I’m very pleased to have a story in this anthology, which is launching very soon. It’s a cool concept, from editor Jodi Cleghorn. She puts together these Literary Mix Tapes anthologies, which are all heavily based on music. In this case, each contributing author got a line from the Elton John song “Tiny Dancer”. Short speculative fiction stories were written using those lines as a prompt.

My story is called “Fear Is The Sin” based on the song lyric, “Jesus freaks, out in the street.” Here’s the full blurb:

Editor: Jodi Cleghorn
Original Artwork: Blake Byrnes
Cover Design: eMergent Publishing
ISBN: 978-­0-­9871126-­8-­2 (paperback)
978‐0‐9871126‐9-‐9 (eBook)

Twenty-­six authors trade Tiny Dancer’s California-­blessed lyrics for the shadowed recesses of stages large and small in From Stage Door Shadows, a speculative fiction homage to the darkness just beyond the limelight of the entertainment industry.

The stories re‐introduce the women Benny Taupin wrote about and Elton John sang about: blue jean baby, LA lady, the band’s seamstress, the music man’s wife and the girl dancing in the sand, along with a stellar cast of musicians, singers, thespians, fans, managers, dancers, DJs, magicians, talent show contestants, stars and has-­beens.

From vaudeville to opera, piano bar and street corner, hotel suite and beauty pageant, From Stage Door Shadows is a backstage pass to where dreams of fame, fortune and fulfillment live and die in a heartbeat.

Here’s the full ToC:

Rites of Spring  – Graham Storrs

Torch song – Andrew J. McKiernan

Fear is the Sin Alan Baxter

Candentia Clive Martyn

Luminaire Joanne Anderton

House of the Cantomancer Jennifer Muirhead

White Poppy Serenade S.G. Larner

Time Signature Melanie Saward

Tiny Dancer Emma Kerry

Sing to Me Laura Meyer

Discovering the Gift – Len Lambert

Indigo Jodi Cleghorn

The Last Illusion – Rus VanWestervelt

Dancing in the Sand Rebecca L. Dobbie

A Perfect Evening Sam Adamson

My Moment Theresa Milstein

Music Box Laura Eno

Open Audition Devin Watson

A Living Doll Monica Marier

The Last of the Undead Beats Daniel Wynne

The Gods Are Just Janette Dalgliesh

The Music Man Lisamarie Lamb

The Colour of Blood Cath Barton

Velvet J.M. Donellan

The Twilight Dream Tom Dullemond

Muted Jessica Bell

The official launch will be at Smith’s Alternate Bookstore in Canberra on Saturday 29th September, as part of Conflux 8. I’ll be there for the launch, so come along and join in the fun if you can.