Brace yourself for an extreeeemely killer lineup, because that’s what you’re getting with Unfettered Hexes: Queer Tales of Insatiable Darkness, along with, you know, the the titular tales. Coming to you in October 2021 from Neon Hemlock Press, Unfettered Hexes: Queer Tales of Insatiable Darkness is a speculative anthology edited by dave ring of queer witches, infinite darkness and the knife edge between the sacred and the profane.
Unfettered Hexes asks you to sling salt in a circle, call the corners, and breathe life into the unutterable cadences that call forth the void. Find your coven, craft new rituals and hex your enemies.
This anthology launched on Kickstarter and ran December 2nd to January 1st, hitting 207% of the initial goal. Pre-orders are currently open via Backerkit.
The anthology will include work from:
- Rasha Abdulhadi
- Sharang Biswas
- C.B. Blanchard
- Die Booth
- Priya Chand
- Tania Chen
- H.A. Clarke
- Kel Coleman
- Amelia Fisher
- Craig L. Gidney
- Diana Hurlburt
- Tamara Jerée
- Ruth Joffre
- Marianne Kirby
- L.D. Lewis
- Danny Lore
- Hanna A. Nirav
- Chelsea Obodoechina
- Suzan Palumbo
- Nicasio Reed
- Almah LaVon Rice
- Jordan Shiveley
- Cecilia Tan
- R.J. Theodore
- Elizabeth Twist
The book will also include:
- Comics from Grace Fong, Caleb Hosalla & Viane Londoño
- Story games from Mercedes Acosta & Allie Bustion
- Art from Matt Spencer & Frances P
Matt Spencer is also working with editor dave ring on an oracle deck inspired by the stories from the anthology. (You can also preview the mostly-completed cards here. )
And now, the jawdropping cover, illustrated by Robin Ha!
What’s that? You wanna see the full flap?? Yeah, we’ve got that too!
dave ring is a queer editor and writer of speculative fiction living in Washington, DC. He is the publisher and managing editor of Neon Hemlock Press, and the co-editor of Baffling Magazine. He is also a chair emeritus of the OutWrite LGBTQ Book Festival.
He is the editor of the upcoming anthology Unfettered Hexes: Queer Tales of Insatiable Darkness (Neon Hemlock Press, 2021) as well as Broken Metropolis: Queer Tales of a City That Never Was (Mason Jar Press, 2018) and Glitter + Ashes: Queer Tales of a World That Wouldn’t Die (Neon Hemlock Press, 2020).
dave was a 2013 Lambda Literary Fellow, a 2018 resident of Futurescapes and Disquiet, and a 2019 resident of Sundress Academy for the Arts. His short fiction has been featured in numerous publications including Fireside Fiction, Podcastle, and A Punk Rock Future. Find him at www.dave-ring.com or @slickhop on Twitter.