Volume I ~ February 2013
Published on the 1st of February 2013, our first volume features ten works of dark short fiction from talented emerging authors. We selected these stories based on their ability to evoke a sense of dread or awe. Edited by Charles Patrick Brownson and Jenna M. Pitman, with illustrations by UK artist, Luke Spooner, and cover art featuring an original oil painting by Seattle-based artist, Marisa Cole.
Includes stories by Cory Cone, Keith Komorowski, Domyelle Rhyse, Sarah Cypher, John S. Barker, Tim Jeffreys, Kristin Dearborn, Therese Arkenberg, Nathaniel Tower and Ian Kappos.
Funding generously provided by these patrons.
Volume I is available both in digital format and as a trade paperback.
Here are the donors who helped fund our first issue by pledging to our fall 2012 Kickstarter Campaign. To them we offer our sincere gratitude.
- Alex Fox
- Alex von Hochtritt
- Art Boulton III
- Atticus Q. Redghost
- Charlene Brownson
- Dan Valone
- Erin Olive
- Heidi Ellis
- Jeff Xilon
- Joanie Rich
- Joey Orlowicz
- Katie Caicedo
- Kyle Frazier
- L. Ann Ahlstrom
- Laura Meredith
- Malachi deAElfweald
- Mark McClure
- Roxanne Skelly
- Scott LaBree
- Tifanny Atencio
Letter from the Editor
First, I would like to apologize for the extended downtime we've experienced here at Grim Corps. A short time after releasing our first issue it became clear that we would want to make some changes, but as I went about implementing these changes and updating the website, I experienced some interruptions and delays that resulted in us being closed for submissions much longer than I'd anticipated.
The first thing you've probably noticed in addition to the updated look of our website is the new branding, which includes a new logo and the tagline "Devour Strange Fiction". You'll also notice that we now refer to ourselves as "a literary magazine" as opposed to a magazine of speculative, dark fantasy and horror.
The primary reason for this change was to open the magazine up to publishing a variety of fictional styles not limited to horror, which more than any other type of speculative fiction accounted for the bulk of the submissions we were receiving. I appreciate a good horror story, but horror is only one facet of the forms of writing I appreciate, not only as an avid reader but also in the types of fiction I aspire to write.
My background and training lies strongly within what is commonly referred to as literary fiction, those realist forms of writing studied--along with the classics--by English Lit majors and largely produced by graduates of university creative writing programs. However, I'm no elitist because in addition to my interests in the works of contemporary writers of lyrical, introspective, and critically acclaimed novels and short stories, I simultaneously hold an appreciation and equal respect for writers whose works falls within the "categories," genres such as science fiction and horror and any other forms of writing encompassed by the umbrella term of Speculative Fiction, most notably that which is either dark, weird, or fantastique.
Naturally, as the editor of a small press publication, I'm going to want the dozens of submissions I read each month to include stories that fall somewhere within the range of fiction that I appreciate and enjoy reading instead of representing just one aspect of that repertoire. Thus, we now describe ourselves as a magazine that publishes fiction that stalks the boundary between the literary and the fantastic, the accessible and the experimental, and our submission guidelines (which I strongly encourage you to read before submitting to us) includes such statements as a preference for fiction that combines a dark or postmodern sensibility while using these forms as a method of inquiry in addition to providing the reader the opportunity for immersive pleasure.
Take Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis as an easily recognized example. Through his use of the weird and absurd--Gregor Samsa awakening to find himself transformed into a giant bug--Kafka, who wisely avoids explaining the reasons for Gregor's transformation, illuminates several themes, for instance the limits of sympathy as conflicts unfold within the Samsa household, thereby expressing insight into the human condition, making the story a fascinating yet thought-provoking read.
Another major change you might have already noticed is that Grim Corps is now digital-only and available to download and read free of charge. This was a tough decision to make and only time will tell if it was the right choice. It's tough trying to get people to pay money (especially in this economy) for a collection of short stories, which traditionally has never been a huge commodity to begin with. My greatest disappointment came not from how little money we were bringing in, but from the fact that more people weren't reading these fantastic stories!
The idea behind publishing a magazine was always driven by my desire to work with other writers and to share the stories I came across with other readers who share my passion for the written word. So I decided to remove the commercial aspect from this enterprise with the hope that more people will be inclined to take advantage of what we are offering.
Of course, funding is still an issue since I also desire to pay authors for their work. For now, the recourse for this is to set a token payment for which I could reasonably afford to pay out of my own pocket should we find ourselves without adequate funding through donations. Sadly, this amount isn't very much. Perhaps in the future we can offer more. If you are reading this and you agree that our contributors should be remunerated with healthier sums, then I encourage you to use the donation button below.
The projected release of our next volume (as I am now referring to it) should be sometime in early fall, assuming we've acquired enough well-written stories to fill its pages. Please help spread the word about our call-for-submissions. Sales statistics of our debut release showed that more people preferred to receive their copy digitally. So with this in mind, and given the overhead costs of producing a print version, future volumes of Grim Corps will be distributed in digital formats capable of being read across multiple devices, while a print run featuring the best of the stories that have appeared in the magazine over a given period would be something to consider as funding allows.
So, until our release of Grim Corps Volume II, we invite you to submit your stories of the strange--or your strangely written stories--as well as any poetry or non-fiction pieces that fit the requirements of what we are looking for (see guidelines).
And if you haven't already read Volume I then I'd suggest you download it now because there truly are some really great stories in there!
Charles Patrick Brownson
Charles Patrick Brownson
Editor & Publisher
Charles Patrick Brownson is a writer of speculative fiction and the founding editor of Grim Corps Magazine. He grew up along the Gulf Coast of Florida and was educated at the State University of New York at Fredonia where he studied English Literature and philosophy. He now lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife and son. His stories have appeared in a number of publications including the anthology Triangulation: Last Contact and the British horror magazine, Sanitarium.
Jenna M. Pitman
Jenna M. Pitman is a writer of speculative fiction. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications and anthologies. Some of these are currently available on Amazon. She attends many different fandom related events as a panelist or guest and volunteers at several others.
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