Friday, August 14, 2015

Chilling Horror Short Stories

Re-posting the blog by Nick Wells from Flame Tree Publishing:
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Fantasy & Gothic Blog

Chilling Horror Short Stories: Author Biogs
Posted by Nick Wells
Our forthcoming Gothic Fantasy anthologies feature an explosive mix of new and classic writers. We've released the list of new authors, and their stories, now here are the biographies of Chilling Horror Short Stories. Some are first time writers, others have had stories printed in magazines and story collections before. 



Rebecca J. AllredEcdysis (First Publication)
Rebecca lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, working by day as a doctor of pathology, but after-hours she transforms into a practitioner of macabre fiction, infecting readers with her malign prose. Her work has been featured on Hellnotes.com, Freeze Frame Fiction, Sirens Call eZine and Vignettes from the End of the World. When she isn’t busy rendering diagnoses or writing, Rebecca enjoys reading, drawing, laughing at RiffTrax, and spending time with her husband, Zach, and their kitty, Bug. You can keep up with Rebecca at diagnosisdiabolique.wordpress.com or follow her on Twitter @LadyHazmat.

Michael Bondies. Mirror’s Keeper. (Originally Published in Black Static, 2011)

Michael Bondies is a native of Dallas, Texas, and a graduate of the University of Colorado Denver music program. He has work appearing or forthcoming in several different venues including Bards and Sages Quarterly, Blood Moon Rising, Tales of the Undead: Suffer Eternal Anthology Volume III, and the anthology Little Stories for the Smallest Room. He currently lives on the West Coast, and when he’s not writing you will usually find him playing guitar. Visit him at: www.MichaelBondies.com.

Glen Damien CampbellThe Dying Art. (Originally Published in The Boneyard, 2014)

Glen Damien Campbell lives and works in London. His horror fiction has appeared in a variety of anthologies and magazines, including Something Wicked Vol. One, 100 Doors to Madness, Tales of the Undead: Suffer Eternal,Tales from the Blue Gonk Café and Miseria’s Chorale. Besides writing, his interests are music, painting and horror movies. For more information about Glen, or to read his jottings on various things horror and heavy-metal related, visit his blog at gdcampbell.wordpress.com.

Justin CoatesBreach. (First Publication)

Justin Coates is a citizen of Detroit, Michigan. His formative years of reading involved copious amounts of Lovecraft and King, and in recent years he has read every grim tale set in the ‘Warhammer: 40K’ universe he can get his hands on. A veteran with two tours in Afghanistan, Justin also draws on his combat experience when writing, and finds the process immensely useful in his spiritual recovery from war. This is his first publication, an opportunity for which he is extremely grateful. Take a look at Justin's blog here: www.justincoates.postagon.com

John H. DromeyIn Search of a New Wilhelm. (First Publication)

John H. Dromey was born in Northeast Missouri. He grew up on a farm, but likes the conveniences of city life. Once upon a time he had bylines for brief, humorous items (daffynitions, one-liners, light verse) in over 150 different newspapers and magazines, including Reader’s Digest and The Wall Street Journal. He’s had short fiction published in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Black Denim Lit #7, Gumshoe Review, Stupefying Stories Showcase, and elsewhere, as well as in a number of anthologies.

Elise Forier EdieLeonora. (Originally Published in Penumbra Magazine, 2013)

Elise Forier Edie lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and two dogs. Her works of horror and speculative fiction have been published by Tartarus Press and World Weaver Press. Before becoming a fiction writer, Elise worked for many years as a playwright, and still continues to work in the theatre as an actress and director. Her first novella, a paranormal romance called The Devil in Midwinter, was released in April 2014. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association and the Authors Guild.

David A. Elsensohn. A Game of Conquest. (Originally Published with Ether Books App, 2011)

David Elsensohn is usually busy being distracted by such language-coaxers as Tolkien, Howard, Leiber, Gaiman and Lovecraft, or by well-crafted batches of single malt whisky. He has works published in the Northridge Review, Crack the Spine, The Golden Key, Kazka Press’s California Cantata, Grim Corps II, and Literary Underground’s Unearthed Anthology. A native of Los Angeles, he lives with an inspirational wife and a curmudgeonly black cat.

