I’m very pleased to announce that a new short story has been published in The Siren’s Call winter issue. This is a dark fiction and horror publication, and my story is both of those things.
“To Loneliness” is the story of a vampire who has been groomed from a very young age by one much older than himself. It’s a story of manipulation, gaslighting and control as well as the search for revenge.
Another year spent mainly confined to the house, you would think I might have read more books, but somehow, didn’t make my target again. But once again, it was just a number and I’m happy with what I did read.
In no particular order, here are the books I read and enjoyed the most this year.
My newest flash fiction (just 300 words) is out in the annual anthology from Queer Sci Fi, this year themed around ‘Ink’.
My story, called ‘Meet Cute’, involves a weapons expert meeting a soldier on the field of battle in a far flung future war. Beneath the business of war, there’s a surprising spark between the two women.
The new anthology from The Great Void Books, Water Turns Red, is a collection of 21 short stories exploring the minds of killers and the detectives that are after them.
My story, Loose Ends is a little different because it is also science fiction. I took inspiration from film noir and crafted a suite of characters who fit into that genre, but who also subvert it in a variety of different ways. I really enjoyed the voice and feel of writing this and am very proud to see it up in print.
This year, I entered once more and was awarded third prize for my new short story “Neon Lovers”. This is a story I wrote because I wanted to write about what I love, which is an LGBTIQ+, non-binary cyberpunk future in a city dripping with neon and night.
In a far-flung future, AI is a derivation of the human digital footprint and is now used to do the jobs humans don’t want to do. When an asexual AI is rebooted to clean the hull of spaceships, it tries to find itself in fragmented memories.
Over the years I have had short stories published in a number of genres and with a range of publishers. And three of these have been with Transmundane Press.
The first was Mischa and the Mermaid in the Underwater anthology. I wrote this story as an homage to childhood holidays in various coastal towns, memories of beach combing and rock walking and a fascination with creatures of the deep and pulp horror, even as a child.
The next story was a little later, with The Cult of the Hyalad in the In The Air collection of short stories. I wrote this because I have always loved thunderstorms and lightning and wondered what the elemental spirit of such an event might look like.
And the newest short story published with Transmundane Press is Chasing the 999 in their On Time publication. This is a thought experiment on the logistics of time travel with a few little twists thrown in as well.
Looking forward to seeing what the future will bring.
In my short story, the 999 is an almost mythical age predicted by an probability AI wherein you can enter stasis aboard a huge ocean liner and be transported to a parallel future in which you are immortal. It is rare and coveted, and Luke might just have cracked the code.
This flash fiction piece is very clearly and almost too literally inspired by the phenomena of the bilateral gynandromorph butterfly. I am fascinated by and adore this natural occurrence in the wild, and so transplanted it into the world of butterfae.
For those not in the know, butterfae are fairies with butterfly wings. My story follow one such fae as they hesitantly join the migration, aided by two young friends. It’s a light, hopefully beautiful moment in a fantastical time.