Qualia Nous Garners a Benjamin Franklin Award

Congratulations to editor Michael Bailey and Written Backwards Books!

Qualia Nous, nominated for a Bram Stoker Award(R) for Superior Achievement in Anthology as well as for Foreword Reviews’ Book of the Year, has taken the Gold Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy at the Benjamin Franklin Awards. My story, “The Price of Faces,” is in the book, along with a selection of wonderful fiction and poetry. Great time to check out one of the most exciting anthologies published last year. Michael’s next anthology project, The Library of the Dead, will be published next month.

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New Release: The Society for the Preservation of CJ Henderson

Last year, when my good friend CJ Henderson was diagnosed with lymphoma, many of his friends, fans, and colleagues rallied to help him and his family through a difficult, horrible time. Several fund-raising efforts were launched, including one spearheaded by Danielle Ackley McPhail, The Society for the Preservation of CJ Henderson. Over the course of several months, several thousand dollars were raised and directed to CJ and his family to help defray medical bills and everyday costs while CJ was unable to write or attend conventions, his primary source of income. The Society anthology was intended as a fundraiser, with all proceeds to go to CJ and his family, and as a tribute from CJ’s friends in recognition of all the years of friendship, support, and mentorship CJ shared with us.

Sadly, CJ passed away on July 4, 2014, before the anthology was completed.

Thanks to tireless efforts of Danielle and co-editor Greg Schauer, though, The Society for the Preservation of CJ Henderson has now been published by eSpec Books and all proceeds will continue going to help CJ’s family recover from medical expenses and keep on their feet.

My story, “Every Second of Every Day,” was inspired by one of my favorite stories of CJ’s, “All Around the Mulberry Bush.” It happens to be CJ’s first Monkey King story, and it was published in Weird Trails, an anthology which also included my first published piece of short fiction, “The Last Stand of Black Danny O’Barry.” CJ helped me connect with the editor and encouraged me while writing the story, so in that sense, my piece for the Society anthology comes back full circle to my short fiction beginnings. The title comes from one of the principles by which CJ lived, the idea being that we are free at any moment to choose another path, to be who we want to be or not, and that every second of every day, we make that choice. It’s a powerful idea that has stayed with me a long time, and I hope the story does it justice.

Other contributors include  John L. French, Jean Rabe, Patrick Thomas, David Boop, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Jeff Young, Leona Wisoker Robert M. Price–and featured is a previously unpublished story by CJ Henderson. Jason Whitley provided illustrations for all of the stories, and Ben Fogletto painted the covercover_societyCJH_lrg.

New Release: Shadows Over Main Street

cover_shadowsmain_lrgMy story, “Odd Quahogs” was recently published in Shadows Over Main Street, edited by Doug Murano and D. Alexander Ward. It fits into my cycle of Knicksport tales, a series of Lovecraftian stories and novellas interconnected by small town on Long Island with a horrific history, most richly explored in my novella collection, The Engines of Sacrifice.

I wrote a “behind-the-scenes” piece about the background of the story and Knicksport over on the anthology website.

Legendary horror author Ramsey Campbell wrote the introduction and the work of many excellent authors is featured, including Nick Mamatas, Lucy Snyder, Josh Malerman, Rena Mason, Stephanie Wytovich, Kevin Lucia, Chesya Burke, Brian Hodge, Mary SanGiovanni, Tim Curran, Aaron Polson, T. Fox Dunham, Richard Thomas, Gary Braunbeck, Adrian Ludens, Cameron Suey, Lisa Morton, Jay Wilburn, and John Sunseri.

“Shadows Over Main Street demonstrates most convincingly that fear lurks in our towns and villages, in darkened alleys, and in the shadowy human heart. This anthology represents a dynamic cross section of contemporary horror.” –Laird Barron, Bram Stoker Award winning author of The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All

“Shadows Over Main Street is a masterful blend of stories fit for both die-hard Lovecraft fans and readers new to the genre. Each and every tale is wickedly delicious.” –Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Fall of Night and V-Wars.

Qualia Nous / An Anthology of Psy-PhyH0rr0r

To be published by Written Backwards later this year, Qualia Nous will include my story, “The Price of Faces,” part of an incredible line-up of fiction from some of today’s best horror and sci-fi writers. This one will also feature “The Jaunt” by Stephen King, marking the first time I’ve shared a table of contents with the master of modern horror. A genuine thrill! Editor Michael Bailey continues his streak of producing high quality anthologies. More information soon about publication date, price, and so on, but for now prepare for fiction from Max Booth III, Gary Braunbeck, Jason V Brock, Patrick Freivald, Erinn Kemper, Usman T. Malik, Rena Mason, Lori Michelle, Thomas F. Monteleone, William F. Nolan, Gene O’Neil, Lucy Snyder, Richard Thomas, and many others.

