midnight-echo-9My contributor copies of Midnight Echo Magazine, issue 9, landed in my post box this morning. So shiny. I’m very happy that my story, The Fathomed Wreck To See, is in this one. The issue had a Myths & Legends theme and my story plays with the siren/mermaid mythology. But, as is so often the case, it’s really a story about love and loss and people.

This Is Horror, that wonderful UK blog of all things dark, said about my story:

Alan Baxter’s ‘The Fathomed Wreck to See’ delves into the mythology behind those beautiful, yet deadly, creatures known as Sirens. Dylan is slowly drinking himself to death on his boat after the recent loss of his beloved Catelyn. He’s also dying from cancer, so things couldn’t get much worse, though when he meets a beautiful blonde woman on the docks things start to look up. The woman, however, is not what she appears to be, and Dylan soon finds himself in a whole heap of trouble. Baxter’s story is one of love, loss, and rejection, and it’s a beautiful addition to this issue.

That review by Adam Millard, so thanks Adam!

They did an in-depth review, with something to say about every story, so you can read the full review here.

In case you were wondering, the title of this story, “The Fathomed Wreck To See”, is a line from Gregory Corso’s poem, “Seaspin”.

“To drown to be slow hair
To be fish minstrelry
One eye to flick and stare
The fathomed wreck to see
Forever down to drown
Descend the squid’s conclave
Black roof the whale’s belly
Oyster floor the grave –

My sea-ghost ride
And slower hair
Silverstreaks my eyes
Up up I whirl
And wonder where –

To breathe in Neptune’s cup
Nudge gale and tempest
Feel the mermaid up
To stay to pin my hair
On the sea-horse’s stirrup –”

(CORSO, Gregory (1960))

Get your copy of this fantastic issue, either as a big glossy magazine or a very fine ebook, from Midnight Echo Magazine’s website or from Amazon US or Amazon UK.