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Fourth Horizon – An Upcoming Anthology Project

What is Fourth Horizon?

Fourth Horizon is an upcoming anthology project from Kyanite publishing, in partnership with Smunchy Games. The world of Fourth Horizon—designed by Adam Bassett—is one distant from our own known as Teohid-3. The world is one of vast power struggles between five disparate factions, each themed to follow a specific genre of speculative fiction: cyberpunk, diesel punk, steampunk, aetherpunk, and solarpunk. Each of these factions has their own values and agendas, some which align with each other, but many more that are at odds with their neighbors.

Earth was dying. We had to leave. One colony world, Teohid-3, stands alone as a brilliant success. When people first arrived, they found it extremely similar to Earth, but over time they’ve discovered its unique natural resources.

The closer one looks at Teohid-3, the more alien the world appears. The plant and animal life of Earth has largely choked out the native species, but not quite all of them. Orange nivemhelite crystals litter the world’s technology, and deep in the oceans there lies dormant an unusual resource called mana which has caused many to question their understanding of reality. Even the people, fitted with a wide variety of augmentations and modifications to their bodies, don’t quite appear the same anymore.

Teohid-3 celebrated its independence over a hundred years ago. In order to maintain peace, communication—and to present a demonstration of power—the Fourth Horizon Council meets every other year. Trade deals, alliances, wars, and more have been started and ended at these meetings. 

What will this year’s Council meeting hold?

— From Smunchy Games

The Partnership

Fourth Horizon is an expandable card game currently in development by Smunchy Games. Kyanite and Smunchy have partnered to bring you stories from the world of Teohid-3 in the form of the Fourth Horizon anthology, planned to be released around the same time as the game.

The Game

After constructing your deck, each player competes to gain morale, or instill doubt in their opponents. Simple as that. But the path to accomplish these goals may become rather complex with the array of processes, mods, allies, and agents you can add to your deck.

Although Fourth Horizon was inspired in part by dueling card games such as Magic: The Gathering or Hearthstone, our goal is to create a game with more choice regarding how players use their cards. We’ve revamped the traditional resource system many games use, allowing each player to begin with the same amount of resources—enough to play a few cards at once or their most valuable cards on turn one. This levels the playing field and removes a level of variance from the game. Now, if you draw a hand full of expensive cards, it doesn’t mean you have to skip your first few turns. We wanted to let the player focus on their strategy and deckbuilding, forcing them to make difficult decisions about what cards they play first, and not be beholden to a mana curve.

— From Smunchy Games

When is this Happening?

As mentioned, Fourth Horizon is currently in development by Smunchy Games, and games designer Adam Bassett is hard at work hammering out the worldbuilding details.

Early next year, Adam and our own B.K. Bass will be developing a guide to the world of Teohid-3. They will also be establishing goals and guidelines for submissions for the anthology. We expect the submission cycle for Fourth Horizon to start around the Summer of 2021, production during 2022, and the launch of both the game and anthology in 2023.

Who is Smunchy Games?

We are proud to be partnering with Smunchy Games on this project! Smunchy Games is a developer and publisher of innovative, groundbreaking tabletop role playing and card games founded by CEO Sean Fallon. Their catalog includes the role playing games Parselings, Paths: World of Aida, Shadow Tantrum, and the Tide Breaker RPG system. They also recently released Fray, set in the world of Aida from the Paths RPG, which is “a fast-paced strategy card game wherein players contest over a 3×3 battlefield, playing powerful units and casting signature spells to gain control.”

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Expanding Our Horizons

Since our founding in July 2018, our focus has been on finding and sharing stories we love. Both of us founders rated speculative fiction as a favorite genre, so we began by publishing exactly that. In the last year and a half, we’ve grown exponentially, immersed ourselves in the industry, and developed a loyal readership. We’re excited to announce that as part of our strategic planning, we’ll now be expanding beyond the scope of speculative fiction to other genres we are equally passionate about.

Kyanite Publishing will now actively seek out stories in the mystery, thriller, and historical fiction genres.

We will also be pursuing non-fiction titles in the near future.

