Mythical Press offers readers out of the ordinary, fantastic fiction–not the same ol’ stuff! Mythical Press specializes in speculative fiction with romantic elements, and genre fiction set in unusual locales or in our region. Founded in 2011, Mythical Press calls Dayton, Ohio, the City of Innovation, home. Our fiction features that same inventive spirit that has characterized our hometown throughout the ages.
The name Mythical Press hearkens back to our primary focus, speculative fiction, myth, and legend. Publishing is a new world, one in which the rise of e-books could make the press itself mythical! However, we’re cognizant of the fact that, despite the press received by e-books in recent years, paper books still comprise the majority of books sold today. All Mythical Press novels, short fiction, and short fiction anthologies are available in trade paperback for those who prefer print.
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Love's a Beach: Stories of Summer Love by Members of the Ohio Valley Romance Writers of America
Warm up in any season with this anthology of stories by members of the Ohio Valley Romance Writers of America. From heartwarming to mysterious, comical to suspenseful, these romantic tales show that there really is someone for everyone. Whether it happens today or a hundred years ago, from the Atlantic shore to the American West coast, there’s something magical about the warm breezes blow.
Two novels plus a short story in a value-priced anthology. In Time’s Enemy, an unwilling initiate in a secret society of time travelers goes into the past to prevent his daughter’s death and finds love, danger, and ultimately redemption. In Time’s Fugitive, the couple flees to prehistoric times to save their unborn child from killers from the future, unaware their progeny could destroy them all.
Taylor Gressman sneaks away on Christmas Eve, hoping to find the angel who saved her life a few weeks earlier. Instead, she takes an unexpected trip back in time, and finds herself in the midst of a murderous street gang. Now it’s up to Taylor to ensure that she and a newfound friend don’t become the gang’s next victims, and in the process, learn that giving is the best gift of all. (Short Story)
Violet Sinclair remembers none of her past, but she’s certain she loved Tony Solomon… and did something terrible to him. Time-traveler Tony never met Violet, despite her resemblance to the woman he loved decades ago. Pregnant with his child and targeted by killers from the future, Violet’s only escape is to jump into the past. But they go back further than planned—and secrets can get them killed.
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on June 02, 2011
Kill her lover to keep her promise to him? I’m so there! Normally, I'm not a big fan of short stories, but this made me look further.
Probably the main reason I’m not big on short stories is because I prefer longer works, that can pull me into a complex plot with well-drawn characters I have plenty of time to get to know and love. So often, there just isn’t room in a short story to dig deep enough, and the conflicts stay small out of necessity to fit the length. Worldbuilding is often sparse.
“Promises” proved to be a great exception. Although there isn’t room to really plumb the depths of the main character, a swordswoman named Shay, we do get a full sense of her motivation and what compels her to go places, and do things, few women would in her world. Her emotions are well-drawn, and we quickly care about her and want to see her succeed, while making a terrible choice. McGathy excels at worldbuilding – despite the short space, the reader can easily get a picture of her world that’s torn apart by magic and continues to decay. Background information is dropped into the story in small bits, just enough to build on that picture and enhance the experience.
Best of all, the conflict, while simple, is not small (see story description), and the end ties in nicely with the worldbuilding, its background, and Shay’s past.
As a bonus, the ebook download includes another short story: “The Gift,” a very short (almost flash fiction), sleeping-beauty-esque tale.
- Heaven Is For Heroes
on Dec. 16, 2011
A sweet and poignant story of loss, discovery, and love. 17-year-old Jordie is coping with the death of her brother, who was killed while serving as a Marine. But some of the circumstances surrounding Levi's death are suspicious. Her brother's best friend Alex was also present, and injured in the accident that killed Levi, and as Jordie tries to find out what really happened, the relationship that never was with the boy she's always loved finally happens. Other family dynamics and a secret long-buried come into play while Jordie learns to deal with her new-found love for Alex, who has struggles of his own.
While mostly a "quiet" book, this young adult contemporary romance deals with some heavy, current-events issues like PTSD, and never skimps on emotion. Jordie's a smart, likable heroine who sometimes does stupid, impulsive things that add to her authenticity, as do Alex's hot-and-cold ways. If you're looking for a highly emotional read with a liberal dose of realism, Heaven is for Heroes is sure to please!
