From traditional "Pirates of the Caribbean" to Elven buccaneers, from steam-punk airships to astroid-hopping smugglers, this Volume of Tales From the Year Between will be crammed full of every sort of pirate themed adventure imaginable! So whether you like your pirates with a "yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!" or "prepare for light speed!" we've got you covered!
This time we've switched up our world-building game, and are using a home-brew hack of Caro Asercion's "I'm Sorry, Did You Say Srteet Magic?" as the engine to create our collaborative setting. Go check it out!
The crew of Volume 3 is hard at work developing not one but FOUR different worlds to fill with adventures -- go to their websites, follow them on social media, and buy their books! (IN PROGRESS -- everyone will be up soon!)
Dani Atkinson is a short fiction fantasy writer from Alberta, Canada who occasionally has more in common with an anxious cat hiding under the sofa than she does with a human being. Find out more at her frequently neglected author blog.
Caroline Barnard-Smith writes fantasy and horror fiction from her house beside the sea in Devon, England, where she lives with one husband, three daughters, and a small ginger cat called Frodo. She enjoys creating worlds and drinking all the rum.Twitter: @cazzysmith
B.K. Bass is the author of over a dozen books of science fiction, fantasy, and horror inspired by pulp fiction magazines and classic speculative fiction. He is also an avid worldbuilder, a blender of genres, and a student of history. More about B.K. can be found on his website. (Vol. 2 Alum, guest editor)
Jayme is author hailing from Florida. A semi-retired zookeeper and full-time Mom, her debut adventure novel, Untouched is out now ! You can follow her on twitter @ZookeeperBean or find out more about her and her work at JaymeBeanAuthor.com. Find links to buy her book at Linktree. (Vol. 2 Alum, guest editor)
Author, librarian, and occasionally delightful individual, A.E. Bross is a multi-genre scribbler, most known for the Sands of Theia fantasy book series. She is passionate about the accessibility of writing, elevating marginalized voices, and romantic tropes. Twitter: @AddyBrossWrites Instagram: @AddyBross_Writes Website: addyelsewhere.com.
J Calamy is a queer, disabled veteran and foreign service wonk who spends a good part of the year bouncing down dirt roads in the back of range rovers thousands of miles from home. She writes volcanic romantic thrillers through that lens. Coffee, cursing, and embassy scuttlebutt are her last remaining vices. Learn more at JCalamy.com.
S.D. Campbell is an Islander currently living in Calgary, Alberta. His first book, Tin-Can Canucks: A Century of Canadian Destroyers is a history of Royal Canadian Navy destroyers. Sean’s anthology Before the Crash collects his previously published short fiction. He lives with his teen-aged daughter and several guinea pig ghosts.
C.J. Henderson is a Scottish writer with a deep and abiding interest in the sea and its various denizens, both real and imaginary. She can be found online at @LadyKrakenWrite
A.R.K. Horton writes blogs about myths, fairytales, and folktales. She is also a fantasy author currently working on The Telverin Trilogy. When she isn't writing, she's building websites and managing a family of five. You can find her blog and links to her books at arkhorton.com. (Vol. 2 Alum, guest editor)
Jack Kaide is a writer, musician and teacher living in Hackney, London. His short stories have recently featured in Horrified Magazine and The secret Attic vol.6, and he is currently working on a first novel, ‘The Green Man’. You can find him on twitter @TheSomnambulis2.
Astrid Knight is a fantasy writer from Michigan with a fascination for stories and what they reveal about ourselves. When she isn't writing, she can be found playing D&D and impulse buying candles online. Her first novel, Perception Check will debut January 2022. She can be found on Twitter @AstridKWrites.
Hailing from the frozen north, deep in the boreal forest of Canada, Lisa always has a project on the go to stave off the chill. Whether it’s sci-fi, fantasy, horror or historical, you know she’s blasting music while she writes. Catch her on Instagram at @lisak.writes
Rob lives in Melbourne, Australia, and has been writing since the 90s. He's written horror and fantasy as well as a grimdark novella. His work has appeared and Candy Jar Books. in Dr. Who Magazine and You can find him on twitter @dreadsinister and co-hosting the 42 to Doomsday podcast.
