More good news to announce. Yesterday, Alban Lake Press purchased my story, For All These Worlds, A Messiah. The story – best summed up as “priests in space!” – is scheduled for publication in their January 2019 issue of Outposts of Beyond.
In this story, a Catholic priest and a monk journey far and wide throughout the galaxy on a very special quest. Expect lots of aliens and action as they encounter life-threatening obstacles in their pursuit of ultimate knowledge.
I’ll post more details as the publication date draws nearer.
In the meantime, be sure to pick up next month’s issue, featuring my “Age of Asmodeus” story Kuro no Ken.
Thanks for reading!
Until next time, peace and happiness,
It’s time for me to catch up on a few writing announcements, so here’s the first of a few blogs.
First up: the Mind Candy collection I mentioned before is now out (it came out last month actually, but I was snowed under with so many things I never got round to
bragging about it mentioning it in a humble and understated manner).
This anthology from Myriad Paradigm features my story Buddy System, which explores quantum entanglement colliding with human and emotional entanglement. I guess that’s fancy-pants talk for “I remembered to make it more about people than about science.”
In short, it’s all about a woman from India and a woman from Australia working together in space, and there are robots! Complications ensue. (As always.) Hopefully, you’ll find it a fun read.
For more details about this story and the book, click here.
To buy the anthology on Amazon, click here.
Note for those of you who love fun English-language slang: With some of the characters being Australian, I did take the opportunity to use some great phrases and words I’ve heard my Ozzie pals saying over the years. Watch out for “figjam” in particular. Great word. Makes me smile every time I hear it.
Thanks for reading my blog, as always, and remember to support small presses!
Until next time.
A fun little announcement for today – I had a “microfiction” published online at Half Step Beyond.
Microfiction is a form where you try to tell a story in as few words as possible.
My entry was this group’s first featured microfiction. It is a homage to sci-fi author Frederic Brown and his story “Knock.” (I added a humorous spin.)
Hope you like it!
Thanks for reading.
Those of you who follow me on Twitter (@CultTVMike, by the way) already know the good news, but I’m going to repeat it here, too:
I was interviewed by the fine folk at Alban Lake Press!
Yes, I was interviewed about my writing!
The full interview is in the February Alban Lake Spotlight on their Tumblr feed. (I think it’s also being printed in the next issue of Outposts of Beyond, along with my short story, Kuro no Ken.)
But, to read it online now, please click here.
Hope you enjoy the interview, and please remember to check out Alban Lake’s online store for many great publications.
Thanks for reading!
My latest science fiction short story, The Library of Ice, is now available in the January 2018 issue of Outposts of Beyond! This fine-looking magazine, edited by Tyree Campbell and sporting an elegant cover by Mitchell Davidson Bentley, can be purchased by clicking here.
Please check out the magazine for my tale of an ice monster invading a library on the asteroid Ceres. Our heroes flee the creature, only to discover they’ve fled into a passage with no way out! With only their wits to rely on, can they survive this ordeal? Settle down for a tale of monsters, icy death, and hundreds of… books. Well, it is a library.
Bear in mind, the hero of this story was trying to settle down for a good read when all hell broke loose. I hope you enjoy more peace and quiet that he was able to find…
(For full details of this story, including behind-the-scenes details, click here.)
Thanks for reading! (Never has that phrase been more applicable on this site.)
More exciting news to share – my science fiction short story Buddy System was purchased recently by the excellent small press Myriad Paradigm for their forthcoming anthology, Mind Candy.
Buddy System is a tale of entanglement, both the entanglements that occur at the quantum level and the entanglements of the human heart.
The publisher has scheduled the anthology for release in the next few weeks. I’ll post more news as I know it, as well as links to sites where you can purchase the book.
Thank you for reading!
I am thrilled to announce that I just signed a contract with Alban Lake Press earlier today for the sale of my story Kuro no Ken.
“Kuro no ken,” by the way, is Japanese for “The Black Sword” or, if you prefer alliteration, you could say it’s “The Black Blade.”
This tale is the second story in my Age of Asmodeus series. For details of the first story, click here. Don’t worry, though, you don’t need to read them in any particular order to understand what’s going on. They’re designed to be standalone experiences.
Kuro no Ken will be released in Alban Lake’s April issue of Outposts of Beyond. I’ll post more details once the issue is published.
Readers of “Outposts” should also look out for The Library of Ice, my action-packed sci-fi story set on Ceres, which will be released in the upcoming January issue.
2018 is shaping up to be a year with lots of my stories being released – brace yourselves for more blog posts as various anthologies, magazines, and comics are published!
Thanks for reading, and a very Merry Christmas to everyone.
And, in the spirit of this latest short story: 明けましておめでとうございます!
That’s “Happy New Year” to all you non-Japanese-speakers out there. 🙂
Last month saw the release of my tale, Reverse Horror Story, in Alban Lake Publishing’s biannual magazine Bloodbond.
Reverse Horror Story is the first story in a series of interlinked tales, which will hopefully all see the light of day. The stories are known collectively, in my head at least, as The Age of Asmodeus.
This opening installment was printed in the November 2017 edition of Bloodbond.
For more information about this wonderful, very well put-together magazine, click here.
The story is set in the British city of Stoke-on-Trent. I can personally swear to the accuracy of the setting since I lived in Stoke-on-Trent for about 12 years. “Stokies” may appreciate the numerous in-jokes throughout the story.
The central idea of The Age of Asmodeus is: What would the world be like if magic were suddenly made real? How would this fundamental change in reality affect people? What would their experiences and lives be like? Would they be happy at the change or horrified?
In Reverse Horror Story, we see this situation from the point of view of Vincenc, a vampire forced to work on a construction site. Yes, you read that right, the humans are making him build a tower block.
But don’t only expect vampires in this tale – there are all kinds of other creatures of the night featured along with the vampires, along with one or two nasties that only came into existence once magic was unleashed on the world.
It’s a whole new Earth in this story, and the vampires aren’t any happier about it than the humans.
Click here for the page dedicated to this story, which includes a full list of contributor’s to this excellent magazine.
My story, A Spider Queen in Every Home, is now available as part of the new science fiction, post-Trump anthology, More Alternative Truths: Stories from the Resistance.
For more details about this excellent, highly rated anthology, edited by Bob Brown at B Cubed Press, click here.
And to order the print copy from Amazon, click here.
Wow – that is one stunning book! I am very proud to be a part of it.
What’s my story about? In a nutshell – giant spiders! Because who doesn’t love a story with giant spiders? Oh, OK, there’s a deeper point to it, too. But don’t panic, there’s an equal helping of fun to go along with that dose of seriousness. When you’re faced with a world where Trump is president, you have to go looking for the humour in the situation…
Hope you like the story, and thanks for reading.
One of my longest published stories to date, The Man Who Killed Computers, is now available in the new anthology Disharmony of the Spheres, released today by the publisher, Nomadic Delirium Press.
Here is a link to their product page, where you can find more details: http://nomadicdeliriumpress.com/blog/product/disharmony-of-the-spheres/
The story is a near-future thriller.
For a taste of the story and additional details, such as a list of fellow contributors and links to Amazon, etc., click here.
Thank you for reading!