- Forever Material
on Dec. 18, 2011
Forever Material is a lighthearted battle-of-the-sexes story that will keep you smiling from page one, with quite a few LOLs thrown in! Barbara Whitehall teaches workshops about the two types of guys in the world: Forever Material, or the ones who are good to settle down with; and Fling Material, the ones whose sole purpose (and interest) is in the short-lived booty call. Barbara's convinced that Jake is the latter, and the laughs begin when he literally falls through the ceiling into one of her workshops. Not one to pass up a great opportunity, Barbara uses him as an example, for he meets all the bad-boy stereotypes. Jake's determined to peel away Barbara's professional man-hater image and bets her that he can make her fall for him. The more time the two spend together, the less each is interested in the bet, as they discover qualities in each other-and themselves-that go beyond the stereotypes. There are touching, emotional moments too, especially as the characters reveal why they hold on to their pig-headed beliefs, and as they move past them. Forever Material is a fun, lighthearted read that doesn't skimp on emotion, and will keep you smiling long after the e-reader's turned off!
- Mr. Right's Baby
on Feb. 23, 2012
Adrian Wright never knew he was a dad until seven years after a brief encounter. Not until she was on her deathbed did his old fling get him the message that she'd gotten pregnant, and given the baby up for adoption without ever contacting Adrian. Now he's determined to find his 6-year-old daughter and get to know her, even if he can't reveal who he really is to her, and takes a position as a substitute teacher to get close to her.
Carly is every bit the charming child every parent wants, but it's her widowed, adoptive mother who really tugs at Adrian's heartstrings - and more. He can't figure her out, and this leads to many humorous moments. Kate shows up to pick up Carly from school looking a mess from cleaning out the gutters and reeking of alcohol. Adrian later runs into her at the grocery store where she's buying a cart full of cigarettes and alcohol and he can't help but think she's a drunk when in fact, she's buying the smokes for a neighbor and the booze is for a party she's catering.
The characterization is where this book really shines. In the hands of a lesser author, Carly would be too cute, too precious, and saccharine sweet, but here she's just mischievous enough to counter this and be realistic. The gradual development of Adrian and Kate's relationship is poignant and sweet as Kate tries to figure out what Adrian's really up to while he tries to keep his original motivations secret. Although their relationship isn't consummated on the page, there's plenty of sexual tension, and their attraction for each other zings off the page while keeping the reader constantly wondering what will happen when Kate learns who Adrian is.
I don't normally read much contemporary romance, but with the characters, the humor and the emotion, this one had no trouble keeping my interest. Highly recommended!
- The First Key
on May 05, 2012
Wonderful sf short story that fans of Star Wars will enjoy!
Branah is a young warrior mage apprentice who thinks he knows it all - until he's sent off with a new master, the enigmatic Jen-jen. Recognized as one of his society's most powerful mages with controversial methods and philosophies, Jen-jen disappeared many years before, and appeared at the former mage-leader's death to whisk Branah away. They wind up on a backward planet with a controlling, misogynistic culture, and when Jen-jen unwittingly breaks one of their highest laws, all hell breaks loose, and Branah must pick up the pieces while figuring out where he fits in as both a mage and a warrior. Jen-jen and Branah are delightful characters, and even in a short story, it was fun to watch their master-pupil relationship develop as Branah discovers that not only doesn't he know it all, he in fact knows very little. The world is a technologically-advanced one with space travel and also magic, much like the Jedi in Star Wars, and this story will definitely appeal to readers who enjoy that world. I'm glad to see this appears to be the first of a new series, because I'm looking forward to more!
- Tales From The Mist
on Oct. 20, 2012
Each story in this collection of creepy tales grabbed me from the first line and didn't let go until the end! They aren't scary in a don't-read-this-before-bed way, but are more creepy in a remember-it-long-after way. "Haste" by Catie Rhodes was a twisted look at a woman's revenge on a cheating husband - and its dire consequences. "The Consuming" by Rhonda Hopkins is the perfect example of gothic horror, when a woman's skepticism of a haunted house is her downfall. "The King of Rats" is a cute story about a wild rat (I love rodents!) clinging to a tenuous leadership who's ruthless and violent, yet still sympathetic. Mitzi Flyte's "To E.A. Poe" was one of the creepiest, probably because I guessed the ending yet couldn't stop reading. Other stories deal with ghosts, witches, vampires, and demons, and each one pulled me right in and held me until the creepy end. And a note to the easily-squicked-out: these are not slasher stories; there is not a lot of gore. If you like paranormal intrigue, I highly recommend Tales from the Mist!