I have a new story up at the Fall issue of Per Contra. Words, Recorded is the story of a woman who records her thoughts as a song, and posts them online. But she isn’t prepared for how others might interpret and make use of those thoughts.
There’s no particular reason for the photo. I just thought you might want something visual that’s not too abysmal.
Den of Eek! 2 was a great night and I hope you enjoyed it if you came along. I was very pleased to be first up on the story reading front, and my tale of a lonely woman who ends up becoming the focus of far too much urban legend energy went well enough that I could sit back, drink wine, and focus on the other stories, which were all excellent. Organiser Sarah Dobbs wrote a good blog post about it . There’ll be an ebook of the stories available shortly – more information to follow.
Today I’ve got a new story up at Litro. Owls and Pussycats takes a fresh look at a very well-known rhyme. I always felt it didn’t really tackle the issue of the owl being a bird and the cat being a bird-killing-machine. Well, now it does.
I’m still writing non-fiction quite a lot at the moment. I’ve been looking at information management for BrandPerfect, and I’m still writing about films I love for Den of Geek. Recently it’s been Sylvain Chomet.
And a fantastic review for Witchcraft in the Harem appeared on The Future Fire yesterday. I’m so delighted that the reviewer really connected with the stories and managed to put across that connection in the review. Witchcraft in the Harem can be bought through Amazon or direct from Dog Horn Publishing.
I’ll be reading a new short story on the theme of Urban Legends at the charity storytelling event Den of Eek! II.
Tickets can be bought from the Den of Geek website. The readings kick off at 7.30pm on 18th September at The Phoenix, Cavendish Square, London. Other readers include vastly talented people such as Sarah Pinborough and James Moran. Click here for more details.
Hope to see you there!
I really enjoy writing dystopian science fiction, so I was really pleased when Perihelion picked up my short story Castle of the Slave. It’s also good to write something in that genre where the hero is an elderly woman in a sedentary job. Not your usual key character, but I like her, and her bravery at the end of the story. Or craziness, depending on how you look at it.
You can read the story here.
The Sun: Aphelion and Perihelion (Photo credit: *BZd*)
The Eibonvale Press anthology Rustblind and Silverbright is now available to purchase through the website. It’s a collection of stories with the common theme of railways, and it makes for a vibrant and emotional read through all connotations of trains, journeys, the past, and the future.
My story The Wandering Scent is set in a miniature village: a small steam train carries the children through an enchanted glade that holds troubling memories for the driver. It’s at the lyrical end of my writing and I’m really pleased with it, and with the company I’m keeping in this amazing anthology, including Andrew Hook, Allen Ashley, Nina Allan, Rhys Hughes, Steven Pirie, and lots of other great writers.
It’s been an amazing run of publications for me recently: my own short story collection through Dog Horn Publishing, Horror Without Victims, Kaleidotrope, and now Rustblind and Silverbright. Other stories will be coming up in Per Contra and Bourbon Penn, and also in the Best of Smokelong anthology due at the end of the year. Cooking on gas!
Issue 23 of Gold Dust magazine is now available to buy or to read online for free from the website. It’s a great collection of stories, poems and articles, including a review of Witchcraft in the Harem and an interview with me about my writing life so far.
“This collection is a major treat for lovers of the form; they are elegantly constructed, full of striking images, and brimming with novelty, ingenuity and playful use of language. This is someone who has really mastered her art performing at the peak of her powers. Definitely not to be missed.”
Or if you prefer some new fiction there’s a story of mine up at Kaleidotrope for the summer. Rock Song is the tale of a musical collective who create a song to accompany the end of the world.
“Open plan in Melocom meant no stillness. Nothing but Johann and nine employees, walking, thinking, playing and recording and sometimes dancing when someone hit on a good lick. It was a raw experience, raw like meat, waiting every day to be seared on a barbecue, the open, smoldering coals of utterly brilliant music.”
harem ceiling (Photo credit: Trevor Pritchard)
The latest anthology from Megazanthus Press is now available to buy from Lulu. It will be coming to Amazon shortly.
The inspiration for the anthology was the idea of ‘Horror Without Victims’. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the many talented writers involved have interpreted the theme. In my case, my story ‘Waiting Room’ sprang from a quote from Stalin – that one death is a tragedy, but a million deaths is a statistic. If one terrible act makes horror, can the same be said of a million terrible acts? Of the normality of the acts that surround us every day, and the knowledge we live with every day?
Which is a cryptic way of describing the story, but there we go. Read it and see what you think yourself. It also has a jigsaw in it.