“The Swell of the Cicadas,” a ghost story, is out now in Prime Books’ Shades of Blue & Gray. The anthology has stories by Connie Wilkins, Nick Mamatas, and many more.
More Americans were killed during the years of the Civil War (1861-1865) than any other date in history. Men shattered,women lost, families broken. In Shades of Blue & Gray, editor Steve Berman offers readers tales of the supernatural, ghost stories that range from the haunts of the battlefield to revenants on the long march home. Yank. Rebel. Both finding themselves at odds in flesh and spirit…
Heads up. Radio, my romantic favorite, is still out there and this week “How the Carters Got Their Name” tripped across its waves. It was featured on the Black Tribbles show’s inaugural Octavia City episode, a showcase of all stories and topics, Afrofuturistic. Check out it here
Dear Author has just reviewed, Smoketown and here’s a bit of the reviewer had to say:
“The characters each had not exactly a secret, but maybe a small mystery behind them, which are first hinted at and then revealed in each individual’s “song” which is played in the main symphony. I say “song” not because every character in the book was singing, but because at times the writing felt very musical and very passionate to me . . . I truly did feel that the city of Leodaire was a living breathing thing in this book; the city which was still hurting from the traumatic event of its past and which finally started healing at the end of the book. I really loved how the hope and darkness are both present in this story and that hope eventually prevails.”
The full review is available here.
I’m happy to announce that my co-editor, Steve Berman, and I have made the final selections for this year’s edition of Heiresses of Russ. It’s a great list of authors and stories. We can’t wait to present them to you all. They are:
“Harrowing Emily” by Megan Arkenberg
“Reality Girl” by Richard Bowes
“The Witch Sea” by Sara Diemer
“Saint Louis 1990” by Jewelle Gomez
“Narrative Only” by Kate Harrad
“Nightfall in the Scent Garden” by Claire Humphrey
“Elm” by Jamie Killen
“Beneath Impossible Circumstances” by Andrea Kneeland
“One True Love” by Malinda Lo
“Winter Scheming” by Brit Mandelo
“Feed Me the Bones of Our Saints” by Alex Daley McFarlane
“Nine Days Seven Tears” by JL Merrow
“Oracle Gretel” by Julia Rios
“Otherwise” by Nisi Shawl
“Chang’e Dashes from the Moon” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew
“Astrophilia” by Carrie Vaughn
“Barnstormers” by Wendy Wagner”
Double Dragon has just released the Love and Darker Passions anthology.
Love and Darker Passions is a collection of provocative short stories by today’s up-and-coming authors of dark, urban and Gothic fantasy. One man falls in love with an ancient monster, another becomes enchanted by a voice that drives him to a frenzy of self-punishment, and another can’t understand three very odd days he’s spending with his girlfriend. Award-winning author Karen Duvall sends a Millennial Alice through a very different looking glass, and acclaimed author Lee Barwood sends the Sighted bard of her upcoming series into the passionate world of faerie to find a child and a special destiny. Bestseller C.E. Murphy makes her twisted fairytale tell what drives a lover into the arms of her questionable beloved, and Tenea D. Johnson works a soul-stealing spell of magic. In Love and Darker Passions, edgy and cult fantasy authors combine their talents to make us question what inspires love, why we crave revenge against those who’ve stolen love from us, and why we despair when love’s pain is lost.
Shewired has posted an excerpt of Smoketown on their site. You can check it out here.
“Only Then Can I Sleep,” a short dark fantasy story about what one will do for love will be published in the upcoming anthology Love and Darker Passions out soon. I’ll update with exact publications info as soon as I can.
I’ll be reading at the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts on March 23rd with a group of great writers including Rebecca Rowe, Nick DiChario and Will Ludwigsen. Kelly Link and China Mieville are the author guests of honor this year so should be a great one.
And in August I have the great pleasure of reading with Jeffrey Ford at KGB Bar’s Fantastic Fiction series, curated by Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel. August 15th, 8pm, KGB Bar, Manhattan.
I’ll update more as more dates are added.
A new short film of The Measure of a Man, a chapter of R/evolution premiered at the L Train theater this past weekend and can now be found up at YouTube here
If you’ve got 4.5 minutes, there are worse ways to spend it.
Next week I’m off to WFC 2011 in San Diego. I’ll be launching the new mosaic novel R/evolution (due out 11.11.11) . My reading is @2:30.
Drop in after the Year in Fantasy panel with Datlow/ Hartwell/ Guran/Strahan, see me, and then on to Neil Gaiman’s interview. Doesn’t that sound lovely?
No? OK how about the Beautiful Monstrosities panel or Kapur or Grabien readings, then me, then Maureen McHugh. Still no?
I guess I’ll just leave it to you then. Explore your options.
People are starving, biogenetic adaptations are prevalent amongst the privileged, and the poor are being ground to a sharp and dangerous point. This is the future US where in the struggle for survival citizens are pushed to the breaking point as relationships start to fracture along the lines of class and race. These are stories of the leaders and the followers, the victims, heroes, and the everyday people caught in history’s wake, chief among them Dr. Ezekiel Carter, a genius in his field, who decides to offer genetic reparations to those being left behind. In this world, what will become of the people at the fringes and of humanity itself?
R/evolution (Book One), a novel-in-stories, will be released in ebook and print this Fall.
The folks at Blind Eye Books have been kind enough to make Chapter 1 available as a downloadable PDF, just click here for the link: Smoketown Chapter 1
The city of Leiodare is unlike any other in the post-climate change United States. Within its boundaries, birds are outlawed and what was once a crater in Appalachia is now a tropical, glittering metropolis where Anna Armour is waiting.
An artist by passion and a factory worker by trade, Anna is a woman of special gifts. She has chosen this beautiful, traumatized city to wait for the woman she’s lost, the one she believes can save her from her troubled past and uncertain future.
Want some public sex and magic in your life? Check out Release in A minor appearing in Tangle XY from Blind Eye Books. Available now.
In an apocalyptic future one woman with the power to inhabit many bodies fights to free herself and her people from a heritage of repression. Check out my short story “Dead and the President” in the Tangle Girls anthology from Blind Eye Books. (more…)
On the off chance you may have woken up this morning thinking to yourself, “Hey you know what I need? Poetry, gods above! Yes, poetry. Of course! That’s what’s been missing!”
Should this be the case you’re in luck. Starting Friction is out. And you know what’s in it? Poetry. (Also some short prose.) (more…)
The Taken, a short story, is now available as part of Whispers in the Night: Dark Dreams III collection.
Deep Night, a short story, is available as part of the award-winning anthology Necrologue: Diva Book of the Dead and Undead.