Eric Esser. Thing in the Bucket. (Originally Published in Fictionvale, 2013)

Eric Esser lives and writes in San Francisco with his love Courtney and the ghost of their black cat Mina. When he was small he used to wander the perimeter of his elementary school soccer field every recess imagining stories set in other worlds, and for some reason no one made fun of him for it. He suspects they discussed him secretly. He is a graduate of the 2012 Clarion Writers Workshop. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Schoolbooks and Sorcery, Pseudopod, and the Awkward Robots anthology series. Visit him at ericesser.net or follow him on Twitter (@ericdesser).

Michael Paul Gonzalez. Worth the Having. (Originally Published in Halloween Tales, Omnium Gatherum Books, 2014)

Michael Paul Gonzalez is the author of the novels Angel Falls and Miss Massacre’s Guide to Murder and Vengeance. A member of the Horror Writer’s Association, his short stories have appeared in print and online, including theBooked podcast anthology, FCJR, HeavyMetal.com, and the Appalachian Undead anthology. He resides in Los Angeles, a place full of wonders and monsters far stranger than any that live in the imagination. You can visit him online at MichaelPaulGonzalez.com

Ed GrabianowskiExtraneus Invokat. (Originally Published in Black Static, 2011)

Ed Grabianowski’s stories have appeared in Black Static, the Geek Love anthology, and David Wellington’s Fear Project. You’ll find his non-fiction work at sites like io9 and HowStuffWorks. His influences include pulp horror and sword & sorcery like H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard and C.L. Moore, The Twilight Zone and Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. A native of Buffalo, New York, Ed likes zombies, welding, dogs and pizza.

Gwendolyn KisteThe Man in the Ambry. (Originally Published in Typehouse Literary Magazine, 2015)

With parents who married on Halloween and read her Ray Bradbury and Edgar Allan Poe stories long before she started kindergarten, Gwendolyn Kiste considers horror, fantasy, and all things strange to be her birthright. Her speculative fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in LampLightSanitarium Magazine, and Nightmare among other outlets. An Ohio native, she currently resides on an abandoned horse farm in Pennsylvania. You can find her online at  www.gwendolynkiste.com and on Twitter @GwendolynKiste.

Bill Kte’piStart with Colour. (Originally Published in Strange Horizons, 2003)

Bill Kte’pi is the author of two horror novels, Low Country and Frankie Teardrop, the latter of which was published in 2015 by Fey Publishing. He has been publishing short stories for 25 years, with links to available online work at ktepi.comStart With Color shares a setting with The Minotaur, originally published in Strange Horizons. Bill and his girlfriend live in New England and are planning a move to the Southern U.S.

James Lecky. The Magnificat of Devils. (Originally Published in Oktobyr, 1997)

James Lecky is a writer, actor and (occasional) stand-up comedian from Derry, N. Ireland. His short fiction has appeared in a number of publications both in print and online including Beneath Ceaseless SkiesHeroic Fantasy Quarterly,The Phantom Queen AwakesArcaneJupiter SF and Emerald Eye: The Best Irish Imaginative Fiction. His influences are many and varied including (but not limited to) Clark Ashton Smith, Jack Vance, Philip K. Dick, J.G. Ballard and Lord Dunsany.

Frank RogerTrial and Error. (Originally Published in Portulaan, 2013)

Frank Roger was born in 1957 in Ghent, Belgium. His first story appeared in 1975. He now  has a few hundred short stories to his credit, published in more than 40 languages. In 2012 a story collection in English (The Burning Woman and Other Stories) was published in Ireland by Evertype (www.evertype.com). Apart from fiction, he also produces collages and graphic work in a surrealist and satirical tradition. They have appeared in various magazines and books. Find out more at www.frankroger.be .

Lucy TaylorBlessed Be the Bound. (Originally Published in Guignoir, 1991)

Lucy Taylor is the Stoker-winning author of The Safety of Unknown Cities,SpreeUnnatural Acts and Other Stories and eleven other horror/suspense novels and collections. Her most recent work includes the short story collection Fatal Journeys and the novelette A Respite for the Dead. Upcoming publications include the short story In the Cave of the Delicate Singers (Tor.com; August 2015), Wingless Beasts (‘Best Horror of the Year #7’; Night Shade Books), and Moth Frenzy (‘Peeling Back the Skin’; Grey Matter Press). She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico: a land full of mystery, romance, and the macabre. Visit her website at: www.lucytaylor.us.

Kristopher TrianaDead End. (First Publication)

Kristopher Triana is an American author of southern gothic, horror, western and crime fiction. He is the author of Growing Dark and he has two new novels, The Ruin Season and Body Art, which will both be released in 2016. His short stories have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including D.O.A. IIThe Ghost is the Machine, Spinetingler MagazineZombie Jesus and Other True Stories, and Halloween Forevermore. In addition, some of his work has also been translated into Russian. He works as a professional dog trainer and lives in North Carolina with his wife.

