I’ve had two stories accepted for the third volume of Trickster’s Treats, Things in the Well’s annual Halloween charity anthology, this one edited by Lee Murray and Marie O’Regan and sending proceeds to Water. The stories in question are “Softly Through the Shadows” and “Pride of Jackals”. The first is a creepy and relatively subtle tale of a child’s fears in their darkened bedroom, whilst the second is a knockabout romp starring a rogue roller derby team called the Murdertown Jackals, who travel around in a van looking for trouble. Let no-one say I don’t have range!
Mad Scientist Journal are closing up shop soon, but they’ve one last anthology coming, entitled I Didn’t Break the Lamp: Historical Accounts of Imaginary Acquaintances, and it features my tale “A Lost and Lonely Fire”. This is my highest-paid story so far, and it helped bankroll a trip to Sydney to see The Cure play Disintegration at the Opera House. That was a special and enjoyable weekend, so thank you, MSJ!
Death’s Head Press have released not one but two volumes of Dig Two Graves, and the first features my tale “Steadfast Shadowsong” – a story whose roots lie in an open mic night at the Grace Emily, at which I performed acoustic versions of a couple of icecocoon songs with my bandmate Owen. Should you be so inclined – and you really should – then you can get yourself a copy here.
Work continues on the photography for my upcoming collection, and I’m pleased to report that it looks great! (And it tastes good, too – the Red Wallflower baked some special prop cookies for our most recent shoot.) Hopefully I’ll be able to announce a release date soon – at the moment, you can expect to see my first book belatedly hitting the shelves in October or November. Meanwhile, I’ve applied for an Arts SA grant to draft my next novel manuscript, so fingers crossed that I can live the dream and, for a little while at least, be PAID TO WRITE.
Hope you’re well, and will remain so.