So it’s been a busy month, not the least because I’m waist deep in slush for Unidentified Funny Objects 5 [SIDENOTE: Writers! Send us your funny!!]. Anyway, in the space of like a weekend I’ve got news of new stories. It’s a trifecta folks, which is strange considering how we got here.
First, the one that is. Freshly printed in the inaugural issue of the new prozine Compelling Science Fiction, check out my hard SF story “Opportunities for Lost Children.” This one was one of my wife’s favorite pieces, full of old money, augmented reality, luchadors and a dude named Joke Roosevelt.
Secondly, the one that will be. Specifically, my latest story “Episodes from the Abner-Mortimer Karmic War” sold to the folks over at the No Sh!t, There I Was anthology. Conceived by Steven Saus and edited by the illustrious Rachel Acks, these stories promise to be the most awesome over the top tales you’ll find anywhere. Currently the Kickstarter to support the project is live. I hope you check it out. Preorder! Your money raises my pay rate… papa needs a PlayStation VR headset, which is likely the closest I’ll come to a holodeck in my lifetime.
Finally, we have the one remembered. Ares Magazine bought my story “King of the Shell Game” like forever ago. I’m talking like March of 2014. They said they wanted it, would pay on publication and… went quiet. It was that deathly stillness horror in the fog kinda quiet. That process let me know authors age in dog years when they’re waiting to see their stuff hit print. A year later, March 2015, the folks over at Ares hit me and said my story would appear sometime within the next three issues. Cool. Months went by. And I just plain stopped checking. I finally got an impulse to look into it and there it was… no announcement about it or nothing. It’s just hanging out there, quietly being a story I really enjoyed writing, this cool concept of energy beings wearing other sentient races as shells and absorbing the host’s attributes for a short while. I urge you all to check it out.