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Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008
10:19 pm
Hunting the Tasmanian Tiger in Dark Recesses # 10

My short story Hunting the Tasmanian Tiger appears in Dark Recesses Press #10. December 2008.

A tough mercenary travels to Tasmania to bag a supposedly extinct Tasmanian Tiger for her mysterious employer. Things are not as they seem and she is forced to confront her personal obsessions when people from her past show up in the bush along with other tiger hunters racing to beat her to the prize.

Friday, October 3rd, 2008
4:45 pm
Mystic Tryst in Farrago's Wainscot # 8

My short story Mystic Tryst appears in Farrago's Wainscot #8, "ANIMALIA", October 2008.

An aging rock star finds himself thrust together again with his “new-ager” ex-wife when he realizes the ghosts of their pet fish have returned to his apartment. In a sun drenched journey he struggles to come to terms with his life and complete his eternally delayed album, while trying to put the aquatic ghosts and his past to rest.


Thursday, October 2nd, 2008
10:43 pm
Tommy's Shadow in Kaleidotrope # 5

My short story Tommy's Shadow appears in Kaleidetrope #5 October 2008

Set in Long Island in the 1980’s, Tommy’s Shadow is the story of Marco, a high school rock and roller trying to win the battle of the bands and the heart of his childhood friend. While exploring the notorius Pilgrim State Hospitol, Marco is offered a chance at an easy fix and is faced with learning the hard way to be careful what one wishes for.


Friday, August 29th, 2008
10:40 pm
The Wish Mechanics in Full Unit Hook Up # 9

My short story The Wish Mechanics appears in Full Unit Hook Up #9.

Master plumber Allie McAulife lives in a future dystopia servicing the piping of the government offices in the sprawling Plaza of Ministries. When a mysterious representative from the Ministry of Wishes makes her an unexpected job offer, she finds she has her discontent husband's dreams in her hands and is forced to choose between hope and duty while learning the immense responsibility that comes with being a wish mechanic.

Monday, May 19th, 2008
10:26 am
Honarable Mention from Writers Of The Future

My short story Emperor of Mist received an honorable mention from the Writers of the Future contest for this quarter.

The story is currently in circulation looking for a publisher. It is set in the same world as my short story Sumo 21 which appears in Abyss and Apex #16.

Saturday, April 5th, 2008
10:05 pm
Across the Darien Gap, The Ghost Dance, and The Yeti's Hand at Anthology Builders

My short stories Across the Darien Gap, The Ghost Dance and The Yeti's hand are now available at anthology builders.


Friday, April 4th, 2008
9:56 pm
The Hour of the Wolf Radio Show

On April 12, 2008 I was a guest on the Hour of the Wolf radio program hosted by Jim Fruend.

This radio show has been running since 1972, so I was excited to be a part of it. I read pieces from the Daily Cabal and my short story the Yeti's Hand. Jim and I talked about many things in the realm of science fiction and horror. The program is no longer in the WBAI archives but I will look into posting a download of the show in the future. More about the Hour of the Wolf:

The program is broadcast live at 50,000 Watts to the NY Metropolitan area over listener-sponsored WBAI at 99.5 FM, and streamed over http://www.stream.wbai.org. After March 1, a stream will be available at http://www.hourwolf .com/toc. html along with selected shows from the previous 8 months, including recent broadcasts with Catherynne M. Valente & SJ Tucker, Lucius Shepard, Michael Swanwick, John Joseph Adams, Ron Goulart, S.C. Butler, and Gordon Linzner.

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008
7:39 pm
The Ghost Dance reprinted at Fickle Muses

My short story The Ghost Dancehas been reprinted at Fickle Muses an online journal of myth and legend.

Has the Ghost of Crazy Horse been reborn in modern America? Two agents are sent to a heavy metal show on a reservation to find out.

The Ghost Dance was originally printed in Electric Velocipede #8 which is now sold out. The story received an honorable mention in the Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Volume #19, edited by Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant.


Sunday, February 10th, 2008
1:10 am
World Horror
I will be attending my first World Horror Convention this March in Salt Lake City.

I'm looking forward to it as well as heading out west for a bit.


April update. I was unable to attend the convention and sadly missed a panel hosted by F. Paul Wilson about the writing group I belong to, Who Wants Cake.

