Publication in Polar Borealis

My creepy short story ‘The Santas’ is going to be published in Polar Borealis! And just in time for Christmas, too!

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I was very happy to find a good publisher for this story, and also to find that it’ll be published in time for the season.

Without too many spoilers, the premise of the story is that “Santa Claus” is just one of many “Santas”, magical beings who are summoned by using different rituals. Cookies and milk and stockings by the fireplace summon Santa Claus. But in ‘The Santas’, we meet some of the lesser known -and far creepier- Santas.

That story is coming in issue #5 of Polar Borealis, which will be free to download!

Publication in SciFan Magazine

I was happy to hear that my story ‘The Arcadian Obelisk’ will be published in an upcoming issue of SciFan Magazine.

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The story is about a spaceship crew trying to stop a mysterious object that’s gobbling up entire star systems.

(Funny thing: this story was originally accepted for publication about a year ago by another magazine, but I accidentally withdrew it from consideration when I got my editors mixed up. Lesson learned.)

Strange Economics anthology

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I’m very happy to say that the Strange Economics anthology is over 80% funded!

Strange Economics is an anthology of speculative fiction on the theme of “economics”. If that sounds like your thing, or if you just want to support the project, please take a minute to check out the fund-raising reward tiers and see if any of them appeal to you. All of the money we raise goes to the authors involved.

If you’re a speculative fiction author, there is an open call for submissions. We pay 1.5c/word CDN for accepted stories. If you have a story that you think might fit, we’d love to see it.

Publication in Broadswords and Blasters

text46923.pngMy story ‘Jerold’s Stand’ was accepted for publication in Broadswords and Blasters. I am happy about this story finding a good home. It was a bit of an experiment -trying to emulate the flavor of a medieval epic, mainly The Song of Roland– and I like how it turned out. You’re thrown into the middle of a battle as a brave captain leads his force against a much larger army. If you can get over the style -which is deliberately archaic- I think you might like it, too. It’s on track to come out in April 2018.

Student Anthology: Sonic Spring

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My ESL students at Newton International College have put together an anthology of their poems, stories, essays, and art, called Sonic Spring. It’s available in paperback and kindle editions.

If you’re interested in seeing work from my students -they are all ESL students studying abroad- then grab a copy. I am sure you will find something you like in there. Among the many creative products you’ll find stories, poems, and essays that are funny, sad, engaging, clever, sensitive, and insightful. Just don’t expect perfection, and everyone please be kind and encouraging in your reviews.

Short story Ngu’Tinh available as standalone eBook

My short story “Ngu’Tinh” is now available as a standalone eBook.

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This is a military/horror/action story about a group of Navy SEALs fighting a supernatural threat in the jungles of Vietnam. It was first published in the SNAFU: Hunters anthology by Cohesion Press.

In its first draft, the story was called “Hunter’s High”, because it featured a monster whose psychic-hunting abilities didn’t work on people who were high on heroin. Now it’s named after a mythological creature known as “Ngu’Tinh”.

The story is priced at .99USD, 1.33CDN, or free for Kindle Unlimited readers. It will also be free as a promotion this weekend (Friday June 2 through Sunday June 4) for all readers. If you download a copy, please give the story a review on Amazon; These are much more valuable for me than money.

Thanks for your support, and I hope you like the story.