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The RED GIRLS winners!

Thanks for all the entries! We set Intern Jackie to choose the winners, and this is what she had to say!

The RED GIRLS giveaway winners!

By Jackie Gross

We got some lengthier entries this time. Pretty sure some of you are trying to put novels into the comments section. But what fun stories!

Our winners for the four copies of Red Girls:

Teri’s entry was clearly written, creepy, and humorous. I hope I’m never in a position where my coworker tells me it’s “my job to deal with kids and ghosts.” Good on you for reprimanding a pushy ghost, too!

Ken, the ex-ghost hunter, drew us in with Will’s backstory and his descriptions of the gutted cabin. Ken’s entry should serve as ample warning to avoid old buildings that come with a story of a drowned child. I keep imagining the edge of that bathtub and the sloshing water. Eep!

Tom McBride’s umbrella ghost story gave off a more subtle kind of creepiness. On cloudy days, beware a stranger smiling under an umbrella . . . Just how late do ghosts arrive, anyway?

Finally, Andy Hendry, in addition to divulging how teens have (or at least used to have) fun in Wales, warns of a mountain where you should never camp—unless you want to hear giggling ghost children, that is.

Thanks to all for your entries!

It’s the RED GIRLS giveaway contest!

It’s time for another giveaway contest, and this time we’re giving away four copies of Red Girls, the latest Haikasoru release from Kazuki Sakuraba of Gosick

Red Girls deals with three generations of an illustrious family in post-war Japan, and contains at its heart a mystery—who was the victim of the murder a psychic grandmother confessed to? A pretty straightforward crim…wait, psychic?

Yes. Red Girls won the Mystery Writers of Japan Award in 2007, but it is a supernatural mystery, a modern fantasy. Well, unless psychic powers are real, in which case the book is not a fantasy. And that brings is to the theme of our giveaway contest!

Ever experience anything supernatural or psychic or ghostly or weird? For real? For real real?! Tell us about it in the comments in a short essay. We’ll choose the four best winners on Friday April 17th, and noon, and will ship the winning books to you, no matter where you live, freeee!

And feel free to submit in English, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, German, or Greek. We’ll also take poems.

So, Red Girls. Psychic phenomena. Fantasy or mystery. Tell us your mystic secrets and maybe you’ll win a free book!

The DENDERA giveaway winners!

Some good entries this time around, but who will win our four copies of Dendera? The topic this time around was best or favorite film adaptations of SF/F novels/stories. Let’s see…

Definitely Nicole for her note about I, Robot. It just struck as as a very, uh, brave admission.

Another winner is Leslie, who flattered us with Edge of Tomorrow. Does that kind of pandering really work with us? YES, YES IT DOES!

Ben B gets a nod for his entry about Heinlein adaptations Predestination (which we hadn’t even heard of before now!) and Starship Troopers, a movie which always upsets people. That’s worth a free book!

Finally, Takehaniyasubiko, you are not a “pleb”, you are a winner! Yes, Blade Runner, of course Blade Runner, always Blade Runner.

It’s the DENDERA giveaway contest!

We are soooo excited about our forthcoming novel, Dendera, by Yuya Sato. We have a great cover, a great blurb, and it’s a great and harrowing story about a group of elderly women who had been sent to their deaths and who instead made a life for themselves, only to be confronted by a hungry bear with a supernatural intellect.

Dendera was quite famous in Japan. In fact, it was made into a feature film in 2012:

You may not recognize the actors, but imagine Susan Sarandon and Meryl Streep running around in the snow, and you’ll have a sense of the popularity and reputation of the players.

Which brings us to our contest question: what is your favorite film adaptation of a science fiction or fantasy novel? Just write us a little essay (or poem!) in the comments and you may be one of our lucky, and skilled, winners. Our four favorite answers will get a free copy of Dendera. We ship anywhere, so don’t be afraid to play even if you’re outside the US. We also read Japanese, Spanish, Greek, German, and Chinese, so give it a whirl! We’ll announce the winners around noon on Friday the 23rd, so get your little essays in!

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