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.

 

“Late nights, he comes” in Liminal Stories

 

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I’m a bit late posting this here, but hey, well, ahum. No excuse, really. It’s something I’m really proud of, though, a story that kind of doesn’t follow a traditional timeline, you know, with stuff like time going forward and events happening one after the other and all that stuff.

It’s also a story that features landscape in a big way, and I took great pleasure in casting the Monts d’Arrée, the Brittany mountains I often crossed as a child, and a significant place in Breton mythology.

Another aspect I tried to transcribe in English was the roughness, or round-aboutness, of the French my grand-parents use.

I was very happy with the illustration (by Tracy Durnell),  which brilliantly captures the duality of the story, and its darkness (extra kudos for the research into traditional dress, and the black and white that echos the Gwenn-ha-du, the B&W Breton flag…). This is Liminal Stories’ second issue, and in their short life they have managed to position themselves as a very serious and high-profile speculative fiction magazine. I can only encourage you to read everything they put out!

So have an old read, folks, and let me know what you think.

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An anthology of strange Californian tales

I’m delighted to have a story coming up in this beautiful anthology edited by Jaym Gates and J. Daniel Batt:

Readers of speculative fiction might see a few bell-ringing names in that table of content (folks like Nick Mamatas, Seanan McGuire, Tim Pratt or E. Catherine Tobler…), and I really can’t wait to read the 25 other stories included in the book. I mean, listen to this:

“Strange California is 26 tales of strangeness, lavishly illustrated, that will pull you into another world, a world where migrant girls stand up to witches who live in orange groves, where trickster magpies try to steal souls from Russian sisters in the early days of Fort Bragg, where water is both currency and predator, and Gold Rush-era ghosts wander the streets of San Francisco alongside panther ladies.”

I’m responsible for the Gold Rush-era ghosts, by the way. Which was a lot of fun. So if this all sounds like something you’d enjoy, go have a look at the Kickstarter page, there are a whole lot of goodies you can get along with the anthology in physical or electronic form.  For a measly 200 bucks, you can even get one of the characters from my story named after you!

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

“Out-of-town Harry”, a single story chapbook from In Short Publishing

My story “Out-of-town Harry” is just out now from In Short Publishing, a brand-new venture out of Australia that publishes stories as pretty standalone chapbooks.

They have free postage world-wide for order of five chapbooks or more.

I’ve read only one other story so far (out of the first 18 published), Ramon Loyola’s, and it was really good.

Mine has a slight SF slant, going between present-day London and a post shit-storm one,  and features a musical invention/installation I’ve been thinking about for years. There, that’s all I’m gonna tell ye.

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