But congratulations to my friends and fellow writing group members, Sarah Langan on winning the Bram Stoker award for best novel, and to Lee Thomas and Nick Kaufmann for being nominated for best short story.
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008
2:46 pm
Ellen Datlow's photos from KGB are posted here

or find them through www.datlow.com

* and don't forget the Inferno reading next month at KGB ! *
Saturday, January 12th, 2008
1:06 pm
New stories coming in 2008
I have a pair of stories forthcoming in Cemetery Dance Magazine. I will keep you updated as I am informed of the publishing schedule.

I have another pair of stories coming in audio format from Snip Lits. One is a reprint of Hurricane Sandrine ( that first appeared in Full Unit Hook Up ) and the other an original tale called Resolution 17. I'm excited to get some reader feedback on Resolution 17. It is an unconventional Science Fiction / Vampire story.

Dark Recesses Press will be publishing one of my short stories in thier summer print edition. This one is set in Tasmania, Australia.

A couple of other projects are out there that I will update in future posts.
12:41 pm
My Favorites of 2007 and stories to watch for in 2008
I didn't read as much as I usually do in 2007. Partially due to the amount of workshop manuscripts I've been reading. I did come across many great published stories however. And today I've decided to boil them down to three of my favorites.

1. STARS SEEN THROUGH STONE by Lucius Shepard.

This novella came out in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction this summer. The characters were vivid and quirky and thier everyday conflicts and tribulations with love, life and art are the heart of this story. The speculative element remains in the background for most of the story and then comes together with the plot in a most unexpected yet satisfying way. This one haunted me for quite some time.

* And if you've read it and liked it, why not try VACANCY in Subterreanean Issue # 7 guest edited by Ellen Datlow. *

2. SOUL IN A BOTTLE by Tim Powers

Ok, this limited edition short story actually came out in 2006 but I didn't get it until 2007. If you are even remotely a fan of Tim Powers this elegant and haunting short story is a must. Even if you've never read Powers before I highly recommend it. Is it a ghost story ? Is is science fiction ? Well a rose is a rose... right ? I'm purposefully not trying to give too much away, but I expect to see this reprinted in several Year's Best Of collections, look for it there if you can wait that long !

* And if you've read it and liked it, why not pick up a copy of the new trade paperback of ON STRANGER TIDES. Now that is the REAL Pirates of the Carribean ! *


Alright, this story was just published in 2008 but I had the pleasure to read it back in 2007. Like the two stories mentioned above it was a story that really, really stayed with me. J J Irwin is a writer who deserves to be compared to such greats as my favorites Tim Powers and Lucius Shepard. I'm excited to what stories we'll see from her in the future.

OK, I just can't keep it to three

4. HELP WANTED by Karen Russell

This story appears in the best of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet. I had the pleasure of hearing her read this at the reading at KGB bar. Sometimes hearing a story read aloud is what is needed for it to come to life for a particular reader. This multi-layered story captivated
me as I heard it read and really resonated. Upon looking for more from Karen Russell its easy to see why her fiction has appeared in the most respected venues out there. If you don't have a copy of Best of Lady Churchills, this gem and many others await you.


Some other memorable reads for me from 2007 were General Slocums Gold by Nicholas Kaufmann, The Heart of Tua Kolita by Tara Kolden ( up at Psuedopod )The Dust of Wonderland by Lee Thomas. And many more that I'm sure I will come back and edit and update this with.


2008 is going to be a great year. I'm currently reading INFERNO by Ellen Datlow right now. I've already read five start stories by Laird Barron, Lucius Shepard, and Lee Thomas and I've only just started reading.

I'm looking forward to Kelly Links collection and more vampire stories from David Wellington. I think Jack Dann's DREAMING AGAIN is coming out this year. Watch for stories from Ben Francisco and Chris Lynch, Christopher Green, Jason Fischer, and Peter M Ball all talented authors who I suspect we will be seeing a lot of fine work from in 2008 and years to come. What are you reading?
12:39 pm
The lines between Horror and ( Dark ) Fantasy ?
Are pretty thin. Thin as a "thinny" from King's Dark Tower series perhaps ?

Chime in over in the comments section of the 12 / 14 / 08 section of Psuedopod...

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007
2:18 pm
I'm now a member of the DAILY CABAL at www.dailycabal.com
I'm the newest member of a group of talented writers from all over the world who have banded together under the name the Daily Cabal.

Every weekday a different writer posts a bite size bit of speculative fiction.

My first post has gone up today. Come late January, I will be in the regular rotation.

I'll be posting updates and reminders here. Please stop by and leave a comment on my first story, Kookaburra and the many other excellent stories.

