July is a month that contains many things. I’ll attempt to address them more or less in order.

Happy belated Canada Day to all those back in the motherland, and to my fellow ex-pats. May your days been filled with many moose, and much poutine. Happy on-time Independence Day to those in my adopted country, and to all ex-pats scattered far and wide. I wish you many eagles and apple pies. Happy upcoming Bastille Day to those of French inclination, wherever in the world you may be. My hope for you is many beheaded members of the nobility, and much good wine.

National holidays aside, July is a busy month for me publication-wise. In an Iron Cage: The Magic of Steampunk is now available in good-old-fashioned dead tree format, to go along with the shiny electronic version available for the Kindle. Later this month, The Many Ghosts of Annie Orens will be appearing in Shock Totem #4. Check out the wonderful cover art and the TOC here. On July 15th, just in time to celebrate not being beheaded on Bastille Day, Still Life will be sent to out to Daily Science Fiction subscribers, and posted on the website a week later. If you’re not a subscriber, you can sign up here, and while you’re at it, I highly recommend checking out the archives and catching up on the incredible fiction they’ve published in the past.

Tangentially related to some of these publications, I’ll be taking part in two multi-author readings later this month. The first is Sunday, July 10th at Saxby’s Coffee in Doylestown from 6-10pm. This is the second such event, hosted by Lucas Mangum, and as I understand it, it’s something like a flash fiction open mic reading fest. Published and unpublished authors are welcome to read work under a 1,000 words, or an excerpt of something longer. I haven’t decided what I’ll be reading yet, but I’m looking forward to it! On Saturday, July 23rd, I’ll be reading from The Trans-Siberian, my In an Iron Cage story, at Between Books in Delaware. Several of my co-contributors from the anthology will be there, reading from their stories as well. It will be a grand, old steampunky time. If you’re in the area, you should drop by! More details to follow.

ETA: The Between Books event is from 3-6pm. There will also be readings from, and signings of two other Dark Quest Books titles – By Other Means and No Man’s Land.

In editorial news, in case you haven’t been faithfully following along (shame on you!) we’ve been regularly posting guest blogs over on the Grump’s Journal community, where our authors from Issue One of the Journal of Unlikely Entomology share insight on the writing of their buggy stories. The latest post from Steve Barber, talking about his story They Wait can be found here. Sylvia Spruck Wrigley talking about Plague of Locusts can be found here, and Simon Kewin discussing Museum Beetles can be found here. If you haven’t read the stories in issue one yet (double shame on you!) you can all of them here. Keep an eye on the site, as we’ll be making a pdf version suitable for your e-book reading pleasure available soon. And keep the insect related submissions coming! We look forward to seeing your work.

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