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Readercon

This weekend, as I frequently do around this time of year, I’ll be headed to Readercon in Quincy, MA. It’s a delightful con focused – as the name implies – on readers (and by extension, writers) and reading. I’m not officially participating in programming, but I will be taking part in a group reading for the upcoming Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories edited by Ellen Datlow.

Friday – 1:00 PM

Salon C • Group Reading: Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories • Ellen Datlow (mod), Gemma Files, Jeffrey Ford, Stephen Graham Jones, John Langan, Paul Tremblay

Contributors to the forthcoming anthology Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories, edited by Ellen Datlow, will read from their work.

My name didn’t make it into the program, but Ellen assures me I’m allowed to be there, so I’ll be reading an excerpt from my story “The Ghost Sequences”. As you can see from the above program description, I’ll be in incredibly good company with a stellar line up of my fellow contributors.

Other than that, I’ll be browsing the dealers’ room, catching up with friends, and attending various program items throughout the weekend. One of my favorite parts of cons is going to readings. I’ve discovered new stories and new favorite authors that way, and gained fresh perspectives on stories after hearing them aloud in the author’s voice. The panels at Readercon are also top notch. If you’ve never attended and are considering going, I highly recommend it.

Hope to see you there!

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Monster Mash

MonstrousJust in time for Halloween, several anthologies have made their way into the world dealing with the theme of monsters and the monstrous. By coincidence, I just happen to have stories in four of them. In my admittedly biased opinion, they all have gorgeous covers. I haven’t had a chance to dive into the stories yet, but, again in my admittedly biased opinion, they’re all worth checking out if you’re in the mood for something seasonal of the monstrous variety.

The Monstrous edited by Ellen Datlow reprints Chasing Sunset. The story has a kind of noirish vibe, mashed up with Lovecraft, mashed up with good old fashioned devilry. Father and son sling cosmic horrors at each other across the distance as the progeny tries to outrun the sire. The collection recently received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, which is a pretty good endorsement. Besides, its edited by Ellen Datlow, so you know you’re getting something good.

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The Humanity of Monsters edited by Michael Matheson reprints Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife. Yes, the story is inspired by that Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife. It’s got tentacles and sexy times, and it isn’t all that monstrous in the traditional sense of the world. Which is exactly what I believe Michael Matheson was going for in putting together this collection – taking the concept of monsters, and turning it on its head. The line-up for this one is fantastic; I’m in extremely good company here.

ApotheosisApotheosis: Stories of Human Survival After the Rise of the Elder Gods edited by Jason Andew reprints my story Venice Burning. As you may have gathered from the title, this anthology is straight up Lovecraft. Say what you will about Lovecraft, but his world is a heck of a lot of fun to play in. As a matter of fact, it’s so much fun, that I’ve gone back to the particular Lovecraftian world I built for Venice Burning in two more stories so far. Which brings me to…

Whispers2Whispers from the Abyss 2 edited by Kat Rocha. Lest you think all these stories are reprints, Whispers from the Abyss has an original piece, We Are Not These Bodies, Strung Between the Stars. It’s not a sequel to Venice Burning, but it’s certainly adjacent, set in the same broken world where R’lyeh rose and has always risen and is rising and time is completely and utterly fucked. This one also has a bit of a noirish vibe. There’s also queerness, and the Great Race of Yith and their Library make an appearance. There’s a third story set in this world forthcoming, but I don’t know that I have dispensation to talk about it yet. As a side note, the first Whispers from the Abyss anthology was the original venue for Chasing Sunset, and that brings this post full circle.

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Join the Cyborg Revolution

UpgradedNeil Clarke recently announced the ToC for his upcoming anthology Upgraded. As far as I know, it is the first anthology about cyborgs edited by a cyborg. How cool is that?

Among many fabulous stories by wonderful authors is my own contribution, Taking the Ghost. Because the first thing you think of when you hear the word cyborg is secondary world fantasy with metallic limbs powered by ghosts, right? Or maybe that’s just me. Regardless, I’m thrilled to be in such good company in this anthology, and I’m looking forward to reading the other contributors’ stories. I’m also thrilled to be in an anthology with cover art by Julie Dillon. Her work is gorgeous.

Upgraded is officially out sometime in July, but it’s available for pre-order now.

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Coffee, Anyone?

It’s a basic fact of life that authors and coffee go together – as true as the sun rising in the east and the heaviest rain fall happening on the day you forgot your umbrella at home. So what better theme for an anthology of fantastic fiction than coffee?

