“A Peripheral Vision Sort of Friend” in Blurring the Line

includes "A Peripheral Vision Sort of Friend"

includes “A Peripheral Vision Sort of Friend”

Awesome to announce the forthcoming appearance of my story “A Peripheral Vision Sort of Friend” in the Blurring the Line anthology. A study on the compelling nature of nihilism and self destruction in the face of instinctive self preservation and the desire for better circumstances. Inspired by at least a dozen versions of the Susquehanna River region’s Suscon Screamer folklore.

Due out late 2015.

New Canadian NOIR

includes "Three-Step Program" by Alex C. Renwick

includes “Three-Step Program” by Alex C. Renwick

Hellyeah! Exile’s NEW CANADIAN NOIR is a thing! Includes my Montreal noir short story “Three-Step Program.” I hereby dub this one Mo-No, a thrilling new frontier in pulp fiction.

From the release:

Old vines and older grudges tangle in the Okanagan Valley. An elderly widow, eking out a living collecting detritus, seeks to avenge the murder of her friend. A love-weary security guard clashes with bounty hunters. An ursine meth-cooker faces even stranger creatures on the frozen tundra of Nunavut. As the dead walk and the living despair, a private detective unravels a bizarre mystery. In The Exile Book of New Canadian Noir, the whole spectrum of the noir esthetic is explored: from its hardboiled home in crime fiction to its grim forays into horror, fantasy, and surrealism…

…as guest reader, Toasted Cake #137

Dante_Gabriel_Rossetti_ detailAudio fiction fans might enjoy Caroline Yoachim’s “Pieces of My Body” over at Toasted Cake podcast #137, as read by me. An eerie and thoughtful story about both mortality and im-.

If you like that, check out Toasted Cakes #124 (“Green Future” by Deborah Walker) and #133 (“The Sending” by Darja Malcolm-Clarke). I’m particularly fascinated with my voice in “The Sending”; I was getting over a terrible sore throat and will never sound exactly like that again. It was like wearing an inadvertent disguise, and felt, in its husky other-self way, rather mysterious and spectacular.

Direct links to each story’s mp3: