List of lists

Lists and stands

Lists are funny things. Cool things. I’m quite partial to them, myself. But then again, my musical taste has been described as autistic (repeating the same song over and over again for hours – I’m the only person I know who burns a single track to a CD for in-car music. I’ve gone through a ‘Mad World’ phase, followed by ‘Smooth Criminal’ by Alien Ant Farm, and now ‘Hallelujah’ from the OC soundtrack). So yeah, lists. Good things. Touch a pole. Good things.

Tis the season for lists it seems. Since I can’t help myself…

Shadow Box came in as the 7th bestseller for the year at Fantastic Planet. Thanks Elaine and Stephen for shifting a truckload of them.

The Fantastic Planet top ten was:

1…A Feast for Crows, George R. R. Martin
2…Temeraire, Naomi Novik
3…Never Seen by Waking Eyes, Stephen Dedman
4…Anansi Boys, Neil Gaiman
5…Knife of Dreams, Robert Jordan
6…Judas Unchained, Peter F. Hamilton
7…Shadow Box, edited by Shane Jiraiya Cummings and Angela Challis
8…Aggressive Retail Therapy, by Grant Watson
9…Thud!, by Terry Pratchett
10..Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett

Shadow Box was also listed on the ASIF Recommended Reading list for 2005. Ben Peek’s ‘Johnny Cash (A Tale in Questionnaire Results)’ from Shadowed Realms #4 also made the list, which was surprisingly brief. It was nice to see Trent Jamieson’s ‘Tumble’ make the list. It’s a magic story, dark and dirty, and my favourite from last year. Just like his collection, Reserved For Travelling Shows, which I’m about half way through. Some of his stuff is frustrating, but I think every aspiring writer needs to learn a few Jamiesonisms. I don’t think there is a better writer in Australia than Trent.

That doyen of up-to-date info, Cat Sparks, has sourced from Ellen Datlow her list of Australians honourably mentioned in her Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror anthology for 2005. Nabbed from Cat, here is the list in full, including three of my own stories. Congrats everyone (Nathan, that’s 2 in a row, mate!).

Barber, Peter “Dust,” Aurealis #33/34/35
Battersby, Lee “Father Muerte and the Rain,” Aurealis #33/34/35
Burrage, Nathan “Blurring,” Shadow Box CD-Rom
Campisi, Stephanie “Gloves,” Borderlands Issue 4
Cummings, Shane Jiraiya “Cruel Summer (Sky)” Shadow Box CD-Rom
Cummings, Shane Jiraiya “Ian,” Ticonderoga Online September
Cummings, Shane Jiraiya “Hear No Evil,” Borderlands Issue 4
Davidson, Rjurik “The Interminable Suffering of Mysterious Mr.Wu,”Aurealis #33/34/35
Dedman, Stephen “Watch,” Never Seen by Waking Eyes
Duffy, Steve “Secrets of the Beehive,” Darkness Rising 2005
Duffy, Steve “Someone Across the Way,” Acquainted With the Night
Harland, Richard “The Greater Death of Saito Saku,” Daikaiju!
Jamieson, Trent “Downpour,” Shadow Box CD-Rom
Kennett, Rick “Coming Home,” All Hallows 38 February
Sinda, Petri “The Quiet Agrarian,” Daikaiju!
Sussex, Lucy “Matricide,” SCIFICTION February 2
Ward, Kyla “The Oracle of Brick and Bone,” Borderlands #5
Warren, Kaaron “Fresh Young Widow,” The Grinding House
Warren, Kaaron “Smoko,” Ibid
Warren, Kaaron, “The Smell of Mice,” Ibid
Warren, Kaaron, The Grinding House,” (novella) Ibid
Whalley, Jo-Ann “The Seasonal Collector,” Borderlands Issue 4

A couple of interesting things come out of Ellen’s list. I note with some pride that Shadow Box stories (all 120 words or less) attracted 4 mentions (including Rick Kennet’s story, reprinted in Shadow Box). One instalment of my serialised story Cruel Summer caught Ellen’s fancy.

For the astute, you’ll notice no Shadowed Realms stories. That’s because none were sent to Ellen in 2005. I have it from the horse’s mouth that at least one story would have made the list had Ellen read it. Likely more. But you know, sometimes it’s not about lists, but about supporting a media. Call me a purist, but printing out a story lovingly crafted for the web and mailing it in manuscript format is like photocopying dead butterflies and calling the result beautiful, particularly when you can look through a window and see the real thing flying free outside.

For the same reason, I did not print out Shadow Box stories to send into last year’s Aurealis awards. Without wanting to sound like a wanker, there is a line. That’s where we drew it.

Apex Online

In even more important matters of self promotion, Jason Sizemore, editor Apex Digest (the excellent US science fiction/horror magazine making a big splash in the indie press scene), has invited me to be Apex’s featured writer of the month on Apex online. My month has yet to be confirmed, but amongst the hijinx will be an interview (yes, with me!) and a reprint of one of my stories. I’ve also been asked to contribute a story for an anthology Apex Publications are putting together next year. Coolness!

My apocalyptic story Genesis Six is to appear in an upcoming issue of Apex Digest.

Oh yeah…

RIP Marissa Cooper.

Thousands of bints will miss your over-long frame and pouty sulleness.

(This is why I’m not qualified to discuss politics or world events: my warped sensibilities and general disconnection to anything resembling the real world).

Music: Hallelujah (OC soundtrack)