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Based in Ontario, Canada, Brain Lag publishes fantasy and science fiction books. Our focus is on helping our authors shine by providing each author with personalized attention.

Here at Brain Lag, we love debut and emerging authors and stories that run the gamut of speculative fiction sub-genres. Our first criteria for every book we accept is a good story. Whether you like fast-paced action, slow burn epics, classic tales or envelope-pushing, short stories, or literary, we have a book (or two!) for you!

To view our complete catalogue, click the Books link. They are listed by release date, but you can use the filters at the top of the page to narrow down the results to just the kind of books you're looking for. Bios of all currently contracted authors are available on the Authors page. You can also purchase books directly from us in the Store.

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- 01/27/23 -

Genre-Bending Twist On Vampire Tale Gets Cover Art And Preorders Ahead Of May Release

MILTON, ONTARIO, January 27, 2023 – A large fireball gives a hint of the excitement to come in the cover art of The Earthborn by Arlene F. Marks, coming this May from Brain Lag.

The cover was revealed today for this first novel in the Nash’terel series, books about alien vampires living in exile on Earth from persecution on their home planet. The Earthborn stars Bilyash, a young Nash’terel with a magnetism affinity he can use for everything from flinging metal objects through the air to controlling the flow of a person’s blood through their body. His dreams of coming out of hiding to join the film industry in Toronto are quickly dashed when assassins from his people’s home world track him down and he has to go on the run with a very special human woman and an indomitable Chihuahua. With elements of urban fantasy, romance, thriller, and science fiction, Marks has crafted a tale of danger and cunning that will appeal to adults with a range of interests.

The Earthborn has been praised by advance reviewers. James Alan Gardner, multiple Aurora Award-winning author of They Promised Me the Gun Wasn’t Loaded, said, “This is the “Alien Vampires in the Toronto Film Industry” novel you were waiting for!” Ed Greenwood, bestselling author and recent inductee into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame, adds, “THE EARTHBORN moves fast, but not so fast that the humor ever departs, nor the very vivid characters ever grow thin. This is a delightful romp, masterfully told by a veteran storyteller who should be on everyone’s reading shelf.”

The Earthborn will be released May 12, 2023 in trade paperback (312 pages, ISBN 978-1-928011-96-5, $22.99 CAD) and ebook (ISBN 978-1-928011-97-2, $4.99) formats. The book is currently available for preorder directly through the publisher and is making its way into bookstore catalogues. As part of the book’s release, the author and publisher will be hosting a virtual release party Saturday, May 13 on Twitch, along with other in-person events in southern Ontario.

Marks, a retired teacher, fashion consultant, travel agent, and more, has written multiple writing programs and is the author of the six-book Sic Transit Terra space opera series. Her previous Brain Lag releases include the novels Adventures in Godhood and Weekends Can Be Murder, along with her short story collection Imaginary Friends. The second Nash’terel book, The Bloodstone, is coming November 2023 and another book has been signed for May 2024. She now spends her days writing on the shores of Georgian Bay in Ontario with her husband and collection of owls.

The Earthborn will be Brain Lag’s 45th title. Marks continues to release books alongside twenty other Brain Lag authors, over half of whom are from southern Ontario. This is the publisher’s fourth release of eleven planned for 2023.

Media inquiries and requests to contact the author can be directed to publishing@brain-lag.com.

Literary Fantasy Novel Of Shapeshifting And Life After Death In Medieval France Now Out

Thirteenth-century France gets magic and a touch of the divine in new novel The Nightingale’s Tooth by Sally McBride, out today from publisher Brain Lag. The book centres on Vara, an upper-class teen girl haunted by visions and destined to life after death and enslavement to the person who slays her. [more...]

1/6/2023: Owner Of Rising SFF Publisher Brain Lag To Release Final Book Of Epic Fantasy Trilogy

A woman touched by the Goddess of Chaos is the only thing standing in between a war of the gods in the upcoming epic fantasy book Elderra’s Champion by Catherine Fitzsimmons.The final installment of Fitzsimmons’ Sisters of Chaos trilogy concludes the story of Damian Sires and her allies as war looms over the continent of Elderra. [more...]

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