Annual Tournament of the White Hart

The 18th Annual Tournament of the White Hart hosted by Shire of Port Oasis of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc (Society for Creative Anachronism) will be held at the Cabell County 4-H Camp in Barboursville from March 7 at 5PM to March 9 at noon.

There will be tournaments in Heavy Combat, Archery, and Fencing.  An Arts & Science competition to decide the next Artisan of the White Hard and brewing competition.  A series of children’ activities will be held in the main hall, including imitation stained glass, poetry, mini-bows and arrows, and several more.  This year’s feast is a Viking World Tour.

The reservation price is $8 if you do not get feast, $16 if you do get the feast.  A fee of $5 will be applied to non-members.  Cabins for the even are $50 for the weekend and on first come first paid basis.  Individual bunks are available in the main hall for $5 a bed.  Make checks out to “SCA WV Inc. Shire of Port Oasis.” For reservations please contact: THL Erzabet Fauconner.

White is great for anyone who has never been around the SCA before and wants to learn more.

Located in Huntington, WV, the Shire of Port Oasis is the local chapter of the Society of Creative Anachronism. A small part of a larger group that tries to re-enact European culture between the years 600 – 1600.

Questions regarding the group should be directed to rignachconal@yahoo.com or to socialmedia@sca.org. Any discrepancies between the electronic version of any information and the printed version that is available from the originating office will be decided in favor of the printed version.

Dark Trails: An Anthology of Weird Western Stories

Michael Knost, a Bram Stoker Award-winning editor from Chapmanville, is trying to put together an anthology of western tales with supernatural, fantasy, horror, sci-fi and other unbounded creative ideas.  He tried to get a publishing house to take the idea, but they just wanted a traditional western anthology, so he has taken to Kickstarter for funds.  He is looking for $16,000 and as of this writing only has $2,591.   The money is to go to paying the authors, editors, and cover artist all a professional rate plus all the fees to get it printed.

When done Dead Cactus Press will be publishing it by Dead Cactus Press and have cover art from Cortney Skinner.  Writers who have already signed up to add to this are: Bentley Little, Joe R. Lansdale, Steve Rasnic Tem, Jonathan Maberry, Tom Piccirilli, Gary A. Braunbeck, Elizabeth Bear, Laird Barron, Tim Waggoner, Elizabeth Massie, Ronald Kelly, Lucy A. Snyder, and Joe McKinney.

He is also taking open submissions for this project as well.  The more money raised will allow for more stories to be published in it.

There are some good low levels for pledges: $10 will get you an eBook version, $25 for a trade paperback version, $30 for both,
$75 for limited hardcover version, and more.  At some of the higher levels you can get an online writing course, written critique of a short story, get your name used in a story or a story dedicated to you, or even the whole book dedicated to you.

The Kickstarter is open till February 17th.  Even if you do not pledge try to help spread the word, since it would be cool to have such a book from the state out there.

Submission guidelines are as follows, but the Kickstarter has to succeed first.

Submissions do not open until March 1, 2014. Please do not submit before March 1, 2014.

Submissions deadline is March 1, 2015.

Publication date is October 2015.

No reprints. No simultaneous submissions.

Make submission a MS WORD document file attachment only.

Submissions will be sent via e-mail address, which will be given when project is fully funded.