Monday, March 31, 2014

Year's Best Weird Fiction, Volume One

I'm thrilled that "Shall I Whisper to You of Moonlight, of Sorrow, of Pieces of Us?", originally published in Shock Totem #7, has been selected for inclusion in the Year's Best Weird Fiction, Volume One, edited by Laird Barron. The YBW will be released in August by Undertow Publications (an imprint of ChiZine Publications).

The table of contents contains some of the top writers in the field, and I'm honored to have a story rubbing elbows with their work.

What is weird fiction? I think this snippet from the YBW Amazon page (where you can pre-order a copy) says it best:
No longer the purview of esoteric readers, weird fiction is enjoying wide popularity. Chiefly derived from early 20th-century pulp fiction, its remit includes ghost stories, the strange and macabre, the supernatural, fantasy, myth, philosophical ontology, ambiguity, and a healthy helping of the outre. At its best, weird fiction is an intersecting of themes and ideas that explore and subvert the Laws of Nature. It is not confined to one genre, but is the most diverse and welcoming of all genres.

Full Table of Contents:

"Success" by Michael Blumlein, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Nov./Dec. 
"Like Feather, Like Bone" by Kristi DeMeester, Shimmer #17
"A Terror" by Jeffrey Ford,, July
"The Key to Your Heart Is Made of Brass" by John R. Fultz, Fungi #21
"A Cavern of Redbrick" by Richard Gavin, Shadows & Tall Trees #5
"The Krakatoan" by Maria Dahvana Headley, Nightmare Magazine/The Lowest Heaven, July.
"Bor Urus" by John Langan, Shadow’s Edge
"Furnace" by Livia Llewellyn, The Grimscribe’s Puppets
"Eyes Exchange Bank" by Scott Nicolay, The Grimscribe’s Puppets
"A Quest of Dream" by W.H. Pugmire, Bohemians of Sesqua Valley
"(he) Dreams of Lovecraftian Horror" by Joseph S. Pulver Sr., Lovecraft eZine #28
"Dr. Blood and the Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron" by A.C. Wise, Ideomancer Vol. 12 Issue 2
"The Year of the Rat" by Chen Qiufan, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, July/August.
"Fox into Lady" by Anne-Sylvie Salzman, Darkscapes
"Olimpia’s Ghost" by Sofia Samatar, Phantom Drift #3
"The Nineteenth Step" by Simon Strantzas, Shadows Edge
"The Girl in the Blue Coat" by Anna Taborska, Exotic Gothic 5 Vol. 1
"In Limbo" by Jeffrey Thomas, Worship the Night
"Moonstruck" by Karin Tidbeck, Shadows & Tall Trees #5
"Swim Wants to Know If It’s as Bad as Swim Thinks" by Paul Tremblay, Bourbon Penn #8
"No Breather in the World But Thee" by Jeff VanderMeer, Nightmare Magazine, March
"Shall I Whisper to You of Moonlight, of Sorrow, of Pieces of Us?" by Damien Angelica Walters, Shock Totem #7

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Short Story Sale to Exigencies

I'm very excited to announce that my short story, When We Taste of Death, will be included in Exigencies, forthcoming from Dark House Press. My story is a bit on the experimental side, and I'm thrilled that the editor, Richard Thomas, has chosen it to be part of the anthology.

Release date and full table of contents to come.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Short Fiction Collection Title Reveal

I'm thrilled to announce the title of my short fiction collection, coming this fall from Apex Publications:

Sing Me Your Scars, and Other Stories

The collection is a mix of reprints and new fiction, the title story being one of the latter. The stories are all dark speculative fiction with some dipping their toe in science fiction, others in horror, and others still in contemporary fantasy and slipstream.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Short Story News

My short story, Green is for Silence, Blue is for Voice, Red is for Whole, Black is for Choice, was recently published in Daily Science Fiction and is available to read free online.

An excerpt:
"Leda sleeps within a nightskin.

From the outside, it appears featureless, a chrysalis connected to the machinery below with tubes and wires. When the stitches dissolve, she knows it's time to emerge. A week? A month? She doesn't know. Time slips while inside the nightskin. Slips and falls away."

Another short story, Broken Beneath the Paperweight of Your Ghosts, was published in Shock Totem 8.5 and is available for purchase from Amazon, etc..

An excerpt:
Jacob sat alone with his brown paper heart in his hands. 

He flexed his fingers, and the paper crinkled in response, a well-worn crinkle both familiar and frightening. The edges were tattered, the resemblance to old lace uncanny, and the names written on its surface gave it weight, substance. So many names. So many loves. All holding heartbreak within the lines and curves. He'd been careless for a long time.

And finally, I've sold a short story entitled A Lie You Give, and Thus I Take to John Joseph Adams at Lightspeed Magazine for publication later this year. This is my second sale to Lightspeed, and I'm looking forward to working with the LS editorial staff again.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

2013 Round-up

This time of year, I'm always struck by the awkward Do I? or Don't I? when it comes to awards and posting about my eligible work. Then I read this amazing post from Amal El-Mohtar. She's spot on, a thousand times over. So this year, I'm not going to apologize or get all flustery.  

Here are the short stories I had published last year, all of which are eligible for the various awards (Nebula, Hugo, Stoker, etc.,):

(Available to read online.)
Always, They Whisper - Lightspeed
Dysphonia in D Minor - Strange Horizons
Grey in the Gauge of His Storm - Apex
Melancholia in Bloom - Daily Science Fiction

(Available in print.)
Girl, With Coin - Shimmer
Inside Hides the Monster  - Glitter & Mayhem
Paskutinis Iliuzija (The Last Illusion) - Interzone
Shall I Whisper to You of Moonlight, of Sorrow, of Pieces of Us? - Shock Totem
When Dark Things Sleep - Undead & Unbound
When the Lady Speaks - What Fates Impose

Monday, January 6, 2014

New Short Story Published in Strange Horizons

My first publication of 2014, The Serial Killer's Astronaut Daughter, was published today in Strange Horizons and is available to read free online.

An excerpt from the story:
Harrison is quoting from Aliens again, something about hell and express elevators. It was funny the first time. After ten months? Not so much.

And we aren't traveling down to anywhere; we're orbiting about 220 miles above Earth on this space station. No xenomorphs, no artificial humans, no acid for blood.

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, I'll make my return trip to Earth in two months and get back in time for my father's execution.

If you prefer an audio version, Anaea Lay's podcast of the story is brilliant!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Short Story Sale to Nightmare Magazine

I'm thrilled to announce that I've sold a short story to Nightmare Magazine! This marks my second sale to editor extraordinaire John Joseph Adams. (My first sale to JJA appeared in Lightspeed Magazine earlier this year.) I'm not certain when the story will be published, but my best guess would be sometime next year.

The story title is in the process of changing, but as a teaser, here is the first line:
I want to be broken, to be shattered then reshaped into something new.

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