I’ve been a busy, busy boy as of late. Here are links to some of the things I’ve done online in the past few weeks:
My story “The Zombie Who Had a Name” was among the winners of Bards and Sages Quarterly’s 2013 Readers Choice Awards!
The story appearned in the October 2013 issue of Bards and Sages Quarterly and will be reprinted, along with the other winning stories, in next year’s Bardic Tales and Sage Advice anthology.
Voting is now open for Bards and Sages’ 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards. My story, “The Zombie Who Had a Name,” was in the October issue.
You don’t have to vote for me, of course. There are a bunch of great stories in the October issue as well as the other issues from 2013.
If you want to vote responsibly — follow the links below to get a copy of the October issue, and, you know, read the stories.
Smashwords (EPUB, PDF, MOBI, LRF, PDB)
VOTE HERE: Readers’ Choice Awards
I’ve been made an official member of the SF Signal team — the two-time Hugo-winning fanzine SF Signal, I should add.
I’ll be doing a monthly column called The Craft, wherein I talk to writers about writing. The first one features Adam-Troy Castro, who gives some great advice about character development. THE CRAFT: Adam-Troy Castro on Character Development
I’ll also be moderating their popular Mind Melds every few weeks. My first one throws a spotlight on women horror writers. MIND MELD: Our Favorite Women Horror Writers
Why is it that whenever someone hears a scary sound in a horror movie or novel, that person always rattles off a laundry list of possible, and always innocuous, explanations for it — when we all know it’s a monster?
“Oh, it must be that damn cat again.”
The ominous rattling grows louder.
“Hmmm. It doesn’t sound like Jinxy. Must be the wind.”
The sound is now right outside their bedroom door. Suddenly they hear a growl so terrifying it could only have come from the very depths of hell.
“Damn kids must be watching TV again. Let’s go back to bed.”
…And that’s when the monster eats the idiot.
Whenever I hear a strange sound at night, I immediately think, “Shit, it’s a fucking monster.” I then grab whatever is handy — usually a hockey stick or a plastic fork — throw on all the lights, open all the closet doors, and wake up my wife, shouting, “There’s a fucking monster in the house!”
Quick — which is Basil Rathbone?
Answer: It’s a trick question. No one can tell Basil Rathbone and Peter Cushing apart.
My dark fantasy story “The Baseball Gods” is up at Every Day Fiction.
Don’t forget to rate it!
My, what big eyes we’re going to have.
If sci-fi movies have taught us anything, it’s that in the future we’re going to be wearing the same colored jumpsuits, probably be bald (but probably ridiculously buff), and of course have giant heads and itty-bitty Troll doll bodies. Or turn into canabalistic subterranean dwelling Morlocks.
The reality–or at least the possible reality–is that we’re going to have “unnervingly large” eyes in 100,000 years. The main cause, says artist and researcher Nickolay Lamm and Dr. Alan Kwan, will be wearable technology such as Google Glass and iWatch. According to Forbes, futurists predict that “people will seek discrete implants that preserve the natural human look–think communication lenses (a technologically souped up version of today’s contacts) and miniature bone-conduction devices implanted above the ear. These might have imbedded nano-chips that communicate to another separate device to chat with others or for entertainment.”
But our peepers won’t only be big as dinner plates–they’ll “feature eye-shine and even a sideways blink from the re-introduced plica semilunaris to further protect from cosmic ray effects.”
I guess looking like Bratz Dolls is a small price to pay so we never have to stop playing Candy Crush or checking out Grumpy Cat memes. Our eyes will be huge but our attention spans will probably be shorter than a goldfish’s.
As a kid I had two loves: fantasy and baseball. (Not to be confused with fantasy baseball.) These days I’m probably more into the world of magic and mystery than balls and strikes, but I did manage to wed the two — and you can read it at Every Day Fiction on June 26.
This story took me about a week to write, which is damn quick for me, and is also a turn from my more whimsical and humorous stories (though there are a few jokes in there) that I had been writing last year.
This is my fourth sale overall and second in the last two months. (Could I be on a roll?)
(Here’s a link to the other stories coming out in June on EDF.)