Also ( as below * ) feel free to share the stories in e mails, blogs, or however you like to share.

Since these are bite sized bits of fiction they do not have the same arcs and sense of completion as do larger short stories. I see them more as an introduction to a character and a speculative element. A beginning of a flight of fancy. Or the start of a conversation.

Working on this length of fiction and among these amazing writers has already been such a creative experience for me. And it is only just beginning.

I hope you will stop by.

* http://www.dailycabal.com/about.html
Saturday, December 15th, 2007
10:59 am
Reading at KGB bar January 16, 2008
On Wednesday January 16th 2008 I will be reading at the Fantastic Fiction reading series, hosted by Ellen Datlow and Gavin J Grant at NYC's KGB bar.

Renowned Fantasy author Marly Youmans will be reading and John Klima, editor of Electric Velocipede will be there with copies of EV on hand.

For more info www.lcrw.net/kgb
Friday, December 14th, 2007
10:47 am
Across the Darien Gap Now up at Psuedopod
Across the Darien Gap is now live at Psuedopod, the horror podcast site.

Across the Darien Gap was originally published in Cemetery Dance No. 55 in August 2006. For those of you who don't have a copy, this podcast is a really easy ( and free ) way, to read ( or more accurately ) hear it.

I'd only listened to a few novels on audiobook before discovering Psuedopod and listening to short stories this way has been very enjoyable. Thanks to everyone at Psuedopod for doing such a great job.

I'm glad that this story has been well received because a slightly reworked version of it, is also the beginning of my novel that I will be sending out to agents and publishers in 2008.


For reference purposes as time passes, Across the Darien Gap can be found at the December 14th 2007
episode of the pod cast Psuedopod http://pseudopod.org
Friday, November 30th, 2007
10:45 am
November 2007 / "NYC Con"
Since I didn’t go to WFC this year it was nice to have a mini-con of sort this November.

On Monday the 19th was SFWA’s annual party at the Society of Illustrators guild hall. Not only was it great to see many writers I get to see often, but there were a few people I was delighted to run into. While checking out the art show in the newly re-opened basement gallery I bumped into Gardner Dozois. Last I had heard his health wasn’t doing well so I was so happy to see him out and up and about and looking great with his one of a kind brand of humor doing just fine. And it was also very nice to be able to see and talk to another one of my teachers, Alice Turner, again. Their experiences and wisdom continue to humble me. Thank you to Jane Jewell and SFWA for including me again, and for continuing to reach out to the writing community this way.

The next night the “con” continued with a meeting of the wonderful writing group that I am lucky enough to be a member of. Always inspirational, educational, and overflowing with humor.

Wednesday night was a night I’d been looking forward to all year, Lucius Shepard’s reading at KGB bar. He read a bit from his most recent novel in progress, something that he called a “blue collar fantasy.” In addition to his always spirited reading I got a chance to talk to him, briefly, about Stars Seen Through Stone and Trujillo, two of my favorites of his more recent works. Matt Cheney was the other reader and he gave a strong reading of his short story The Lake from Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet # 21. I always enjoy hearing a good story read aloud and then going back and reading it again, and also hearing these strong readers is good preparation for my upcoming reading. Later, at dinner it was nice to sit at the table with writers I’d met from different local, and not so local workshops over the years. A nice bit of pre-Thanksgiving introspection to see talented writers Amy Lau, Matt Kressel, Paul Berger, and Ben Francisco all at the same table.

So no WFC for me this year, but I did manage my own sort of substitute.
Thursday, October 4th, 2007
12:39 am
Subterranean # 7
Surf on over to Ellen Datlow's Live Journal for a discussion of Terry Bisson's story Pirates of the Somali Coast.
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007
12:42 am
Across the Darien Gap - Honorable Mention in YBFH # 20
I'm so pleased to learn that my short story Across the Darien Gap ( published in Cemetary Dance 55 ) has received an honorable mention in the Year's Best Horror and Fantasy 20, edited by Ellen Datlow, Gavin J Grant, and Kelly Link.

The story was mentioned as one of the notable ones published by Cemetery Dance Magazine ( in 2006 ) in the annual summation.

It is really humbling and rewarding to receive such an acknowledgement.
Thursday, August 2nd, 2007
12:46 pm
The Black Orophant at Darker Matter # 4
For science fiction fans, the newest issue of Darker Matter is now posted. My story the Black Orophant appears in issue #4.


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