Just a quick preen—here are four recent publications to add to the shelf.
Abandoned, from Legion of Dorks, an anthology of lonely, vacant spaces, picked up my “Tales of the Middle Stars” story “A Silent Sphinx,” a tale of a lone scoundrel who happens upon an alien ambiguity—that which is utterly unknown yet foreboding in the extreme. This is part of an arc leading to my first “Middle Stars” novel, still in planning.
Extraordinary Visions, from the North American Jules Verne Society, is a compendium of stories based on the worlds of that great French early master of science fiction and the strange. They picked up a piece from me based on 20, 000 Leagues Under the Sea, my second such tale published. Enormous scope exists for further adventures of Nemo and the Nautilus, both before and after the classic novel's events.
Cosmic Crime Stories, issue for September 2022, from Hiraeth Books, features my short story “The Value of Meaningless Malaise,” a short piece critical of medicine and looking at how even miracle therapies could be abused by the unscrupulous. This is a reworked, extended version, giving the piece more oomph, as the original, written many years ago, seemed a bit flat.
The above title is also available through Booktopia.
And lastly, ParABnormal, issue for December 2022, also from Hiraeth Books, features “The Witch of Wendover,” a medieval horror piece and something of a departure for me. It offers a fresh twist on the grim proceedings of a witch trial—maybe there was, just occasionally, a whole level of hidden meaning, and mercy from the least expected corner.
The above title is also available through Barnes & Noble.
It's always nice to receive contributor's copies, and they have quite overflowed the first shelf. If I was to finish collecting all the physical publications I have appeared in which did not actually give copies, I'm sure I would have a full second shelf by this point. I have visions of one day having an entire book case—in a swanky writing study—filled with the volumes I've been featured in. Okay, maybe at this point it's just a nice fantasy, but we have to look ahead in life, don't we?
'Till next time,