I’m pleased to report that my novelette “Supermassive Black Mass” has been picked up by Demain Publishing for their Short Sharp Shocks! series, which includes authors such as Hellraiser Cenobite actress Barbie Wilde, and is currently available for preorders here and here. I’m told a paperback version will be in the offing later in the year. Here’s the cover:
Demain’s head honcho Dean M. Drinkel interviewed me about “Supermassive Black Mass” for their blog, and you can read the result here.
“Under the Bridge Downtown” appeared on The Horror Tree last month, and you can read it here.
So, I didn’t win the Aurealis Award for which I was shortlisted, and neither was I shortlisted for any Australian Shadows Awards this year. These events can be a bit of a blow to one’s ego – I didn’t actually expect to win the Aurealis, but I had two strong novelettes submitted to the Shadows and was fairly confident of being shortlisted – and when that happens, it’s a reminder to not get carried away over such fripperies. So you didn’t achieve something – so what? Serves you right for expecting anything at all. Do the work and do the work, and when others achieve, help boost the signal. Chris Mason, whose story “The Black Sea” was published along with my “Andromeda Ascends” in Beneath the Waves: Tales from the Deep, has had that tale shortlisted for the Aurealis Awards, the Shadows Awards, and the flipping Shirley Jackson Awards. She’s a lovely lady whom I’ve had the pleasure of meeting three times, and while she hasn’t put out much work yet, it’s consistently strong – keep an eye out for it in Steve Dillon’s Things from the Well anthologies, and expect to see it spreading in the near future, much like the Black Sea of which she wrote…
And I know I keep going on about an announcement I’m yet to make, but I’m going to put it off a little longer – even though I’ve already let the cat out of the bag in recent interviews. Yes, there’s a book coming, but I want to hit you with a big ol’ press release type blog post, complete with images and release date, and we don’t have those just yet. Patience…
Hope you’re well, and stay that way,