And now for something you won't find on any other writer's blog, a post bragging about upcoming publications. Toward the end of 2012, I had a bunch of stories accepted, and it looks like they'll all be coming out within a couple of months of one another. My bloodthirsty tale of exploitation and revenge The Red House, is due out in Aurealis #58 in March. Although I haven't submitted too many stories to Aurealis, it's always been a dream of mine to be published there, so March will be a happy month for me.
My outback YA fantasy Girl Finds Key, is due out in CSFG Publishing's Next, in April. The CSFG anthology is an annual glimpse into the murky depths of speculative writing in this country, and is therefore a must-read for any serious fan. Plus, the folks involved, like Simon Petrie, Rob Porteous, and Leife Shallcross are pretty ace dudes, so get involved in that one for sure.
In the same month, Dark Prints Press will release A Killer Among Demons, containing my story New York, New York, a tale of doctors, nurses, duality, and Menglesque experimentation. This piece combines two of my favourite things in all the world: music, and superheroes. If you're a fan of classic rock, you'll get more out of this story than most. And if you're also a fan of female superheroes - well, you'd be crazy to miss it.
And if that wasn't enough, Stupefying Stories is threatening to release their Throwbacks issue at around the same time, which will (I'm hoping) contain my second Captain Thunder story, Captain Thunder at the End of All Things, in which Thunder, and his (not so) faithful sidekick Lightning, take on the might of the Ejax armada in a last ditch attempt to save life as we know it.
So much to be excited about, and not just because I'm about to have two more superhero stories appear in print (I love superhero stories, did I mention that?). I feel as though I'm developing a brand, or a style if you will. These stories all speak with different voices, and were written for different reasons, but as a writer with only a handful of paid publishing credits to his name, I hope they are charting a new course in the development of my own powers as a crafter of visions.