A Slow, Unstoppable Devouring of Everything

I have a story up at Necessary Fiction called “A Slow, Unstoppable Devouring of Everything“, and I’m pretty proud of it.

Necessary Fiction is one of the best online literary magazines, and one that’s been around for quite a while too. Apart from fiction, they have book reviews and a very interesting Research Notes section in which authors talk about the work behind their book. Founding editor Steve Himmer‘s own writing is worth seeking out, and you should follow him on Twitter, if you’re into that kind of thing, for great bookish thoughts and recommendations.




A fanciful tribute to Horacio Quiroga in Nightscript


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

Opinions on Sundarbans (disambiguation)


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


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.



“The Proverb Zoo” in inaugural issue of Geometry

I have a short story, “The Proverb Zoo”, in the brand-new New-Zealand based magazine Geometry. You can read it on line, or buy a gorgeous physical issue for a discounted price on their website, and help a promising new magazine on their way up!

ISSUE ONE – Discounted price!


Unspeakable Stop-overs, at 3:AM Magazine


I’m a bit late posting this up, but I had a short story published in the great 3:AM Magazine a couple of weeks back. It’s called Unspeakable Stop-overs, and it’s about, well, I’m not sure. The difficulties of communication, the randomness of story-telling, maybe.

You tell me.