D.J. Tyrer. Justified. (Originally Published in Surreal Grotesque, 2013)

DJ Tyrer lives in Southend-on-Sea, and is the person behind Atlantean Publishing. He has been published in anthologies and magazines in the UK, USA and elsewhere, including 

Andrew J. WilsonDeep-sixed Without a Depth Gauge. (Originally Published with Ghostwriter Publications, 2009)

Andrew J. Wilson lives in Edinburgh with his wife and two sons. His short stories, poetry and journalism have appeared all over the world, sometimes in the most unlikely places. The Terminal Zone, his play about Rod Serling, has been performed several times, and was restaged under his direction at the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention in London. With Neil Williamson he co-edited Nova Scotia: New Scottish Speculative Fiction, a critically acclaimed original anthology that was nominated for a World Fantasy Award.

William R.D. WoodThe Dew of Heaven, Like Ashes. (Originally Published in Tomorrow: Apocalyptic Short Stories, Kayelle Press, 2013)

William R.D. Wood lives with his wife and children in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley in an old farmhouse turned backwards to the road. He enjoys exploring this world and creating new ones of his own. His work has appeared in Omni Reboot, the Lovecraft eZine and in titles from Emby Press, Morpheus Press and Apokrupha. Far, far too much greatness exists in the realms of speculative fiction to pick favorite influences, but William’s ideal would be to write Lovecraftian fiction like Stephen King in an Arthur C. Clarke universe interpreted by H. R. Giger. Check out www.williamRDwood.com for more.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Scares That Care 2



Scares That Care Weekend 2 drew to a close Sunday evening in beautiful (and slightly toasty) Williamsburg, Virginia this weekend. I spent my Saturday and Sunday gracing (okay, maybe infesting) the HWA table. There's something about being around folks who share a love for all things horror that brings out the best in all of us. Truly.

Below are some pictures that I've heisted from various locations in the interest of promoting the cause and sharing my mug alongside some faces I've known forever but never had the pleasure to meet. And a few I met last year at the inaugural voyage of Scares That Care Williamsburg.

Talking to folks is always the highlight for me. Everyone from authors to actors to movie makers to craftspeople, ranging from newbies to seasoned pros.

I was completely new to the con scene last year, but as near as I could tell this year was a lot more successful than 2014 so I think we can expect a Scares That Care Weekend 3 in 2016 and if it comes I'll be there!

Thanks to Mr. Joe Ripple for all of his hard work in making this happen, the HWA for their sponsorship of the HWA Virginia table and to Dee Southerland, David Alexander and Pamela Kinney for putting up with my incessant rambling.


The place was hopping!


Me with Pamela Kinney at the HWA table


No one rocks a kilt like Jacob Haddon


Mr. D. Alexander Ward and some guy that looks like that William R.D. Wood fellow


The lovely me, the lovely and talented Kara, and the oh, so talented Mr. Ronald Malfi


Tim Waggoner standing next to the guy with only one facial expression


Brian Keene in one of the rare moments when my expression was actually different, unfortunately, in this case, not better


Jonathan Janz, ladies and gentlemen!


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

1st and Starlight

How about that cover, folks? I'm a sucker for good art. Always have been.

1st and Starlight collects stories from fourteen Writers of the Future finalists, some of whom went on to the collect wins in their respective quarters.

My story, "Shepherd of the Spheres," explores matters of faith on a lonely space station in orbit around Jupiter. In the accompanying author's notes/essay I talk a little about the making of the story and the terror I face every time I ask the question "Are We Ready?"

1st and Starlight's stellar table of contents reads:

"Catch a Fallen Star" by Jennifer Campbell Hicks
"Shoeless" by Fi Mitchell
"Life Out of Harmony" by Rebecca Birch
"The Minder's Bond" by Kary English
"The Artist Fades Away" by Holly Heisey
"Guardians of Public Safety" by Julie Frost
"Shepherd of the Spheres" by William R.D. Wood
"The Witch's Curse" by Robert R. Finegold, M.D.
"The Factory Amidst the Stars" by Dustin Adams
"The Recycle of Life" by Frank Dutkiewicz
"Twisted Electricity" by Sean Monaghan
"The Skin Script" by Stephanie Lorée
"| Absolute Zero |" by Scott R. Parkin
"Watch Over Me Always" by Sky McKinnon

And a special, special thanks to Sky Mckinnon who served tirelessly as our fearless editor. Or was that fearlessly as our tireless editor? Regardless, thanks for making us look so good, Sky!

