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Czeching into Enlightenment

I mentioned in my last entry that the long-running Czech pro magazine, Ikarie, had reprinted my Aurora-winning story "Scream Angel." Two issues later, they also reprinted its companion story, "Enlightenment", a 2005 Aurora Award finalist. Check out reviews and the story's publishing history.

Screaming in Czech

My 2004 Aurora Award winning novelette, "Scream Angel", was reprinted in the Czech pro magazine, Ikarie, a while back (2006), but I have only just now received my contributor copies. I'm assuming that the cover was somehow inspired by the story, but some, uh, artistic license is apparent. Still a cool cover.

Seeing that it was about time to update my free "story of the month," I've used this as an excuse to post "Scream Angel" online. If you're interested, you can read some reviews and the publishing history for the story. Enjoy!

I'm a 2008 Aurora Award Finalist!

My short story "The Dancer at the Red Door" is on the final ballot for the 2008 Aurora Award in the category "Best Short Form Work in English." This story first appeared in 2007 in the DAW anthology UNDER COVER OF DARKNESS (editors Julie Czerneda and Jana Paniccia).

Julie told me that the story inspired the artwork for the antho's spiffy cover. Look left. See thumbnail of cover. Click on thumbnail. Go "ooh!!! ah!!!". Better yet, read the story here. If you enjoy "The Dancer...", please consider voting for it for the Aurora Award.

"By Her Hand, She Draws You Down" Movie Script

Here's the full storyboard script for the independent film that was recently shot based upon my short story "By Her Hand, She Draws You Down." Thanks to director Anthony Sumner for kindly lettin

Aurora Nominations Close March 17

A New Zelazny Novel!!

Roger ZelaznyI am a huge fan of the late Roger Zelazny (pictured here), one of the three so-called "New Wave" writers who redefined the SF&F field in the sixties and seventies (bonus points if you can name the other two). Zelazny died in 1995 from cancer, far too young at 58.

Story Sale: New magazine in Israel

My story "State of Disorder" will be translated into Hebrew for publication in Mercury, a new magazine in Israel. "State of Disorder" was first published in the long running and now defunct (again) US magazine, Amazing Stories, in 1999 (cover shown here).

It was a finalist for the Aurora Award in 2000 and was an honourable mention in The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror. This will be the eleventh appearance for this tale, and its sixth language.

Ciao from Bella Roma!

I'm in Rome for the first time this week, on a business trip with some time to play tourist tacked onto the end. To mark the occasion, here are two of my stories that have previously been published in Italian.

Story Sale: New SF Magazine in Romania

Sci-Fi Magazin (Romania) Sample CoverA new monthly Romanian print magazine, Sci-Fi Magazin (yes, that's how it's spelled), will be translating and publishing my Aurora-winning short story "Scream Angel" later this year, likely in their April issue.

They're Gonna Put Me in the Movies...

Well, one of my stories, at least. In 2002, my supernatural horror story “By Her Hand, She Draws You Down” was selected by Stephen Jones for the thirteenth edition of his annual The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror. Shortly after, director Anthony Sumner of TinyCore Pictures approached me.

TinyCore does work in a number of areas, including commercials, promotional videos, music videos, and documentaries, with a client list that includes JP Morgan Bank, Jesse Jackson, and Hootie and the Blowfish. But they also do short independent horror films, and Anthony was interested in doing a film based on the story to show at indie film festivals.

“By Her Hand, She Draws You Down” was described by the Review Journal of the American Library Association as “delightfully creepy” and “about a young woman who is driven by a mysterious hunger to sketch people and steal their life force as her horrified lover looks on.” You can read more reviews here.

I agreed, and Anthony added the project to his production schedule. Alan Rowe Kelly joined the project as co-Executive Producer. Zoe Chlanda and Jerry Murdock were cast in the lead roles of the artist Cath and her boyfriend Joe, and an award winning SciFi illustrator and Time Warner art director was commissioned to do the sketches that are such a key part of the story. They filmed on location around Ocean Grove and Asbury Park, New Jersey, during which Fangoria magazine came to the set for an interview.

Shooting finished in November, and they are currently editing the project. After that they’ll add the visual effects and the sound mix, and then it’s off to festivals. Very cool! I’m looking forward to seeing the final result. Hopefully, Anthony will let me post it here on my site.

[UPDATE: storyboard script added in March 25 blog entry.]


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