Short story in Kaleidotrope

The Summer 2017 issue of Kaleidotrope is out! Full TOC:

Nothing Is Good, Everything Is Fine by Ken Brady
The Waduf by Naru Dames Sundar
Thousand Young by Andrew Kaye
Syren Song by A.C. Buchanan
Homes by Beth Cato
The Switch by Alex Harper
The Sea Itself by Seth Jani

Plus a story by me: God Thing, a fetch quest featuring a young man with a goddess in his head searching a ruined city for a body.

Around the Internet (October 2015)

To all intents and purposes, I took October off to watch Person of Interest. Whoops. John Reese: sucker for a pretty woman who knows how to frame an inconvenient witness with a brick of cocaine. Anyway, I had two stories out this month: (1) Soteriology and Stephen Greenwood in The Journal of Unlikely Academia, featuring textual criticism, academic passive-aggression, Latin puns and quite a lot of links. If you don’t feel like following all of them, maybe just start here. I love the issue as a whole, so do check out the other stories. (2) A piece of drowned-town flash, The Girl who Talked to the Sea in Unsung Stories. This one is really about the drowned towns along the Norfolk coastline.

FICTION

Unearthly Landscape by A Lady by Rebecca Campbell (dresses, painting, filigree cosmic horror)

Directions by Fred Coppersmith (underworld, quest, instructions, whoops sorry no revenge for you)

Witches and Wardrobes by Anna Anthropy (interactive, clothes, anxiety)

And Other Definitions of Family by Abra Staffin-Wiebe (pregnancy, self-sacrifice, humour)

Minotaur: An Analysis of the Species by Sean Robinson (ethnography, analysis, minotaur)

Follow Me Down by Nicolette Barischoff (orphan, incubus, heartwarming)

Alviss the Dwarf by David A. Hewitt (Loki, courtship, trickery)

To Claim a Piece of Sky by Crystal Lynn Hilbert (shapeshifter, weapon, freedom)

There are Rules by William Stiteler (ritual, food, savants)

Dance of the Splintered Hands by Henry Szabranski (gods, hands, adventure)

What Happened to Lord Elomar During the Revolution by Kelly Jennings (three wishes, revolution, victory)

Mother Made a Lovely Feast! by Laura DeHaan (Tam Lin, hallucinations, R’lyeh)

Around the Internet (September 2015)

In case you missed it, I had a couple of short stories out this month: (1) Voice and Silence appeared in The Sockdolager this month. It’s a dark little piece featuring kittens being horrible to even smaller animals, among other things. If you cohabit with cats, you may appreciate it. (2) Rites of Passage appeared in Kaleidotrope. It’s a dusty desert adventure featuring empire-building, false amber, Ann and a dragon, among other things. (Helpful note: when I say “dragon”, I’m thinking of something that looks rather like this.)

FICTION

The Unicorn by Amanda C. Davis (poem, unicorn, magic)

Your Future and Mine by John Grey (poem, space, not so glamorous as you thought)

Ghostalker by T.L. Huchu (practical necromancy, vivid landscapes, cultural references)

The Closest Thing to Animals by Sofia Samatar (artists, jealousy, friendship)

Prospero by Bruno Dias and Edgar Allen Poe (interactive, red death, masque)

The Peal Divers by Francesca Forrest (poetry, sunken churches, sound)

Grandmother by Leslianne Wilder (poetry, grandmother, ageing wolfishly)

Note to the Caretaker by Lisa Bellamy (poetry, mole, earth artistry)

Scythia by Marinelle G. Ringer (poetry, myths, Greece and Rome)

Hide Behind by Jason Kimble (monster, mystery, jackalopes)

Storm on Solar Seas by T.L. Huchu (space shipwreck, cannibalism, unhappy ending)

Lock and Key by Mike Reeves (assassination attempts, vizier, lady alchemist)

Dustbaby by Alix E. Harrow (end times, dust bowl, old worlds)

The Oiran’s Song by Isabella Yap (war, abuse, prostitution, demon)

OTHER THINGS

Plasma Frequency are holding a kickstarter to fund their return.

The Strange Horizons 2015 fund drive has launched.

Lightspeed is open to fantasy subs until 31 October.

The Book Smugglers have a call for novellas.

Lackington’s Magazine editor Ranylt Richildis went to Nantes and saw a clockwork elephant!

Things seen and read around the internet

Around the Internet (November)

Every other week or so, I see something about how much short fiction there is out there and how there need to be more reviewers reading it. Well, this isn’t a blog, I’m not a reviewer, this isn’t a review – but I do read short fiction in a fairly random way, and when I read a story I like, I do usually say something, usually on Twitter. And then it gets lost immediately, of course, because Twitter’s a busy place. So I thought I should collect links here to pieces I’ve read and enjoyed and which other people might enjoy too, starting with things I read in November. Also some other useful odds and ends, because why not?

FICTION:

Níðhöggr by Vajra Chandrasekera (Mother had said We had to be home by Götterdämmerung)

Once, Upon a Lime by E. Catherine Tobler (frog, fairytale, pearls, perfume)

Caretaker by Carlie St. George (dead stars, ghosts)

Who Is Your Executioner? by Maria Dahvana Headley (beetles, creepy Victorian photos)

More Embers than Feathers Filled the Firmament by Penny Stirling, illustrated by Kat Weaver (birds, language)

A Chance of Cats and Dogs by Ken Scholes (old world, new world, shapeshifters)

Not the Grand Duke’s Dancer by Emily B. Cataneo (undead ballerinas)

Victoria’s One Way Ticket by Emily B. Cataneo (dying robots)

Ahas, Tala by M. Sereno (poetry, stars)

A Whisper in the Weld by Alix E. Harrow (ghosts, steel mills)

Bill and I Went Hunting Today by Louis Rakovich (contemplative robot spouse-substitutes)

OTHER NOTES:

Diabolical Plots is looking for fiction submissions (closing date Dec 31).

Lackington’s has a theme for Issue 7: Skins.

Clockwork Canada is open for subs (anthology of steampunk stories set in Canada by Canadian authors).

Terraform, a new SF market paying $0.20/word, opened up this month (if only I’d written more than one SF story in the history of ever).

Lightspeed has a special call for SF submissions: Queers Destroy Science Fiction! (closing date 15 Feb).

She Walks In Shadow (anthology of stories about Lovecraft women, by women) is open for subs (closing date 15 Dec).

Plasma Frequency Magazine has a special call for anti-apocalypse stories (closing date 15 Jan).

Kaleidotrope is opening early for submissions (1 December).

Escape Artists are looking for women-authored work for their Artemis Rising event (closing date: 5 December for PodCastle, 20 December for Escape Pod and Pseudopod).

A lot of really exciting things were found in a tomb at Amphipolis.