And one more look at the cover. Yeah. That's good stuff.

So, great stories, great art. That makes this one book you can judge by its cover.

Oh, and for clarity's sake, this project is not affiliated with the Writers of the Future contest.  

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Science Fiction for Middle Grade Readers

If you haven't seen it yet, see it now. If you haven't bought it for your middle grade reader, hey, you can do that now too. You'll be glad you did and so will they.

Here's the cover in all of its delightful artsy-ness.

























And here's the publisher's description from our buddies at Amazon:

Book Description

Publication Date: January 3, 2015 Age Level: 9 - 15

Parents are saying: 

"I just wanted to let you know that I received my print copy last night. I backed the book for my 6 year old daughter. My expectation was that we would need to hold on to it for a few years. I had to pry it out of her hands to get her to go to bed. The going is a bit slow, in part because the stories are the most advanced she has read, but in part because she is so excited she has to stop regularly to explain to me what is going on in the story. She has declared it her favorite book." Gary D.

"My daughter is on the couch presently, reading her copy, which I handed to her approximately 3 minutes ago. She is engrossed. Thank you. :)" Matthew McFarland

24 science fiction short stories for the middle grade reader from Hugo and Nebula winning authors as well as newer writers.

It’s time for a bigger universe.

Sally Ride, first American woman in space and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, famously said: “Young girls need to see role models in whatever careers they may choose, just so they can picture themselves doing those jobs someday. You can’t be what you can’t see.”

Girls need to read stories where any number of possible roles are modeled for them. Just as importantly, boys need to read stories where girls are active participants in adventures. And children of all colors and backgrounds need to know the future includes them.

"When I was a child, the school library had a Girls' Section, which included fairy tales, and a Boys' Section, which included all the science fiction. Things have changed, of course, but not enough. There is a strong need for science fiction, as opposed to fantasy, aimed at girls, especially in the middle grades. This anthology is an important contribution to the effort to fill that need, and I'm delighted to be a part of it."

~ Nancy Kress, winner of five Nebulas, two Hugos, a Sturgeon, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award

Authors in the anthology are:

Marilag Angway
Deanna Baran
Mike Barretta
Eric Del Carlo
Salena Casha
Brigid Collins
Ron Collins
Cory Cone
C.J. Daring
Evan Dicken
Anne E. Johnson
Amy Griswold
Jeanne Kramer-Smyth
Nancy Kress
Wendy Lambert
Vanessa MacLellan
Phoebe North
Angela Penrose
Douglas Smith
Eric James Stone
Sonja Thomas
Deborah Walker
Jeannie Warner
Alvaro Zinos-Amaro


Monday, January 26, 2015

Downfracking the Mandelbrot





Depending on when you checked out "Downfracking the Mandelbrot" at Omni Reboot, you might have wondered why the story seemed to end in the middle. Or not actually end at all. Well, there was indeed a little glitch in those hallowed halls which has been tracked down, trapped, and released in the wild where it can do no further harm.

"Downfracking the Mandelbrot" is now complete and ready for viewing and commenting (hint hint nudge nudge). Do drop in and check it out along with all of the other awesomeness available at Omni Reboot.

Here's a sample:

Ben trudged down the dimly lit street of their El Paso. Their low-res, squeaky-clean, downfractal El Paso. The air was cold and fresh with a hint of ozone. That much was nice. He recognized the neighborhood from the basic outline of the buildings against the reddening evening sky and could almost imagine this was the same city he'd grown up in. He'd have been about ten or twelve when his El Paso had looked like this.

Behind him, the amber spike of light on the horizon at their entry point into this reality was a testament to that. They were here for a reason, same as always. It wasn't personal.

The silhouette of a man rushed toward him from an alley, a metal pipe glinting in one hand, but stumbled a few paces away and stopped.

Ben and the two other men in his team continued their trek down the street, faces covered by the mirrored visors of their combat helmets and heads positioned as if they hadn't noticed the man at all. 

Ben casually slid his hand back from the sling he wore across his shoulder like a bandolier. The Louisville Slugger hanging from it was the same one his father had swung game after game playing with the Diablo's at the old Cohen Stadium when Ben had been a kid. Now the bat was hollowed out and held a military grade stunner. If the locals got out of line, and the stunner function didn't work, he could always crack the living dog shit out of them. The tiny pistol grip versions supplied by Command were useless if their power cells failed.