Alex Shvartsman has assembled just such an anthology, featuring a new story by me, along with a mix of other fabulous new and reprinted caffeinated tales. The anthology will officially be available December 9. From now until then, UFO publishing is offering a special bundle deal – Unidentified Funny Objects 1 & 2, and Coffee, all for under $30. You can’t beat that.

So pour yourself a cup of your favorite brew and curl up with a copy of Coffee. What batter way to spend a winter’s day? Here’s a taste of my story, At the Everywhere Cafe, to get you started.

Hilo threads cream into the coffee and watches it swirl widdershins, a skein of smoke turning the brew milky-dark. Bottles – thick blue-and-green glass, flattened into rounds – chime softly over the door as it closes. When she turns, they will be gone.

The café shifts, a motion only Hilo feels. The next time the door opens, the world beyond it will not be the one her last client – the tattooed woman – stepped out into, her breath heady with dark roast spiked with rum and flavored with orange peel, her eyes bright with the future. Whoever enters through the door will be a stranger, coming from a world Hilo has never seen.

[Ongoing blog note: comments are still broken on the site. Apologies.]

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Once Upon a Time

Once upon a time, there was a girl who wasn’t a published author yet, but who dreamed of being one someday. One day, while browsing through her favorite second-hand bookstore, she came across a copy of Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears an anthology of re-told fairy tales edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. She purchased the book, along with several others, because it was a bookstore, after all, and went home happy. Perhaps she read the book right away, or perhaps she didn’t. It’s not important. What is important is that when she did read it, lightning seared her brain and fired her blood and woke up her bones. “This!” the girl said to no one other than herself. “This is what I want to do. I want to write stories like these ones.”

Once Upon a Time

For you see, when the girl was even farther away from being a published author, when she was very little indeed, she grew up devouring fairy tales from a massive phone book-sized tome collecting several of Andrew Lang’s fairy books of many colors into one. She also grew up devouring fairy tales from a slim volume full of lovely full-color illustrations passed down to her by her mother. She devoured fairy tales from books of every shape and size, and even then, she always suspected that fairy tales were much darker than Disney movies would have them seem.

The threads were there, buried, sometimes in shallow graves, right within the tales. The girl snatched them up and stitched them into the fabric of her being so that one day she could pull them out again and weave them into something new. Reading Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears, the girl felt those old threads tugged, and she was filled with the desire to write stories that gave voices to the supposed villains of fairy tales, stories that put all the blood and sex and terror back where it belonged, stories that peeked into the dark corners and asked what was really going on just beneath the surface of those old tales. She wanted to write stories exhuming those shallowly dug graves, in hopes that one day, someone might read one of those stories and want to put it into a re-told fairy tale anthology of their own.

And one day, someone did.

Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales edited by Paula Guran is now available from Prime Books. If you’re the sort of person who likes to win things, you can even enter the Goodreads giveaway for a chance to do just that. Along with my story, The Hush of Feathers, the Clamor of Wings, you’ll also find stories by the likes of Christopher Barzak, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Ekaterina Sedia, Genevieve Valentine, and Erzebet YellowBoy, among others. How awesome is that?

And they all lived happily ever after. Probably.

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The Book of Her

Bibliotheca FantasticaJust in time for Readercon, Bibliotheca Fantastica is here! A book about books, what’s not to love? There’s even a strange little tale by me tucked between the pages, about a room and a woman and a book. Or is it? The first taste is free…

The darkness has no edges. There is a light that comes from nowhere. It is silver-gray and makes the space look round, as though it is safe, a womb. For all I know, the darkness goes on forever. In all the emptiness, I am confined in a room.

There are objects: a table, two chairs, a bearskin rug, a knife. On the table there is a book and a pen. Always there is the book and the pen. And her.

DRM-free ebooks are available now in multiple formats and print books are on their way. Now go grab a copy of your very own!

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Lesser Creek: A Love Story, A Ghost Story

Clockwork Phoenix 4 is officially here! As mentioned in a prior post, there will be a group reading at Readercon next week, and a launch party, but the book itself is available now. My offering in the anthology is Lesser Creek: A Love Story, A Ghost Story, which, as the title implies, contains both love and ghosts. There’s also a creek, which is very loosely based on a creek across the road from a house in Vermont where I used to spend summer weekends with my family. Part of the creek, the part with fireworks, is loosely based on the river near my grandparents’ cottage, where I used to spend summer weekends before the house in Vermont. The big rock in the story really does sit in the middle of the creek in Vermont. To the best of my knowledge, no bets between a ghost and a devil are actually tallied there, but you never know.

