My story “Maggots in the Eye of Love” was submitted to Hybrid Moments, a Misfits-themed anthology from Weirdpunk Books; it didn’t make it into that tome, but it has been printed in a bonus zine that went out with copies of the book for Kickstarter backers. I don’t know if you’ll be able to get a copy of the zine with the book now, but you can get Hybrid Moments here.
I’ve been submitting A Banquet of Broken Hearts to more name publishers – fingers crossed!
Grey Matter Press is running a contest for flash fiction to add to the electronic version of their recent collection I Can Taste the Blood, and I threw my hat into the ring with a piece called “My No-Tell Motel Hell” – I think it came off pretty well for something I wrote in half an hour! You can vote for the story by going here and scrolling through the comments until you find it, then leaving a reply to my post. Public voting ends at midnight on 26/10 American CST, and after that, it’s on to the next phase – let’s see how that goes!
In icecocoon news, we played a warm-up show at Enigma Bar at the end of September, and then supported Queensryche on October 13. The show went pretty well, all things considered – life has been full of ups and (mainly) downs for band members recently, but worst of all, our guitarist Brad lost his girlfriend Emma less than a week before the gig. She was extremely supportive and had been looking forward to his first international support slot, and we dedicated our set to her. Frankly, we’re still reeling from the news, and can only imagine the hell our friend is going through. If anything good can come of this tragedy, it’s through the foundation that Brad has set up in her memory, and I would encourage you find out more about that here.
In other horrible news, my friend Kylie succumbed to cancer the same weekend we lost Emma. I’ve known her for around sixteen years, and I’ve been good mates with her husband Daryll even longer, and again… words fail me, you know? How can I even begin to understand that pain? It’s a small consolation, but as with Emma, there may be some good to come of this for others in the same position – Kylie had recently been very visible as the face of the Go Gentle euthanasia bill here in Australia, and if you wish to support this campaign, you can do so here.
So yeah, it’s been a fucking harsh month. Let’s move forward with the memory of our lost ones burning bright in our hearts. They’ve shown us incredible strength in the face of adversity, and the least we can do is learn from their example. Be well, people, and the very best to you all.