Author Archives: Steven Grassie

About Steven Grassie

Writer of speculative fiction

Tales of the Sunrise Lands

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And here it is! Tales of the Sunrise Lands, from Guardbridge Books, is now on sale worldwide.

For UK peeps, you can get the paperback from Amazon or, better still, directly from Guardbridge Books.

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.)

ENJOY!


Story news

 

img_0012Now 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…


Stories from the Near-Future!

Released yesterday, Darkhouse Books’ Stories from the Near-Future contains my short story “Terminal”.

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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.


5-star review for Sanitarium Mag Issue 33

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…


Another friend of our heroes

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.


First Amazon UK review for Hero’s Best Friend antho

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.


Why not pay the Sanitarium a visit?

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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.