My Stories at the Angry Robot Book Store

This store is for the sale of eBooks, only. Our eBooks are sold in ePub format, and are compatible with Sony devices, the iPad, iPhone (using Stanza, iBooks or the Barnes and Noble app) and many other eBook readers.

I have several short stories for sale at the Angry Robot Book Store.  It’s not like I’m putting out a collection anytime soon, so consider this an e-collection of my work (samples of each story available with a simple clicky-clicky of the links):

Black Frontiers – Originally published in Dark Dreams II (April 2006):  A weird west horror tale, as Govie Ikard transports a very special package across the Kansas Territories, a package many people want to see destroyed.

Broken Strand – Originally published in Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest (March 2008):  A science fiction tale of a scientist who believes he can genetically cure man’s “sin nature”.

Family Business – Originally published in Weird Tales #338 (January 2006):  A dark fantasy of a man returning to his homeland in Jamaica only to find corruption and the supernatural.

In the Shadows of Meido – Originally published in IDW Publishing’s comic books (December 2005):  In ancient Japan, a samurai confronts the excesses of the masters he serves.  And vampires.

Just an Old Man on a Bench and Just a Young Man and His Games – Originally published in HorrorFind.com (June 2004) and Doorways (March 2008):  A horror tale of an old man haunted by the ghosts of Tuskegee followed by a sequel of sorts set in the same universe.

Nurse’s Requiem – Originally published in Dark Dreams III (June 2007):  A horror tale of as a nurse works in a nursing home where all of the residents are possessed by demons.

The Ave – Originally published in Horror Literature Quarterly (Nov. 2007):  A horror tale of a man in prison who calls on his ancestors to return home.

Hootchie Cootchie Man – Originally published in Black Static #14 (December 2009):  A horror/crime tale of a car thief on one last job.

Trouble Among the Yearlings – Originally published in Harlan County Horrors (Oct. 2009):  A horror tale of coal miners trapped only to find that they are not alone.

Cover Stimulus Package

This is the cover art for The Knights of Breton Court Book Two: King’s Justice by the incredible Steve Stone (the model’s name is Lloyd Nwagboso*). Now contrast this with this news item:

Last year, Bloomsbury chose a white cover model for a YA novel about a black girl. They fixed it — but now they’ve done it again. Outcry over the white-washing of Justine Larbalestier’s Liar prompted Bloomsbury to issue a new cover featuring a black girl, and to apologize (kind of).

Lavie Tidhar’s already done a great blog that lays out the situation. For the sake of staying focused, we’ll ignore that Bloomsbury’s new cover featured the lightest black person they could find. Though, this was a fact noted by Ellen Datlow (who is quite white) and she goes on to point out in her open letter to Bloomsbury.

I was trying to explain this scenario to a friend of mine who is not connected to the publishing world at all. He found it stunning that in this day and age such racism is openly practiced. The idea that white people won’t buy books with black people on a cover or that there’s not a book buying public among the black community who would purchase books borders on the irrational. Yet it seems that once again it seems like racefail is in full effect.

Now would be the time when I would point out that not all publishers buy into the cycle of reinforcing racist ideas. I would point to Angry Robot’s cover for South African writer Lauren Beukes‘ second novel, Zoo City (art by John Picacio). Or my own novel from them, Knights of Breton Court: Kingmaker. Instead, I will point to the just released art for my second novel, Knights of Breton Court: King’s Justice one more time because it’s just so pretty:
We’ll soon find out whether or not black people on a cover will hurt sales. Nevertheless, having this conversation won’t hurt. Apparently it’s long overdue to happen.

*Lloyd was actually the second model chosen. In an interesting parallel to the Bloomsbury debacle, Angry Robot asked me what I thought of the first model the artist was leaning towards. I said that I thought he was too light as I had imagined King as much darker. The folks at Angry Robot immediately, and I mean, IMMEDIATELY agreed and changed course. You can’t ask much more than that from your publishers.

It’s Official

ANGRY ROBOT IS PRESENTED TODAY BY THE LETTER “M”

Hide us! Something seriously spooky just happened. Today, the planets all being in the correct alignment, we are announcing the signing of not one, not two, but three authors whose names begin with M. Only our devious Robot overlord master (you know, him, whose name begins with… M! Aye caramba!) knows how the hell that happened, but check this trio out:

Maurice Broaddus* is one of the real good guys, so why the hell his fiction is so terrifying is beyond our understanding. The three books of the KNIGHTS OF BRETON COURT series is a modern retelling of the King Arthur cycle, set among the drug gangs of inner city America. Told through the eyes of King, as he tries to unite the crack dealers and do the right thing, it’s a stunning, edgy work, genuinely unlike anything we’ve ever read. Cheap movie analogy for you: Gilliam’s Fisher King meets The Wire. The first volume will be published by Angry Robot in summer 2010, with the remaining parts at six month intervals. Extraordinary.

continue reading to see whose company I’m privileged to be joining!

*All author pics taken by Surreal Image Photography