Archive for July, 2014

Launch Party: Short Stories Edition

Dark-Discoveries-27Dark Discoveries #27 – I have always been a fan of this magazine and have been trying to get in it for quite a while now.  At long last I have finally succeeded.  “Communication Breakdown” was originally written for an anthology which never came to pass.  [There’s a lesson in there about writing for theme anthologies, or at least keeping your story not so specific to the anthology that you can’t re-sell it later.   I have a drawer with a couple other stories written for theme anthologies which are now destined for a collection.]  Anyway, this story is a foray into horror, inspired by an incident my wife related to me (she once received these mysterious texts meant for someone else … and she couldn’t help but write back).

ETA:  Here’s a review of the issue, where my tale was called a “a cool modern-tech-horror tale”

 

sword and mythosSword and Mythos (Innsmouth Free Press) – “Fifteen writers, drawing inspiration from the pulp sub-genres of sword and sorcery and the Cthulhu Mythos, seed stories of adventure, of darkness, of magic and monstrosities.”  This features one of my Sword and Soul stories, “The Iron Hut.”  The story starts one of my recurring characters, Dinga Cisse, last seen in the Griots anthology story “The Lost Son.”  These stories take place in the same world as “Warrior of the Sunrise” of The New Hero vol. 1 anthology.  “The Iron Hut” is a bit of a Robert E. Howard meets H.P. Lovecraft tale.

ETA:  Here’s a review of the anthology.

ETA:  And another.

Speaking of “Lost Son”, it is now up on the Far Fetched Fables podcast, read by Gregory Austin.

 

 

Help Fund My Robot ArmyHelp Fund My Robot Army – Has my story “I Used to Love H.E.R.” and is yet another story that takes place in my “Pimp My Airship” steampunk universe.  Here’s the premise of the anthology:  “HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!! is an anthology of science fiction/fantasy stories told in the form of fictional crowdfunding project pitches, using the components (and restrictions) of the format to tell the story. This includes but is not limited to: Project Goals, Rewards, User Comments, Project Updates, FAQs, and more. The idea is to replicate the feel of reading a crowdfunding pitch, so that even though the projects may be preposterous in the real world, they will feel like authentic crowdfunding projects as much as possible.”  Now, imagine trying to run a Kickstarter in a steampunk world, to fund the building of a girlfriend’s robot body, and you have my story.

 

 

 

Lastly, I just wanted to mention that Alethea Kontis’ Beauty and Dynamite collection has been re-released (Alliteration Ink).  This version has been updated with new material (and may be the first in a series if we’re so lucky).

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Go forth and buy, my pretties!

Streets of Shadows – TOC Announcement

Coming soon to your favorite places to buy books … Streets of Shadows.  Edited by Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon.

SoS“What I Am” – Tom Piccirilli

“A Game of Cards” – A.C. Wise

“Shooting Aphrodite” – Gary Kloster

“Santa Muerte” – Lucy A. Snyder and Daniel R. Robichaud

“Morrigan’s Girls” – Gerard Brennan

“Such Faces We Wear, Such Masks We Hide” – Damien Angelica Walters

“The Man Who Has Been Killing Kittens” – Douglas F. Warrick

“The Large Man” – Paul Tremblay

“Unfilial Child” – Laurie Tom

“Street Worm” – Nisi Shawl

“Der Kommissar’s In Town” – Nick Mamatas

“The Shadow People” – Brandon Massey

“Hand Fast” – Kristine Kathryn Rusch

“Beware of Dog” – Kevin J. Anderson

“Stay: A Tale of the Spellmason Chronicles” – Anton Strout

“God Needs Not the Future” – Jason Sizemore

“Relics” – Tim Lebbon

“Cold Fear” – Lucien Soulban

“In Vino Veritas” – Tim Waggoner and Michael West

“Best Served Cold” – Seanan McGuire

“Toby’s Closet” – Jonathan Maberry