My short story, Venice Burning, which originally appeared in the wonderful Future Lovecraft anthology from Innsmouth Free Press, has been recorded by the good folks at Pseudopod, and is now available for your listening pleasure.
I’m rather fond of this story, and it has the added benefit of having been written in Venice, where, as the title implies, the story is set. When Silvia Moreno-Garcia first posted the cover for Future Lovecraft along with the call for submissions, I was hooked. I desperately wanted to write a story good enough to appear wrapped in this gorgeous and unsettling piece of artwork. Of course, my mind stubbornly drew a blank. Until I got to Venice. Crossing in the water taxi from the train station to the city proper, the first tendrils of the story grabbed hold. Throughout the rest of the day while walking the streets and bridges of Venice, the story dug deeper, it got under my skin and coiled around my brain and would not let go. When we were done touring for the day, I proceeded to drink a lot of very good Italian wine, and feverishly bang out the story.
And now you can listen to the results. Enjoy!
All in all, it was a pretty damned good year. I appear to have broken the cycle of only even-numbered years being good in terms of seeing my work in print (for definitions of print that include pixelated goodness). There was also an overall positive trend in the ongoing war of rejection vs. acceptance. I submitted less this year, which makes me feel like a huge slacker, but I did “complete” two novels, so that’s something. Self-pimping follows; if you’d prefer to skip ahead to the end, I won’t judge you.
Home from ten days or so in the south, Louisiana and Georgia, to be specific. Leesville and Savannah, to be really specific. Most of my coherent thought appears to have been left somewhere on the road home. There may possibly be a proper trip re-cap post later, with pictures even. In the meantime, here are some things.
Future Lovecraft, which contains my story Venice Burning, is now available. It also contains suitably squamous and eldritch fiction by Nick Mamatas, E. Catherine Tobler, Orrin Grey, Mari Ness, Ada Hoffmann, Paul Jessup, and many others. I’m eagerly awaiting my contributor’s copy.
Speaking of Ada Hoffmann, over on the Journal of Unlikely Entomology blog, Ada tells the story behind Centipede Girl, which appears in our current issue, which can be found here. The story, and the behind-the-scenes making-of are both worth a read.
Finally, Worldbuilders 2011 is up and running. If you haven’t heard of Worldbuilders and you enjoy books and supporting good causes, you really need to check it out. Every year, Patrick Rothfuss helps raise funds for Heifer International through a match challenge, while giving folks the opportunity to buy, win, or bid on awesome stuff. The first round of donated items, lust-worthy books from Subterranean Press, have been posted on Pat’s blog. Oh dear god do I want every single one of those books. But that’s not why I’ll be making a donation. I’ll be making a donation because Heifer International does good things, and that’s why you should consider supporting them, too.
My story, Still Life, is now online at Daily Science Fiction! The first taste is free…
Here is Doll at five years old. She’s sitting rigid and silent in the closet, hoping Henry and Jakey will forget she’s there. They’re fighting about her.
…and, as it so happens, the rest is free, too, and you can read it right here.
Since we’re talking about fiction, at least I am, I’ll also mention I recently heard the good news that one of my stories, Venice Burning, will be included in the upcoming Future Lovecraft anthology from Innsmouth Press. It should be out in December 2011, just in time for several holidays. Remember, nothing says joyous celebration like the coming of the Old Ones.
Finally, a reminder that I’ll be taking part in a group reading with other Dark Quest Books authors tomorrow at Between Books in Claymont, Delaware. We’ll be reading, signing, and we’re generally friendly people. If you happen to be in the area, drop by and say hi. We don’t bite, unless you ask us to. The event is from 3-6pm. I’ll be reading from the Trans-Siberian, which appears in the anthology In an Iron Cage: The Magic of Steampunk. Hope to see you there!