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Clockwork Chaos Reviewed at SFRevu

Sam Tomaino has kindly reviewed Clockwork Chaos, edited by Neal Levin and Danielle Ackley-McPhail, over at SFRevu. It’s a nice, thorough, story-by-story review. About my tale, “Cat’s Cry in Pluto’s Kitchen,” he writes:

Morris Garvey, who made a fortune with his business, Steam Sweeps and Machinations Sundry, and Detective Daniel Matheson of the New Alexandria police force are trying to solve the crime of the theft of Brazilian virtuoso Felipe Sandeman’s violin in time for him to play it at the closing of the World Expo. The case gets stranger and stranger and involved the cult of Bast, the feline god of the Egyptians. We are led on a merry chase with lots of twists and turns in another great story in this book.

Sums it up nicely. This anthology is full of great writers so click over to the full review for his thoughts on the other stories. Or pick up a copy of the book on Amazon.

I’ve got one more Machinations Sundry story due for publication this year. I’m planning to write one more, and I suspect there’ll be another one after that. I do believe this Morris Garvey fellow, his home city of New Alexandria, and all his friends and enemies have become my new series.

Chiral Mad 2–Video Trailer

Editor Michael Bailey created this awesome trailer for the anthology Chiral Mad 2 (now on sale!). Be warned! It may be encoded with a viral melody that will compel you to buy a copy of Chiral Mad 2, then buy others for every member in your family, and still others for all your friends, and others yet for your co-workers, and even a copy for that grumpy woman on line ahead of you at Starbuck’s every morning. Or, perhaps, not. But even if it was true, all proceeds from sales of the book go to benefit Down Syndrome charities, so it’s all good either way. And rumor has it that reading Chiral Mad 2 will make you immune to earworms while watching the video. For now, though, sit back, relax, and enjoy the chirality.

“The Flying Rock” Coming in May in Bad-Ass Faeries: It’s Elemental

Back in the summer of 2011 I wrote a story called “The Flying Rock.” It’s one of my favorite things I’ve written.

It’s part pure fantasy, drawing on classic faerie lore and legend, on Ariel, the faerie queen of the winds, and her dark counterpart, the queen of storms. And it’s part portrait of a father struggling to help his children grow up while his family crumbles around him. And on a another level, it’s deeply personal story about the beauty of childhood and the price we all pay to grow up. I’ve been eager to see in print since I first sent it off to my editor almost three years ago.

Well, the wheels of publishing sometime move at a crawl, but move they do, and Bad-Ass Faeries: It’s Elemental, the fourth volume in the BAF series, will be published this May. I’m thrilled to be in another BAF book and grateful to my editors–Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Jeff Lyman, L. Jagi Lamplighter, and Lee C. Hillman–for keeping the series going and letting me be a regular part of it. Dark Quest Books will be launching it this in May, with a fantastic line-up of stories from many talented authors. I hope to have an excerpt from “The Flying Rock” to post soon. In the meantime, here’s the cover and the final table of contents.

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Earth Elementals

Kimberley Long-Ewing — Spin, Weave, and Measure

Jagi Lamplighter — On Rocky Ground

Judi Fleming — Friends in Dark Places

Air Elementals

James Chambers — The Flying Rock

Danny Birt — To Thy Sylph Be True

Danielle Ackley-McPhail — Ride Like the Wind

Fire

DL Thurston — The Face of the Serpent

James Daniel Ross — The Legend of Buck Cooper and the Child of Fire

James R. Stratton — Ties That Bind

Water Elementals

Patrick Thomas — Looking a Gift Horse

NR Brown — Melia’s Best Wave

Bethany Herron — Fairyland Local 2413

Spirit Elementals

Jody Lynn Nye — Fifteen Percent

Keith R. A. DeCandido — Undine the Boardwalk

Lee C. Hillman — Bad Blood

New Anthology: Chiral Mad 2

Seeing my story, “Mneomonicide,” published in Chiral Mad 2 among the work of so many other great and accomplished writers gives me a wonderful–and thrilling–feeling. Editor Michael Bailey has assembled an astounding collection of fantastic, short, psychological horror fiction here, with all profits from sales of the book to go directly to Down syndrome charities. I’m very pleased and proud to be part of this book. It’s a win-win-win for everyone involved–we writers get to be part of a beautiful anthology, you readers get to enjoy a feast of fine fiction, and together we all raise some money for a good cause. That’s the genius of Michael Bailey at work. I hope you’ll give Chiral Mad 2 your support. It’s now available on Amazon and would make a great gift for all your friends and loved ones who need a little good, dark fiction to take the edge off their holiday cheer.

