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Tales of the Sunrise Lands


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.)


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…