Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Galley ho!

Just received my galley proof of the January issue of Bards and Sages Quarterly, in which readers can find my story "Deja Mu." Get yourself a copy when it becomes available on the first of next month. Other authors in the table of contents include:

Andrew Knighton
A.J. Flowers
Steve Evans
Taylor Harbin
Walter G. Esselman
Sean Garvey
P.J. Keuning
Molly N. Moss
B.C. Nance

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

"The Shot" available now!

My short tale of dark fiction "The Shot" is available now in The Literary Hatchet Issue 14. Head on over to their site and get yourself a copy.

                                                            Cover art by Ann Mei

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Deja vu

Just received word that "Deja Mu" will appear in the January issue of "Bards and Sages Quarterly." It's a story I wrote after doing some reading about the lost city of Atlantis and therein learned about an earlier civilization called Mu.

Watch this space for more information.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Ballistics, blades and dark fiction

Pear Tree Press just picked up my short story "The Shot" for inclusion in its next issue of The Literary Hatchet, a journal of dark fiction and poetry. Issue 14 is currently slated for a May release. Stop on by their website and check them out. Here's a look at the haunting cover of their most recently published journal.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Book review: Voids

In the near future, overpopulation is dealt with by a special force of individuals known as Sterilization Agents. Each one is tasked with tracking down deadbeat fathers and ensuring (legally) that these men no longer procreate by zapping them in the groin with a special gun that effectively neuters them.  Danny Seraphine is one such agent who finds particular satisfaction in his job, perhaps due to the fact that his own father left his family when Seraphine was only 9 years old.

Aside from his job, Seraphine leads a somewhat normal life, though not without complications.  Seraphine and his wife, Emily, are having pregnancy issues.  After their first child, Marnie, was stillborn, Seraphine isn't sure if he wants another, despite Emily's eagerness. Also, Seraphine's little brother, Zack, is in prison, known as The Farm, and Seraphine has yet to visit. And then there's the little matter of the ethereal transparent shapes Seraphine keeps seeing wherever he goes, the mysterious, titular voids.

Add to the above mix an introduction to a future society and its various technologies and you've got a recipe for an enjoyable read. Voids, from Omnium Gatherum is also a quick read, and not just because it's a novella. Written by Tim Jeffreys and Martin Greaves, the prose sings as it leaps from the page, urging the reader on to the next. And by the time the reader reaches the end, all of the plot threads have been neatly resolved.  I highly recommend Voids to anyone who reads science fiction or to anyone with any kind of experience (be it firsthand or otherwise) with deadbeat dads.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Mine Sweeper is live online

My zombies-in-space tale, Mine Sweeper, is one of the featured stories on Gold Shader's website right now, so head on over and give it a read, if you're so inclined. Other featured stories are available on the main page of the site. All of these stories, along with four others, are available in Gold Shader's first anthology, Game Fiction: Vol. 1, which is available in print or digital format.