Ben heard either Graham or Koch—probably Graham being the near-insufferable newb that he was—grip his R1MA assault weapon just a little more tightly. He wanted to tell the kid to relax a little but speaking right now might help the downie regain his focus.

...


Click here to continue reading at the Omni Reboot site.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

2015 Young Explorer's Adventure Guide

Dreaming Robot Press has a great project up on Kickstarter and I'm proud to be a part of it. My story, "The Journey of a Thousand Miles", written as C.J. Daring is included. 

I've written plenty of stories for my children but, in truth, most of my work is not intended for a younger audience. The 2015 Young Explorer's Adventure Guide, though, is perfect for our youngsters who want to travel in time, explore mysterious hidden realms and travel to the distant worlds. It's more than a little exciting to be a part of this anthology, let me tell you. A science fiction anthology parents, teachers and librarians can actually recommend to their middle graders with confidence. 

Below I've copied part of the Kickstarter campaign complete with the pitch video but don't let that stop you from from visiting the campaign page. The 2015 Young Explorer's Adventure Guide needs to help to be the best anthology it can be and blaze the trail for future editions that our children can enjoy and use as their own inspiration and stepping stone to the stars.


video

Science Fiction for a Middle Grade Audience. An anthology to bring the stars to a new generation!

Sally Ride, first woman in space and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, famously said:

“Young girls need to see role models in whatever careers they may choose, just so they can picture themselves doing those jobs someday. You can’t be what you can’t see.”

Girls need to read stories where any number of possible roles are modeled for them. Just as importantly, boys need to read stories where girls are active participants in adventures. And children of all colors and backgrounds need to know the future includes them.

According to a 2011 study of 6,000 children’s books, only 31 percent had central female characters, and even fewer featured main characters of color.

A genre that’s supposed to inspire us towards a bright future isn’t making space for half the population’s dreams. Boys go and have adventures, girls are to be defended, or prizes to be won, and the landscape is very, very white.

It’s time for a bigger universe.



We've got a great collection of 20 stories from amazing authors, ranging from Nebula and Hugo winners to relative newcomers to the field. 90% of the stories in the anthology are brand new, and 80% have central female characters. We don't have girls who are prizes to be won or waiting to be rescued. All of our heroines and heroes are on their own adventure, not a side note in someone else's. Our characters are white, black, asian, latino. Human and robot. Everyone belongs here.

Marilag Angway started her foray into science fiction and fantasy sometime in the early ’90s by reading books written by females for females. She had no idea that these books were far and few at the time, and feels lucky to have had the opportunity to be inspired by female authors to think big and never stop imagining. When she isn’t scribbling her mind away, she’s lending what brainpower she has left to a good cause: the molding of preschool minds. Gotta start them young, right? You can find Marilag’s bookish and writing and randomy ramblings at http://storyandsomnomancy.wordpress.com

Deanna Baran lives in Texas and is a librarian and former museum curator. She writes in between cups of tea, playing Go, and trading postcards with people around the world.

Mike Barretta is a retired U.S. Naval Aviator who currently works for a defense contractor as a pilot. He holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Planning and International Negotiation from the Naval Post-Graduate School and a Master’s in English from the University of West Florida. His wife, Mary, to whom he has been married to for 23 years, is living proof that he is not such a bad guy once you get to know him. His stories have appeared in Baen’s Universe, Redstone, New Scientist, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show and various anthologies.

Eric Del Carlo's short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, Shimmer, Michael Moorcock’s New Worlds and many other venues. He has written novels with Robert Asprin, published by Ace Books and DarkStar Books. His latest novel, an emotionally charged urban fantasy entitled The Golden Gate Is Empty, which he wrote with his father Vic, is forthcoming from White Cat Publications. Eric lives in his native California. Find him on Facebook for comments or questions.

Salena Casha's work has appeared in over 30 publications. She was a finalist for the 2013-2014 Boston Public Library’s Children’s Writer-in-Residence and a 2011 Bread Loaf Scholarship Recipient in Fiction. Her first three picture books were published by MeeGenius Books. One of them, titled Nuwa and the Great Wall, was featured in the 2014 PBS Summer Learning Project for kids. When not writing, she can be found editing math books, carving pumpkins and travelling the world. Check out her website at www.salenacasha.com.

