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Dimension6 Issue 1 available now and it’s free

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April 4, 2014

D6badge 300x256 Dimension6 Issue 1 available now and its freeCoeur De Lion Publishing is one of Australia’s best small press outfits and they always produce fantastic work. You may remember a while ago I was going on about the Anywhere But Earth anthology, which is about the best science fiction short story anthology I’ve seen in years (and not only because I have a story in it!) Keith Stevenson, editor and owner of Coeur De Lion also produced the amazing X6 novella anthology, worth it for Paul Haines’ story Wives, apart from the other five sterling pieces of work therein.

Well, now Keith is weaving his magic again with a new project. Dimension6 is an ebook magazine, featuring three spec fic stories, three times a year and it’s both DRM-free and cashmoney free. That’s right – free to read on any device. Issue 1 is out now and you can get mobi or epub versions here. While you’re there, sign up for the D6 newsletter so you always know when a new issue comes out.

Issue #1 features:

‘Ryder’ by Richard Harland
Sent from bustling Sydney to boring country NSW during World War I, life is undeniably dull for Sally. Until she meets Ryder.

‘The Message’ by Charlotte Nash
On a future Earth ravaged by the Event, a soldier with a terrifying secret must travel behind enemy lines.

‘The Preservation Society’ by Jason Nahrung
For the undead, blood is more than sustenance. It’s a connection to the memory of life.

Issue 2 will feature three more great Australian authors including yours truly. My story, Upon a Distant Shore, will be in Dimension6 issue 2 in July. In the meantime, get your reading teeth (eye teeth?) into issue 1.

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Midnight Echo 10 in print

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February 4, 2014

ME10 300x300 Midnight Echo 10 in printCheck it out – got my name on the cover and everything. This is Midnight Echo issue 10, which came out in e-copy at the end of December, but is now available in sweet, sweet print as well. All big and glossy and weighty in the hand. It’s got loads of great fiction based around guest editor Craig Bezant’s brief of ghost stories, including my twist on the ghost yarn, Exposure Compensation. It also has the winners of the AHWA Short Story and Flash competition, so that means my winning story, It’s Always the Children Who Suffer, is also in there among those. Plus feature articles, graphic novel stories, interviews and all that jazz.

And a brilliant Vincent Chong cover. What’s not to love? Get yours in ebook or print, or both, from the Midnight Echo site right here.

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RealmShift for only 99c – it’s a Bookblast!

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January 21, 2014

Those wonderful people over at Gryphonwood Press have set up a very special little promotion for RealmShift, called a bookblast. The bottom line is that you can get RealmShift for just 99c on Kindle, Kobo and Nook. Also, if you buy the Kindle version for 99c, you can get the audiobook version through Amazon for only $1.99. This is some kind of madness, surely? Well, maybe, but it’s only lasting for a day or so, so you’ve got til the end of Wednesday, US time, to get your copy.

Here’s the skinny:

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Today through Wednesday only, get RealmShift, book one of
Book 1 of The Balance for 99c

RealmShift, book 1 of The Balance series by Alan Baxter, is only 99 cents on Kindle, Kobo, and Nook! What’s more, if you buy the Kindle version for 99 cents, you can also buy the Audiobook for $1.99 through Amazon! Don’t miss this great intro to Alan’s dark urban fantasy series.

Kindle US

Kindle UK

Kindle AU

Kindle CA 

Kobo

Nook

You know you want to – go get some! And please share this around any of your networks if you think people will be interested.

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Ghost of the Black back in print

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January 17, 2014

photo 300x300 Ghost of the Black back in printAfter a few requests from various places, I’ve made my sci-fi noir novella, Ghost of the Black: A ‘Verse Full of Scum, available in print again. It was originally self-published in serial form on this very website (and is still available to read here), then I made it available as an ebook and paperback through my little micro-press, Blade Red Press. It’s still available there as an ebook, even though Blade Red is on indefinite hiatus.

However, thanks to the wonders of CreateSpace, it’s now available in paperback again. You can find it in on Amazon here. It can also be ordered via Ingram’s and will propagate out to all the other online bookstores over time.

