Happy New Year! Three New Short Stories Released Into the Wild

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2022 is off to an amazing start for my short fiction. Technically released just before Christmas, Blakes 7: Scorpio Tales features my story Mutoid. Series D of the BBC TV science fiction series from yesteryear holds a special place in my heart and it was great to write about Vila and Avon and the rest of the gang.

This collection raises money for Save the Children UK and Axminster & Lyme Cancer Support. Unofficial though this book is, it’s still better produced and of higher quality than most licensed products – I kid you not, it’s a wonderful anthology and I’m very honoured to be a part of it. To delve further into this book and what it’s all about, read on here.

Then, at the start of January, Sci-Fi Lampoon Magazine released its latest issue, including my comedy science fiction short story Food for Thought. This magazine is available in print here. Food for Thought follows an even-tempered lady called Yang Mo Chou who is extremely fair and restrained in her criticism of her sales assistant, Karl, and is very forgiving of his many horrible mistakes. It should go without saying she never makes any of her own. Read more about this tale here.

For the hat-trick: We’re only halfway through the month and another of my stories has come out. This next one is Raggedy Woman, a fantasy short story included in online magazine The Lorelei Signal. A mash-up of two fairy stories, this rom-com adventure follows the tribulations of Illyrian, a young woman who refuses to give in no matter what happens. You must know by now there’s a “read more” page with a more detailed description, and here it is.

New Review

I’m also very flattered to be the subject of a review in the online sci-fi review website SF Crowsnest. My recent novella Where the Monsters Are was the subject of a wonderful write-up by Eamonn Murphy. You can read his review here.

What’s Coming

As far as I know at the moment, I don’t have another story due out until Hiraeth’s next issue of The Martian Wave, which will most likely be released around March. My science fiction short story Here to Help is slated for inclusion in that issue, and then, in the summer, my short horror/sci-fi story The Door in the Tree will be reprinted in a collection by The Author’s Hand.

As always, I’ll post more as I know more. In the meantime, please stay safe and keep reading.

Peace,

Mike

We’re “Leaving Sedna” All Over Again

December’s off to a fabulous start! As expected, Bards & Sages have released their anthology Best Indie Speculative Fiction Volume IV, which includes a reprint of my story Leaving Sedna. If you’d like to learn more about this wonderful collection, then please peruse the publisher’s page here. On the other hand, if you can’t wait to pick up a copy (and who could blame you?) go right ahead and check out the book on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

So, what’s Leaving Sedna about? It’s about life on a dwarf planet at the extreme edge of our Solar System. It’s about family. It’s about the love of a father for his children. It’s about a mother’s wrath when her family’s threatened. There are jokes, there are real things my kids have said to me, and there’s a life-size train set. What more could anyone want?

Other Stuff

That covers the latest publication, but what else is coming? You want more, I can tell. As luck would have it, there is more coming. Next month will (if everything goes as planned) see my fantasy/fairy-tale-mash-up story Raggedy Woman published in The Lorelai Signal. Then, in February, look out for my sci-fi tale of psychological manipulation Here to Help in Hiraeth’s The Martian Wave.

Blakes 7 fans will also be excited to hear there’s a charity anthology of stories inspired by Series D coming soon. My contribution to that is Mutoid, which features… er,… a type of villain that’s not at all given away by the title.

I also just heard about an acceptance of another reprint (for The Door in the Tree) in an anthology scheduled for June 2022. More details a little later on that one.

With it being almost the end of the year, we might also want to look back at what’s been published during 2021. If you’re so inclined, then my retrospective of the past year will no doubt entertain you. Especially if you’re looking for stories to nominate for awards, he added hopefully. (I can dream, right?)

Well, gotta dash. It’s late, there’s a cold beer waiting, and a family to hang out with.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and you’re ready for seasonal joy. I mean, I’m not ready yet, but with any luck you’re more organized than I am.

Thanks for reading! Peace,

Mike

Death Awaits on the Moon: “Blood and Moondust” Released in New Anthology

Hi everyone. There’s more good news to share today. My short science fiction/ghost story Blood and Moondust is now out. This story, set in a deserted lunar base, is included in the Potter’s Field 7 anthology just released by Hiraeth this month.

Commander Daphne Guillory and Systems Specialist Rashidi Onyilogwu are on a mission to the Moon. Their objective: to investigate unnatural phenomena in the abandoned Moonbase Gamma. Thirteen years after the human race gave up on manned spaceflight, the derelict base has turned itself back on. Finding out how and why will bring the two astronauts face-to-face with unspeakable horror. Death is reaching out from the cold, airless graves of the Moon, and it wants something from the living.

This anthology can be purchased from Amazon by clicking here. I hope you’ll consider taking a look at it. If you’d like to read more about this story, then please take a look at the page for it here.