Ron Collins’ work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Analog, Asimov’s, and Nature. This summer saw the publication of Four Days in May, a short collection of stories set in and around the Indianapolis 500 written in collaboration with John C. Bodin. Of “Goliath vs. Robodog,” he writes: “It’s interesting to imagine everything robots will be able to do in the not-so-distant future, but sometimes it’s too easy to overlook things that really matter.” You can find more about Ron athttp://www.typosphere.com

Cory Cone lives, works and writes in Baltimore, MD. He studied painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where he met and married his wife. He now works full time at the college and writes strange fiction in the evenings. His website is www.corycone.com, and you can follow him on Twitter, @corycone.

C.J. Daring, alter-ego of the evil William R.D. Wood, lives in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley in an old farmhouse turned backwards to the road. C.J Daring pens works of mystery and adventure for readers of all ages. Some are set in the far reaches of space. Some in the murkiest depths of time. And sometimes, when you’re not looking, maybe even your own back yard! Check in and see what coming next at www.williamRDwood.com.

Anne E. Johnson lives in Brooklyn. Dozens of her short stories for young readers can be found in publications such as Spaceports & Spidersilk, Jack & Jill, Red Squirrel, and Rainbow Rumpus. Her middle-grade paranormal novel, Ebenezer’s Locker, was published by MuseItUp. Candlemark & Gleam is publishing her series of humorous science fiction novels, The Webrid Chronicles, and they will also release her YA adventure novel, Space Surfers, in 2015. Learn more about Anne at her website, AnneEJohnson.com.

Brigid Collins Kendall is an author living in Michigan with her husband, Nick, and their cat, Brooke. She writes mainly works of fantasy and science fiction. She has written and published two novels, with her third due to be published this fall. Two of her short stories will be appearing in Fiction River late in 2014, and she has achieved Honorable Mention in the Writers of the Future Contest. She also enjoys music, video games, and copious quantities of stuffed animals. Brigid Collins has a blog at www.backwrites.wordpress.com and can be contacted through that site, as well as through her twitter account, @purellian

Amy Griswold has written two gaslamp fantasy/mystery novels with Melissa Scott, Death by Silver and A Death at the Dionysus Club (Lethe Press) and has short stories forthcoming in several anthologies. She also writes Stargate Atlantis tie-in novels for Fandemonium Books. She lives in North Carolina with her partner and daughter, and works as an educational testing content specialist. Find her online at amygriswold.livejournal.com, or follow her on Twitter at @amygris.

Jeanne Kramer-Smyth has been writing since she first got her hands on a typewriter at age 9. Since then she has worked as a software developer, traveled the world, and written poetry. She is currently an archivist by day and a writer, glass artist and fan of board games by night. She has studied fiction writing with both Judith Tarr and Mary Robinette Kowal. She especially enjoys fantasy, science-fiction, YA, and historical fiction. She lives in Maryland with her husband, son, sister-in-law, and cat. You can find her online at http://www.jeannekramersmyth.com

Nancy Kress is the author of thirty-three books, including twenty-six novels, four collections of short stories, and three books on writing. Her work has won five Nebulas, two Hugos, a Sturgeon, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Most recent works are After The Fall, Before The Fall, During The Fall (Tachyon, 2012), a novel of apocalypse, and Yesterday’s Kin, about genetic inheritance (Tachyon, 2014). In addition to writing, Kress often teaches at various venues around the country and abroad; in 2008 she was the Picador visiting lecturer at the University of Leipzig. Kress lives in Seattle with her husband, writer Jack Skillingstead, and Cosette, the world’s most spoiled toy poodle. Visit her website at www.sff.net/people/nankress/

A champion of NaNoWriMo, Vanessa MacLellan is an avid reader of anything with pizazz. Words have been her companions since she was ten, forcing atrocious adverbs upon her mother. Her fantasy novel, Three Great Lies, has recently been accepted by Hadley Rille Books and is scheduled for release in the winter of 2015. She’s had three short stories published by online magazines. When not in the office or writing, she bird watches and hikes. Vanessa can be found at http://vanmaclellan.com.

Phoebe North lives in upstate New York with her husband, her daughter, and her cat. She is the author of Starglass and Starbreak, a science fiction duology from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Find her online at www.phoebenorth.com

Angela Penrose lives in Seattle with her husband, five computers, and some unknown number of books, which occupy most of the house. She writes in several genres, but F&SF is her first love. She likes writing for anthologies for the variety, and the challenge of writing to a theme; this is her fourth anthology sale. You can find her at http://angelapenrosewriter.blogspot.com/

A Nebula Award winner and Hugo nominee, Eric James Stone has been published inYear’s Best SF, Analog, and elsewhere. Eric is a Writers of the Future winner, graduate of Orson Scott Card’s writing workshop, and assistant editor at Intergalactic Medicine Show. Eric lives in Utah. His website is www.ericjamesstone.com.

