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Don’t forget that Love Hurts

In Uncategorized on July 28, 2016 at 12:05 am

I have been plugging “At the Edge” recently, but I should give a mention to another anthology I am in, because it contains a story I was really very happy to see make its way out into the world, ‘The Boulevardier’. (The Boulevardier, he’s really quite a disgusting … man.) If you like dark stories, you may be interested in Love Hurts, which also contains stories by Charlie Jane Anders, Jeff VanderMeer, Hugh Howey and many others.

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Big grins

In Uncategorized on March 20, 2016 at 1:21 am

I woke up on Wednesday morning to find three rejection emails waiting in my in box. Grumble grumble, oh well, do the editors all get together to co-ordinate this, grumble …

Later that day, an acceptance from a magazine that had earlier asked me for some rewrites. Mood completely changed. And now, I’ve just had my third acceptance in four days. That’s never happened to me before, and I am a little bit chuffed. That is a total of seven now to appear over the next 12 months or so. This includes my appearance in the forthcoming anthology, ‘At the Edge‘. More detail to follow, but in the meantime, feel free to check out my bibliography, where you can find links to read some of my published stories for free. (And don’t forget the anthology ‘Love Hurts‘, available now.)

G is for gore

In Uncategorized on February 14, 2016 at 9:02 am

“the gory horror of … David Stevens” Hey, that’s me!

The scariest day of the year

In Uncategorized on February 11, 2016 at 7:27 am

The scariest day of the year is approaching fast. Will he…? Won’t she … ? Don’t they …? Should I …? is it legal to … ?

I’d remove Valentine’s day from the calendar, except my powers don’t extend quite that far … yet. The gifts are tacky and / or market forced upon us, everybody feels a little squeamish, and desperation hits town like a tsunami.

Here is the perfect solution. We are of course all literary types. What better gift then than an entire volume dedicated to lerve? And not just lerve, but lerve in all its strangeness. Weird love, Alien love. Impossible love. Deadly love. Buy it for yourself. Buy it for someone else, and if they respond weirdly, its ok, you were just being like, all ironic and post-modern.

But buy it you should, post-haste. “Love Hurts.” You know it does, and you know you want it. Its speculative fiction, and its about love. What’s not to like?

Love Hurts

Love Hurts

For the lover’s month of February, there is a promotion over at Goodreads which you can check out just by left clicking on this strangely highlighted text right here.

And in advance, here is a poem (for want of a better word) for Valentine’s Day:

 

Cute girl at the Indian take-away

She doesn’t just have eyes for me,

the girl who serves me Tandoori.

Her quizzical glance and little smile,

is not an exchange of irony,

though I do react,

I cannot resist,

when she swallows me in

with big dark eyes

and the world shrinks down to size,

a planet built for two.

I sip on my mango lassi

while I wait for my curry,

and I watch while she does it again,

one after the other,

with all the men.

At last I comprehend.

She finds us hard to understand,

she speaks English but is not fluent

in Australian.

She stares straight at me

with huge eyes like an owl’s,

trying to comprehend

my flattened vowels.

Totally absorbed,

in the groove,

concentrating on how my lips move.

The tremble of her little duck pout

is just her working out

the words I said

by whispering them again

in her head.

“Tandoori chicken roll

on plain naan.”

“With mint sauce?”

“Of course.”

Smile.  Yearn.

Vale Crossed Genres

In Uncategorized on December 20, 2015 at 3:55 am

Farewell Crossed Genres Magazine! This month sees its last issue, and I am sorry to see it go.

I made my first professional sale to CG, of one of my personal favourite stories, ‘My Life as a Lizard’. (Left click on the link on the left to read it for free. You’ll feel better for doing it. Honestly.) There was of course the excitement of someone telling me they wanted to publish one of my stories, coming after many, many rejections. There was then the great pleasure of working with the extremely generous and encouraging Kelly Jennings, who was full of insightful suggestions aimed at improving my story. And after that, to see it in print, and not just that, but almost on the same day as I had a story appear in Aurealis magazine. It was an exciting time, and CG and Kelly gave me a real sense of validation. They even interviewed me.

The story was then (favourably) reviewed by Charlotte Ashley in her Clavis Aurea column in Apex, so naturally I thought reviews like that must just happen all the time. (In case you are wondering, they don’t! Not for me, anyway.) [The other two writers reviewed in that particular column were A. Merc Rustad and Charlie Jane Anders. Coincidentally, the three of us have stories in the new anthology, Love Hurts, which I say in all sincerity, you should check out.]

So, farewell CG, and my best wishes to all who sailed in her. Good luck to Bart Leib and Kay Holt, as well as Kelly. Thanks for the memories and the encouragement, and all of the interesting stories.

Billy Ocean knew the Truth

In Uncategorized on December 1, 2015 at 9:26 pm

Billy Ocean knew the Truth, that Love Really Hurts … don’t worry about the “without you” bit, no qualifier is required. And to prove it, the speculative fiction anthology ‘Love Hurts‘ (left click on the title to be taken elsewhere) is now available for purchase and your reading pleasure. Marvel at the fools love makes of us all! Revel in the pain of Others (capital intended)! Included alongside big-hitters like Jeff VanderMeer, is ‘The Boulevardier’, a story by (you guessed it) me. A perfect Christmas gift.

Love Hurts

Love Hurts

Love Hurts

In Uncategorized on November 11, 2015 at 10:49 am

Love stories aren’t usually my thing, so I am thrilled to have a story – The Boulevardier –  appearing in this forthcoming anthology, out on December 1st. Love the cover. Luvity luv luv luv.

Love Hurts

Love Hurts

Affirmation

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2015 at 3:17 am

I’m fluctuating somewhere between ‘well, I must be some sort of author if I’m on an author page‘ and ‘don’t be so needy, Stevens’.

I am however looking forward to the book coming out, and to ‘The Boulevardier’ and his bad French seeing the light of day.

Love Hurts

In Uncategorized on July 2, 2015 at 12:19 am

Love Hurts. Indeed it does, and thank goodness for that, as it has led to the speculative fiction anthology, Love Hurts from Meerkat Press, and I am very happy that one of my stories will be appearing in the collection. More later, but left click here to check out the latest news.