Apr 7, 2014 | announcement

Issue 12 — Empty Inside

Welcome to Issue 12. Thanks again to everyone who supported our Year 3 Kickstarter. We can’t say enough how much we appreciate the love and patience you have all shown us.

But you’re here for fiction. Our short story for April is Jason Ridler’s Rocket Ship Nirvana, a non-genre story set in the summer of 1994. It follows a teen trying to navigate her anguish over the death of Kurt Cobain, who passed away 20 years ago this month. Galen Dara has a typically wonderful piece of art to go with it. In flash fiction, we have Katie Pugh’s Reborn, a sinister little tale about a mother, and Rob McMonigal’s Not So Super, which shows how most of use probably would react to gaining super powers. And in Part Nine of Chuck Wendig’s The Forever Endeavor, we start to see Dale’s plans take shape …

© 2014 Brian J. White

About the author

Brian J. White

Brian started Fireside Fiction Company in 2012 as an experiment in crowdfunding and paying speculative fiction writers well above the accepted professional rate at the time. It worked! Thanks, have a great day!

Brian has been informed he has to write more in his bio. Fine! Brian took that experiment through five Kickstarters (and did not die!) and into a subscription model. During his tenure, Fireside published 150 stories, five novels, and one novella, and also published the first #BlackSpecFic report, which examined the massive under-representation of Black short-story writers in the field, prompting conversation, reflection, and change in the speculative fiction community. It remains one of the most important things he has worked on in his adult life. Brian was a 2017 World Fantasy Award finalist in the Special Award, Non-Professional category for Fireside, and Fireside has been nominated for multiple Hugo Awards.

Facing the burnout that is all too common among people who work at small presses, Brian stepped down as editor and publisher in 2017 to regroup and recharge mentally. He returned as interim editorial director in 2020 and resumed full ownership of the company in June 2021 with a great team you can read about below.

In the wider world, Brian is a former journalist who worked as an editor at The Courier-Journal in Louisville from 2006–2010 and at the Boston Globe from 2010–2018, where he was part of the staff that won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting in 2014 for the newspaper’s coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2014. He still lives around Boston, where he works as an editor for a private company and takes photographs, paints miniatures, and spends time with his amazing wife and various cats.