Mike Allen has helpfully rounded-up all the reviews of the anthology that have popped up thus far. The full ToC is also posted on his website, so you can see I’m surrounded by good company.

If you’re planning to attend Readercon next week, come by the reading on Friday, and say hi. I hope to see you there!

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Kid Wonder

Anyone who knows me knows I kinda have a thing for Batman. Because there are Infinite Earths (see what I did there?) my love can encompass multiple interpretations of Batman on the big and small screen – from Kevin Conroy to Christian Bale, and yes, even Adam West. Arguably, the 60s television series is the least Batman-like Batman ever filmed, but I have a huge soft spot for it. The dark, brooding Batman will always be the first Batman in my heart, but… The colors! The Batuzzi (before John Travolta stole it)! Julie Newmar! Eartha Kitt! Lee Meriwether! Ceasar Romero’s white Joker make-up applied atop his giant mustache because he refused to shave it! Egghead! And, yes, even the goddamn Bat Shark Repellent! It is so deliciously, terribly bad, and it knows it, which makes it fantastic! It is unabashedly and unapologetically cheesy, and for that, I love it.

BatShark!

I do have a point here, I promise. When Claude Lalumiere and Camille Alexa put out a call for Canadian Superhero/Supervillian stories for Masked Mosaic, it gave me the push I needed to finally write the superhero story that had been rattling around in my brain for a while. Kid Wonder is, at its heart, a love letter to the 60s Batman. Captain Polar and Kid Wonder are my take on the original dynamic duo, with a current of darkness running under the surface of the cheesy (and in this case, frozen) goodness. Masked Mosaic: Canadian Super Stories is now officially available for purchase, and is does indeed contain my tale about the ongoing adventures of Wonder and Cap. So, Adam West, my thanks to you, sir.

 

For those among you of the Canadian persuasion who happen to live in the Ottawa or Montreal areas, there are couple of fun events going on to celebrate this super anthology. The official launch party will take place at the Comic Book Shoppe in Ottawa on March 16 from 2-4pm. Following that Claude Lalumiere and a handful of Masked Mosaic’s authors will be attending Boreal SF in Montreal from May 3-5. They will also be taking over the Montreal Science Fiction and Fantasy Association meeting on May 26. Alas, I will not be able to attend any of these events in person, but I will certainly be there in spirit. If you’re in the area, you should go. And please say hi to the editors and my fellow authors for me while you’re there.

ETA: There’s an event in Edmonton I failed to mention. On March 20th from 5-7, Happy Harbor Comics will be hosting a Masked Mosaic event. I suggest keeping an eye on the Tyche Books website for additional announcements and information, not to mention cool behind-the-scenes information about the book that the editors will be posting over the next few weeks!

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Fruiting Bodies

I’ve been remiss. In the whirlwind that suddenly turned November into December, I neglected to mention that Fungi from Innsmouth Free Press is now officially on sale! It’s available in both hardcover and paperback, with the hardcover version containing three bonus stories and interior illustrations. And the cover! If the sheer gorgeousness of the cover alone doesn’t make you want to buy this anthology, well, I just can’t help you.

Fungi

See? Oh. And the anthology also contains my short story Where Dead Men Go to Dream. Did I mention that? I meant to. I was distracted by the cover…

The anthology has already picked up a few nice reviews at Arkham Digest and The Crow’s Caw, so you don’t even have to take my (admittedly biased) word for it that the anthology is worth your time. So, go on. Try the mushrooms. You know you wanna. What’s the worst that could happen?

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Super Sneak Preview

Tyche Books just released a sneak preview of the cover for their upcoming anthology Masked Mosaic.

Masked Mosaic

Isn’t it wonderful? It’s everything a superhero/supervillain anthology cover should be. I’m so thrilled to have a story included in amongst these Canadian Supertales! The anthology is due out in February 2013. While you wait, you can go back to admiring the cover. That’s what I’ll be doing.

And speaking of sneak previews and gorgeous covers, Fungi from Innsmouth Free Press is currently on pre-sale for 20% off if you order by November 16th. This is another anthology I’m thrilled to be a included in. I mean, just look at the cover! Not to mention the line-up of authors! Have you ordered your copy yet? You should really should. The anthology officially releases December 1st, but if you order it now, you can brag about how you’re ahead of the trend, and snapped it up before everyone else knew it was cool.

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