Once Rotations is published, I’ll be focusing attention on my next novel. The Room is a full-length novel that grew from a flash fiction story – Don’t Sleep Downstairs, originally published at Flashes in the Dark.
This is the rough cover. I’ll do a little tinkering, but this is pretty close to what I’ll be running with. It should be out early 2012 – depending on when Rotations makes it to the shelves.
Don’t Sleep Downstairs is another of my Arizona stories, my on-going love of the place coming through, in its own odd way. With a bleak old farmhouse and a visiting painter I hope I’ve captured something of character and of the feel of the place. It was fun to write and I hope it’s fun to read.
Thanks to Lori and Bob at Flashes in The Dark for publishing the story.
Christopher Jacobsmeyer, editor of Lame Goat Press, compiled this collection from the five volumes Horror Through the Ages, Kings of the Realm: A Dragon Anthology, Diamonds in the Rough, The Next Time and Howl: Tales of the Feral and Infernal, the first five anthologies published late last year and early this year – some of these are now out of print. “Thirty stories from the anthologies, including one brand new one. Revisit the history of LGP in all its glory.”
My story, and one of my personal favourites, “Stone Goddess” is included in the anthology. This is the second ‘reprint’ of the story – it was also read by Barry J. Northern as a podcast at Cast Macabre.
The anthology is available from Amazon here
Lame Goat Press has had a busy and fraught year, and appears to no longer be active. Fortunately many of its volumes are still available – and this book makes for a great sampler.
My flash story “The Vampire Gustave at the End of the Universe” has been published today in issue 359 of Bewildering Stories. This is an unusual one for me, more conceptual than anything. Read it here.
Keep an eye out for Jodi’s fiction – she’s had some killer stories in The New Flesh, Flashes in the Dark, etc., with loads more coming out. She’ll be in the Horror Through The Ages anthology too with her story “Skin”, right after my story “The Stone Goddess” – I’m honoured to be rubbing shoulders with her. Check out Jodi’s blog here.
My 5000 word Science Fiction story “To a Pile of Ashes” has come out in the October issue of Infinite Windows. This is another xenoarchaeology themed story, though probably pretty stand alone, unlike the world of “Skinny Joe” (also on Infinite Windows earlier this year) which I will want to visit again.
My 1200 word entry in the Flashes In The Dark summer chiller contest “Breathe In” has been published in Flashes in the Dark. This is more of a suspense thriller than anything supernatural. Along the lines of the much shorter “Eddie’s on Fire” which came out on MicroHorror a few months back.
Also in the good news for today, my story “The Stone Goddess” has been accepted for the print anthology Horror Through the Ages. More details to come.
234 or so words – Automated Service – published in Flashes In The Dark for August 11th. Funny? Horrorific? Quirky? Quick read? I thought for a moment adding a bit of a rant here about modern technologies and customer service, but the story kind of says it really.
Funny, I don’t know that I’d intended to become a horror writer, but about half my output this year has fitted in the genre. Latest story is Second Visit, published on July 23rd in The Daily Tourniquet. Hopefully a sufficiently complex tale in under 1000 words.