Sam Hendricks

Sam Hendricks, Publisher

I’m thrilled about this expansion and I look forward to seeing our catalog–essentially, our identity–grow and change as we do. I’ve always had an eclectic taste in books, and some of my first favorites were thrillers. I love stories that can keep me awake at night, speed reading just to get to the end, and there’s a robust market for thrillers that can bend genres and offer fresh takes on the old tropes. Mysteries were also some of the first books to line my shelves. I love every kind of mystery, especially noir and police procedurals. Last but not least, I’m enamored with non-fiction. I’m always game for educational texts in subjects I’m interested in (like geology, history, mythology, and anthropology) and biographies. I think there’s a good chance we’ll focus on just a few sub-genres of non-fiction that best fit our wheelhouse and readership–but more on that later.

B.K. Bass

B.K. Bass, Editor-in-Chief

As a life-long student of history, one of my favorite genres has been historical fiction; be it in the form of the printed word or on film. To me, there’s nothing quite as exciting as taking a step back in time and—for a moment—experiencing what life was like in another era. Also, as one who is constantly striving to learn more about not only history, but all aspects of our universe, non-fiction books have been the lifeblood of my continuing education. While I love reading for entertainment, I feel there’s nothing more rewarding than reading for education. That’s why we’ve already been publishing a variety of non-fiction articles via the Kyanite Press Online. We strongly value the importance of education and sharing knowledge with the world, so we feel it is an important step that we grow our catalog to include more novel-length non-fiction as well. 

Our readership knows we’ve already published quite a few mysteries and thrillers that just so happened to be speculative in nature. From B.K.’s own Night Shift to Jonathan Lazar’s Zachariah Lars and the High Elf Mystery, we’ve been entertained and intrigued. Now, we’re opening the door for more of these gripping stories whether they have a speculative element or not.

“I’m an author. When can I submit my work in these genres?”

We will have an open window in March of 2020, specifically seeking out works in the mystery, thriller, and historical fiction genres. We will not be accepting non-fiction submissions yet, but keep an eye out for more news on that front soon.

We appreciate you reading this announcement and sharing it with anyone you think would benefit from the information. We’ll be revealing more details soon, including a “manuscript wish list” with specific sub-genres we’re most likely to love. 

Sincerely,

Sam & B.K.

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Now Available: Kyanite Press Vol. 2, Issue 1

This issue: Thrilling tales of high fantasy!

Join us as we explore ten different realms of magic, adventure, and
excitement! From exploring ancient ruins to save a sickly child in The
Hand That Holds to the classic sword and sorcery action of The Iron
Sorcerer, this issue proves that high fantasy can provide a platform for
a variety of entertaining, exciting, and thoughtful stories.

A new beginning to a beloved franchise.
Five novelettes, five short stories, ten amazing authors.
Almost 100,000 words, four times as many as our previous regular issues.

Over 200 pages of fantasy adventures!

Get your copy now!

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Farewell, good friend.

Our great friend and co-founder Sophia LeRoux is stepping down to spend more time on other personal and professional endeavors. We would like to take a moment to thank Sophia for everything she’s done along the way, and we wish her the best of luck in all her pursuits!

From the beginning, Sophia has been a key part of the vision of Kyanite Publishing. Her graphic design and layout skills have helped shape our company image and products. We have her to thank for everything from our logos to our book covers.

More than this, she has been a true friend. Sam, Sarah, and B.K. will always treasure the time spent working with Sophia, and look forward to further collaborations in the future. For now, Sophia, good luck in all you do! Continue to be a wonderful, warm-hearted individual!

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What Once Was Home: Cover Reveal

We are very excited to reveal the cover of What Once Was Home, the first full-length novel from our very own B.K. Bass!

When his world is torn apart, one man must learn to survive in What Once Was Home.

Jace Cox’s life is changed when an overwhelming alien force invades the Earth with no warning or provocation.  In the years that follow, he must not only fight to survive; but also learn what it means to be a man and a leader.  As the situation grows more dire, he realizes that his greatest challenge isn’t the alien invaders or even his fellow man; it is holding onto his own humanity despite living in a world gone mad.

What Once Was Home will be launching on October 25, 2019, and pre-orders are available now! Click HERE for more!