It’s a bit over 100 pages of magical, science fiction, crime noir fun, so if you’re keen, grab yourself a copy. Or it would make a fine gift for a friend. Here’s the blurb:

Ghost is possibly the best bounty hunter in the universe and he always gets the job done. At least, that’s the reputation that he rides on. When the DAP employ him to track down and capture a rogue Magicker who’s running across the galaxy killing anyone who gets in his way, Ghost realises that this is a job that could cost him his reputation. It’s also a job that could cost him his sanity. A sci-fi noir novella from the author of RealmShift and MageSign.

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365 Shorts Success!

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November 30, 2013

I’m as surprised as you are, but it seems I succeeded in the task I thought I was certain to fail. Towards the end of last year, I set myself a task to see if I could read 365 short stories in 365 days. I thought I’d never get close, but I wanted to record my short fiction reading and see how I went. Here’s the original post about it. I decided to set the year to start on December 1st 2012 so the end didn’t get lost in the Xmas/New Year shenanigans. That means the 365 days ran up until today, November 30th 2013. Instead of failing, I passed my target. I read 388 stories this year.

Now this has to be tempered with a few points of order. First and foremost, this includes podcasts. I listen to loads of short fiction podcasts – I’ve got a page all about them here. So I included listening as reading. I also included books and magazines that I’m in, but didn’t include my own story in the total count. Even so, I easily read past my limit. And it’s worth bearing in mind that my son was born at the end of October, so for just over the last month of this challenge, I’ve hardly read much at all. I think it’s fair to say I would have passed 400 if it wasn’t for that slight interruption to normal programming.

The thing this makes me realise more than anything else is that I probably read around this many stories every year. I made no special effort to make sure I hit my target. I listened to podcasts and read anthologies and magazines the same way I always do, and it turns out my personal challenge wasn’t much of a challenge after all. My eyeholes absorb that much short fiction on a regular basis regardless. Go me!

If you’re interested to see all the stories I read in the past 365 days, I’ve made a page here with all of them listed. Some were total shit, some were meh and some were absolutely outstanding. I haven’t bothered including any commentary on the list – it was a pain in the arse enough just to remember to write them all down as I went.

So it’s easy to read loads of short stories every year and you totally should. The form is fantastic, it takes hardly any time and the reward always far outweighs the effort. Unless the story was shit, of course, but that’s the risk you take. I read a story this year that won a massive award and I thought it was absolute bollocks. But that’s the beauty of art – there’s something to appeal to everyone and something to make everyone say, “That was bollocks.” You can usually find the magazines and editors whose taste gels with yours without too much effort and then you’re likely to get a hit rate of tasty yarns far higher than random sampling. But I’d recommend random sampling as well, because there are gems in every shitpile from time to time. Below, I’ll make a list of my favourite short fiction places, to get you started. This is certainly not an exhaustive list, just a shove in the right direction. Enjoy!

Great short fiction:

First and foremost, let’s get the shameless self-promotion out of the way. You can find a selection of my short fiction, free to read online, by checking out this page.

For great anthologies, check out the publications by these awesome Aussie small presses:

Ticonderoga Publications

Dark Prints Press

Coeur De Lion

(There are loads more out there.)

For excellent magazines, check out:

Abyss & Apex
Albedo One
Analog Science Fiction & Fact
Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine
Apex Book Company
Asimov’s Science Fiction
Aurealis Magazine
Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Black Static
Chizine
Clarkesworld
Crowded Magazine
Daily Science Fiction
Escape Pod – sci-fi podcasting
Fantasy & Science Fiction
Ideomancer
Innsmouth Free Press
Interzone
Kasma SF
Lightspeed Magazine
Midnight Echo – magazine of the AHWA
Nightmare Magazine
PodCastle – fantasy fiction podcasts
Pseudopod – horror fiction podcasts
The Red Penny Papers
Shimmerzine
Strange Horizons
Ticon4
Wily Writers

Go forth, read short fiction and become a better person!*

(* May not actually make you a better person.)

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“The Darkness in Clara” to be published in SQ Mag 14

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November 14, 2013

I’m very happy to announce this one. SQ Mag approached me recently and asked if I’d be interested in submitting a story for their Australiana-themed issue 14, due out in May next year. I was honoured to have been asked and offered them my novelette, The Darkness in Clara. I’m very proud of the story and very proud that SQ accepted it for publication.

