Tag-Archive for » acceptances «

Monday, July 15th, 2013 | Author:

 

I’ve been feeling a tad worried lately about the publication status of a 7600-word novella of mine, “The Weight of His Wings,” the tale of a winged man struggling to salvage his life in the aftermath of a great war. A US magazine, Aoife’s Kiss, accepted the story more than a year ago now and scheduled it for publication in the magazine’s 10th anniversary issue in June this year. But the publication date came and went with no word from the publishers. Anyway, I’ve finally heard from them — the magazine and a bunch of others owned by the same company have changed hands, delaying many of the upcoming publications. So my story is still going ahead and should be out around August.

Phew!

Sunday, September 09th, 2012 | Author:

 

I’m really chuffed – I have a new story out in this month’s Aurealis! It’s called ‘Anvil of the Sun’ (thanks to Nathan Burrage for the title suggestion), and I must admit that even though I do have a bit of a penchant for dark fantasy, this was a really harrowing story to write. But I am very proud of the final version. Also, Andrew Saltmarsh has done a great job with the cover illustration. The starkness of his image captures the mood of the story perfectly.

Anyway, you can buy Aurealis #54 by clicking here.

Thursday, July 12th, 2012 | Author:

 

I’m thrilled to announce that my first short story set in China, ‘Embracing the Invisible’, has been selected for the dark fantasy anthology, Bloodstones. The anthology, edited by the multi-talented Amanda Pillar, will be published in October 2012. It features a very impressive line-up including Joanne Anderton, Thoraiya Dyer and Richard Harland, so I’m incredibly excited to be included. The full list of authors is available at the Ticonderoga website.

The initial idea for ‘Embracing the Invisible’ came to me last year, courtesy of a Chinese colleague. One night, over the course of a discussion about student life in China, he introduced me to the concept of “student-mistresses”, modern-day concubines who become the mistresses of wealthy businessmen in return for financial help during their university years. I was fascinated. I decided then and there that I wanted to write a tale in which the main character is a student-mistress, and thus the character of Chen Ying was born. Unfortunately Mr Li, the businessman Chen Ying becomes involved with, is after something far more sinister and dangerous than extramarital sex…

Buy a copy of Bloodstones to read about Chen Ying’s brush with a chilling type of Chinese magic known as waidan.

Thursday, June 07th, 2012 | Author:

 

Yippee! Three stories accepted… ‘Out Shooting’, a flash piece, appears in this month’s Antipodean SF. You can read it here.

I’ve also had a rather jocular flash piece called ‘Madame Melodia and the Love Machines’ accepted for the October 2012 issue of the US e-zine The Lorelei Signal. The story will also appear in its print counterpart, Mystic Signals, in November 2012.

Plus I’ve had a long short story, a novelette really, accepted for the 12th anniversary June 2013 edition of Aiofe’s Kiss magazine in the US. It’s called ‘The Weight of His Wings’ and it’s about a winged man who is condemned by war to live in an underwater city, where he has to adjust to the fact that he’ll never again be able to fly. Yippee again!

Plus I still have another 5 – or is it 6? – short stories sitting in various slush piles around the world… Hopefully I’ll have some more positive news to share soon.