Tuesday Toot is a semi-regular feature here at The Word. An invite-only series of short posts where writers, editors, booksellers and other creatives have been asked to share their stuff and toot their own horn. It’s hard to be seen in the digital morass and hopefully this occasional segment will help some of the quality stuff out there get noticed. It should all be things that readers of The Word will find edifying.

Today, it’s Martin Livings.

Living With The DeadWho is Martin?

Perth-based writer Martin Livings has had over seventy short stories in a variety of magazines and anthologies. His short works have been listed in the Recommended Reading list in Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, and have appeared in both The Year’s Best Australian SF & Fantasy, Volumes Two and Five, and Australian Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2006 and 2008 editions. His first novel, Carnies, was published by Hachette Livre in 2006, and was nominated for both the Aurealis and Ditmar awards.

What are you tooting about?

Now, six years later (and twenty years after his first published short story), Martin is releasing his first collection, Living With the Dead. Due out later this year from Dark Prints Press, the book will contain twenty reprinted stories from two decades of publications, plus three brand new stories original to the collection. The cover art was recently made public, created by UK artist Vincent Chong, and it’s utterly gorgeous. So check it out, and stay tuned for more exciting details!

Link to the book: http://www.darkprintspress.com.au/books_living.html
Link to Vincent Chong’s blog entry about the artwork: http://vincentchongart.wordpress.com/2011/12/20/living-with-the-dead/
Link to Martin’s website: http://www.martinlivings.com

[I’m a big fan of Martin’s work – I even published one of his stories in my short lived small press venture. Heart Of Ice by Martin is in Dark Pages, Volume 1. I’m very much looking forward to this new collection, and that really is a freaking sweet cover. – Alan]