Thursday, July 5, 2018

Free to read: The Scrimshander

My dark fantasy story "The Scrimshander" is now available for free reading (and listening!) at Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

The story can be read here, or you can listen to the audio version narrated by Michael J. DeLuca.

The slender jawbone lies in the palm of his hand like a crown. Raising it, an offering to the night, stretched starlight gleams on milk teeth. Engravings appear, a scene playing out from incisor to canine to molar, a tale of disease and mourning, of angry tears and hissed warnings to those who’ve caused him harm.

The city sleeps beneath him, bristled, towers jutting skyward in defiance of Mallinos. He swings off the eaves, jawbone in hand, down a drainpipe, past square windows of indigo, feet dropping on pavement with barely a sound.

(Continue reading...)

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Scrimshander

Beneath Ceaseless Skies #255 ebook is out now, containing my dark fantasy story "The Scrimshander."

The ebook is currently available at Weightless Books and Amazon.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Interview: One of the Cities

An interview with me about my entry into the Reading 5x5 anthology, "One of the Cities," is up on the anthology's website now.

All proceeds from Reading 5x5 go to charity; read the interview, and find more information about the concept of the anthology here.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Interview: A Faster Tomorrow

A two-question mini-interview with me about my story "A Faster Tomorrow" is available on The Future Fire's Facebook page.

"A Faster Tomorrow" appeared in The Future Fire #44, in March 2018.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Reprint: The Definition of Johnny

My story "The Definition of Johnny" has been reprinted in the Issues of Tomorrow anthology, edited by Roy C. Booth and Jorge Salgado-Reyes.

The story originally appeared in Beyond Science Fiction, in June 2015.

Amazon link.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Best Vegan Science Fiction & Fantasy of 2017

My story "Lake Oreyd" had been reprinted in the Best Vegan Science Fiction & Fantasy of 2017 anthology.

Find here the full table of contents and shop links of this anthology of vegan-friendly stories.

Read "Lake Oreyd" online.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

A Faster Tomorrow

My latest novelette "A Faster Tomorrow" set in Vasilegrad, the capital city of the fictional Balkan Federation, is out now in The Future Fire #44.

(Illustration by Eric Asaris)

The ride got bumpy, which was unfortunate because the foam-padded cushion had been ripped right off his seat, the rivets which had held it in place sticking out. Georgi sat squashed against a window at the very back, watching the heads of the sleeping passengers bobble as the bus made the turns on the switch-backed mountain road. The image was comforting: angry workers reduced to slobbering toy-heads; it gave matters a comical spin, steering him away from a full-blown anxiety attack, a feat which was becoming harder to pull off with each kilometer closer to the city.

They passed a corroded sign claiming Plovna’s source was but a thirty minute walk off the main road. Up a dirt path, the arrow indicated, amid overlapping rows of pine and birch.

He shut his eyes. The spring of Plovna, pure, a blue brook trickling down the mountain, picking up speed and water and rushing headlong into the city carrying life to become--

The muddy river ran beneath the Bridge of Founders in his old battered quarter, where the air was suffused with the heavy smell of melting tarmac, truck exhaust, and a skyscraper diorama lay open in the distance, veiled in Plovna’s pastel mist; he was gripping the bridge rail, his two best friends on either side of him, the face of his dying mother drawn with a finger in the cloudscape, while she lay, blanketed by television light, in her living room--