It’s most definitely an Australian story. It deals with country Australia, the small town mindset and the so-often-accompanying bigotry. I won’ t say too much more about it than that, other than it’s a dark fantasy story of close to 10,000 words. By SWFA standards, a short story is up 7,500 words, so that’s why this one is classed as a novelette.

The Australiana issue of SQ has also commissioned stories from the amazing Kaaron Warren and Sean Williams. I’m extra happy to be sharing some pages with those two Aussie writing legends. And there’s an open submission call still available for the rest of the magazine, so if it floats your writerly boat, get submitting.

And the last bit of great news to accompany this announcement is that the cover of the Australiana issue of SQ will be based on my story. I can’t wait to see what an artist comes up with there. I’ll be sure to let you all know when it’s out. In the meantime, you could check out the SQ website and Facebook page.

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Lakeside Circus, Short fiction and other oddities

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October 7, 2013

I’m very happy to report that my new short story, All the Wealth in the World, will be in the inaugural issue of a new digital magazine from Dagan Books called Lakeside Circus. It’s a short-form speculative fiction magazine, published quarterly. Beginning late in 2013, the mag will be for sale in multiple ebook formats, and then most of the content will be released online over the course of three months (free to read). Readers can subscribe, purchase the individual ebooks, or wait for the free content to appear on the site.

Lakeside Circus aims to publish 200,000 words of new flash fiction, short stories and poetry every year. They’re currently running a subscription drive to get the word out. If you subscribe now, you can get the first year for only $20. Even better, if you purchase your subscription before November 15, the first issue will be delivered a week early. Before anyone else can buy the magazine or begin to read online, you’ll have an entire quarter’s worth of short stories, flash fiction, and poetry, including work by:

Dean Fracis Alfar, C.S.E. Cooney, Trevor Shikaze, Ada Hoffmann, Mike Allen, Alan Baxter, Lucas Ahlsen, Cate Gardner, Jill Corddry, Rachael Acks, Conor Powers-Smith, Andrew Williams, Lisa Bradley, John Murphy, Dan Campbell, Gitte Christensen, Megan Arkenberg, Rich Larson, Jon Arthur Kitson, David Sklar, Andrew Gilstrap, FJ Bergmann, Virginia Mohlere, Michael Haynes, John Skylar, HL Fullerton, Sofia Samatar, Eric Rosenfield, Jamie Lackey, Bonnie Stufflebeam, Bryan Thao Worra, and more!

(That’s my own self-indulgent bit of bolding up there.)

You can learn more here: http://lakesidecircus.com/

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Midnight Echo 10, featuring me. Twice.

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September 27, 2013

Well, this is a first for me and one that requires double Snoopy dancing. You all know by now how much a fan I am of Midnight Echo magazine. It’s the official magazine of the Australian Horror Writer’s Association and one of the classiest glossy mags on the market. And available in digital format too, of course. I was very proud to have a story in issue 6, the sci-fi/horror special, and in issue 9, the myths and legends special. Now, I couldn’t be happier to say that I’m going to be in issue 10 as well, with two stories. I’m calling that a personal best and giving myself a special Achievement badge.

It’s a funny old path to publication. I entered the AHWA Short Story competition way back when it was opened and thought nothing more of it. These things take ages to be judged usually. While the judging was going on, guest editor Craig Bezant opened for submissions for issue 10 of Midnight Echo, which has a ghost story theme. So I submitted a story for that.

A little while later, the results of the AHWA Short Story comp were announced and my story had won (in a tie with Zena Shapter). We learned that, as part of the prize, our winning stories would see paid publications in Midnight Echo 10. Then, a month or two later, I got word from Craig Bezant that he liked my story and was going to buy it for Midnight Echo 10. So all of a sudden, I have two stories due out in the same mag. And now the full Table of Contents for issue 10 has been announced and there’s my name, listed twice. Seriously, what a singular honour that is. Here, check out the full ToC – it’s pretty amazing:

Midnight Echo 10 Table of Contents:

Cover art by Vincent Chong
Interior art by Mel Gannon and Greg Chapman

Literature
Lunch by Joseph A. Pinto
Crybaby Bridge #25 by Gary A. Braunbeck
Stillegeist by Martin Livings
I Want to Go Home by A.J. Brown
Tourist Trap by Richard Farren Barber
Blood and Bone by Robert Mammone
Exposure Compensation by Alan Baxter
Stinson Way: A Southern Gothic by Jacob Lambert
A Little Peace by Rebecca Fung
Mother’s House by Greg Chapman

