and many others from both here, in the States, and also in the UK. Purpleverse #1 and #2.  Issue #2, with the cool-looking killer clown cover, was just released a few weeks ago.  It features my story: “A Mountain of Sacrificial Souls.”


Check out Purpleverse and their other publications and horror forums here:


Horror Carousel #6 (acceptance)

I just had a story accepted here, a horror print magazine called Horror Carousel.  I’ll be in Issue #6 sometime in the Fall.  Horror Carousel has featured such authors as Susan M. Sailors, Tim Curran, Ken Goldman, Eric S. Brown, Kevin L. Donihe, Jason Sizemore, Cody Goodfellow, Weston Ochse, Darrell Schweitzer, Tom Moran, Cathy Buburuz, Lee Clark Zumpe, Mark Justice, and Aurelio Rico Lopez.


You can check out past issues here:

Edited: This publication has now since gone defunct.  Sorry.

Whispering Spirits #17 (acceptance)

I woke up this morning to find out that I will have a ghost story (I have no idea which one yet, because there’s so many in my fiction folder) accepted for October or Halloween-time to Whispering Spirits Digital Magazine.  Issue #17.  Believe it or not, this will be my THIRD time being published with them over the years (was it 2004 or 2005 last?).  The last two stories I had published with them was The Ghouls of Charon and Vampire 1970.


Yep, that’s their banner.  Visit them here:

I’m still trying to get banners to work, so actual URLs will have to do in the meantime.  I guess you’ve already noticed that I’m collecting banners and magazine covers for many of the publications I’ve been in.  Trust me, with roughly 260 credits, a load of picture-taking ahead of me for juicy out-of-date stuff, and a baby boy on the way (stay tuned to the right side of this blog in coming months for that, as well), I’ve got A LOT ahead of me…hey, but in the meantime, I’ll have some more acceptances for you here in the next few days…

Ciao 😉

Lawrence Dagstine

Whispering Spirits:




Jupiter SF #17, Callirrhoe… (now available!)

These last few weeks have been BIG for me with the whole slew of acceptances and all.  It is my pleasure to announce that I’m in Jupiter SF, Issue #17, Callirrhoe…now available…

Cover Art for Jupiter SF #17 by Jesse Speak; Edited by Ian Redman.


It’s truly a great cover, ain’t it?

Featuring my science fiction story, “A Soul to the Stars”.  This story is dedicated to my unborn son (if you happen to read the climax to it, you’ll get an idea why).  Ian Redman’s been putting this popular small press, hard sf publication together for over 4 years.  This is also my fourth appearance in the publication’s history (see June 2007 archive).  If you would like to order the magazine or learn more, go here:

Here are ALL covers for ALL issues featuring my stories (past and present):

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That URL for Jupiter SF again:

With that said, yep, it’s been a great few weeks.  Two appearances Tales of the Talisman, three appearances Aoife’s Kiss, appearances in The Martian Wave and The Fifth Di…, and stories of mine also coming soon to Written Word Online Magazine and Black Ink Horror.  Oh yeah, be sure to check out the plug for Escape Velocity and Whispers of Wickedness as well.  Simply scroll down, or check the June 2007 and July 2007 archives.

Until my next acceptance(s)… Yours Truly… ;)

Lawrence R. Dagstine

Whispers of Wickedness #14 (Also, a plug!)

I would say a plug is in order for this wonderful, semi-annual small press magazine… filled with over 60 pages of incredible dark fiction and atmospheric art, as well as dark poetry & review columns, too.  Whispers of Wickedness.  They’re big in the UK (and overseas, for that matter), and they have some very talented authors who have appeared in many publications.   I appear in Issue #14 (Winter 2007), with a ghost story of sorts featuring a bludgeoned spirit and an old woman on SSI.  It’s called “A Spirit’s Best Friend”.  Also, stories from previous issues have been nominated for British Fantasy Awards.  Some of the ultra-talented writers at Whispers include: Peter Tennant, Dee, Steve Pirie, Barry J. House, Jim Steel, Greg Schwartz, Emma Lee, Alison Littlewood, Steve Redwood, Alexis Child, Rhys Hughes and illustrator Bob Veon.  And many more.  You can find Whispers of Wickedness at:

Below you will find a sample issue cover, no. 14…featuring my short story, “A Spirit’s Best Friend.”


Whispers of Wickedness Homepage:

Aoife’s Kiss, 3 acceptances (count, three! prints)

I’ve got some extraordinary news.  I’ve just received my third print acceptance to the Sam’s Dot Publishing genre magazine (, Aoife’s Kiss.  This has been a great year for me in general in the small press and semi-pros, as I’ve gotten a whole lot of paying and print acceptances.  I’ll be reaching 260 publishing credits soon!

Anyway, Aoife’s Kiss is a great magazine.  It’s available at places like Clarkesworld Books ( and The Genre Mall (, or you can get it direct from their website (they also have a decent circulation):

My acceptances start off with September 2007’s “PET” (a sort of speculative lycanthrope tale), then I will reappear in the March 2008 and June 2008 Issue. Look for me! Here are what some “SAMPLE” Covers to the magazine look like:

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About it: Aoife’s Kiss is a magazine of fantasy, science fiction, horror, sword & sorcery, and slipstream, published quarterly in March, June, September, and December. Aoife’s Kiss publishes short stories, poems, illustrations, articles, and movie/book/chapbook reviews. Treat yourself to a subscription–you deserve it.

See you soon with some MORE fiction acceptances. 😉

Tales of the Talisman 3.1 (Now Available)

Issue 3.1 (Summer 2007) of Tales of the Talisman is NOW AVAILABLE… featuring such authors as Jack Mangan and Ken Goldman, and of course, me.  My story is entitled: “The Ice Mines of Pluto.” The magazine is edited and published by David Lee Summers, and the cover artist is Laura Givens.  Visit Tales of the Talisman and get your issue now at: