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Welcome to Brain Lag!

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. We are a small press publisher, however, with our dedication to quality, we strive to bring the high standards of New York Times bestsellers to every book we accept.

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 magical realism, 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.

We also have Videos and Podcasts featuring our authors or books. For more about our company, view the links under the About heading, see a list of our upcoming or previous appearances under Events, and you can get in touch with us under the Contact heading. (That's also where you'll find Submission information.)

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- 09/23/22 -

Cover Art and Preorders Available For Novel of Magic and Gods in Medieval France by Aurora Award-Winning Author

MILTON, ONTARIO, September 23, 2022 – Today, the cover art was revealed for upcoming literary fantasy novel The Nightingale’s Tooth by Hugo and Nebula Award-nominated author Sally McBride. The artwork features a painting of a nighttime scene at a river with mountains in the distance, bright stars in the sky, and bold orange and navy blue lighting.

Set in medieval France, The Nightingale’s Tooth takes the reader on a journey into a world based in, but not quite our own. A young woman, who is destined to die and be born again in thrall to her killer, has to navigate a dangerous world of Great Gods and a power-hungry lord, all of which are after the shapeshifting abilities she will gain after death. Here, McBride says, “our familiar and forgiving religions are only might-have-beens” and worship is won by only the most ruthless gods. McBride paints a haunting and detailed picture of this world, saying, “Putting subtle twists on history meant hours of fascinating and rather daunting research – which I promptly slid every which way into the story.”

The book is now available for preorder in trade paperback (ISBN 978-1-928011-88-0, 310 pages, $22.99 CAD) through the publisher and is making its way into the catalogues of bookstores across the world, including Chapters/Indigo, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Waterstones. Ebook (ISBN 978-1-928011-89-7, $4.99 CAD/USD) preorders are also available ahead of the book’s January 13, 2023 release.

McBride, who splits her time between Toronto and Idaho, has had two novels previously published, along with dozens of short stories in magazines, anthologies, and best-of collections including Asimov’s, Amazing, and Fantasy & Science Fiction.

The Nightingale’s Tooth is science fiction and fantasy publisher Brain Lag’s forty-second book to be released and will be its first release in 2023. More books have already been signed with McBride to come later in 2023 and 2024.

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

9/9/2022: Fantasy Novel With Millennia-Spanning History and Star-Crossing Villain Now Available

Science fiction and fantasy publisher Brain Lag is proud to announce the release of Alium, the debut novel by author Grady Lynch. This truly epic tale featuring ancient buried technology alongside celestial gods, magic, and ogres is the publisher’s longest book yet at 460 6”x9” pages. [more...]

9/2/2022: New Solarpunk Novel Focuses On Green Technology, AI, Diversity And Extrasensory Abilities

AIs maintain the infrastructure and control the transit of the Toronto of the future. But when technology fails, a group of people with extrasensory gifts may be the city’s only hope. This is the premise behind new science fiction novel Unseen by Cathy Hird. [more...]

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