Jul 7, 2015 | announcement

Issue 25 — From the Editor

Welcome to the 25th issue of Fireside! We’ve got just two issues left in Year 3, and a little over a week to go in our Year 4 subscription drive! Please check it out and spread the word. We need your help to keep publishing great fiction and paying writers well for another year. If you’ve already supported Year 4, thanks!

We’ve got two stories looking at what you might do with a little magic amid the end of the world. There’s Helena Bell’s Look Upon my Works, Ye Mighty, and Despair (In Three Months), set in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse. And Lauren Roy’s The Eleventh Hour asks what you might do with a little extra time before it all falls apart. We also have A Clockwork Heart, which is a follow-up to Lucas J.W. Johnson’s Roman steampunk story Remaker Remaker in Issue 3. And in Chapter Ten of Lilith Saintcrow’s She Wolf and Cub, Abby, Geoff, and Sam are sent reeling just as they reach what seemed like safety…

© 2015 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.