Tuesday, October 11, 2016

That's All Folks

It is with some regret that I announce that our most recent issue of Story Emporium: Purveyors of Steampunk & Weird Western Adventure will be the last. There will not be a 2017 issue.  

In the two decades I've been involved in small press publishing there's been a profound shift in the habits of readers. It's not only been from print to electronic delivery, but an increasing reluctance to pay for content--expecting everything to be free.  Add to this the fact few advertisers are interested in small press publications and how does a small magazine survive?  Well, it doesn't.  I've also noticed that writers seem utterly unwilling to promote the publications carrying their creative work.  Not so much as a blog mention or even a posting on Facebook can they bothered with, yet they are the first to complain about the lack of markets for writers to publish their stories in.  

This adds up to a simple fact, sales have always been weak for this magazine and it has never come close to breaking even, let alone turning a profit.  Back when we put out Science Fiction Trails, that magazine turned a small profit, actually, although I doubt it would today.  Writers want more and art has continued to be our biggest expense, all the while with fewer and fewer readers buying copies. And it's especially prevalent outside the USA. Ten years ago we sold 25 and sometimes even more copies of SFT to Great Britain.  Now, one copy if we're lucky.  We have almost no foreign sales anymore.  So, there is nothing else we can do.  We've tried selling copies online. We've tried selling at steampunk and science fiction conventions. It doesn't matter--fewer and fewer people will buy a copy. They simply say "Awesome cover" and walk away. 

So, I thank our contributors and especially our readers.  I just wish there were more of you. 

David B. Riley

Saturday, July 16, 2016


Our latest issue is now for sale through Amazon and most retail outlets. The ebook edition is available through Kindle.

Story Emporium is open for your reading pleasure. Come on in and find a story that will make you laugh or one that will make you clutch your bed covers at night.  Our writers and editors want nothing more than to please you.  Adventure, Action, Airships,  Westerns--We’ve got them. Inside you will find fantastic machines and Mongolian thunder worms. Gunfighters–we’ve got them. Featuring work by Joel Jenkins, David Boop, Lyn McConchie, Steve Ruskin, Joshua Gage, Jo Oram and more. If you’re in a hurry we have 300 word ghost stories. Also  a feature on weird western coloring books.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

We have closed to story submissions

We have closed to story submissions.  We'd like to thank everyone who sent in stories.  Our reading period is now over.  Look for our next issue this summer.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Now Available!

Issue 1 of Story Emporium: Purveyors of Steampunk & Weird Western Adventure is now available . The printed edition is available from Createspace and Amazon. The ebook is available on Kindle through Amazon. In the coming weeks it will be available through other distributors as well.

Come on in and find a story that will fix what ails you. Story Emporium is now open. We are the finest purveyors of steampunk and weird western adventure. We have dangerous undertakings and true love, heart ache and hope. Inside you will find fantastic machines and good old fashioned horse power. In a hurry? We've got a selection of ultra short stories you can read in a minute or two. With rip roaring stories from such authors as Sam Knight, Lyn McConchie, Henry Ram, Joel Jenkins, K. G. Anderson, Scott A. Cupp, Rebecca McFarland Kyle and plenty more we are sure to have something for everyone

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Coming soon

One of the features we have in our debut issue is Karl, our popular dinosaur columnist..  Karl's not only a holdover from the Cretaceous period, he's a holdover from the old magazine as well. He'll be sharing some of his Cretaceous wisdom for our readers. Karl wrote a special review to tide folks over until the new issue comes out.

Well, there's a new movie out called Jurassic World. It looks exactly like the last movies.  I haven't actually seen the movie because the theater people are still mad at me after I ate the popcorn machine. But, the commercials look exactly the same-- bunch of people getting eaten by dinosaurs.   Now that sounds pretty good, but these movies seem to think this is somehow a bad thing.  I guess I'll wait until it comes out on Netflix.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

When's it coming out?

We will announce a release date shortly.  It will be this summer. And we're as anxious to see the first issue as everyone is.  But we still have a few details to work out.  The final selection of stories is underway. Layout and editing takes time. When we set the release date, we'll announce it here.  Stay tuned.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

We've got dinosaurs

Yep, our cover's got dinosaurs on it. How many magazines have dinosaurs?