This Saturday is the launch party for Enigma Front: The Monster Within, the third short story anthology in the Enigma Front series by Analemma Books. Not to brag (okay, I’ve been told I have to brag because this is my platform and such) but I’m proud to have had a story in each of them.
In The Monster Within, my story is a Y.A. horror called “A Budgie Named Karloff” about a girl whose pet bird becomes possessed by a demon. It’s darkly silly and sweet, very different from the historical body horror of “They Split Apart” which I contributed to the first Enigma Front, or the apocalyptic ghost story “The Red Bulb” in Enigma Front: Burnt, both of which are still available in the links above.
This time around, I was also on the editing team, something I’ve never done before and found rewarding. There are some wonderful writers in this instalment, 22 in all. I can’t recommend their stories enough. If you enjoy them as much as I did, please consider giving an Amazon review. It’ll help all of us out.
I just downloaded the voter package for the 2017 Aurora Awards, which means I’ve got lots of reading to do before September. If you are a member of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA), you should get cracking on that. If nothing else, it means a bunch of free new books that you don’t have to return to the library.
Also, and I’m excited for this, the Enigma Front: Burnt anthology, which contains one of my stories, was nominated. The Auroras are a nation-wide award. Woohoo!
Also, for all you Calgarian readers out there, a whole bunch of local authors were nominated for their work. We hardly had any representation last year, so this is big. Even if you’re not a CSFFA member, the books are well worth reading. Check out the list.
I have a short story and it’s in an anthology by the publisher with the single coolest name, aka Mad Science Journal. The anthology is called Fitting In: Historical Accounts of Paranormal Subcultures.
My story is called “The Face on the Wall, and the Chainsaw”. It’s about a century-old tree made newly human, who discovers all the hatred and compassion of humanity. He also discovers pizza. Check it out!
This anthology launched on October 31, but I wanted to wait to announce this until a) everyone was done filling Facebook with pictures of costumed kiddies and b) my computer was back from the repairs place. But now you know. Now you know.
This has been out for a bit, actually. I wanted to wait until the other authors had made a post, so that mine might act as a signal booster rather than white noise. For anyone who doesn’t already know, I have a story in this anthology, called “The Red Bulb” involving ghosts, activism, canned food, photography and doom.
They’re $12.99 right now. I have six copies, (let me know if you want one) there will be copies available at the When Words Collide festival this weekend and I think also at The Sentry Box. It seems to be sold out on Amazon.ca right now (huzzah!) but check back soon. It is definitely available on Amazon.com, however.
I mentioned before that I’ve got stories in a couple of anthologies coming up. I’ve learned that the book launch for Enigma Front: Burnt will be Saturday, August 13 at 2pm. Like last year, it will be at the When Words Collide festival. I highly recommend WWC if you are a writer or are a reader who appreciates a “making of” perspective on genre fiction. As of right now, there are only 26 seats left, so time is of the essence if you don’t already have a membership.
We’ll sell copies of Burnt at When Words Collide, but we’ll also have copies of last year’s Enigma Front anthology for sale if you haven’t read it yet.
This is what Burnt will look like:
And this is what last year’s Enigma Front looks like:
It has been far too long since I updated this blog, partly because I find it awkward to write about myself* even in letters to individuals, let alone to the echoing cavern that is the internet, but mostly because I’ve been cheating on this blog with a different blog.
As of today, I’ve written 61 posts for TerribleTarot.com. It’s a humour site about tarot, or more accurately about worst case scenarios, using tarot cards for themes. Themes in bloggery are important, so I’m told. There’s also a loose story woven in, and a handful of recurring characters. Things are about to go bonkers. Stay tuned.
Ooh! Ooh! [PUTS UP HER HAND AS IF SHE WERE IN SCHOOL] Also, two of my horror stories will soon be published in anthologies.
Enigma Front: Burnt, this year’s IFWA anthology has my story “The Red Bulb” about a young woman looking for her brother who might be dead, might be haunting her, and might be trying to warn her about something truly horrific. Here is the cover art:
Mad Science Journal is including my story “The Face on the Wall, and the Chainsaw”, about a tree spirit made human when someone cuts down his tree, (there are gangsters in it, and moving vans, and also other things) in their upcoming anthology Fitting In: Historical Accounts of Paranormal Subcultures. I highly recommend the stuff they’ve already published. As well as entertaining, it’s highly educational. Never have I learned so much about mad science.
That’s pretty much it, besides a couple of novels I’m working on, and a screenplay. Those are not nearly finished enough to discuss.
*Yes, yes, platform, platform, sell yourself, etc. I know.
And this is what it looks like:
Available August 2015. I have a story in this anthology, titled “They Split Apart”. Stay tuned.
Also, how cool is it that I’m in an anthology with the legendary Robert J. Sawyer?
Someone paid me today for a story. Getting paid doesn’t happen as often as I like, so any cheque is cause for [low-budget] celebration. Woohoo!