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.

 

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TFW Fame Comes Knocking At Your Local Lowtown Branch – Unsung Stories

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I’m fierce delighted to have a new story up at the great Unsung Stories. It’s about what happens when a lowly burger-flipper gets to meet his idol. It’s a bit wild, and half told through social media, so you’ll be right at home, you screen monkey. It goes like this:

“I’m getting to 9.2 on the boredom scale (not that I’m casting it, of course, but then I wouldn’t bet an arm that the feed isn’t tapping my meat for emotional data), placing trays on the counter and loading them with wax-paper parcels of food as fast as I can, when I glimpse Stuart Mafokate’s perfect face on the screenwall that lines the entrance…”

You can keep reading it here. Go on it’s only short. And if you don’t know Unsung Stories, you should definitely have a look around their website. In addition to publishing SF/weird short stories every fortnight, they publish great books in the same genres.

 

 

 

Your Summer submissions (no, we are not talking BDSM here)

Why go out in the sun, frolic in fields or on beaches when you could be sitting at you kitchen table, blinds drawn, in your favourite kickers, emailing strangers strange stories you made up, right?

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Me and my personal manuscript sender.

 

Here’s who to pester this Summer:

  • The Stinging Fly : one of Ireland’s best magazines opens for online submission for the first time this August. Well worth buying an issue or subscribing if you don’t know them. They’re the folks behind short stories all-stars such as Kevin Barry, Danielle McLaughlin, Claire-Louise Bennett…
  • Gamut : So new they don’t have a website yet. They’ll launch in August, and open to submissions then. Editor is Richard Thomas, who is also Editor-in-chief of Dark House Press, and what he wants is “neo-noir, speculative fiction”. So ready your weird-ass shit, folks. Will pay handsomely.
  • Geometry : a brand-new online lit mag with a nice, clear look is looking for submissions for their inaugural issue. They’re based in New Zealand, but have an international outlook, and they pay! Deadline is September 1st.
  • Slice : this ever beautiful American magazine is open until August 1st to submissions on the theme “Corporeal”. Pays $250 for stories and $75 for poems.
  • DEAD INK BOOKS : also with a deadline on August 1st, this relatively new publisher is looking for stories between 5,000 and 30,000 words on the them of “Exile”, to be published as e-books as part of a series.

 

So, that should keep you busy, and away from beaches and sun-lit streets, these locales of loose morals and looser garments. As usual, do your homework, buy magazines, don’t be a dick, etc.

 

 

The bee-loud glade

I just finished reading The bee-loud glade by Steve Himmer (who edits the cool Necessary Fiction when he’s not writing). It’s a mad, funny meditative story of a billionaire and his hired hermit, and much more. In borrowed words, its “a postmodern pastoral about the nature of nature and the nature of work, and the limits of solitude in a networked world.”

It’s a clever novel full of images, biblical allegories, and great thoughts on what we, average First World (wo)men do and think we do, and our part in the fuckupness of the world.

Go on, read it. It’s published by Atticus Press (purveyors of the Atticus Review) and it’s very handsome, and you get it through them or with free shipping through the Book Depository for €10.

What? You want more hyperlinks? No, you’ve had enough for now : go read that book and come back tomorrow.