Shirley Jackson nomination

Hey! I am remiss in announcing this news here, but I’ve been nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award for my short story “The Dying Season” from Aickman’s Heirs! I was super excited to be included in this book in the first place because Aickman is one of my primary influences and because it is such a terrific book with excellent contributors, edited by Simon Strantzas and published by Mike Kelly over at Undertow Publications. And furthermore, Shirley Jackson is another one of my biggest influences and this is probably the genre award I have most coveted and admired in recent years.

You can see a full list of the nominees here. The awards will be announced on July 10 at Readercon in Massachusetts, but after publishing fiction for 17 years with nary an award nomination in sight, I can truly say that it really is a huge honor just to be nominated.

“Widdershins” in Shadows and Tall Trees


My story “Widdershins” is now available in issue #5 of the journal Shadows and Tall Trees. In addition to my story, you can read fiction from Ray Cluley, Gary Fry, Richard Gavin, Claire Massey, Daniel Mills, Karen Tidbeck, and D.P. Watt plus an article by V.H. Leslie on “The Yellow Wallpaper.”

It’s a gorgeous journal packed with fine writing, and I urge you to pick up a copy if you’re able.

sales and news

So! It is 2013! I bet you noticed that too, didn’t you? Regular blog service is up and running again, including my plans to continue linking to other people’s fiction online, although I am now thinking of doing it every other week rather than weekly because it turns out I still don’t really have too much time to devote to blogging.

For now, a few happy announcements:

My story “The Queen in the Yellow Wallpaper” will appear in a forthcoming British Fantasy Society horror anthology edited by Johnny Mains. Check out this TOC of awesomeness: Angela Slatter, Robert Shearman, Adam Nevill, Alex Hamilton, Thana Niveau, Muriel Gray, and Stephen Volk.

My story “Widdershins” will appear in issue #5 of the gorgeous journal Shadows and Tall Trees edited by Michael Kelly. So far my fellow authors are Daniel Mills and Gary Fry.

And finally, my story in the September/October issue of Fantasy and Science Fiction, “Where the Summer Dwells,” received a nice nod from Lois Tilton over at Locus as one of her favorite stories from 2012.

other people’s words: 2

An ongoing effort, each Monday, to point you to stuff old and new to read around the web. Mostly I’m focusing on highlighting sf/f/h fiction online, but I reserve the right to mix it up at anytime!

Today I’m linking to a back issue of Clarkesworld and a story by Nnedi Okorafor that I find interesting, in part, because it’s uniquely suited for the web: From the Lost Diary of TreeFrog7 is the report of a field worker on an alien planet that uses audio files and mouse-over text with the names of flora and fauna for their field guide entries. Now, the mouse-over stuff could arguably be replaced by footnotes on paper, but the audio files, of course, could not. You don’t need any of those things to make the story work but they definitely enhance the futuristic field worker feel of it.

I remember in the early days of the web there was a lot of talk about hypertext and how fiction could really make use of new possibilities, but by and large that hasn’t happened. I’m not really sure why, except to say that in my own case at least, I’m kind of a traditionalist when it comes to fiction; I generally like to just read stories that are well-told, whether the format’s paper or electronic.

But sometimes, when I teach composition, I assign this story as an extra credit because I want students to know fiction isn’t just decades-old stories in their textbook, that short genre fiction in particular is thriving online, and that short stories can potentially use this method of delivery in innovative ways.

Also, the story just kind of haunts me. I don’t want to give anything away, so that’s all I’ll say.

And not online fiction, but an online crowdfunding fiction thing: Canadian writer and editor Michael Kelly is putting together a second volume of ghost stories Apparitions II. Your money will go toward paying professional rates to the writers, artist, and designer. And just check out this lineup thus far: Glen Hirshberg, Kathe Koja, John Langan, Sarah Langan, Mark Morris, Reggie Oliver, M. Rickert, and Simon Strantzas. Apparitions II will also have an open reading period in February 2013.