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.

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.