<Cue drum roll, or whatever sound you feel conjures up anticipation>
I’m very pleased to reveal the cover for Carus & Mitch, which will be published by Omnium Gatherum on 23rd February!
Pretty flipping creepy, right? Here’s the back-cover blurb:
Carus is only fifteen but since their mum disappeared, looking after her little sister Mitch is her job. There’s nobody else. Not in their house and not outside, either. There’s something out there, scratching and scraping at the windows.
The barricades will hold.
They have to.
Also, Carus & Mitch now has its own page on Goodreads. Just one step closer to it being a real, actual thing…
SQ Mag Edition 18, featuring my story, ‘Like Clockwork’, is now available for free on the SQ Mag website. ‘Like Clockwork’ took second prize in the Story Quest ‘Punkin’ the Train’ contest at the start of December 2014.
It’s the first of my Mars stories (featuring sand-sculpted dwellings, roaming bases and ‘aye-aye’ AI robots) to be published, though it’s one of the most recent I’ve written. More to come, I hope.
Novels written in 2014
- The House-sitter (74,000 words) – SF time-travel mystery
Short stories written in 2014
- A Crest of a Wave (2300 words) – SF, Mars
- Like Clockwork (3000 words) – SF, Mars
- Cast In The Same Mould (4200 words) – SF, Mars
- Finding Waltzer-Three (1400 words) – SF
- An Empty Vessel (3000 words) – horror
- What Are We Going To Do With You? (5900 words) – YA horror
Flash fiction written in 2014
- For a Tooth (850 words) – humorous SF
- Kraken Mare (250 words) – SF
- Corvus Cornix (250 words) – horror
- All I Can See Are Sad Eyes (850 words) – horror
Fiction sales in 2014
- By the Numbers (4200 words) – SF, written 2012 – Infinite Science Fiction One anthology, Sep 2014
- Finding Waltzer-Three (1400 words) – SF, written 2014 – Interzone #255, Nov 2014
- Like Clockwork (3000 words) – SF, Mars, written 2014 – 2nd prize in Story Quest contest, to be published in forthcoming issue of SQ Mag
- The Sleeper (1650 words) – SF, written 2013 – to be published in forthcoming issue of Phobos
- Carus & Mitch (16,500 words) – horror, written 2013 – to be published as standalone print/epub title, Feb 2015, Omnium Gatherum Books
I wrote about 124,000 (new) words in 2014. That’s less than last year, but that figure doesn’t reflect the huge amount of time editing and reworking ‘The House-sitter’. Also, I’ve often been exhausted due to my son’s sleep patterns, so this is still a higher word count than I’d anticipated.
To date, my fiction word count total is now something in the region of 448,000 words. I’d hope to reach the half-million mark at some point in early 2015.
More publishing news! I’ve been told that my short story, ‘The Sleeper’, will be published in the third issue of Phobos, the weird fiction magazine based in Philadelphia. I’m really looking forward to reading the magazine!
I’ve just been told that my story, ‘Like Clockwork’ has won second place in SQ Mag’s current Story Quest contest. The theme of the contest was ‘Punkin’ the Train’ – though my story isn’t specifically steampunk or dieselpunk etc and I’m not sure which classification might include a Martian sand-sculpted steam train… This nostalgic version of Mars features in several of my stories, but this is the first that’ll be published. I’ve always liked the idea of threading a story/world across several publications, so fingers crossed for that. I don’t yet know which issue of SQ Mag will include ‘Like Clockwork’.
So that’s good news, and offsets a rejection email (for another story) that came through at around the same time. Despite the harshness, I’m very much in favour of this kind of blunt feedback: “The high quality of the writing camouflages that this is a very dull story. It’s very dry, slow and neither inspires fear or wonder.”
Swings and roundabouts.
The Interzone team have revealed the illustration for my story, ‘Finding Waltzer-Three’, which appears in issue 255. It’s by Wayne Haag, the same artist who created the terrific cover.
I love it. It’s the first time that any of my stories has been illustrated. I couldn’t be prouder.
17 Nov 2014 update: And Interzone #255 is available in print now! Click here and scroll all the way to the bottom.
I received some good news a couple of days ago…
My ghostly SF story, ‘Finding Waltzer-Three’, has been accepted by Interzone and will be included in the November issue. That’s a bit of an ambition fulfilled, right there!
23 Oct 2014 update: And here’s the cover!
Infinite Acacia’s anthology, ‘Infinite Science Fiction One’ is released today! It’s available from Amazon (USA/UK).
Inclusion of my story, ‘By the Numbers’, means that I’m biased, but I think it’s a beauty.
So here’s a thing.
My novella, ‘Carus and Mitch’, will be published by Omnium Gatherum Books in February next year. You can read the announcement on the OG site here.
As you can imagine, I’m feeling pretty pleased about it! Omnium Gatherum seems a great home for the story – I discovered the company due to previous titles being nominated for the Bram Stoker and Shirley Jackson awards. I haven’t read any of the other OG authors’ work yet, but you can be sure that I will.
I’m really looking forward to the sequence of editing, proofreading, cover design, and all the other aspects of getting a book to publication. Kate Jonez, who runs Omnium Gatherum, has been wonderful in our email chats so far – I think working with her is going to be fun. I’m also very grateful for her decision to take a punt on a story that’s tricky to classify and, at 17k words, isn’t exactly lengthy… Here’s hoping that readers feel the same, come February!
More ‘Carus and Mitch’ news to follow in due course, no doubt.
This morning saw the new issue refresh of the Garbled Transmissions website. It features my short story, Read/Write Head.
Read/Write Head was based on a one-sentence premise that I discovered in an old notebook (“How would it feel to defragment your mind?”) and was then written much faster than my other stories. The word associations were generally those that occurred to me first; the main character has my name as a reflection of the many personal links.
Read the full story here.
The new issue of Voluted Tales contains my short story, By the Numbers. Voluted Tales is an online publication, requiring a subscription, but you can read roughly a quarter of the story for free via this link.
My short story, The House Lights Dim, has been published in issue 11 of Sanitarium magazine. It’s a speculative fiction catastrophe story I wrote a couple of years ago, when I was reading lots of Poe and Lovecraft.
You can buy a digital copy of the magazine, or a subscription, here.