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…
I just came across a great story-by-story review of Hero’s Best Friend over at Dogwatch Press, done back in May. Awesome to see that my tale is a favourite of the reviewer. Click here to check it out.
I’m extremely pleased that my samurai/akita story “The Masterless” is cited as one of two standout stories in the anthology’s first review at amazon.co.uk.
Click here to check out the review.
Out today is Issue 33 of Sanitarium Magazine, containing my horror story “Vicious Circle” as well as several other dark tales and verses.
As mentioned in the last post, my story is set in and around Glasgow’s subway — which, incidentally, is the third oldest underground metro system in the world, behind those in London and Budapest (I know, I wouldn’t have guessed that one either). And old places often have some interesting inhabitants…
Links to the various platforms carrying the Issue are on my Publications page.
I’m chuffed to bits that my horror short story “Vicious Circle” will appear in Issue 33 of Sanitarium Magazine, out in late May.
Set in and around Glasgow’s subway, the tale should make you think twice before descending under the streets of a city ever again…