Fantasy Rebel announces that award-winning author Rosemary A Johns (author of the #1 Amazon bestselling series REBEL VAMPIRES) will be contributing a story to the EPIC new space opera anthology 42 AND BEYOND.
Space operas are adventure science-fiction stories set in space. Expect battles, romance and danger.
My short story – HOW TO SCALP A DOLL – was commissioned for this special first edition.
Danny, a lonely long distance driver, is trapped in a world of human trafficking. He saw the slaves as no more than dolls. Until one day, he broke his boss’ rule, opened the back of the truck and looked inside…
The sea was a smudge of blue against the horizon; the salt was sharp on the dead air. Danny stiffened. For a moment, when he stared out across the beach, he saw rows of scalps, no longer miniature but life-size – brunette, blond, and bald. Danny blinked. And then they were gone.
The magazine also includes an interview with me.
I discuss the short story…
The girls are invisible because they’re viewed as less than human.
…why I write fantasy…
…it allows me to give a voice to the forgotten. Or the deliberately hidden.
The free have choices. But that’s often hard to face. Ourselves.
‘The kind of book you’re likely to pick up a second time, finding new dimensions…an empowering book…about true love. It is a book with formidable literary ambition. Rebel to the core, Rosemary trailblazers through stigma… Highly recommended. 5*
I love short stories. They’re the quiet gems of the writing world – done right? They catch your imagination, worm under your skin and squeeze your heart…
The great ones..? You never forget.
A short story is harder to write than a novel. Flash fiction is the hardest of all. I’ve been a traditionally published short story writer since I was fourteen (of course the editor didn’t know I was a kid…)
I write science fiction, fantasy and dark fiction. What I really write? Emotion. That extra something, which will grab you and not let go.
My most recent short story is being featured in the very first edition of a new literary magazine Scaffolding. It’s passionate about the same things I am: inclusion, gender and mental health. The magazine itself pairs the very best writers with the most stunning artists.
The story “How to Scalp a Doll” is dark fiction about a human trafficker who makes the mistake of opening the truck door…then his whole world is turned on its head.
It’s about siblings, fear, loneliness, freedom…and what it means to be alive.
Danny had always hated geese…
Rebel Vampires will also be part of the magazine long-term, offering rewards to readers who subscribe. Click here to find out more.