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In keeping with the theme of the anthology, all the stories involve an element of chirality–the property of asymmetry, which exists when an object does not match its mirror image. Human hands are one example. You can learn more at chirality.org. Each author wove this concept into their stories.

With an introduction by Michael Bailey, Chiral Mad 2 includes:

  1. Another Man’s Bones – Mason Ian Bundschuh
  2. Mnemonicide – James Chambers
  3. Flowers Blooming in the Season of Atrophy – Max Booth III
  4. The Counselor – Mort Castle
  5. Dear Boy – John Biggs
  6. Interference – Andrew Hook
  7. Picture-in-Picture – Dustin LaValley
  8. When I Was – Thomas F. Monteleone
  9. Tight Partners – Gene O’Neill
  10. Approaching Lavender – Lucy A. Snyder
  11. Orange is for Anguish, Blue for Insanity – David Morrell
  12. In the Eyes of the Beholder – Ann K. Boyer
  13. Empathy – John Skipp
  14. Versions – E. L. Kemper
  15. The Tended Field of Eido Yamata – Jon Michael Kelley
  16. Playing with Fire – Richard Thomas
  17. Indian Summer – Philip C. Perron
  18. Blood Women – Usman T. Malik
  19. Whitechapel – P. Gardner Goldsmith
  20. The Chute – Gary McMahon
  21. Scavenging – Kevin Lucia
  22. The Word – Ramsey Campbell
  23. Welcome Home, All You Uninvited – Erik T. Johnson
  24. The Geminis – John Palisano
  25. A Guide to Etiquette and Comportment for the Sisters of Henley House – Emily B. Cataneo
  26. The Right Thing – Jack Ketchum
  27. Passing Affliction – Patrick O’Neill
  28. The Great Pity – Gary A. Braunbeck

A Clockwork Chaos

Dark Quest Books has published my steampunk tale, “A Cat’s Cry in Pluto’s Kitchen,” in A Clockwork Chaos, edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Neal Levin, available in print and ebook. Although this is the second story of Morris Garvey and Machinations Sundry to be published, it’s actually the first one I wrote. Mystery and danger surround a stolen violin when the Cult of Bast returns to New Alexandria, and Morris Garvey must uncover the true motive behind the theft. The first published Machinations Sundry tale, “House of Automatons,” appeared in In an Iron Cage. The third Machinations Sundry story, “In Wolf’s Clothing,” is due out in 2014, details to come. A Clockwork Chaos include stories by Jeff Young, CJ Henderson, Patrick Thomas, Angel Leigh McCoy, James Daniel Ross, Gail Gray, N.R. Brown, and many other fine writers.

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Dogs of War–Defending the Future, Volume VI

Catching up on some recent releases, my short story, “Father of War,” was published last month in Dogs of War, the sixth volume in the Defending the Future anthology series edited by Mike McPhail. This volume is dedicated to military working dogs, and my story, which features a team of cybernetically enhanced solider dogs, is a thematic sequel to and set in the same universe and conflict as “Mother of Peace,” my story in Defending the Future, Volume III, By Other Means. With the exception of DTF Volume IV, No Man’s Land, which spotlighted only women writers, my stories have appeared in every volume of DTF. The award-winning series is well worth a look if you like military science fiction.

Defending the Future, Volume VI. Cover art by McP Digital Graphics.

 
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“Cry Havoc, and let slip the dogs of war!”

They have fought for us for centuries, not because of the ideals of service to King and Country, but out of unwavering loyalty and devotion to their human Masters. The future, it would seem, is no better than the past, as some animals become expendable weapons, or augmented semi-machines, while others receive the honor and dignity of being treated as fellow soldiers.

In tribute, we bring you seventeen new stories of our animal comrades-in-arms.

Featuring: David Sherman, Bud Sparhawk, Brenda Cooper, James Chambers, Judi Fleming, CJ Henderson, Tony Ruggiero, Christopher M. Hiles, Janine K. Spendlove, Jeff Young, Patrick Thomas, Edward J. McFadden III, Vonnie Winslow Crist, Peter Prellwitz, Eric V. Hardenbrook, Robert E. Waters, and Danielle Ackley-McPhail.