Couple Stories

In the Beginning” and “The Wages: an Argument,” over at the brand-new shiny sparkly SpringGun Press.

Really strange that they posted this morning, though — or, that that Wages-one’s real now anyway. Because I just now started the already-excellent Pontypool Changes Everything, which opens like this:

That night I had terrible dreams I was killing people. When I awoke it took some serious self-examination to convince myself that I was not repressing real acts of murder.

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Little Lambs

Iron Horse 11.3‘s out in the world now — in my mailbox anyway — and it’s got one of my favorite stories I’ve written in it, “Little Lambs.” Also a self-interview (it involved telepathic dogs, possibly aliens — the usual?). Too, it’s the alumni issue, so it’s especially cool to me, being in this with all these people I know. Also also, it’s got this on back, which I kind of dig:

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Readercon 2009

Readercon report: got to sit down with Ellen Datlow, got to shake hands with Peter Straub, got to listen to Samuel Delaney and Gene Wolf talk, got to be on a panel with John Crowley, got to hang with friends new and old — Paul Tremblay, Laird Barron, Michael Cisco — bought so many Weird Tales and excellent books, nabbed too many Underland Press stickers, met Sean Wallace, my new editor, slept very little, got lots of cool links that maybe I’ll post in here later, ate club sandwich after club sandwich, hold the pickles very far away, please. Pics of a lot of it here.

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Aliens and Hamsters and Pianos

Which is to say, three new stories, “Piano Theif” and “Because My Therapist Asked Me to Tell a Story Using Hamsters,” each over at the July Hobart, and “Close Encounters,” up now at 365 Tomorrows. Also, “Endless Buffets” is in the current Western Humanities Review. And, hitting the shelves at Readercon in a week here, in New Genre 6, “Lonegan’s Luck,” a zombie western — or, a western with zombies. Too, though it’s still a ways away, I’ve got a horror story, “Till the Morning Comes,” to be included in Rare and Different Fictions of the Grateful Dead, and then a science fiction piece, “Heaven,” forthcoming in, of all places, English Language Notes, their “Literature and Pseudoscience” issue. I dig both those stories. In addition, I’m guessing that “Little Lambs” is either current or a day or two away from being current in Iron Horse — “Little Lambs” being one of my favorite stories that I’ve written. Another of my favorites, the title piece from my October 2010 Prime collection The Ones That Almost Got Away (well, cut the ‘almost’ and it’s the title story), it’s in Phantom, from Prime Books (though that site’s being rebuilt right now). Not sure about how available that is yet, though; I have it already, but, I don’t know, maybe I got special treatment there or something. Notice at Prime, though, that Sean Wallace acquired an Ellen Datlow collection. Very excited about this. Too, that “Raphael” story of mine, it’s in Prime’s Horror: the Best of the Year.

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