And if you’re a judge looking for work published in the science fiction, fantasy and/or horror genres this year, please go ahead and review my short, easy-to-read list of eligible publications for 2021. If you’re not a judge you might still want to take a look, just to see what came out this year. November is that time of year, after all, when hopeful writers send out lists like this.

After a very slow start to 2021, in terms of stories coming out, the last few months have certainly been a whirl of activity. Of course, at my end I’ve been working away the whole time, making edits, reading galley proofs, and so on. With this story being released, I’ve reached an annual total of published stories for 2021 not much different than any of the last five years. Blood and Moondust is the 35th story of mine to be released over that period of time. And there are a few more scheduled to come out over the next few months as well. Not to say too much, but if you’re a Blakes 7 fan, you might be interested in a charity anthology due out next month (assuming everything goes as planned).

Thanks for reading and, if you’re in the US, have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Peace,

Mike

Mike Morgan’s 2021 Publications & Awards Eligibility List

In a spirit of boundless optimism, here is this year’s Awards Eligibility list. As always, this list is intended to help people nominating stories for science fiction, horror, and fantasy awards.

So, here is the list of what I had published in 2021. I have 7 original science fiction, horror, and fantasy short stories and 2 reprints published during 2021 that are eligible for consideration.

For anyone nominating awards, I’d like to highlight Leaving Sedna – due to be reprinted in December in Bards & Sages Best Indie Speculative Fiction Vol IV. I am more than happy to email a copy of any or all of these if you’re reading for nominations – just let me know.

For the completists, here is the full list. Each story has a link leading to more information about where it was (or will be) printed.

Original Short Fiction

Reprints

Thanks for reading.

Mike

“Haunting House” Released in JayHenge Press’s New Anthology, Titanic Terastructures

I am very happy to say that my science fiction short story Haunting House has been published by Jayhenge Press in their new anthology, Titanic Terastructures.

Investigator Simental Uthellian is a Paladin of the Accordance of Great Families. She always uncovers the truth and ensures justice is done. Life at the Court of Paladins is too neat and quiet for her tastes; Uthellian prefers to pursue the guilty, no matter which planet her missions take her to. Being shot at, she finds, is a lot easier to bear than being nagged by her steward at court.

This mission sees her called to Ysbaddaden, a vast organic ship factory orbiting a red giant star. The factory’s production is being disrupted – something the Accordance cannot permit – by visitations from a ghost. Even stranger, it is no ordinary ghost haunting the echoing spaces of the organic mega-structure. It is a house.

If that sounds like something you’d like to read more about, you can grab a copy of this anthology from Amazon US here or from Amazon UK here.

It really is an impressive collection, including stories from a wide range of writers, including familiar-face Liam Hogan (a prolific writer of excellent fiction).

As always, I’ve put together a page about this story, which has extra behind-the-scenes content such as a character sketch. If you’d like to read more, you can access it here.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you’re staying warm!

Peace,

Mike

Happy Halloween! New Horror Story “Godbeetle” Released Just in Time for the Spookiest Day of the Year

Hi guys. The end of October sees the release of my short horror story, Godbeetle. It’s been published by Scare Street in their Night Terrors Vol. 19 paperback and e-book, and can be purchased from Amazon here.

The story is set in the 1970s in Tokyo, Japan. Amid a backdrop of post-war reconstruction, profesors from Tokyo University must advise the military on the best way of stopping a giant kaiju monster before it reduces the city once more to rubble. But the towerblock-sized beetle hides a secret more bizarre than the university’s entomologists could ever have seen coming. The beetles of the world have changed, and they are very angry with the human race.

If you’d like to read more about this new short story, please click here.

Another “Japan” Story?

Anyone would think I liked writing about Japan, because another story set in that country is also out (again) this month. A reprint of Something to Watch Over Us is included in the Best of Penumbric Vol IV, now out. You can buy this collection here. This tale of health-monitoring software gone awry is fast becoming my most-reprinted piece of short fiction.

Well, I’ll let you go now so you can give candy to Trick-or-Treaters. More news is coming soon on other forthcoming books and I can’t wait to share those details as well.

Have a wonderful, and safe, Halloween.

Peace, Mike

“Where the Monsters Are” Novella Now Available

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Original cover art by Mike Morgan

Hi everyone! I’m happy to say that my first-ever novella is available for you to buy! Where the Monsters Are is a novella in the Age of Asmodeus series of fantasy stories. It is available direct from Hiraeth Publishing here. If you prefer, it can also be purchased from Amazon here.

Here’s the back-page blurb of the novella:

Malcolm Tensor was a spy for the British government–one of the best. Sixteen years after wild magic was unleashed on an unsuspecting world, monsters stalk every corner of the globe. Tensor’s now the leader of a Kill-or-Contain squad. His mission: to scour the north of the UK for unregistered magical creatures and take care of them by whatever means necessary. He, too, was transformed by the explosion of magic so long ago, but he’s still a patriot, and he knows his duty. When terrorists strike at the heart of the new order, Tensor is astonished to find his team reassigned to normal duties. Why is he being sidelined? Why does the government need so many monsters rounded up? Tensor won’t stop until he finds the answers, no matter the cost. There is evil lurking beneath the center of London… evil older than anything he can imagine…

I hope that tempts you!

