A double-header! First, my short story,"Cold War", is in On Spec Magazine, #111, 30(1), Summer 2019. A dark, soft-sci-fi/horror story of scary fish with very sharp teeth, the aurora borealis, and geo-political overtones, set in Canada’s far north.
In the same issue, I've also had the honour of being interviewed by Roberta Laurie as this issue's Author Interview: "For the Sky and the Sea."
My short story, “Wards”, originally published in Room Magazine's 42.1, 2019, "Magic" issue, has recently been added to their online Reading Room. A magical fantasy tale about living in an addiction-prone family, and the toll of vigilance. Added bonus: dragons.
Speculative Literature Foundation Older Writer’s Grant 2019.
I’m honoured to announce that I am one of the two co-winners of the Speculative Literature Foundation’s Older Writer’s Grant for 2019 for “Wards”, originally published in Room Magazine, issue 42.1, 2019, and now on Room’s website reading series. Michael Simon is the other grant winner of the 2019 Older Writers Grant. This grant is awarded annually to emerging writers aged 50+ who are beginning to work at a professional level.
Many older emerging writers are on fixed incomes. Besides providing a very helpful amount of money that we can put towards furthering our writing, the award also recognizes how hard it is to move forward with serious new professional endeavours when we are over 50 in this ageist world. The SLF does great work in giving concrete help but, as importantly, visibility and encouragement through so many of its grants to various groups. Thank you, SLF!
SHORT FICTION & POETRY
“Wild Hunt” will be published in Great Plains Press’s anthology: Alternate Plains: Stories of Prairie Speculative Fiction (formerly working-titled Parallel Prairies Vol. II). Release: February 2022.
“Wild Hunt” is a dark fantasy story set in Manitoba’s rural interlake region, combining migrating geese, autumn constellations, Sasquatch and the Wild Hunt. Here, Sasquatch-hunting tv cryptozoologists must face more of the unknown than they bargained for. All that, plus moral ambiguity, too. What’s not to love?
I'm seeking an agent/publisher for my completed dark contemporary fantasy novel, Luck Riders.
Street smart Gossamer just wants her old life back: a beloved, wealthy husband; happy kids, and an abundance of luck. But with her husband dead, her whiz kid son estranged, and a surly ex-hoodlum dogging her every step to “protect” her, things have careened out of control. Plus, her luck is draining away at a terrifying rate. She is a luck rider, a person with no luck of her own, drawn helplessly into the wake of others, for good or ill. Luck riders need luck, crave luck, and sicken without it. Unless they learn to harness the luck of others, existence is brief and bitter. For Gossamer, a return to the harrowing life on the streets of her youth is a real possibility, one she refuses to allow.
Caught between destiny-obsessed thugs and luck junkies, Gossamer must harness her wits, will, & luck itself to save her son. Tarot and poker, "medicinal" gardens, carnies and mathematicians, plus a psychic Celtic Cosa Nostra: Luck Riders.