A couple books (lovely, lovely boooooooks) arrived recently via post. One is this Danish anthology of translated stories, 48 timer i Massachusetts-havet: 14 science fiction klimafiktioner, in which my underwater-city climate fiction “Drowntown” appears alongside stories by Carrie Vaughn, Cat Valente, Sam J. Miller, Ken Liu, Pat Murphy, Lavie Tadhar… I mean wow! What a crew.
Fun Fact: Danish was once my second language! After years of unuse, it mostly it just pops awkwardly into my brainspace during attempts at French or Spanish.
Another beautiful volume in the Gothic series. Includes my story “A Good Thing and a Right Thing,” which first appeared a few years ago in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. If you’re interested in Scandinavian history, Norse gods, disappeared communities, blood sacrifice, the Poetic Edda, patriarchal violence, and/or possible psychic echoes reverberating across time and space, you might enjoy this one.
Hear me read from my rock-n-roll Schrödinger’s birdie story “Wonderband” at the ALICE UNBOUND book launch this weekend at the 3 Brewers Pub on Sparks Street in downtown Ottawa. This one imagines Alice in Wonderland‘s duck, eaglet, lory, and dodo as an indie rock band ready to rock it out against their nemeses, The Hearts, if only Duckie can win himself back into the good graces of the greatest lead singer in town: the enigmatic Gryphon.
I guess you can take the girl out of Austin, but you can never really take Austin out of the girl. . .
Her ceramic arm and hand and articulated fingers gleam unadulterated ivory, whiter than the snow outside already melting as it falls. . .
Some buzz has already been generating about the forthcoming 49th Parallels anthology from super-local (Yay, Ottawa!) independent publisher Bundoran Press, which the Toronto Metro describes as “an anthology around what would have happened if the country took a very different turn.” I’m happy to say my post-pandemic Vancouver story “As Mistress Wishes” will be joining the excellent lineup of these Canada-askew tales.
This one re-imagines the downtown Vancouver peninsula as a sort of steam-powered walled matriarchal city state, its society a product of the previous generation’s fierce battles over resources splitting along a strict gender divide, a world with little appreciation for nuance or inclusivity.
Mistress’s voice soothes something deep in my chest, past the industrial ceramic ribcage of my refashioning, a restless twitch in the meat muscle of my canine heart…
And of course it’s told from the dog’s perspective. Because DOGS.
My remurder story “Redux” has been selected for this year’s volume of the Year’s Best Hardcore Horror. This nasty bit of fiction first appeared in 2016 as an original story in the MURDER MAYHEMvolume of Flame Tree Press’s Gothic series. Huzzah! for two beautiful appearances for my quite ugly story.
Cover has been revealed for Those Who Make Us, an anthology of Canadian creature, myth, & monster stories including my future Canadiana sasquatch tale “The Hairy Man.”
The Hairy Man showed me his pénis today at the castle and though my maman would not have approved I looked with Great Interest and when he pushed his matted brownish hair back over his man-thing and covered it up again he waited and I knew it was hoped I would return the Favour. I did not…
I pretty much adore this story. Love it for its Edwardian ladies’ digest overtones and its bildungsroman fragile rawness. Happy to say it’s been chosen also to appear in the Exile Literary Quarterly.