Twin Fish

I drew this years ago when I was drawing with pen and ink a lot more. It seems to fit with the idea of Jacob’s Naked Aquarium.

Inspired by Ian Miller’s art – especially his Hollywood Gothic, I drew loads of fish. This must be from later on in that period, when I was being less imitative – not quite as mechanical as some of my others. I will track down something more mechanical for a future post.

Jacob’s Naked Aquarium – flash fiction at Bewildering Stories

My magicpunk story Jacob’s Naked Aquarium appears in issue 390 of Bewildering Stories.

While all my stories feel like favourites, this is something different and extra – I feel more attached to this one than some others. I look at it now and can see a few rough edges, though some of those have been neatly smoothed by some great editing from the Bewildering Stories team.

Is magicpunk a sub-genre? It’s not a “magic realm” story, though it exploits magic. It’s not “steampunk”, though it has elements of that – no computer technology as such. But it’s some kind of mix between the two. Oh, does it really need a genre label – can’t it just be a story?

Funny doodle – I think I’ll grab one of my old fish drawings and put that here to look a bit more classy.