Genres: Science Fiction, Post Apocalyptic, Alien Encounters, Military Science Fiction
Length: Novel – Approx 300 pages
Release Date: October 25, 2019

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Kyanite Press: Volume 2

It’s been an amazing year at the Kyanite Press. We discovered fantastic stories, picked up traction with retailers, and made many new friends along the way. The journal far exceeded any expectations we had regarding the incredible fiction within it and the support we’ve received from the writing and reading communities.

This year has also been a learning experience. As we reflect on what worked and what didn’t, we’ve come up with some great ideas for how to make next year even more exciting! With Issue 6 wrapping up and ready to come out this July, it’s time to start work on Volume 2 of the journal. We have been working behind-the-scenes for the last few months coming up with a plan with several goals in mind:

Quality: We want to ensure that enough time is devoted to each issue to make sure that everything from the selection process through final editing and formatting is executed as near to perfection as possible.
Value: They say that you “get what you pay for,” and we want to make sure we are living up to our end of that bargain. We want to pack each issue full of high-value content and ensure that the experience of reading the Kyanite Press is a premium experience.
Sustainability: The journal was a project born of the love of the art form, but until we unearth the city of gold, we need to make sure we can pay for the production costs.
Author Compensation: Nobody wants to work for free, and that includes authors. While we have always offered a cash prize for our featured story, we want to be able to compensate everybody who submits to us.

Those are all very important goals, and balancing those plus keeping the gears greased inside the machine has shaped up to be quite an endeavor! Volume 2 of the Kyanite Press is going to look a little different, and here’s the big things to note about the journal itself:

Quarterly Issues: This biggest change is that we are transitioning from a bi-monthly format to a quarterly format. There will now be an Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer issue. These will be released in November, February, May, and August. The first issue of Volume 2 will be in November 2019.
Larger Issues: We are increasing the target page count from 80-110 pages to a whopping 200-250 pages! We are shooting for our average word counts per issue to be 225% of what they were in Volume 1. This means that even with two less issues, we will have around 150% of the total content in the regular run!
Pricing Changes: As each issue will be larger, they will naturally cost more to produce. In the interest of balancing value with sustainability, we have set the price of the new issues at $24.85 in print and $14.85 for eBook versions. Savvy shoppers might note that these price increases are less than the content volume increase of each issue!

What does this mean for our authors? What do the goals of quality, value, sustainability, and – most importantly – author compensation, mean to you?

Submission and Production Cycles: One of the reasons for the transition to quarterly issues is to ensure ample time is provided for both our authors to submit to and for our staff to produce each issue. There will be a three-month submission window for each issue followed by a three-month production timeline. This is why the first issue is starting in November.
Author Copies: We will provide for each contributor a complimentary PDF copy of any issue they contribute to. There will still be an opportunity to order up to five print copies at a discount of 60% off the cover price plus shipping and handling.
Royalties: Yes, that’s right! All of the licensing agreements for contributions to the Kyanite Press starting in Volume 2 will include terms for royalties. Each issue will have a set royalty pool which is a percentage of our gross revenue, and this will be divided between the contributors with a pro-rata system based on the contributor’s word count percentage of the total issue’s word count. There will no longer be a feature story prize. Rather, everybody will get a fair share!

What about special issues and the annual anthology? We still hope to produce our Halloween Horror special this fall, and are batting around ideas for another Winter Digest in December. Both of these are on the discussion table at the moment, but their eventual fates are still to be determined. The annual anthology for Volume 1 is definitely being put together and hopefully will launch before the holiday season this year, and we plan to continue producing Kyanite Press Annual Anthologies every year!


New to the Kyanite Press? Wondering what all the fuss is about? Be sure to visit the Kyanite Press homepage!

Interested in submitting a story for the Kyanite Press? Have you been biting your nails to the nub just waiting for this announcement? Head over to our submissions page to find out the details of submitting for Volume 2, Issue 1 of the Kyanite Press!

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New Discord Server

We are proud to announce the official Kyanite Publishing discord server. We have always endeavored to build a community around the company, and this server is a further step to bringing that vision to reality. We look forward to this being a gathering place for our staff, authors, and readers to come together to express their love of the written word.

Come join the Kyanite party!

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Chat with your favorite authors, attend live events, get the latest news about upcoming books, and simply hang out with our growing family of science fiction, fantasy, and horror book lovers!