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Free Shrooms!

It’s Fungi Week at Weird Fiction Review. As a result, my story Where Dead Men Go to Dream, which originally appeared in Innsmouth Free Press’ Fungi anthology is now free to read online.

Because the first taste is always free.

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There’s also a fabulous interview with the anthology’s editors, Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Orrin Grey. And as if that wasn’t enough, there’s also a fantastic gallery of mushroom photographs by mycologist Taylor Lockwood.

As it so happens, I’m currently reading Fungi. I encourage you to pick up a copy. It’s a brilliant collection full of stories by incredible authors. I’m not finished yet, but I particularly enjoyed the pieces by Camille Alexa, Andrew Penn Romaine, Kristopher Reisz, Daniel Mills, and Nick Mamatas. As a physical object, the book is also gorgeous. I’ve raved about the cover before, but the layout is lovely, too, and there are fabulous interior illustrations reminiscent of Mike Mignola. I’m truly proud to be a part of the collection.

And aside from all that, mushrooms are wonderful! Why wouldn’t you want to read about them? They’re beautiful, and delicious. Shortly after the anthology emerged, they started invading the end of my street (photographic evidence to the left). There are more photographs, but the interweb doesn’t want me to post them. (That’s not just what the mushrooms want me to say. I swear.) Their fruiting in a timely manner is a good omen, right? Right?

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Hear Venice Burn

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!

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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.

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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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Sunday Pimpfest

Sunday is a good day for pimpin’. I’m pretty sure that’s in the bible somewhere. Today, I’d like to bring your attention to several awesome things my friends are doing in various spots around the web. Heck, maybe I’ll even try to make this a weekly thing. Unless I get distracted. That never hap… Ooh! Look! Shiny!

First, there are only 62 hours left to support the Sword & Mythos IndieGoGo Campaign. Innsmouth Free Press wants to combine Sword & Sorcery with Mythos in an anthology that pays its contributors pro rates, and you want to help them. Why? Because Innsmouth Free Press are good folk. With this anthology, they’re taking genres which have historically been, to put it in the kindest terms, less than inclusive. (If we’re not being kind, we might go so far to say the roots of the genre are downright sexist, racist, and several other unpleasant ‘ists’ to boot.) The Sword and Mythos anthology will be full of kick-ass stories that prove even genres with narrow-minded roots can evolve into something incredible. Still not convinced? Well, you can earn some incredible rewards with your support, too, so go forth and donate!

Second, my Journal of Unlikely Entomology co-editor, Bernie Mojzes, has been posting installments of his serial novel, illustrated by Linda Saboe, every Sunday. Kudzu: A Novel is up to Book III, but the archives are still online, so you can go back to the beginning and catch up. Raccoons and kudzu in space! What more do you need to know? Go read it!

Last, but in no way least, the fabulous Fran Wilde of Cooking the Books fame, has a new story in the latest issue of Nature as part of their Futures series. It’s available both in print and online, and it’s lovely.

Oh, and as an extra bonus recommendation, I point you toward xkcd’s Click and Drag in case you’ve been living under a rock, and haven’t yet seen it. You’re welcome.

Now it’s your turn. What have you seen lately that you want to share with the world? Online, print, fiction, non-fiction, film, music, a ridiculous picture of a corgi, anything. Tell me what I’m missing that I absolutely need to know about.

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