Where the Monsters Are is not only my first novella, it’s also the first book that I’ve painted the cover for. Previous to this, my illustrations and paintings have only been used for interior art.

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Final book cover design

If you’d like to read more about this book or see the original pencil art for the cover, please click here.

More Good News

Those of you with long memories may recall that my science fiction story Something to Watch Over Us was reprinted in Penumbric magazine a while ago. Well, I’m happy to announce it will also feature in their fourth “best of” collection. Best of Penumbric Vol. IV should be out on Amazon before the end of the year. More details to come, as I know them.

There’s yet more good news. October 29th sees the release of my Kaiju-Stomping-Tokyo horror story Godbeetle, in Scare Street’s Night Terrors Vol. 19. I’m very pleased to be included with such a stellar line-up of talent. I’ll be posting again in a few days with details of that. But if you want to pre-order it now, it is already available on Amazon here.

Most of my releases in 2021 seem to be in the last 3 months of the year. I’m not sure why, but I’m not complaining!

I hope you enjoy all the stories and I’ll post again soon.

Stay safe, and keep reading.

Mike

New “Divided We Stand” Audiobook Released & “Leaving Sedna” To Be Reprinted by Bards & Sages

Hello again! It’s been a while. That’s because sales have been slowly trickling by but the stories have often been queued up for future release, with dates some way out.

But I’m happy to say that October has held a few nice suprprises. Let’s start with my first ever audiobook! The lovely Chris at Tall Tale TV has released my short science fiction/comedy story Divided We Stand – and it’s availabe free online. It’s available both as an audiobook and as a text story on the Tall Tale TV website, and as an audio version on YouTube, Facebook, and through an mp3 download. If you’d like to listen to this tale of how robots cope with learning all about hate, choose your preferred option from below.

I’m sure you’ll agree that Chris has done an amazing job with the recording. It was a real blast for me to hear one of my stories presented as a podcast!

Leaving Sedna To Be Reprinted

That’s not all – I also heard this month that Bards & Sages, those well-known purveyors of fine science fiction and fantasy books, will be including my story Leaving Sedna in their upcoming anthology, Best Indie Speculative Fiction Vol IV. You can read more about this soon-to-be-released book on their website here.

I am thrilled to be included in such a prestigious collection. I certainly wasn’t expecting an acceptance from them!

Well, that’s all for now. I hope you’re all hanging in there and staying safe in these challenging times.

Peace,

Mike

Short Sci-Fi/Comedy Story “Quinlag and Vernon” Published in New Anthology

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Cover art by Mat Yan

My science fiction/comedy short story Quinlag and Vernon is now out! It’s part of the wonderful new anthology Joining Forces, released by Jayhenge Publishing just a couple of days ago. The collection was edited by the equally wonderful Jessica Augustsson and can be purchased here.

About the story: Vernon is a single father busy raising two young children on his cargo spaceship while also doing his job. The last thing he needs is to be attacked by a vicious alien craft. That sippy cup refill will have to wait, kids – Daddy’s in the middle of a space battle.

I think it’s fair to say parents will find a lot in this story that’s all too familiar. (With the possible exception of the space-dogfight.) For more information about the book and the story, click here.

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Also out now: Drabble Harvest 3

Also available is the recent issue of Drabble Harvest from Hiraeth. As always, it’s edited by the terrific Terrie Leigh Relf, and this issue contains a drabble by me, called The Power of On or Off. You can buy this issue direct from the publisher here.

Excitingly, there are a handful more stories pending release from various publishers, and I’ll be sure to post all about them as they come out.

Thanks for reading!

Peace,

Mike

“Here to Help” Accepted for The Martian Wave in 2022

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More good news! The excellent Tyree Campbell at Hiraeth Press has accepted my short science fiction story Here to Help for the March 2022 issue of their magazine, The Martian Wave. You can expect giant alien crabs, asteroids, and first contact protocols that are completely beyond reproach. Our friends at the Planetary Assistance League (a Quasi-Autonomous Non-Governmental Organization loosely affiliated with the Communality of Humankind) assure us that they have the best interests of our alien friends at heart. After all, isn’t their slogan “We’re here to help”?

I’m also happy to say that I have another drabble coming out in the next issue of Hiraeth’s Drabble Harvest. (A drabble is a story of exactly 100 words.) The Power of On or Off will be included in issue 3 of Drabble Harvest in a couple of months’ time.

Those aren’t the only stories in the “Sold” pile. Many of these pending stories are due out much later this year but I’m hoping one or two will see publication sooner. I’ll be sure to update this blog as I hear more!

Thanks for reading.

Peace,

Mike