Sonja Thomas, a recovering CPA, writes for children of all ages, from humorous middle grade to young adult fantasy to adult horror. Raised in Central Florida (the wonderful world of Disney, humidity and hurricanes) and transplanted to DC for 11 years (go Nats!), she’s now ‘keeping it weird’ in Portland, OR. To stay sane she dances, doodles and plays with furry, four-legged friends. You may even hear her belt out an awesome Xena yodel. Visit her at www.bysonjathomas.com or follow her on twitter @bysonjathomas.

Deborah Walker grew up in the most English town in the country, but she soon high-tailed it down to London, where she now lives with her partner, Chris, and her two young children. Find Deborah in the British Museum trawling the past for future inspiration or on her blog: http://deborahwalkersbibliography.blogspot.com/ Her stories have appeared in Nature’s Futures, Cosmos and Daily Science Fiction and The Year’s Best SF 18.

Jeannie Warner spent her formative years in Southern California and Colorado, and is not afraid to abandon the most luxurious environs for a chance to travel anywhere. She has a useless degree in musicology, a checkered career in computer security, and aspirations of world domination. Her writing credits include blogs of random musings, thriller novel manuscripts, stories in Tightbeam online magazine, KnightBridge’s Rom Zom Com anthology, the Mad Scientist’s Journal, several police statements, and a collection of snarky notes to a former upstairs neighbor. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area near several of her best friends whom she refers to as “minions.”

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A Bastion of Great Science Fiction

Here's the cover of the October issue of Bastion Science Fiction Magazine. Beautiful, isn't it?


Inside you'll find:

“Zero's Hour” by Eric Del Carlo
“When the Wind Blows on Tristan da Cunha” by Meryl Stenhouse
“Waterman High Speed Axials” by William R. D. Wood
“Time Enough” by Salena Casha
“Sympathy for the Download” by Matthew Lyons
“In the Space Between” by Jeff Stehman
“Shudder” by Manfred Gabriel
"A Vision of Paradise" by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Check out Bastion's website to learn more about past issues and how to submit your own work. They're a great bunch to work with.

From their About page:

"Bastion is a new science fiction magazine publishing digitally on the first of every month. Each issue will contain 7 to 9 original short stories. Our yearly anthology will be available in both digital and print formats in early December. Immediate goals for our young magazine include establishing a solid reader base so our contributors can get paid professional rates for their work. As writers ourselves, we understand the importance of getting compensated for an author's work, so we evaluate what we can offer our authors each month. Additionally, we do our best to respond meaningfully to each submission within a reasonable amount of time, since we understand how frustrating it can be to wait for weeks or months without ever hearing back. We're also working toward becoming a qualifying market for the Science Fiction Writer's Association, which we hope will help to develop our contributor's professional qualifications.

"Finally, although we do what we can to focus on our contributors, our ultimate goal is to publish stories of the highest quality for our readers.

"As we're in the process of expanding and developing a reader base, we'd love it if you would tell your friends about us."

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

BASTION Science Fiction Magazine

I'm happy to report R. Leigh Hennig and the fine folks at Bastion Science Fiction Magazine will be running a story of mine in their October 2014 issue!

It's an excellent magazine and you really should check it out. Why? Well, it's excellent. I thought I said that.

Being a bit of a cover art junkie, I just love their covers. Take a peek at issues 1 - 7.

Beautiful. Especially Issues 3 and 7. Those are my personal faves.



April

"The Dreamcatcher", by M. Justine Gerard
"The Last Repairman", by David Austin
"Shale", by David Jack Sorensen
"The Crystal Forest", by Kurt Heinrich Hyatt
"That World Up There", by Kurt Bachard
"Shock", by Samuel Marzioli
"The Dead Channel", by David Galef
"Lighthouse to the Depths", by Nicholas Mazmanian



May

"Moving Past Legs", by Jamie Lackey
"The Endless Flickering Night", Gary Emmette Chandler
"Worried About", by Brandon McNulty
"Vines", by G. J. Brown
"A Considerate Invasion", by Mark Patrick Lynch
"A Rather Different Sort of F-Bomb", by Marty Bonus
"Zombie Limbo Master", by Rosemary Claire Smith
"Nigh", by Eric Del Carlo
"Wruyian Sands", by Jessica Payseur 


