Dec 7, 2013 | announcement

Issue 8 — rom the Editor

And here we are at the end of 2013! The beginning of this year, when I had no idea what the future of Fireside was going to be, seems like a lifetime ago. But now we’re five issue into Year Two! Let’s dive in.

Our short story for December is The Gangs of Gnome Jersey by A. E. Decker. A. E. brings us to a quiet normal home in the suburbs of the Garden State. Well as normal as things can be when the owner of the house is a paranormal hitman whose roommate is a boogeyman. But things don’t get really strange until an uninvited guest arrives on the front lawn…

In flash fiction, we have Johann Thorsson’s First, Bite Just a Finger, a descent into a creepy new addiction, and Elizabeth’s Pirate Army by Caroline M. Yoachim, which follows a young girl’s war to save her neighborhood from an invading kraken.

And in Part Five of The Forever Endeavor, Chuck Wendig takes us on a trip to the casino with Dale and the Box and a plan.

Also, if you haven’t seen it, we’re running a Year Two subscription drive with some prizes through Sunday the 15th. If you know anyone who might be interested, please let them know. Or, if you would like to get a subscription for someone as a gift, shoot me an email at [email protected]. I’ll get it set up for you, and you’ll be entered in the drawings.

Thanks as always!

© 2013 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.