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From Sherlock Holmes and Poirot to The Usual Suspects and CSI, mysteries captivate us again and again. Can the good guys figure out whodunit, or will the criminal escape to kill another day?
In this month’s issue of Splickety, we’re thrilled to bring you ten detective stories in which nothing is as it seems and danger lurks around every corner. Will you find the killer before our investigators do?
Is there anything better than a baseball game on a summer day? Hot dogs, sticky seats, the thrill of a homerun—and the possibility of meeting Mr. Right. In our August issue of Spark, we’ve got baseball, football, boxing and even croquet stories which will get your heart pounding…and not from the sports-induced exertion.
We’ve given you a bull rider who is saved by a rodeo clown, a Romeo and Juliet story set on the field (and given a happy ending), and our swoony staff feature that has me believing, for the first time, that bowling can be romantic. Turn up the air conditioning and enjoy the heat from our sporty summer issue of Spark.
For this year’s contest theme, Mythical Clashes, we asked for stories filled with battles of legendary proportions, combining mythical creatures and places all thrown together. As always, the stories submitted were brilliant and imaginative. The finalists fill the following pages with creatures and characters both familiar and new in battles big and small.
The top three stories, The Last Stand of the Mer, by Sheri Yutzy, Chiron’s Crew, by Steve Rzasa, and Siren’s Kiss, by Clint Hall, were sent to our revered Featured Author, Dave Farland, for final round judging.
And so, it is with great pleasure, that I announce the winner of this year’s contest, Clint Hall, with Siren’s Kiss, and the runner up, Steve Rzasa, with Chiron’s Crew! Congratulations, Clint! Enjoy your grand prize, and as always, thanks for doing your part to help in Splickety’s quest for world domination!
When I was eight or nine, I devoured The Adventures of Robin Hood by Roger Lancelyn Green in a single day. I’ve been hooked on medieval literature and retellings ever since. Robin Hood, the Arthurian cycle, The Canterbury Tales, the mystics—I love it all. That’s made putting together this issue of Splickety so much fun. I’m thrilled to bring you a collection of flash fiction featuring jousts and quests, a repentant crusader and a hubristic rooster, and the Ladies of the Lake like you’ve never seen them before.
My first love is, and always will be, historical romance. I sometimes think I was born in the wrong era. Maybe I’d fit in better if I walked with Jane Austen or wore lace at my throat and jewels in my hair.
Our Ancient History contest issue is taking you back in time. We have stories about Pharaohs, soldiers, heroes, and a very special one by Genevieve Gavel, who wrote our winning story, Unkhamun Beauty.
As spring pokes its head from the barren ground, I hope these ancient love stories warm your heart and fill your soul.