June

"Two Gentlemen" by Kurt Bachard
"Past Imperfect" by Dominic Dulley
"The Tree" by Benjamin Sperduto
"Miracle of Asteroid Camp 88" by Michael Andre-Driussi
"Bartleby, the Robot Killer: A Story of Difference Street" by Alex Livingston
"Compile Sensory Information and Extrapolate" by Jenna Bilbrey
"The Broken Places" by Melanie Marttila 


July

"Abandoned", by Hannah Goodwin
"Degausser", Axel Taiari
"Forever Lights", by Peter Medeiros
"Red Rubber Nose", by Robert Quinlivan
"Remember Prometheus", by Eleanor R. Wood
"The Maltese Pterodactyl", by George S. Walker
"The Properties of Water", by Alex Hernandez 



August

“The Skip” by Clint Spivey
“Zip” by Emma Osborne
“Going Solo on a Goldilocks” by Mary Alexandra Agner
“The Cure” by William Delman
“That Place Betwen Déjà vu and a Memory” by J. Daniel Batt
“Mirror of Stars” by Frank Smith
“Nestmaker” by Jared W. Cooper
“Sanctuary Farm” by Garrick Fincham



September

“Death Wears Yellow” by J.C. Davis
“The Custody of Memory” by Paul Hamilton
“Debugging the Ghosts” by Damien Krsteski
“The Last Lawsuit” by Maggie Clark
“The Long, Slow War” by Stephanie Herman
“The Loop” by James Hart
“Pancakes” by John Herman

Friday, August 1, 2014

Omni Reboot


When Omni hit the shelves in 1978 I was not a magazine reader. I'll give you that I was only a kid, so magazines were not exactly at the top of my reading list alongside the assorted comics, occasional issue of Eerie and my completely accidental exposure to Heavy Metal. What a ride that was, but that's a story for another day. The only magazines I'd been exposed to at that time, and came close to taking a liking to, were the copies of Popular Science and Popular Mechanics that the barber shop would have while I was waiting on a haircut. Every now and again, Bobby, the barber, would tell me to take one with me. I'd check out the pictures mostly and read an occasional article but none that made a lasting impression on me. 

And then there was Omni. A single word did not go unread. What flipped the switch for me?

Was it the artwork? That amazing blend of surreal and hard science? Sometimes risque, sometimes bizarre and always provocative to those long superseded and impressionable young synapses.


The fiction was amazing. My first exposure to a number of authors I now consider my favorites. Arthur C. Clarke, Ben Bova, Fritz Leiber, George R.R. Martin, Greg Bear, Gregory Benford, Harlan Ellison, Isaac Asimov, Joe Haldeman, Orson Scott Card, Philip K. Dick, Robert Sheckley, Robert Silverberg, Roger Zelazny, Theodore Sturgeon, Ursula K. LeGuin and William Gibson.

And the ideas and visions of the future. Everything from concept cars to space elevators. Hmm. Although the space elevator might have just been part of an artwork spread. And again, the artwork. I connect stories with vivid imagery when I'm reading, when I'm writing. I still remember how disappointed I was when the novelization of Heinlein's Number of the Beast didn't carry the same style of artwork that accompanied the teaser excerpt from Omni. The humanity!

Sigh. Good memories. Many late nights reading through each and every word.

My collection is long gone after many moves while in the Navy and since, but browsing through Google's instant archive of cover images, I remember almost every one.

And now, thanks to Jeremy Frommer, editor Claire L. Evans, and a host of others my work will be appearing online under Omni's new mantle, namely, Omni Reboot!

Life is good.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Photo Prompts


I've mentioned Photoshop before. It's a great program even in its older incarnations like mine which is rumored to have been discovered in a certain cave west of the Dead Sea in 1948. I spend more than a little time adjusting, tweaking, and downright screwing with images. The images I create are either interpretations of stories I'm working on or serve as inspiration for stories yet to come. It's a great way for me to get my creative energies going.

In and out of the internet there's never a shortage of good photo prompts. If you take a moment to look around, you can't help but trip over a good one, sometimes literally. Occasionally, though, one catches my eye and the inspiration strikes. Hell, if you want to hook me into an anthology or magazine, an intriguing cover will do it every time.


Writer's Digest puts out a photo prompt every couple of months under their Your Story Competition banner. When this one came up I was tempted without even looking at the word count but then I saw 25 words or fewer and I was all but reeled in already.

My humble entry took third place and you can see the top ten entries here and in the July/August 2014 issue.