Hey, guess what today is? I mean other than the first day of the rest of your life. Yeah, that’s right, we’ve got a new issue of BROADSWORDS AND BLASTERS for you.Richard Rubin first graced our pages in Issue 4 with “Commander Saturn and the Deadly Invaders From Rigel,” and now he’s back battling the space pirates of Ganymede. If you like retro sci-fi at all (we’re talking old school Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon), you’re going to want to check out this tale of experimental cloaking devices, double crosses and deception.
Tom Barlow gave us “Jigsaw,” a dysfunctional couple’s descent into horror brought about by a mysterious puzzle.
Ben Serna-Grey penned the twisted surrealistic sci-fi dystopia “Choice Cuts.” When everything (and anyone) is edible, conspicuous consumption takes on a whole new meaning.
Rob Francis is back this issue (last seen way back in issue 1) with “Land and Money and Old Bones,” the story of Anthony, heir to his uncle’s estate, who finds out some inheritances might be more work than they’re worth.
Sara Codair gets our cover story with two brave ocean explorers who encounter “A Curious Case in the Deep.” A different take on a nautical adventure to be sure… and maybe the depths aren’t meant to be explored after all. Sara graced us with a story back in Issue 2, “The Soul Plantation.”
Z.S. Reynolds gave us “Between,” a tale of a West that never was and the brave women who protect the transcontinental railroad.
Joe Kilgore has the cautionary Western about being careful about the promises you choose to keep, “The Best Laid Plans.” It’s the kind of story that harkens back to spaghetti Westerns, with hard men and hard women both.
Brad Young stuns with “The Whisker-Wood,” a weird, twisted horror tale about a man’s descent into madness. You might not look at the weeds in your backyard the same way again.
We wrap the issue up with Donald Uitvgult’s “Harvest Moon,” a cosmic horror jidaigeki that creates a unique story of betrayal, falsehoods, and blood.
Issue 7 is available at Amazon in both kindle and dead tree formats. It is also available for Kindle Unlimited.
We are also currently running a sale on all Kindle versions of our back issues, in case there are any that you are missing. You can find a full list of our catalog here.
And as a reminder, we reopen for submissions on November 1. Picking up a back issue (or more) could give you a good sense of what we are looking for.