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text 2016-02-23 18:00
Ragnarok Publications Accepting Open Submissions



We here at Ragnarok Publications have decided that sanity is an overrated state of being. What we need to make our lives better is to read hundreds of awesome submissions from YOU, all squeezed into a short period of time. We’ve our straitjackets fitted, meds filled, and psychologists on standby so we’ve got everything we need. Now here’s what we want:


  • We’re looking mainly for original fantasy of the dark variety. It can be urban fantasy or epic or horror-tinged, or sword and sorcery, or mainstream, or weird, or whatever, but quality fantasy is our primary interest this time around.

  • Dark science fiction is also a good bet. Something epic and explody would be perfect.

  • We’re looking for novels, say 60,000 to 120,000ish words.

  • Series or standalone.

  • Diversity in characters AND authors is a good thing.

Here’s what we DON’T want:


  • Straight-up horror, romance, hard sci-fi, or anything that doesn’t fall into the categories of fantasy or the softer side of sci-fi.

  • Poetry or collections or anthologies or short stories or plays or movie scripts or comics/graphic novels.

  • Works under 60,000 words.

  • Works for children. (Young Adult will be considered, but we don’t want anything for kids.)

  • Already published works (either in part or full.)



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text 2015-01-22 15:18
Interview with Naomi Clark- Werewolf Enthusiast, Cthulhu Fangurl and Perfume Maker

I'm not a spiritual or religious person so I won't say that I'm blessed regarding the friends that I have, but some of them make you feel pretty good for knowing them. Naomi Clark is one of those. And since she's all the way across the pond, she's even more appreciated. She eschews writing vampires in favor of werewolves- particularly LGBT ones- and is an accomplished UF/PNR author currently signed with Ragnarok Publications and Evernight Publishing.



This is an interview I'd been bugging her to do forever... and then I got caught up in stuff. So I'll throw myself on her good graces and hope she doesn't sic any Elder Gods after me- they actually seem to like her. Must be the perfumes. But I could probably take her cat, Fergus, in a best of three. Megashark is not even worth considering and Human Centipede- we'll arm wrestle for it.

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review 2014-06-27 04:15
The Beautiful Horror of Mercedes Yardley
Nameless: The Darkness Comes - Mercedes M. Yardley

While this may be Mercedes Yardley's debut novel, she has built quite a reputation with her short story collection, Beautiful Sorrows, and novella, Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love. Mercedes blends the fantastic with the weird, often with the budding of a romance or journey through a mother's love and loss. Simply put, she writes some of the best fiction out there because of how she can wow and peel open the emotions of the heart.


Nameless: The Darkness Comes seems like a perfect type of story to craft for her debut novel. Luna is a young woman who has seen demons since her childhood. She's got a bit of an attitude about this burden, but there is kindness under her shell. Nameless is the story of her encountering forces strong enough to break open her shell and how she'll respond, either to become more hardened or to find a way to let the loving person out without becoming weak, as she fears.


Mercedes wields her gift for strange and fantastic imagery to show us her version of the demon world and combines that with her sensitivity to multiple forms of human relationships, each striking open strong emotional reactions. Luna lives with her brother and his very young daughter. His wife left him years back and Luna has helped him take care of her. They have a troubled past because their parents are dead and father killed himself. Luna meets a troubled guy with attractive green eyes and begins to fall for him. Around this time, the demon world interferes, pushing them apart and threatening the lives of everyone she loves.


The story starts out with everything I wanted from Mercedes, touching moments of loving people facing the darkest our world has to offer mixed with her unique narrative voice that blends humor and attitude seamlessly. I knew right away that I loved the world she was revealing, with its demons that slither around like snakes only she can see. I enjoyed how her and her brother have some animosity over him not taking seriously her claim of seeing demons, as well as how she loves on his child as her own. When she meets Green Eyes, I was already reading with a constant grin at the snarky humor, and often laughed out loud.


As the story unfolded, however, the meat of what I enjoyed so much in the beginning thinned out into minimal interest. Part of this may be because of how Luna became separated from the characters, taking away the exchanges that made the first part so enjoyable and stealing opportunity to strengthen my empathy for whom she cares for. Her snarkiness also lost its humor. There were action scenes with demons and a haunted house, but they just weren't as powerful as her best and seamed to hold back at times for a grand finale. This could also be because she was chasing after people I hadn't developed enough sympathy for.


Around the 75% mark, the story turned around and ended very well. The pieces laid by scenes I marginally enjoyed ended up having significant impact on her journey and struggle. An event around the 60% mark really made her relationship with her brother take hold. Another made me feel her connection with the girl. Really, from 75% on there is wave after wave of strong emotion and fantastic imagery in the action.


Nameless is the first book in a trilogy that promises to uncover the rest of the iceberg of this war with demons. The heroine, Luna, is strong, funny, and rooted in empathy through all the emotions we experienced with her in this first installment. I'm hoping for the second and third books to more consistently display the kind of unrelenting story elements and narrative voice that made the beginning and end of this book so memorable and enjoyable. Mercedes is so gifted, I have total faith that she can.

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