New story in On Spec

On Spec #90 coverI have a brand new story out in the equally brand new issue of the long-running and most excellent Canadian speculative fiction magazine, On Spec. This is their "Apocalypse" issue, which forms the perfect lead-in to the coming end of the world this December--or at least the end of the Mayan calendar. Great timing by the On Spec folks, I'd say, getting the issue out just before the real apocalypse. Well done. Well done on the issue, too, starting with the typical top-notch cover art, this time by Andrew Czarnietzki.

My story, "The Walker of the Shifting Borderland," is a multi-verse spanning surreal fantasy love story (another neglected genre) where our heroes fight to save our universe on the last piece of real estate still in existence--a coffee shop. From the opening:

     The universe ended at noon.
     A very particular universe--the one that held prisoner the creature the Walker loved most in the entire Continuum. The one that held her.
     At ten minutes before noon, the Walker strode out of the Shifting Borderland and into that universe. He landed, a phase shift to the left of local reality, beside a dusty two-lane highway running through a remarkably unremarkable town in a northern landmass on a planet called Earth.


This marks my third appearance in On Spec (the others being "The Red Bird" and "Memories of the Dead Man").  You can pick up a copy at many major retailers this month, or go for a subscription at the On Spec site. The magazine is close to offering ebook format subscriptions as well, so I'll soon have this great magazine on my Kobo.

Fantasy under the big top

I'd blogged earlier about the upcoming circus-themed fantasy anthology coming out from Prime Books and edited by the multi-talented Ekaterina Sedia. The anthology is now out and available. I know because I have my contributor copy in hand with its beautifully creepy cover. My story "Scream Angel" is included along with stories by such luminaries as Peter Straub and Howard Waldrop. The book is available at all the major retailers, including  "Scream Angel" is SF, not fantasy, but there are definitely some fantasy elements to the story, and regardless, I'm extremely happy to be included in such a fine lineup of writers.

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New review and screening for "By Her Hand..." Movie

By Her Hand Movie Book coverThe movie review site Hacked in the Head (gee, do you think that maybe they focus on horror movies?) has a new review of Anthony Sumner's indie movie based on my short story "By Her Hand, She Draws You Down": 

"A haunting tale of hunger,depression and subtle vampirism. … Fantastic and compelling performances elevate the bleak and unsettling plot into a short film demanding of your attention. Both leads create characters filled with despair, desperation and a yearning for a better life and this comes across all too well. … A horror film not to be ignored."

Very nice to see that the little flick is still getting attention, and positive attention at that. You can read the whole review here.

And it doesn't stop there. The film is being given a special screening on November 11 at the New York City Horror Fest. And (hopefully), the DVD anthology, The Gallery of Fear, which includes By Her Hand..., will be released in 2013, once a distribution deal is settled. 

New ebook edition of IMPOSSIBILIA available now

I have just released a new edition of the ebook version of my first collection, Impossibilia. Unlike the hardcover editions and the first ebook edition from PS Publishing, this edition contains story afterwords and notes, as well as excerpts from other stories, plus an excerpt from my upcoming novel, The Wolf at the End of the World.  This edition is also a lot cheaper at $3.99. Plus it still features that great cover art by Fernando Molinari.

Aurora Award Finalist
Collection | 3 novelettes, 97 pages | introduction by Chaz Brenchley
Ebook edition (all formats)

“Highly, highly recommended” —Fantasy Book Critic

Buying links

Here are a bunch of different buying links for the new ebook edition:

​And if you're interested in one of the print editions, here are they buying links for those, including how to request a signed personalized print edition from me directly:

Interview on Speculating Canada site

Doug holding copy of ChimerascopeDerek Newman-Stilles has posted a wide-ranging interview he did with me recently on his Speculating Canada site. Derek's questions covered writing, the creative process, the power of speculative fiction as a genre, its future as a genre, the value of short fiction, the genesis of stories, growing an idea for a story into the story itself, and ever so many other topics. His questions were fun and thought provoking for me, and I hope that my answers managed to be the same. Take a look at it here.


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