“As Mistress Wishes” to appear in alternate Canada anthology

Her ceramic arm and hand and articulated fingers gleam unadulterated ivory, whiter than the snow outside already melting as it falls. . .

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Some buzz has already been generating about the forthcoming 49th Parallels anthology from super-local (Yay, Ottawa!)  independent publisher Bundoran Press, which the Toronto Metro describes as “an anthology around what would have happened if the country took a very different turn.”  I’m happy to say my post-pandemic Vancouver story “As Mistress Wishes” will be joining the excellent lineup of these Canada-askew tales.

This one re-imagines the downtown Vancouver peninsula as a sort of steam-powered walled matriarchal city state, its society a product of the previous generation’s fierce battles over resources splitting along a strict gender divide, a world with little appreciation for nuance or inclusivity.

Mistress’s voice soothes something deep in my chest, past the industrial ceramic ribcage of my refashioning, a restless twitch in the meat muscle of my canine heart…

And of course it’s told from the dog’s perspective. Because DOGS.

More info as it materializes.

“Redux” in Year’s Best HH

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My remurder story “Redux” has been selected for this year’s volume of the Year’s Best Hardcore Horror. This nasty bit of fiction first appeared in 2016 as an original story in the MURDER MAYHEM volume of Flame Tree Press’s Gothic series. Huzzah! for two beautiful appearances for my quite ugly story.

on Amazon: Year’s Best Hardcore Horror Vol. 2

on Amazon: Murder Mayhem

Interview: Those who write us

Patterson–Gimlin_film_frame_352Fellow Those Who Make Us contributor Corey Redekop is hosting a series of intriguing mini-interviews in honor of the release of the aforementioned anthology.

Find out about my story “The Hairy Man.”

Find out why I hope nothing is unique about my wee little monster.

Find out about my favourite and least favourite monsters, because life is, after all, arbitrary and unfair enough as it is.

cover reveal: Those Who Make Us

twmuCover has been revealed for Those Who Make Us, an anthology of Canadian creature, myth, & monster stories including my future Canadiana sasquatch tale “The Hairy Man.”

The Hairy Man showed me his pénis today at the castle and though my maman would not have approved I looked with Great Interest and when he pushed his matted brownish hair back over his man-thing and covered it up again he waited and I knew it was hoped I would return the Favour. I did not…

I pretty much adore this story. Love it for its Edwardian ladies’ digest overtones and its bildungsroman fragile rawness. Happy to say it’s been chosen also to appear in the Exile Literary Quarterly.

Pre-order the anthology here.