Thursday, February 18, 2016

Upcoming Work: Winter 2016

Some updates on forthcoming work:

Very pleased to announce that my short story “Below the Falls” published last year in Nightscript I will be reprinted in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2016 (ed. Paula Guran). “Falls” marks my first appearance in the YBDF&H series and I really couldn’t be happier to be a small part (the smallest part?) of what promises to be an outstanding anthology.

And on the subject of Nightscript

I believe I can now share that my short story “Arena” will appear in Nightscript II due out this fall. “Arena” is a parable of sorts set in the First Century C.E. which employs two interwoven narratives to address relationships between faith and doubt, powerful and powerless. My thanks to editor C.M. Muller for taking another chance on my work -- I'm thrilled to be joining so many friends in NS for a second time.

In other good news, Mike Davis’ Autumn Cthulhu anthology smashed its Kickstarter goals last December and will be published this spring by Lovecraft eZine Books. Autumn Cthulhu will include my short story “A Shadow Passing” set in Turn-of-the-Century Providence and something of a spiritual successor to my 2012 tale “MS Found in a Chicago Hotel Room."

Also this spring: in May, Snuggly Books (formerly Hieroglyphic Press) will release Marked to Die, an anthology of short fiction edited by fellow Chomu author Justin Isis. Marked contains 20 tales in tribute to British horror writer Mark Samuels and will include my short story “Canticle” which finds inspiration in the Spiritual Canticle of St John of the Cross and in Samuels’ essay “Beyond the Beautiful Darkness.”

Looking further ahead…

My short story “Dawn Watch” will appear in Joseph S. Pulver Sr.’s The Leaves of a Necronomicon project, a novel-in-stories inspired by E Annie Proulx’s Accordion Crimes. “Dawn Watch” explores parallels between The Necronomicon's imagery as we find it in “The Festival” and “The Dunwich Horror” and the ravaged landscapes encountered by the American Expeditionary Force in France in 1918.

And, finally, my short essay “Twilight Beauty” will appear in the Booklore anthology (ed. Jonas Ploeger) due out soon by Zagava Books. Booklore consists of memoir pieces and personal essays detailing author relationships with their favorite books. My own contribution was written about Edward G Seidensticker’s complete translation of The Tale of Genji, perhaps the most beautiful book I have read.