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.)

 

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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.

Return to Aragón, a new story in The Maine Review

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The new issue of The Maine Review is just out, and it contains my story “Return to Aragón”. It features holidays in Spain, a midlife crisis-ing father, an old trailer sitting in wait in a nook of the Pyrenees.

I’m waiting to get my copy myself, but if you’re interested you can check out their store, where you can find print or digital issues.

And if you write, The Maine Review will be open for submissions in February and March. They pay $50 per poem and 0.03c/word for prose.

“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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