Impossibilia in SF Crowsnest's Top 100 SF&F books of 2009

Hey cool! My first collection, Impossibilia is currently sitting at #43 on SF Crowsnest's Top 100 SF&F Books of 2009. If you've read Impossibilia and liked it, please scoot over to the list and vote for it. Or for any book on the list that you enjoyed, for that matter--but, uh, mine would be the preferred choice, preferred by me anyway.

Additional story in hardcover editon of Chimerascope

If you order the signed, numbered, limited hardcover edition of my new collection, Chimerascope, you'll be getting an additional story that won't be included in the trade paperback editions. ChiZine Publications will be including "Murphy's Law" (reviews | excerpt) in the hardcover. And an order for the hardcover also makes you eligible for the free book giveaway. Hardcover orders must be placed by Dec 31. See my store for ordering info.

Chimerascope: Ordering period (and free give-away) extended

ChiZine Publications has decided to go with a single release date for both the limited hardcover and the trade paperback editions of all their new releases going forward, including my new collection, Chimerascope. This means that the release date for the Chimerascope hardcover has been moved back to March 2010, to match the release of the trade paperback. They've also extended the ordering period for the hardcover to December 31, 2009. The limited, signed, and numbered hardcover edition is available only by pre-ordering it here.

And I'm also extending the free giveaway contest to Dec 31 as well. I'll be drawing three numbers from the pre-order list, and if you ordered one of those numbered editions, you'll receive a free copy of my first collection, Impossibilia (if you already have a copy of Impossibilia, I'll substitute a copy of the By Her Hand, She Draws You Down" Movie Companion Book).

"Jigsaw" in Greek, apparently with nipples

My story "Jigsaw" has been published in the Greek magazine, Ennea. Now, "Jigsaw" was originally written for Odyssey, a YA SF anthology edited by Julie Czerneda in 2004, and being YA, I'm fairly certain my story didn't inspire the cover shown here at the right. Ennea is a weekly comic magazine supplement to a major Greek newspaper that publishes an SF story in each issue.

Spirit Dancing in Italy

My first (and most published) story, "Spirit Dance," appeared in June this year translated into Italian in the long-running magazine, Robot (cover to the left, by Stephan Martiniere). Cool to be sharing cover credits with Lois McMaster Bujold and Robert Reed. This is the 18th appearance and 14th language for this little tale, which is encouraging, seeing that this story was the genesis for my just-completed novel. A French translation of this story won the Aurora in 2001. "Spirit Dance" was included in my collection, Impossibilia.

Personal website for writers: a plug

Here's a plug for the gentleman (and friend) who hosts my web site here. Marcel Gagné, via his consulting company, Salmar Consulting, offers web sites for professional writers. Marcel hosts the sites on very fast servers, and they run under Drupal, which I personally have found to be powerful, flexible, and easy to use. I maintain the content and design of this entire site myself, with only a bare minimum knowledge of a few HTML codes. Check out the link above for more information.

"By Her Hand..." translated into Galician

My short horror story, "By Her Hand, She Draws You Down," has been translated into Galician and published in the web zine, Nova Fantasia, accompanied by cool and creepy illos like the one to the right here. Twenty-four languages and counting.

Lost Zelazny novel published

Back in February 2008, I'd blogged about an unpublished novel by the late great Roger Zelazny that had been discovered in Roger's papers by his son, Trent, and was to be published by Hard Case Crime in the US. I'd forgotten all about until today, so I did a search to see if it had ever come out. Major woo hoo's!! It was published back in February to very positive reviews, and is available here. Try to ignore the trashy cover with the cute brunette, bare midriff, eyes locked on the hero's big blade (not too Freudian, eh?), and instead check out an excerpt from the first chapter.

CHIMERASCOPE page added

I've added a detailed page for my new collection, Chimerascope, listing the final table of contents, along with excerpts from all sixteen stories, links to past reviews of the stories, and their award history. A reminder that the signed, limited, numbered hardcover edition must be pre-ordered before October 31. Please see my store page for ordering information. I should point out that even though the ordering site is "The Horror Mall," my collection is not horror. It's my typical eclectic mix of fantasy (high, urban, dark, etc.), SF, and okay, one supernatural horror story. A trade paperback edition will be available later in 2010, and will be available in Chapters/Indigo stores and on Amazon. Check out my Chimerascope page for all the information on the collection.

Story in Campus Chills anthology

A few months ago, friend and fellow writer, Mark Leslie (aka Mark Lefebvre) invited me to submit a story for an anthology that he was editing called Campus Chills. The anthology is a joint effort by McMaster University, the University of Alberta, Dalhousie University, and my own alma mater, the University of Waterloo. The anthology will contain scary stories set on Canadian university campuses, but the anthology will have a further twist, beyond what you'll find in the stories.

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