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New story! "The Last of a Thing" in Pulp Literature

Pulp Literature #12 cover I'm very happy to announce that I have a "new" short story out in Issue #12 of the fine Canadian speculative fiction magazine, Pulp Literature. The gorgeous cover can be seen at the side here.

My story is called "The Last of a Thing" and is high fantasy. I purposely play around with the tropes and cliches of that genre to tell a tale whose message is...well, I'll let you read it, but let's just say this little story shares a heart with my novel The Wolf at the End of the World.

Why the quotes around "new"? Well, although the story has never been published before (so it will be new to any of my readers), I had actually sold it a couple of times in the past However, it never managed to see the light of publication until now. Every time I sold it, the magazine would fold or the anthology would never be published.

Yes, this was my "market killer" story. Every short story writer, if they've been doing this long enough, has one of these—a story that seems cursed to take down any market that dares to try to publish it.

So I'm very glad that (a) the story has finally really sold and is now available for you to read, and (b) I didn't end up killing a fine Canadian magazine.

Issue 12 is available for purchase here, in either print or ebook formats. I hope you'll check it out and help support Pulp Literature and Canadian speculative fiction by buying a copy of the issue or, better yet, a subscription.

Local Author Night Oct 19: Toronto Library Appearance

Albert Campbell Library Local Authors Night Oct 19On Wednesday, October 19, Toronto Public Library's Albert Campbell Branch is hosting a monthly Local Authors Night, an evening for book lovers: readers, writers, and everyone in-between. I'll be one of five local writers speaking at the event:

  • Sèphera Girón
  • Tamara Hecht
  • Stephen B. Pearl
  • Douglas Smith
  • Andrew F. Sullivan

We'll each be talking about our writing, giving a short reading, and then answering questions from resident librarian Maria Samurin and the audience. After, we'll all be there to chat with. Books will also be available for purchase and signing. The event starts at 6:30pm and runs to 8:00pm.

I hope if you're in the area that night, you'll drop by to listen and talk with us.

Indie Author Day: Library appearance

Indie Authors DayI'll be one of six authors appearing at the Whitchurch-Stouffville Library (2 Park Drive, Stouffville, ON) for the inaugural Indie Author Day on Saturday, October 8.

Indie Authors Day is a North American event in which "libraries from all across Canada and the US will host their own local author events with the support of the Indie Author Day team. In addition to these local programs, each library’s indie community will come together for an hour-long digital gathering at 2 pm Eastern featuring Q&A with writers, agents and other industry leaders."

I'm a hybrid author, with a traditional publishing short fiction career with my stories and collections, but also an indie career with my first novel, THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD, and my writer's guide, PLAYING THE SHORT GAME. I'm thrilled to be invited to participate in this event, and in my own home of York Region.

Here's the schedule for the day:

1:00-2:00 pm: Panel with the Writers’ Community of York Region

2:00-3:00 pm: Digital panel, streamed and projected

3:00-5:00 pm: Open house with the writers, including short readings and a chance to buy books and get them signed.

I'll have all of my books available for purchase at reduced prices. If you're in the area, I hope to see you there!

Foreign Market List updated

I just posted an update in the FML on the Estonian market Algernon. They have a new translations editor along with new submission and contact email addresses. Older email addies had been bouncing.

An "Out of This World" ebook bundle

Out of This World ebook bundle coverMy Aurora Award winner, "Scream Angel," is one of sixteen stories included in the OUT OF THIS WORLD ebook bundle from Bundle Rabbit: It's a great bunch of titles, including multi-award winners like Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

Explore the future and the universe with this exciting bundle of science fiction & fantasy short stories, novellas, and novels. Discover how people will survive, and thrive, as they encounter challenges in outer space or deal with struggles here on Earth.

Mystery and adventure, drama and fear, technology and magic, all have their place in these exciting speculative stories.

Blast away with these fantastical tales to parts unknown and out of this world!

Pay at least $3.99 to get six titles. Pay at least $9.99 to get all 16 titles. I hope you'll check it out. It's a great deal.

