A fanciful tribute to Horacio Quiroga in Nightscript

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The third volume of the annual anthology Nightscript came out recently, and it includes a dark tale of mine titled “Homeward bound now, Paulino”

The story was inspired by, and is a sequel of sorts to,  “Adrift” (which you can read here – a short read, about a thousand words, I think), probably the best known short story by Urugayan writer Horacio Quiroga. Quite loosely, I should say. And maybe it is a little presumptuous to write a sequel that runs two or three times longer than the original story by a classic writer, but hey.

I first came across Quiroga when I studied his stories in college, then got reacquainted with his work during a trip through South America. I visited his home in northern Argentina, getting drenched to the bone walking there on a red clay-like dirt road to visit the place not many tourists seemed to patronise.

His work is worth checking out, and his life, full of dark, messed-up episodes, might yet prompt me to write more around him. And of course, Nightscript is more than worth checking out, with over twenty dark tales by great writers working that seam of weird ore.

[And for those of you who write in that same tunnel, Nightscript editor C.M. Muller will be opening to submissions for the next volume in January 2018]

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Strange California: a gold rush story. Kinda.

I have a story in this beautifully illustrated anthology about California and its weird corners, histories and myths, edited by  Jaym Gates and J. Daniel Batt. There’s plenty of great names next to mine on the TOC, and while I can’t comment on all the stories (I haven’t received my copy yet, and am looking forward to getting into it), mine features gold-rush era ghost, has earthquakes, a clonal colony of aspen, a fleet of ships rotting in the Yerba Buena harbour, and hailstorms.

You can get a copy straight from the publisher here, or at the Book Depository here, with free shipping worldwide. (I would usually prefer to give you a link to Wordery, for a website that sells books with free worldwide shipping which ISN’T owned by Amazon, but they don’t seem to have the book at the moment.)

 

Flash Fiction in Tin House: Sea Change

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I have a new short short story, “Sea Change” up at Tin House, for their Flash Fridays series. It’s a bit of a climate change story, you could say.

It’s the second time these good folks have let a story of mine in. Last time was three years ago, nearly to the day, when they published “The Brotherhood of Wednesday Afternoons“. You could, like, read that too. Yes?

Haunted Futures: new stories by Jeff Noon, Tricia Sullivan and Warren Ellis

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My story “Salvation is a one-time offer” has just been published in the brilliant Haunted Futures anthology (Ghostwoods Books, edited by Salomé Jones). I’m very proud of it, first of all because I think it’s a pretty good story, but also for the cast I share pages with: Jeff Noon (his Vurt is brilliant), Tricia Sullivan, Warren Ellis…

So if you’re into reading (about) the future(s), the bad bad wolf species yet unborn, do head to this here virtual shop and get thee an auld buke.

 

Writers of the Week at Maudlin House

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I’m a bit late on this, but the good folks of Maudlin House had me over on their site as one of their Writers of the Week. So I’m Writer of Last Week. I’m old news. Washed up.

You can still go have a look at it, though. And at the whole mag: Maudlin House publishes “all forms of transgressive, absurdist and minimalist literature”, and are looking for submissions.