As autumn draws to a close this week, I have more fall releases to tell you about: the final issues of the year for Fiction River and Pulphouse Fiction Magazine.

The fall issue of Pulphouse, also known as Issue #8, comes out later this week. From clockwork cowboys to zombie PIs, this issue of Pulphouse represents the cutting edge of modern short fiction with the following lineup of stories:

“The Hero of Calliope Springs: A Clockwork Cowboy Story” by J. Steven York
“Dirt Dancer” by Joslyn Chase
“Eternal Flame” by Rob Vagle
“Seeing Him for the First Time” by David H. Hendrickson
“No Common Scents” by Jim Gotaas
“With Light Years Between Us” by Robert J. McCarter
“Unfamiliar, Foreign, Outré” by Jerry Oltion
“Taking Care of Business” by Mary Jo Rabe
“A Night Under the Stars” by Lisa Silverthorne
“Pretty Rita” by O’Neil De Noux
“Leftovers” by B.A. Paul
“Degrading” by Ezekiel James Boston
“Thumpman at the Keys” by Kent Patterson
“Road Kill: A Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. Story” by Kevin J. Anderson
“A Warriors Death” by Stephanie Writt
“In-Class Assignment” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“Life, With Cats” Annie Reed
“Blackbeard’s Aliens” by Robert Jeschonek
“Minions at Work: Head Case” by J. Steven York

And if you missed Fiction River: Superstitious, which was edited by Mark Leslie and released in mid-October, now’s a great time to catch up on this volume.

Here’s the synopsis:

Superstitions pervade every culture and belief system. Often, the origins of such superstitions elude their practitioners. The seventeen authors in this latest volume of Fiction River create their own superstitious tales in fascinating stories ranging from dark and moody to light and fun, from introspective and thought-provoking to high-ratcheted tension. Distinct and realistic elements of humanity, love, fear, family, friendship, life, and death provide unforgettable experiences that prove we all practice some form of superstition, whether we admit it or not.

Table of Contents
“Thirteen” by Mark Leslie
“Salvage” by David Bruns
“The Worry Trap” by Kari Kilgore
“8 Seconds” by C.A. Rowland
“Rough Musick” by Joslyn Chase
“Knuckleheads” by Jonathan Kort
“Umberto Scolari and the Ill-Fated Marriage” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“Grave Decisions” by Sharon Kae Reamer
“Sweet Tooth” by M.L. Buchman
“The Robin Club” by Ron Collins
“Offerings” by Jamie Aldis
“Sweet Sixteen” by Ryan M. Williams
“Three Breaths” by Lisa Silverthorne
“The Perils of Taking Table Selfies at a Con” by Annie Reed
“Unsavory” by Michael D. Britton
“Rosemary” by Michael Kowal
“Shattered Canvas” by Michael Warren Lucas
“Puckish Behavior” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

So, there you have it—a plethora of reading just in time for those long winter nights.

Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer, working mother, and brain tumor survivor.