Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Doppelganger, Allotment, Exodus Out

A lot to update since the last entry, but hey, I did just move house...

In order of appearance then: my first poetry acceptance is up at Chiaroscuro. It's a creepy little exploration of the doppelganger myth, imaginatively titled Doppelganger.

Next, the Barren Worlds anthology, containing my Allotment, came out a couple of days ago. Honestly, I haven't had a chance to read a copy all the way through yet, but it comes from Hadley Rille, who are one of the finest publishers in the sci-fi small press, and have been putting out consistently exciting books since their conception three years ago. Also, frankly, my story's pretty good, and built around one of the neater ideas I've had. If you'd like a copy (and you would) they can be found at Amazon UK, Amazon US and Barnes and Noble Online.

Lastly, though not leastly, Exodus is out in Hub
#57. It's possibly the bleakest sci-fi story I've written, and I've written some bleak sci-fi stories. But please don't let that put you off, because it's also one of the best - and, as I'll never tire of mentioning, Hub is both great and free.

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

The Space Beneath the Church accepted, Strive to be Happy Up

July is off to a flying start!

The Willows have just accepted my The Space Beneath the Church - a Lovecraftian tale, as the title hopefully suggests, and something of a companion piece to my first Willows appearance, The Gate in the Jungle.

Also, Strive to be Happy is up at Flash Fiction Online. I'm immensely grateful for editor Jake Freivald's faith in this little tale, in the face of some strong negative reactions. A couple of the FFO team really despised the protagonist, and were frustrated by the female character, seeing her as little more than a doormat - certainly a valid reading, though not the one I intended. It was the first time anything I've written provoked fierce dislike*, and in some strange way I enjoyed it as much as, if not more, than the positive reactions I've had. Does this mean I'll be going all out to provoke from now on? Perhaps! Anyway, please leave a comment, whether you love it or despise it I'd like to know.

* With the possible exception of the G.N.O.M.E individual alluded to in July 2007's post. But they were certifiable.