“Redux” in Year’s Best HH

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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 MAYHEM volume of Flame Tree Press’s Gothic series. Huzzah! for two beautiful appearances for my quite ugly story.

on Amazon: Year’s Best Hardcore Horror Vol. 2

on Amazon: Murder Mayhem

“Little Red Roofs” in Understorey Magazine

red-roofsMy poem “Little Red Roofs” is up today in Understorey Magazine, Issue #9. Happy to say they totally nailed it with this gorgeous accompanying photo of Deanne Fitzpatrick‘s brilliant artisan textile. Of course I totally, totally want one, because of, you know, the little red roofs.

[link http://understoreymagazine.ca/article/little-red-roofs ]

From “Little Red Roofs“:

What has brought on
my predilection for houses
with little red roofs?

I never lived in one
—not to my knowledge—
but out in the world
continually reach for even
hokey nicknacks of the image:
vintage plaster souvenirs from
Amsterdam or Aruba,
country carvings of Amish barns
and tiny bisque pagodas
marked Occupied Japan.

Interview: Those who write us

Patterson–Gimlin_film_frame_352Fellow Those Who Make Us contributor Corey Redekop is hosting a series of intriguing mini-interviews in honor of the release of the aforementioned anthology.

Find out about my story “The Hairy Man.”

Find out why I hope nothing is unique about my wee little monster.

Find out about my favourite and least favourite monsters, because life is, after all, arbitrary and unfair enough as it is.

Halloween: An Unlove Story

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200 CCs | photo: FunGi

Remember what I did, remember what I was, back on Halloween?The Dead Kennedys

You were so punkrock I was shitting myself for a piece of you. Liberty spikes, kilt over thrashed jeans, and enough steel chain swinging from your studded belt to haul commercial timber up a goddamn cliff…

My teensy tiny 200-word story “Halloween, an Unlove Story” is is up over at 200 CCs. Go check it out, spooksters. Trick and treat.

life sentence in Mslexia Magazine

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Just got a note from gorgeous Mslexia that they intend to include in their December issue a one-sentence snip from a current work in progress, a little something I’m calling Notes from the Castle. If I had to title this as a stand-alone piece, I suppose it would be called “My Neighbour the Priest.”

Unlike many of my writings, this actually happened in Real Life. Look for it in December in the Life Sentence section of Mslexia.

cover reveal: Those Who Make Us

twmuCover 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.

Pre-order the anthology here.

reading at Library & Archives Canada

Book Launch — Superhero Universe: Tesseracts Nineteen

Superhero in red and while costume with gold bracletsLibrary and Archives Canada cordially invites you to the launch of Superhero Universe: Tesseracts Nineteen, an anthology of science fiction and fantasy. Book launch is in conjunction with the fantastic Alter Ego: Comics and Canadian Identity exhibit featuring art by Canadian comic book artists.  The evening will include readings by Alex C. Renwick, Leigh Wallace, & Jason Sharp. Books available through local independent outfit Perfect Books. Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016      5:30-7:30 p.m.
Lobby exhibit space at 395 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario

Superhero Universe on amazon

Creative Ink

I’ve been invited to be at Creative Ink Festival this weekend in glorious Vancouver, BC. So happy to be supporting two wonderful women Guests of Honour: Galen Dara as artist GOH and Carrie Vaughn as Author Supreme. I shared a table of contents with Carrie (Superstories!) years after meeting her one fantastic word-crammed weekend at the Oregon Writers Colony house on the majestic Oregon coast.

geek-love-coverGalen’s rise has been meteoric these last few years, and I’m proud to be in not one but two anthologies sporting Galen Dara covers. Superduper surprise bonus: Galen illustrated two of my personal favourites of my own stories. Coincidence? Hmmm…fish

 

 

“Dear Houston” in Tesseracts 20

t1-cover110Am feeling so Canadian! Having been an Austinite and a Portlander for so long, I’m having a swell time embracing my Canadianity (Canadianness?), most recently with a sale to the longrunning Canadian SFF anthology series, Tesseracts.

Called a “Canadian literary legacy,” the first Tesseracts anthology was edited by SF luminary Judith Merril in 1985. By Tesseracts 20‘s release Canadian authors, editors, translators and special guests will have contributed nearly 600 short stories, poems, editorials, and forewords to the series, including Margaret Atwood, Susan Swan, and the Hugo and Nebula award winning William Gibson, Spider Robinson, and Robert J. Sawyer.

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Happy to say I’m following my Tesseracts 19 appearance (“A Week in the Superlife”) with “Dear Houston” in Tesseracts 20, edited by Mssrs. Spider Robinson and James Alan Gardner. A poem this time! A very long poem…