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Two acceptances in one day!

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

Well, I guess acceptances are like buses.  You wait for ages and ages, then suddenly two come at once.  Unlike buses, though, acceptances don’t smell bad, aren’t rather expensive, and don’t hold up traffic interminably on Alexander Drive when you’re already late for work.  So, in conclusion, buses are not as good as acceptances.  Unless you actually need to travel from one place to another and don’t have a car.  In which case, acceptances are rubbish.  You should definitely go with a bus.

Sorry, what was I talking about?  Oh yeah, that’s right.  On Saturday morning, I found out that my story “La Mort d’un Roturier” has been accepted into the upcoming Machine of Death 2 anthology.  I’m completely thrilled to have made it through, having read the ongoing blog entries from the editors describing the absolute avalanche of submissions they got (over two thousand of them!).  I’m really proud of “La Mort d’un Roturier”, which I’m hoping should be quite different from most of the stories in the collection, and not just because its title is in French!  And I can’t wait to find out who else managed to sneak in.

Then, later that afternoon, another very welcome email, this time from Eclecticism Magazine, accepting my story “Trick Or…” for their (slightly belated) Halloween issue.  This is another story I’m very proud of; it was originally written for a Halloween competition, which I seem to recall it might have possibly won, but it was never actually published until now.  I’ve always held onto it, just waiting for that right market, and how could I not submit it to Craig?  Of course, now it’s starting to become a bit embarrassing how many stories of mine he’s publishing at the moment, especially considering he’s doing my collection next year!

So, all things considered, a pretty damn fine Saturday!  Wish they could all be like that…

Surviving the End now available for pre-order!

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Wow, I’ve been quiet on here lately, haven’t I?  Sorry about that, busy busy busy with the day job, and of course I’m now three days into NaNoWriMo, so it’s all go here.  But I thought I’d actually take a moment to mention the fact that the new book of apocalyptic short fiction from Dark Prints Press, Surviving the End, is now available for pre-order from their online store.

This book should be really a interesting one; the publishers have an almost hand-made aesthetic intended for the print edition, with rough cut edges on the pages and illustrations and scribbles throughout.  And, of course, it features brand new stories from Joseph D’Lacey, Jason Nahrung, Amanda J Spedding, Michael Bailey, Kathryn Hore, Ashlee Scheuerman and myself, with “narrative interludes” by the editor, Craig Bezant.  I can’t wait to see this anthology, it really is something a little bit different.  And, of course, the more successful it is, the more emboldened the publisher will be with releasing Living With the Dead, my first short story collection, due out late in 2012.

So go out and pre-buy it!  Then bring it along to next year’s Swancon in Perth, where Craig and I will both be, hopefully to launch it properly!




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