It was kindly pointed out to me that “Lights Fade”, my short story in In the Court of the Yellow King, was added to Ellen Datlow’s “Recommended List” for Best Horror of the Year Volume 7.


I know that some of my friends think it is a lit­tle odd to be fan­girling over an edi­tor, rather than a writer, but come on: being an edi­tor is harder. And you have to deal with writ­ers. And have you not ever read an anthol­ogy where it seemed half the stuff was phoned in, prob­a­bly by friends of the edi­tor? I have, but never in an anthol­ogy Ellen Datlow put together.

I’ll be over here mak­ing tiny gleep noises if you need me.

Fireside Fiction #19

There’s the ner­vous­ness of sub­mit­ting fic­tion in the hopes an edi­tor might accept it, and then there’s the joy and dis­be­lief when it’s accepted, and then there’s the roller coaster of excite­ment and panic when it is pub­lished, because that’s when you really notice all the mis­takes you should have fixed in the first place. And how pre­ten­tious your bio sounds. And how embar­rass­ing it is to see all the really good sto­ries along­side your fic­tion, like your story showed up at a party think­ing it was going to be a casual BBQ sort of thing so nobody would notice the cof­fee stain on its jeans and that it is sorta over­due for a hair­cut, and then when it walks in it turns out to be  an ele­gant cock­tail party full of really good-looking, witty peo­ple dressed like they just stepped out of a fash­ion spread.

Everybody feels that way, right?

Anyway! Fireside Fiction #19 was pub­lished yes­ter­day, and my mod­est con­tri­bu­tion aside, it is, as is its wont, laden with good stuff. I’m look­ing for­ward to set­ting aside time to read “Tuesdays with Molakesh the Destroyer” in par­tic­u­lar.


She Waits

Confirmed that “She Waits” will be pub­lished in Fireside Magazine’s upcom­ing flash fic­tion issue.

I was very excited about this until I went and looked at the authors who are pub­lished in Fireside, and then I became excited and run­ning around hyper­ven­ti­lat­ing with a mas­sive case of impos­tor syn­drome.

But still!