Heart Emoji at the End of the World

Hey, all.

I recently won first place in the latest short story contest run by On The Premises Magazine with my story “Heart Emoji at the End of the World.”

It’s a bittersweet little tale about a person who doesn’t make it back to the bunker in time.

You can read it for free here.

 

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So this happened …

Memories of Fish from Interzone 270, published by TTA Press, has made the shortlist for the short story section of the Norma K Hemming Awards. I’ll find out the result in June at the Continuum Convention in Melbourne 🙂

The Norma K Hemming Award is “given to mark excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class or disability in a speculative fiction work (e.g. science fiction, fantasy, horror) by Australian citizens and/or residents, and first published during the eligibility period.”

Thank you to the judges and convenors. I’m really proud to be on this list with such awesome writers.

I’m also really pleased with how often this little story keeps popping up. Not too shabby for a tale I wrote during two flights and a Melbourne Airport stop-over.

S.

Last Outpost

My military science fiction novelette, “Hashtag WhiteBitch” (#WhiteBitch), has made it into the table of contents for the Last Outpost anthology by Bascomb James of Pushpin Books.

Because a large chunk of my stories, even those that come in the form of over-the-top RPG-Starship-Troopers-the-movie style tales, are ultimately about climate change, this one revolves around a freshwater war on a Canadian glacier. There are soldiers. There are loads of drones and robots.

And there is a truckload of footage beaming out from the warzone.

This is future war, seen live on home TV.

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One of the heroes from the story (because I like to draw headers for my story posts). This is a rough pencil sketch overlaid in Photoshop colour.

Anyway, hope you check out the anthology when it arrives.

The Laugh Contagious

I’m really delighted to announce that my clown doctor horror story, “The Laugh Contagious,” has been chosen for the first volume of the Let Us In trio of anthologies by Time Alone Press.

You can check out the list of authors here.

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the list to check out the incredible cover art by Sergio Diaz. It is truly stunning and I can’t wait to have it on my shelf.

Edited to add – for reasons unknown to myself and the other writers, the project was pulled at the end of 2016.