other people’s words: 3

For today, something old and something new.

Something old: from the archives of the sadly departed site Infinity Plus, an excerpt from the Conrad Williams novel London Revenant, one of my favorite books from the last few years. At the World Horror Convention in 2010 in Brighton, I was chatting with a couple of guys about the fiction we liked and the conversation took that great passionate turn it does when you realize you have really similar tastes and so there we were, the three of us, raving and gushing over mutually admired writers and one of them asked me if I’d read this book. The name Conrad Williams was familiar to me from TTA Press publications, but I hadn’t read any of his novels, and one of the guys pressed this book on me. I read it when I got back home and adored it–a tale of subterranean London with a difference. But what really sets it apart is that Williams is simply an exquisite writer. I’m pretty sure he could write about the sun passing over the kitchen table and render it compelling.

Something new: more good flash fiction from Daily Science Fiction. This time it’s Caroline M. Yoachim’s dazzling “The Safe Road,” and you know, I really thought I didn’t like flash fiction much at all, but some of the fiction I read on this site is making me reconsider that. I don’t want to tell you too much about the story I’ve linked to; just go read it.

other people’s words: 1

I wasn’t able to get the blog post written that I wanted to write last week (it’s still coming!), but here’s something else I’ve been wanting to do. There is so much good stuff to read (and listen to, and watch) online, and I don’t do enough of it and I bet you don’t either. So I’ve been thinking for a while of doing a weekly thing where each Monday I point you to one or two or more things I ran across online over the previous week that particularly impressed me. This also helps to keep my blog from being solely all about memememe. Not that I don’t love the sound of my own voice–all writers must, secretly–but gosh, even I get a little weary of myself sometimes.

It won’t always be new stuff I send you to–but I promise it will all be good. Or at least it will be stuff I think is good.

So, without further ado, here are this week’s online gems. First, two delightful (or delightfully dark, if you will) stories from the archives of Daily Science Fiction by the delightful Cate Gardner. Both of these stories made me go “Ooooh, I wish I’d written that!”:

The Mechanical Heart of Him

Exit Stage Life

And an absolutely stunning and heartbreaking piece by writer Tom Piccirilli, written just before and just after his surgery for brain cancer a couple of months ago (the piece itself is newly posted, though). Gorgeous, affecting, stark, hopeful, and bleak by turns–it doesn’t get any realer than this:

Meeting the Black

subscribe to Daily SF

If you subscribe (free!) to Daily Science Fiction, you will not only receive my story “Red at the End of the World” in your mailbox for a Halloween treat this October 31. You’ll get a short story every weekday!

And if you don’t want to subscribe (maybe, like me, your email box is already ripe for an episode of Hoarders: The Virtual Edition and you’re trying not to sign up for anything else in the online equivalent of swearing you won’t buy any more lots of Beanie babies on eBay), you can read the story a week later on their website. Will I remind you when it’s up there? Oh yeah. You know I will.

Daily Science Fiction sale

I sold my apocalyptic fairy tale “Red at the End of the World” to Daily Science Fiction this week! I’m very pleased, as this is an odd little tale I love a lot and it’s not the type of thing I usually write. I tend to approach narrative in a traditional way; this story demanded to be written in a very different manner. I’m pleased the editors liked it enough to buy it and of course, I’ll link from this blog (and the “fiction” page) once it’s online.