This is probably not the best day to release a little bit of fictional horror into the world, but to be fair, this story was written well before the first human contracted COVID-19 and was accepted just a couple of weeks later, so here we are.
On the other hand, rereading it now, it seems almost perfectly themed for the day. Also completely unintentional.
Wings, now up at Daily Science Fiction.
My short story, “Gorilla in the Streets,” which originally appeared in Diabolical Plots, Year Five last April, is now available to read online here.
This was originally meant to be just a quick joke story riffing off something said on Twitter, but as so often happens, once I started typing, it grew into something more. Probably the most personal story I’ve published in quite some time.
Even if it’s about a gorilla.
And 2020 starts off with the very last issue of Syntax and Salt, which contains my very first – very short – short story of the year, The Dust That Falls Between the Light, along with work by Artiv K, Brian Hugenbruch, E.I. Richardson, Victoria Feistner, Natasha Burge, Jennifer Mace, M. Bennardo, Jessie Ulmer, and Joanna Galbraith.
My schedule for Dublin 2019, the 77th Worldcon:
DC: TV vs Film
15 Aug 2019, Thursday 13:00 – 13:50, Wicklow Hall 2B (CCD)
Is Literary Escapism Good for Kids
15 Aug 2019, Thursday 17:00 – 17:50, ECOCEM Room (CCD)
Once Upon a Time: Modern Fairy Tales
16 Aug 2019, Friday 15:00 – 15:50, Liffey Hall-2 (CCD)
The Shapes in Water: Aquatic Myths and Monsters
18 Aug 2019, Sunday 11:00 – 11:50, Wicklow Room-3 (CCD)
Beyond this, I plan to be rolling around the con and hanging out at the bar. (Bars?)
So as I’ve discussed on Twitter, this summer turned out to be unexpectedly financially painful thanks to a combined number of expensive things all happening at once – various home repairs, an upcoming trip to Europe and Worldcon that is partly non-refundable, and my electric trike – one of the major joys of my life, and also, my chief source of transportation and what allows me to live independently – getting stolen.
(Fun fact – the thief took off with the trike, but not the lithium battery, so not only am I out the trike, the thief isn’t getting to enjoy the electric/motorized part either.)
Anyway, as a result of all this, I realized that I really do need to increase my writing income a bit, so I’ve gone ahead and gotten a Ko-Fi and a Patreon. Links are on the side. Absolutely no worries if you can’t/aren’t interested. Hope you continue to enjoy my work!
A small story, about the kiss of true love and other enchantments, Breaking the Enchantment, now up at Daily Science Fiction.
And now, it’s live on the web: my short story The Girl and the House, aka what happens when a little writer reads far far far too many Gothic novels back in high school. Years later, you have this.