Here is a wonderful essay from Charles Ardai, editor at Hard Case Crime and publisher of Stephen King’s forthcoming novel, Joyland, on his decision to publish their latest title the old way – on paper only. I couldn’t agree more.
The first couple of reviews of Interzone #246 have appeared online. Steve Rogerson’s review describes THE MACHINEHOUSE WORKER’S SONG as “gripping”, while D.F. Lewis’ Gestalt Real Time Review of the magazine (incomplete at the time of posting but starts with a look at my contribution) is an intriguing read to say the least.
the gods have ways of
telling you things
when you think you know
or worse –
when you think
(Charles Bukowski, the day the epileptic spoke)
This morning, I’ve added two very different stories to my Recommend Reading list. They’re both online and free to read, so if you’ve got a little time and want to read some quality fiction, click on the links below.
Always, They Whisper by Damien Walters Grintalis (publisher – Lightspeed; genre – dark fantasy/horror)
Rag and Bone by Priya Sharma (publisher – Tor.com; genre – alternate history/horror)
You won’t be disappointed…
The latest issue of Interzone (#246) is now available to buy from TTA Press. Here are the stories (in order of appearance):
THE MACHINEHOUSE WORKER’S SONG by Steven J. Dines
TRIOLET by Jess Hyslop
SENTRY DUTY by Nigel Brown
THE ANGEL AT THE HEART OF THE RAIN by Aliette de Boddard
THESEA AND ASTAURIUS by Priya Sharma
THE CORE by Lavie Tidhar
CAT WORLD by Georgina Bruce
Follow the link above to check out the interior artwork and the rest of the contents. My involvement aside, I think it looks great. But if SF isn’t your thing (and horror is) then Black Static #34 is also available now, with fiction by Nina Allan, Joel Lane, Ilan Lerman, Andrew Hook, and Sean Logan. The line-up and interior artwork for the new issue both look fantastic. As a reader, I cannot recommend this magazine enough.
Which segues rather nicely to my next announcement…
My latest effort, a dark novelette set in a care home, MEN PLAYING GHOSTS, PLAYING GOD, has been accepted for Black Static #35, due for publication in July. This will be my second appearance in the magazine, following THE THINGS THAT GET YOU THROUGH, which appeared in #31 at the tail end of 2012. The timing is perfect (once again) – because I’ve been dithering with the latest project and losing faith. Time to pick myself up and get moving again.