Fiction summary

Aurealis Awards judging has been occupying much of my time lately, which is not surprising given the looming deadline. Reading over the horror fiction for the year has put me in a reflective mood. I haven’t written anything for what seems like an eternity but the publications have ticked over this year, including some recent good news:

Gratia PlacentiFirst up, my story “The Cutting Room” is appearing in Gratia Placenti, a horror anthology from Apex Publications. Gratia Placenti is now available for pre-order.

Here’s the blurb:
“This is the much anticipated follow up to the Stoker-nominated featured writer anthology Aegri Somnia. Gratia Placenti translated means “for the sake of pleasing.” 13 of the most sinister, darkest writers in the horror business were tasked with conveying their take on the theme of gratia placenti.”

“Only Spirits Cry” – R. Thomas Riley
“Crasher” – Debbie Kuhn
“Follow the Canary” – Athena Workman
“Translatio” – Geoffrey Girard
“Party Makers” – Adrienne Jones
“Some Glue Never Dries” – David Niall Wilson
“Some Good Eats” – JA Konrath
“Bright Red Razors” – Teri Jacobs
“Tomorrow and Tomorrow” – Mary Robinette Kowal
“The Listening” – Neil Ayres
“The Cutting Room” – Shane Jiraiya Cummings
“Something Wet” – James Reilly
“Popup Killer” – Bev Vincent

Gratia PlacentiMy most recent story to hit the streets is “Memoirs of a Teenage Antichrist”, which appears in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #31.

“The Garden of the Djinn” – Dirk Flinthart
“Wicked View” – Marie Alafaci
“The Promise” – Sonny Whitelaw
“How I Learned to Keep Tidy” – Matthew Chrulew
“Reading the Lines” – J J Irwin
“The Haunting of Jig’s Ear” – Jim C Hines
“Memoirs of a Teenage Antichrist” – Shane Jiraiya Cummings
“The Neighborly Thing” – Suzanne Palmer
“Sing” – Mary O R Paddock
“Getting the Curse” – Susan Abel Sullivan
“Wayfaring the Space-Time Continuum” – Davina Aw
Special Features
Interview with Robin Hobb – Tehani Wessely
Interview with Alastair Reynolds – Edwina Harvey

Including the above, my personal published fiction tally for 2007 looks pretty reasonable…

  • “The Cutting Room” – Gratia Placenti (Apex Book Company) and Paura 4 [spanish]
  • “Memoirs of a Teenage Antichrist” – Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #31
  • “Beneath Southern Waves” – Daikaiju! 2: Revenge of the Giant Monster Tales (Agog! Press)
  • “Dread Seasons Quartet: The Rustle of Autumnal Leaves” – Antipodean SF #108
  • “Dread Seasons Quartet: Naked Azure Sky” – Antipodean SF #107
  • “Yamabushi Kaidan and the Smoke Dragon” – Fantastic Wonder Stories (Ticonderoga Publications)
  • “Itch” – Horror Literature Quarterly #1
  • “Dread Seasons Quartet: Pallid Wisps of Snow” – Horror Carousel #5 and Antipodean SF #109
  • “Dread Seasons Quartet: Rainbow-Speckled Field” – Antipodean SF #106
  • “Genesis Six” – Apex Digest #8 and Best of Apex 2006 (Apex Book Company)

All good!