Not Only Humans Bundle: Now available at all retailers

Not Only Humans ebook bundleI wrote earlier about being included in the Not Only Humans ebook bundle with a bunch of amazing authors, including best sellers and award winners like Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Dean Wesley Smith, Anthea Sharpe, and Mindy Klasky.

That bundle, containing 12 novels for only $9.99, is no longer available at BundleRabbit. But it is now available for a limited time from all major ebook retailers as follows:

The bundle contains a dozen amazing fantasy and science fiction novels that take you from galaxy spanning alien cultures to the discovery of Bigfoot, gripping stories where humans and non-humans work together, fight each other, and even fall in love. But don't delay. The bundle will only be available at these retailers until mid-July, so don't miss out.

The dozen novels included are:

New ebook bundle: Not Only Humans

Not Only Humans ebook bundle adI'm thrilled to be in another great ebook bundle, with a bunch of amazing authors, including best sellers and award winners like Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Dean Wesley Smith, Anthea Sharpe, and Mindy Klasky.

The bundle is Not Only Humans: a dozen amazing fantasy and science fiction novels that take you from galaxy spanning alien cultures to the discovery of Bigfoot, gripping stories where humans and non-humans work together, fight each other, and even fall in love. And you get to name your own price, plus you can donate 10% of your purchase to the wonderful charity, First Book, and help transform the lives of children.

This bundle is jam-packed with stories from bestselling and award-winning authors for every reader's taste. Robots and faeries. Demons and trolls and vampires. And aliens, aliens, and more aliens.

The dozen novels included are:

Thrills, Chills, and Spills ebook bundle (yes, another one)

Chills, Thrills, and Spills cover montageI'm experiencing an embarrassment of riches of late. My collection, Chimerascope, is part of another new ebook bundle from BundleRabbit. This bundle is called "Chills, Thrills and Spills." It's a great collection and bargain (even if they don't use the Oxford comma...sigh) and is available here.

The 12-book bundle offers over $60 worth of novels, novellas and short stories. It's a bundle that is "guaranteed to make you feel uncomfortable, create that sense of ‘something-isn’t-right-here’ or just plain scare you. The ‘Chills, Thrills and Spills’ bundle covers horror, thrillers and fantasy and is sure to keep you awake at night."

$5 gets you the first six books. Pay more than $12 and you’ll get six additional books, including "a short story anthology featuring Kelley Armstrong, James Alan Gardner and others" (one of the "others" is me. The antho in question is the excellent Mark Leslie-edited Canadian horror anthology, Campus Frights, which includes my Springsteen-titled story "Radio Nowhere."). Plus "a collection from an Aurora winner author" (uh, that would be me again) and best-selling writer, Dean Wesley Smith. And, I'll add, if you want more Canadian content, the wonderful Toronto writer, Rebecca Senese, also has a book in the bundle, A Reluctance of Blood.

Ebook bundles like this one (and Zombies and Monsters and Gods, posted yesterday) offer a great way to pick up great books at an incredible savings, as well as letting you discover new authors while enjoying some of your favourites. I hope you'll check out the bundle here.

Zombies and Monsters and Gods (oh my!)

Zombies and Monsters and Gods coversMy urban fantasy shapeshifter novel, The Wolf at the End of the World, is one of the books you can pick up in a brand new ebook bundle from the equally brand new Bundle Rabbit site.

The Zombies and Monsters and Gods bundle gives you almost $50 worth of the best urban fantasy for a price of only...well, that's up to you. Pay at least $5 and you'll get the first five books. Pay at least $15, and you get all ten titles. All books are DRM-free and available in all major formats (epub, Kindle, PDF).

Check out the bundle here. But don't wait too long. This bundle is only available for a limited time, and then it's gone.

Only 2 days left on great deal on best in Canadian SF&F

Aurora Ebook BundleYou only have two more days to get a great deal on  ten books that fans voted to be the best examples of speculative fiction by Canadian writers.

The ebook bundle from containing winners and finalists for Canada's premier speculative fiction award, the Aurora Award, will only be available until April 21.

You'll get a great mix of SF and fantasy, adult and YA novels, as well as a selection of short fiction. The bundle also reflects the long history of the Auroras, with titles spanning over twenty years of Canadian speculative fiction. Here's what's in the bundle...


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