J.C. Pillard lives at the foot of the Colorado mountains. She has a master’s degree in English literature and her recent publications include stories in Broadswords and Blasters and Fall Into Fantasy. When not writing, J.C. can be found prowling through her local bookstore. Find her at www.jcpillard.com.
Craig Rathbone is a writer from a little town in the north of England. With a writing background in games reviews and blogging, he's developed an insatiable taste for pirate themed tales!
Katherine is a multi-genre writer and self-confessed nerd from Yorkshire in the United Kingdom, spending most of her time dreaming up new characters or playing D&D. You can find more about her and her latest work at her website, and she is always happy to chat on Twitter @katheroony.
For this volume, each world will have its own dedicated cartographer! So not only will you be able to thrill to the exciting pirate exploits in sky, sea, and space, but follow their adventures across their respective archipelagos on paper as well!
Historic World Map-- Dewi Hargreaves is a freelance illustrator who has created over 50 maps, mostly for clients in the writing community. He primarily works in the fantasy style, but has created historical, contemporary and sci-fi maps, too. You can commission art from him at his website, DewiHargreaves.com.
Sky Pirate Map-- Aaron is a New York City based architect, illustrator, amateur cartographer, and aspiring cartoonist. His previous work includes the maps for Volume 1 of Tales from the Year Between.. Aaron's comic work can be found on Instagram at @hockett.aaron (Vol. 1&2 alum)
Fantasy Map-- Born in the usual way, author Michael found fantasy at the age of eight with Dungeons & Dragons. He soon discovered his love for reading and started creating his own worlds. After he create cities, gods, ancient and terrible beings and histories, he would then burn them all down.
Space Map-- While primarily focusing on his writing and publishing chops these days, Chris is also an avid drawer and doodler. He's almost never written a story without drawing a map to go with it, though he'll often draw a map without bothering to write a story.
While the writers and cartographers do all the sexy work out front, none of it would be possible without a hard-working team behind the scenes. In addition to the five owner-members of Skullgate (Debbie, Diana, Chris, Colleen, and Chris), for this round of shenanigans Sarah Parker and Jonathan Beck are joining us under the hood!
Jonathan is a singer & writer from Northern Ireland who loves cats, whiskey and traveling (when permitted). When he’s not running or binge-watching sci-fi, he can be found writing weird little tweet-stories as @diminufiction (Vol. 1&2 alum, guest staff)
Chris "Terry" Durston" he lives in England, where he subsists on cider and ‘taters. Apart from his editorial duties, he produces Skullgate's podcast, Sounds From the Year Between. His first novel, Each Little Universe, was released in April 2020. chrisdurston.com or on Twitter @overthinkery1 (Skullgate Staff)
D helps run the world building as one of the Game Masters for each book, as well helps Chris Durston on the podcast. She herded many cats and is now Den Mother to over two dozen sci-fi authors. She & her (actual) child enjoy singing in harmony & quoting Monty Python in and around Philadelphia. (Skullgate Staff, Game Master)
Currently querying a couple of YA SFF novels, participating in three different anthologies, writing vss on Twitter & buying way too much stuff on Aliexpress. For my day job I give lectures on humor and serve as a personal chauffeur for my two teenagers. Resides in Meitar, Israel. Follow @debbieiancu or her author website (Skullgate Staff)
S.L.Parker, world builder, wonderer & as a result, writer. Plays well with words & others. Prior publications in poetic & academic veins. WIP exploring creation of civilization & what if step-sisters of the divided ruling family were Fear and True Love. Tweets via @isparkit (Vol. 1&2 alum, guest staff)
Teacher by day, writer at night, C.D. is a member of the skullgatemedia.com team where she helps to slay em dashes. She also has work published through various other outlets. You can follow her on Twitter @LeChatGris3 or at cdstoriz.com where she posts writing and rants about her cat. (Skullgate Staff)
The following people helped make In The Wake of the Kraken possible through their financial support. Many generously added donations over and above these standard backing levels, but whether they contributed $4 or $100, we are eternally grateful to each and every person who helped fund this book:
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