two recent(ish) crime shorts

Crime fiction! Both available online.

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“Random Blonde”

I’ve been bitter a long time. It’s like sucking a wedge of lemon on and on and on, pulp disintegrating, everything dissolving until the flavor turns mellow and mild, almost sweet…

read Random Blonde

& “Is a Goodboy”

“Huck is a gooddog. Huck is suchagooddog. Have his people forgotten whatagooddog Huck is?”

read “Is a Goodboy”

film fests!

hplffsite_headerimages_pdx2017bEarlier this month, my out-of-time Hawai’i elder deity + i-heart-dogs story “The Eyes of Kaha’i” appeared in the official H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival program book and as a perk of their stunningly successful crowdfunding campaign launched from sunny Portland, Oregon (my other other home).  This week I’m in Austin, Texas for the Austin Film Festival and Writers Conference. With the city’s current water boil warnings in effect, all bets are off as to which bar you can find me in. Do come find me though, if you’re around. Really. Do.

“a good thing and a right thing”

Lost-Souls-Flame TreeAnother 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.

Micro interviews about “A Good Thing and a Right Thing” (alongside fascinating tidbits from other authors) PART ONE: story inspiration & PART TWO: favorite tales in the genre.

“Wonderband”!

Alice Unbound

includes Alexandra Renwick story “Wonderband”

 

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. . .

“Quality of Life” at Stupefying Stories

“Beg your pardon? Well yes… I suppose it does look a little like a ceramic doughnut. I’d never noticed. But make no mistake! That smooth frosted exterior hides the finest modern microtechnology, computer components too small to see with the naked eye, taking remote readings from up to twenty meters away… We’ve been collecting data for decades, you know, all in the public interest.”

Stupefying Stories Showcase presents my short piece “Quality of Life.” Read the rest here:

http://stupefyingstories.blogspot.com/2018/01/today-on-showcase_10.html

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“Quality of Life” – a short story by Alexandra Renwick

 

“As Mistress Wishes” to appear in alternate Canada anthology

Her ceramic arm and hand and articulated fingers gleam unadulterated ivory, whiter than the snow outside already melting as it falls. . .

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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.

More info as it materializes.

“Or Current Resident” at Great Jones Street

or-current-residentThis cover for my story “Or Current Resident” made me snort tea through my nose.

Monday through Friday afternoon at six minutes past four, the same man in the same combat boots and blue shorts walks up Lula’s driveway, reaches into his satchel, and slides his delivery through her slot…

This was written as a Great Jones Street original. Nobody dies!

Direct story short link: https://www.greatjonesstreet.press/current-resident-alexandra-renwick/

 

The Life of an Artifact in Duodecadal Glances

 

There’s an exquisite pleasure in communing with bees. That’s how I think of gardening as I watch the slow bumble of a black and yellow fuzzpot in his swollen pollen jodhpurs amble in and out of crimson-petaled cups I planted for exactly this…

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Go read my interstitial sudden fictions sequence “The Life of an Artifact in Duodecadal Glances” over at Map Literary. This piece is the full version of the segment which was part of my mini-collection We Beautiful Terrible Beasts, a finalist for the Rachel Wetzsteon Chapbook Prize.

story link: http://www.mapliterary.org/alexandra-renwick-the-life-of-an-artifact-in-duodecadal-glances.html

“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