The reviewer concludes with: “Very strong collection of excellent work.”
Survivor was recently reviewed over at Chicago’s third coast review.
The reviewer had this to say:
“The theme of trauma, and recovering from it, is just one of the topics this collection addresses. If the idea of surviving and thriving as depicted in art doesn’t interest you, don’t let the title of this anthology deter you—it could just as easily be an argument for the merits of speculative fiction. With such a diverse collection, note this warning (or maybe pro-tip?): speculative fiction is a broad term, and the range of the stories in this collection are just as varied. If you’re the die-hard high fantasy type, or if space battles are the only type of story that keep your interest, you’ll have to filter through most of the stories to find the ones that fit your niche. Similarly, there’s one ghost story that will sate the historical fiction fans, but if historical fiction is all you’re into, this collection might not be for you. But if you’re open to seeing how writers create other worlds, or how they write weird and unusual situations in our familiar world, then definitely grab a copy of this book.”
Out now in paperback…
Set on the island of Sicily, my story “The Wrong Girl” comprises a heady mix of archaeology, heavy metal music and, of course, Greek mythology. Oh, and some nudity…
Out later this month from Fantasia Divinity Publishing, Curse of the Gods, an anthology of Greek myths re-imagined, will feature my short story “The Wrong Girl.”
From the publisher:
Epic wars fought in the name of the gods, mighty heroes rising up to slay the beasts; Greek legends are filled with tales of love and adventure. However, time is a fickle mistress and legends change over the centuries. Was Persephone kidnapped by Hades, the God of the Underworld, or did she go willingly? Was Medusa really the heartless beast everyone imagines her to be? Is Aphrodite a carefree goddess filled with love and happiness or does she long for something more? Experience some of the classic Greek myths like you never have before, re-imagined and brought to life by these 18 talented authors!
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I’m beyond excited for this antho, releasing soon — partly because my story “The Good Liar” is in it, but mainly because I really, really want to read the other stories. The review can be found here, although it’s quoted in full below.
“In this potent but uneven anthology, 17 authors tackle the themes of trauma and survival as interpreted through various science fiction and fantasy settings and tropes. “One thing our genre has always excelled at is offering a different lens, a startling angle of vision, a new perspective,” Mohanraj (The Stars Change) writes in her introduction. The sources of trauma are familiar, however, including physical and sexual abuse, addiction, bigotry, and grief. Standout stories include Tonya Liburd’s “A Stitch in Time,” in which a young man uses his gift of time travel to relive moments with his deceased girlfriend only to sink into an addictive pattern, and Evey Brett’s “Fell Child,” in which a dutiful son makes sacrifices in order to save his dying father before discovering the cure isn’t worth the cost. In Erik Gern’s “Mold,” grown children must confront the physical manifestation of their abusive father’s lingering legacy. Jes Rausch’s “The Art of Quilting” sees a nonbinary individual constantly traveling across the solar system to escape their oppressive, intolerant family. Many of the tales take literary or experimental approaches, and both prose and content will challenge the reader, but each survivor’s struggle and triumph is worth the effort.”
And here it is! Tales of the Sunrise Lands, from Guardbridge Books, is now on sale worldwide.
From the book’s back cover: Japan has long fascinated with its unique culture and elaborate folklore. This anthology collects fantasy stories inspired by the culture and literary traditions of Japan. From steadfast samurai and contemplative monks, to transforming animals, horrifying spirits and everyday objects come to life, these tales transport you to the magical world of the Sunrise Lands.
– An itinerant monk and his animal companion follow an evil wind to a desolate village.
– An onmyoeji astrologer investigates the murder of a man who held secrets of the Imperial family.
-The god’s gift of good luck is accompanied by an invisible cat.
-The daughter of a fallen samurai is drawn back into her violent past to defend a village from attacking ronin.
-A little girl is caught between a mischievous fox and a talking fish.
18 stories of magical Japan, by: Mike Adamson, Stewart C Baker, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, Jaap Boekestein, Evan Dicken, Alice Dryden, Harry Elliot, Steven Grassie, Alison Akiko McBain, Marta Murvosh, Kirstie Olley, Richard Parks, Frances Pauli, TS Rhodes, Douglas Smith, Lyn Thorne-Adler, Josh Wagner, Will Weisser.
(By the way, my tale is the fourth one outlined.)
Now both contracts have been signed and returned, I can share the fact that I’ve managed to place two stories in anthologies slated for 2017.
First, my short story “The Kakashi and the Raven” will appear in the tentatively titled Sunrise Lands, an anthology of Japanese fantasy from Guardbridge Books. The book should be out early next year.
Second, Survivor (edited by Mary Anne Mohanraj and J.J. Pionke) will be published late 2017 by Lethe Press, and will include my novelette “The Good Liar”. According to the editors, “This SF/F anthology offers stories of everyday trauma survival — from a barmaid on an intergalactic space station who was abandoned by her parents, to a farmer’s son bullied by his peers, who withstands and resists their abuse. The key component for all of these stories is how relatively ordinary characters survive and thrive, given the traumatic experiences they’ve had.”
Needless to say, I’m delighted to be part of such awesome projects. More details when I get them…
Released yesterday, Darkhouse Books’ Stories from the Near-Future contains my short story “Terminal”.
The publisher describes the anthology as: Twenty-one stories exploring our world in the Near-Future! Smart phones, smart cars, smart toasters, where can this lead? Will our new, interconnected life deliver on its Bellamyian prophesies, or will we find ourselves in an Uber-tech, Orwellian world? Such is the nature of the stories in this anthology. We asked our authors for stories envisioning life in the Near Future – a future recognizably related to the world in which we live today, but a smattering of years from now, and extrapolated from our present.
Links to paperback and Kindle versions of the book can be found on my Publications page.
Issue 33 of Sanitarium Magazine, containing my tale “Vicious Circle,” has garnered its first review over at Goodreads. The reviewer provides a comprehensive run-down of the issue’s contents, clearly having enjoyed them. About my own contribution, she says, “This a great tale with a truly macabre ending.” Suppose I’ll have to forgive her for calling me Stephen…