Comic
Allure of the Ancients; The Key to His Kingdom – story by Mark Farrugia, illustrations by Greg Chapman

Special Features
An interview with Victor Miller
AHWA Short Story and Flash Fiction Competition winners -
It’s Always the Children Who Suffer by Alan Baxter
Darker by Zena Shapter
Moonlight Sonata by Tim Hawken

Regular Features
A Word from the AHWA President – Geoff Brown
Tartarus – Danny Lovecraft (poetry column)
Pix and Panels – Mark Farrugia (comic column)
Black Roads, Dark Highways #5 – Andrew McKiernan (column)
Celluloid Nightmares – Mark Smith-Briggs
Sinister Reads (all the latest releases from AHWA members)

And on top of all that, the cover art will be done by Vincent Chong. That makes me very happy, as Vincent’s artwork is amazing. He did the cover of the anthology A Killer Among Demons, also edited by Craig Bezant, published by Craig’s outfit, Dark Prints Press. You’ll have heard me talk about that book, as it has my story, The Beat of a Pale Wing, in it. And I’ve mentioned before that I think that anthology is one of the best produced in recent years (even if it does feature me!)

So really, this is just tremendous news all around. You can pre-order the limited print edition of Midnight Echo 10 here now. The mag is due for release on November 30th and we’ll have a cover reveal before then.

*Snoopy dance*

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Crowded Magazine, issue 2 – featuring me

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September 2, 2013

crowded 2 Crowded Magazine, issue 2   featuring meVery happy about this one, and not only because the magazine pays pro rates! The second issue of Crowded is out, and I’m very proud that it contains my dark urban fantasy story, Roll the Bones. I’m pleased this story found a good home, as it’s one of my favourites. Of course, all my stories are my favourites. Shut up, you can’t pick your favourite kid. (Everyone does.)

Lots of other good stuff in this issue too. Here’s the contents as described on the site:

New Fiction

Roll the Bones, our first story in this issue, poses an interesting question about personal choice.

After the Hourglass Empties is a science fiction story about a grim (and gritty) future.

The Jester’s Child finds an entertainer pushed out of her comfort zone.

Cats are territorial creatures. So are humans. House Cats is an urban fantasy story about both.

Eastern Promise is a chilling story about compulsion.

The other horror story in this issue, An Empty Room, is a nice counterpoint to Eastern Promise: a story about obsession, rather than compulsion.

Yes – And Also I Really Did Need to Buy Cadmium – Cadmium, I Tell You! explores the softer side of mad scientists.

The Baby Mimic is a science fiction story about the impact technology can have on our deepest feelings.

Miss Rahl describes a schoolboy’s fantasy boiling up into something else.

Artist Profile: David Keen

Gallery and Biography

Masterwork: Jack Dann

Jack tells us: Well, I was never in Vietnam, but the hypnosis material in this story is basically autobiographical. When I was a twelve-year-old virgin seething with hormonal frustration, I did indeed try to use self-hypnosis to conjure up the iconic Marilyn Monroe. But, alas, the statuesque queen of the silver screen transmogrified herself into something else, something dark and terrifying … just like in the story. It took over a year to shake off the phantasm that followed me around after that little experiment. Marilyn was also adapted by Brian Smith and myself for Omni’s Seeing Ear Theatre as Marilyn Or the Monster. It was produced and directed by Brian Smith and starred John Heard.

Pretty sweet, huh? Get your copy here.

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A Killer Among Demons in all its forms

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July 29, 2013

1001892 10151501852782511 35378821 n 300x300 A Killer Among Demons in all its formsCheck out that sweet tome in my grubby paw. It’s my contributor copy of the fantastic anthology, A Killer Among Demons, which features my story, The Beat of a Pale Wing. I’m really proud to be in this book. I read the e-version while I was away a couple of weeks ago and loved it. It’s a really outstanding effort by editor/publisher, Craig Bezant. It’s also an outstanding effort on his part to gift wrap the contributor copies. Very cool.

Anyway, I won’t go on. Suffice to say that you really should read this excellent book. All versions, print and e (DRM-free), available here. Go get some.

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