â€œIn an age when book blogs and eZines seem to crop up every twenty three and a half minutes, Holdfast has done it right – interesting features, diverting fiction, music and literary challenges – and that’s just in the first issue! I for one can’t wait to see where it goes from here.â€
Â Â Â – Lee Harris, Senior Editor, Angry Robot and former Publisher of Hub Magazine.
Issue#1: Speculating about Speculative Women is out now at www.holdfastmagazine.com
Read speculative fiction, poetry, interviews, articles, reviews and other oddments all whilst listening to the Holdfast fantasy playlist. Take part in co-authoring a story with featured author Emma Newman in theÂ Story Chain. Discover whatâ€™s making Emma Newman angry, read Eva Kerslake-Blueâ€™s short story Mirror, Mirror (and then read her bio!), peruse new books written and inhabited by speculative women on theÂ Bookshelf, and find out about the underrepresentation of Black women in science fiction.
Each issue revolves around a central theme, examining genre fiction through focussed articles, fiction and reviews. Linked to this is each issueâ€™s interview with a featured author, whose writing connects to the issueâ€™s topic. Regular features include The Unbelievers, in which our two heroic editors attempt to convert self-confessed fantasy haters, a themed playlist that gives readers a suitable atmosphere in which to browse, and A Letter To… tells an author how influential and inspiring they are.
Holdfast are now accepting submissions for Issue#2: Animals, Beasts & Creatures. Are you fascinated by what lurks within and what hides in the shadows? Holdfast looks at the relationship between speculative fiction and animals, whether talking badgers or fire-breathing dragons.
Co-editors Laurel Sills and Lucy Smee became friends in a cold, dark, terrifying caravan in Wales at the 2013 Sci-Fi Weekender. A combination of delirium, excitement and hypothermia inspired them to start the kind of publication that they would want to read – one thatâ€™s insightful, funny and analytical. With a shared interest in feminism and speculative fiction, they decided for Issue#1 to look at the underrepresentation of women in the past, present and future, and to celebrate all the wonderful things that women in genre fiction have already achieved.