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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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!

 

 

 

Four themed submission calls

Popshot is looking for submission for their ‘Curious’ issue:

“Despite its questionable reputation for killing cats, curiosity is one of the finest traits of humankind. It was the thing that sent man to the moon, Christopher Columbus to the New World and Alice down the rabbit hole. Curiosity breeds exploration, invention and, on a fairly regular basis, some form of destruction. It is the tentative footstep before the leap into the unknown, and as a result, could be argued to be one of the most intriguing words in the English language.”

Send them your poems and stories under 2,500 words by July 20th at the very latest.

Slice is looking for submissions on the theme ‘Enemies’. They pay $100 for stories and essays and $25 for poems, and wordcount is up to 5,000 words) Deadline is August 1st.

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Speculative fiction magazine Holdfast is looking for stories on the theme ‘Looking forward, looking back’:

“In this issue we are looking at the theme of time. Depictions of the future, alternative histories, time travel, utopias, dystopias, or anything else related to timey wimey things.”  

Deadline is September 15th

4 — REVOLUTION

Black & BLUE is open for submissions on the theme of ‘Memory’:

“poems, fiction, textual-art, fragments, lyrics, dialogues, drama, social-media-collages, notes, prose-poems, letters, fables, lists, transcripts, accidental work, anarchist slogans, single lines, found-pieces, other media. Pieces must be no longer than 1000 words, but submitters may send as many pieces as they like.”

Deadline is October 11th

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