Tag Archives: Lovecraftean

Ride the Star Wind Out Now

Ride the Star Wind, an anthology of Lovecraft-themed space opera, is now available from Broken Eye Books in paperback and hardback format. I received my hardback copy recently and it’s gorgeous, from the lush cover to the rich array of professional illustrations inside. It was particularly exciting to see the illustration for my story.

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Ride the Star Wind by Broken Eye Books

My story in the anthology is called “The Eater of Stars” and it’s about 6,000 words of space opera set in the same Astral Diadem setting as my other stories. The attempt here was to create a contrast between an imaginable humanoid high-tech/magitek civilization and the further unknown: a species of alien beings significantly more advanced than the humanoid civilization. Along those lines, it uses a device from The Shadow Out of Time, among others.

The viewpoint character Chydi is a diplomatic attache for a mid-level interplanetary state called Brakandy. She’s posted at the Circlet, which is the hub of an interstellar federation called the Association, ruled somewhat loosely by a benevolent AI known as Governing Intelligence.

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Chydi flees a Gi Pawn. No pushing on the travelators.

Her backstory, while not obviously relevant to the main storyline, allowed for some fun point of view shifts during the course of the story related to gender articles.

The accompanying illustration by Mike Dubisch (to the right) is gorgeous and captures what I hope is a frenetic and exciting opening to the tale. We see Chydi in her pajamas running and pushing up a travelator (a moving sidewalk) within the interior of the Circlet, desperate to reach Governing Intelligence to warn it about an impending disaster.

The Circlet is a well-ordered society however, and pushing is not allowed. The robot in the background is a Gi Pawn, an encapsulation of the Circlet’s overriding AI which enforces local laws.

The collection is also available as an ebook on Amazon.com here. It’s a fantastic anthology overall with great stories and high production values.

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Ride the Star Wind on Kickstarter

Last week, my story “The Eater of Stars” was accepted by the anthology Ride the Star Wind. This is exciting as it should qualify as my second SFWA sale, along with the story coming soon to Escape Pod.

Ride the Star Wind: Where Space Opera Meets Cosmic Horror is a Cthulhu-themed space opera anthology from Broken Eye Books. Here’s a description from the anthology call:

Send us into space, away from earth, and bring the weird! Give us adventure and wonder, spaceships and monsters, tentacles and insanity, determined struggle and starborne terror…

We want diverse stories with modern sensibilities from many different voices that show the immense and diverging possibilities ahead for weird horror…

For mixing elements of space opera and cosmic weird horror, the short story “Boojum” by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette is a great touchstone…

You can read the full call here.

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Ride the Star Wind from Broken Eye Press

The anthology also has a (successful) Kickstarter project to fund interior artwork to go with the vivid, full color cover. The project just minutes ago made its first stretch goal where it will physical 3×5 illustrations to all backers.

A second stretch goal will be a free audiobook of the entire anthology,  so by no means is it too late to become a backer and get your hardcover edition. Be sure to check out the Kickstarter.

My story uses the same setting as most of my other stories. Cosmic entities have been part of the backstory of that universe since the start, although Lovecraftean themes aren’t the primary driver behind the world-building.

Let’s not give the plot away, but the story has a couple abrupt, ninety-degree turns and perspective shifts that fit its themes of self and other, the unknown and the unknowable. As a tease, here’s the invented epigraph from the beginning of the story:

“Who’s afraid of science? The word means only knowledge. Science is the light of the mind. It is magic you should dread, that boundless infinite beyond all understanding and the instruments of our reason. Fear not the unknown but the unknowable.”

The Book That Never Sleeps

The Squirming, Scarlet Madness, Part 2

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The Society of Misfit Stories Presents…

I’m pleased to announce that my novelette, “The Squirming, Scarlet Madness” has now been published by The Society of Misfit Stories and is available on Amazon for purchase or through Kindle Unlimited.

Seventeen-year-old Glorianor Charlock doesn’t deny that she killed her father. But as her story unfolds before the court, the question becomes whether she is simply insane or was some terrifying, unknown force at work?

What is The Society of Misfit Stories? These are stories often trapped in the forsaken shadowlands of the publishing industry: too long for traditional magazines and journals, but too short for print. The Society of Misfit Stories provides a loving home for longer short fiction. Each entry in the series is a stand-alone tale from talented new and established voices in a wide range of genres. Join us each week as we reveal a new story in the collection.

An upcoming scheduled of stories for the Society is available here.

Needless to say, I’m excited to have this story up and out in the world and am looking forward to sending more out there to join it. The main character in this story is projected as a supporting character in at least one future novel. More information about this story is available in a previous post.

The Squirming, Scarlet Madness

I’m happy to announce my novelette “The Squirming, Scarlet Madness” has been accepted by The Society of Misfit Stories and will be published October 7th. It’s my first paid sale in the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres!

The story is about 10,000 words and follows a young woman on trial for parricide in a closed religious community. The Lovecraftean theme is deep and deliberate, albeit with some twists. That said, it’s not set on Earth but a secondary, created world called the Astral Empire, the same setting used by most of my stories. The subject matter is also darker than my others, with murder, black magic, and cosmic entities.

SSM_smallThe story had its genesis as a NaNoWriMo project from  2014 and while it never panned out as a novel, I liked it in a shorter form. Due to its length and genre, it didn’t qualify for a lot of short story markets. So it surprised me that it turns out to be the first of my current stories to be a paid sale, finding a home after only four submissions. A huge thank you to Julie Ann Dawson and Bards and Sages Publishing.

You can view the schedule of upcoming stories for the Society here. I will provide another post and link to it on Facebook and Twitter when it’s available for sale.