Acceptance

Second acceptance for the year, I think that I prefer 2021 to 2020 (wot? its not just me?). I now have an odd little something / something a little odd appearing in the January edition of Jersey Devil Press.

William Gibson reminds us to read Jack Womack

Stealing from the Guardian as I do from time to time, I see that in their regular “The Books that Made Me”, William Gibson, under the heading “The book I think is most underrated” nominates, “Jack Womack’s Random Acts of Senseless Violence. A near future that chillingly predicted the foulest possible outcome of our past […]

First sale of 2021

Not quite the 12 days of Christmas. Two rejections on 23 December, one on 27 December, one on 29 December. Opened the first rejection email of the year on 2 January, only to find it was an acceptance. An excellent way to start the year. Details to follow, but the outline is an “anthology about […]

Born Free: it’s back

For your listening pleasure … Big thanks to Seth Williams, Drew Sebesteny and all the folks at Tales to Terrify, who have podcast my story Born Free in edition #463. Thanks especially to Amy Paonessa for her excellent narration of the story of young Susan, who does indeed need a hand in breaking out of […]

Free range free born

The good folk at the Oklahoman Pagan Quarterly were the first to send my story Born Free out into the world, selecting it as the winner in their Spooky Samhain contest last year. Now the kind burghers of Tales to Terrify will be producing an audio version, to be broadcast next year. A couple of […]

The Bride of the Blob

My third alternative universe Apollo story is now running free in the wilds of sf magazine land – “The Bride of the Blob” appears in the latest issue of Andromeda Spaceways Magazine. I’ve been aiming at that market for some time, very happy to have landed there. The story doesn’t have Sonny and Cher, but […]

The Collected Poems (I – scars)

INTERNATIONAL BURNS DAY  I thought that it must have been International Burns Day with the victims on parade, their different scars on display. Marks I had not seen before. Hair up, showing pigmentless flesh below the ear. Flashmark along the arm. Puckered skin running down the rear of a shoulder. Are these the marks that […]