“The Hairy Man”

Haida_SkidgateToronto-based Exile Editions has announced the table of contents for their forthcoming monster/myth anthology Those Who Make Us, which includes my post-apocalyptic love letter to Victoria, “The Hairy Man.”

Patterson–Gimlin_film_frame_352Living in the Pacific Northwest gives one (if one is odd, and loves monsters and attendant mythos) a somewhat proprietary appreciation for Bigfoot, aka Sasquatch, aka hairy man, aka gogit — okay, the dude has a dozen different regional names all over the world, and was incidentally responsible for one of my favorite X-Files episodes.

I’m in absolute love with this story. It’s tangentially set in the same future-Canada as my “Drowntown” (lead story in the Prix Aurora-winning Blood & Water) and Vancouver-based matriarchal steamworks story I’m still cooking in the oven. I’m starting to sense a post-disaster Canadian mosaic novel materializing…

“Dear Houston” in Tesseracts 20

t1-cover110Am feeling so Canadian! Having been an Austinite and a Portlander for so long, I’m having a swell time embracing my Canadianity (Canadianness?), most recently with a sale to the longrunning Canadian SFF anthology series, Tesseracts.

Called a “Canadian literary legacy,” the first Tesseracts anthology was edited by SF luminary Judith Merril in 1985. By Tesseracts 20‘s release Canadian authors, editors, translators and special guests will have contributed nearly 600 short stories, poems, editorials, and forewords to the series, including Margaret Atwood, Susan Swan, and the Hugo and Nebula award winning William Gibson, Spider Robinson, and Robert J. Sawyer.

tesseracts 19

Happy to say I’m following my Tesseracts 19 appearance (“A Week in the Superlife”) with “Dear Houston” in Tesseracts 20, edited by Mssrs. Spider Robinson and James Alan Gardner. A poem this time! A very long poem…

Interview: Blurring the Line

blurring the line
includes “A Peripheral Vision Sort of Friend”

I recently read my short story “A Peripheral Vision Sort of Friend” at the monstrously fun Lovecraft Festival in Portland.

To celebrate the release of the Australian dark fiction (and fiction plus!) anthology Blurring the Line in which my story appears, Alan Baxter is putting up a series of contributor interviews. One question in particular is something I’ve pondered aloud and in virtual space and on the written page for a while now: “What does horror mean to you?

My response to this and Other Things over on his site.

 

“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.