The Savage Redemption of Gaia

I declare it now – Greek mythology is damn vague!

Fortunately, that vagueness works in my favour. Artistic licence is truly a wonderful thing.

Okay, now riddle me this people… what do you get when you cross Greek mythology, Japanese daikaiju culture, near-future post-apocalyptic adventures, cutting-edge SF technology, ritual sacrifice and rediscovered sorcery?

The Savage Redemption of Gaia.

That’s what.

‘TSROG’ is my latest story. Well, I fib a little. It is in fact my latest nucleus of a story, but one that should be ready within the week. I’ve needed to do a fair amount of research, but fortunately, I knew most of the details already. It’s going to be a cracker of a tale!

As an aside, I find the title of a story really can make or break its success. Truly! Maybe it’s ego, but there’s nothing better than seeing your name next to a really cool sounding story title. I’ve had a few I can be proud of (in a quirky kinda way). Titles like Song of the Infernal Machine, Alley of Dead Whores: An Urban Nightmare, Autobahn Dance, Blasphemy on Eight Wheels, In the Absence of Heroes, Sobek’s Tears, Victims of Circumstance, On Dark Clouds Borne etc. These are all funky and cool in their own ways. The Savage Redemption of Gaia fits right in.

In Shadowed Realms news, we’ve officially signed a couple of acceptances, and asked for the odd re-write. All in all, the first issue (September 2004!) is shaping as an excellent and entertaining read, with a few twists thrown in.

Back onto the subject of my own writing (yes, I know, that is a reflexive pronoun, but hey) for a sec – Midnight on the Jetty was rejected from Dark Animus, much to my disappointment. The more I read it, the more I realise it was an excellently written story. The plot on the other hand… Regardless, the story is now with Sinisteria in the US. Another US submission, Song of the Infernal Machine, has been languishing in the Black October magazine slushpile for four months now. Yesterday I queried it, and unfortunately it seems the sub went AWOL. Fortunately that problem is now corrected.

It’s a good thing I didn’t wait any longer on it as I’d hate to query after six or eight months and receive that news. It seems about 3-4 months is my limit before I need to find out what’s going on. That time limit is even more entrenched now that I’m involved with Shadowed Realms. We’ve sent through a number of one day rejections. In fact, thus far, our longest response was a 21 day acceptance. Most of everything else has been dealt with within 7 days. I’m very proud to say Angela and I are on top of the submission pile at this writing, with only a rewrite or two under consideration.

On the whole, the rest of my life is cruising along very well. Hayley and Ange were doing the TV “Life Expectancy” test just before. Apparently they will live long lives. Which is cool I’m expected to as well, so that takes any mystery away. I’d love to see someone’s results if their score/expectancy was less than the years they had already lived. Talk about living on borrowed time.

Oh.. and for Perth based writers of Horror/Dark Spec Fic, I had the strange brainwave of forming a elitist cabal of emerging writers. The Circle (or somesuch). I find myself disappointed by the KSP Writers Centre SF group, the Stromatolights wouldn’t let me in!!!, and no other writers centre/group in Perth offers a speculative fiction slant (especially a slightly darker slant). I know there are a number of excellent DF writers out there in Perth. A few have even submitted to Shadowed Realms. I have ambitions, the power of a mass-market webzine, with anthology potential (okay, that second last bit was a bit of a stretch, as I’m really the junior editor of Shadowed Realms, and all stories must pass a neutral, stringent editorial process, but hey).

Perth DF writers, vote with your mouse. Leave a comment on this post and make me aware of your interest. Better yet, drop me an email (link on the sidebar).

(Disclaimer: In the event of lack of interest, the above named author of dark speculative fiction disavows any knowledge of hairbrained group forming schemes).

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