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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

"What the Bullet Sang" is up at Raygun Revival

I spat out dirt and blood and tried again. “How bad?”

The Morph shook its featureless grey head. “I have skin-popped her for the pain, but she only has a few minutes.” Terrell’s first drop.

The last cave-in took out Harmon and half our team. Terrell was hit then, but the wound that was killing her came as the Morph was carrying her out. Spalls ran across the Morph’s back, a dotted line broken by where it had held Terrell in a fireman’s carry.

“Nguyen! Can you raise the Marat? My comm is busted.” My voice was gravelly and seemed far away. A dirt clod the size of toaster oven had face-planted me during the cave-in.

“No joy, Gunny. Just a buzz. Might be whatever they mine here interfering.

Monday, May 02, 2011

To Have and to Hold up at 10Flash

Here is a taste...

Julie fell off the meth wagon again. Because I was in Chicago on a case, I didn’t learn about it until I got home Sunday night. By then she had at least a two day head start into the dark.

I went through her things, hoping this time to get some indication of who she was with or where she had gone, but besides the realization that I had missed the warning signs again, there was nothing but unwashed dishes, dirty clothes and the other signs of depression that precede one of her episodes.
more here.

Monday, April 25, 2011

More Tears

Another interesting place Tear of Ishtar has been:

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

When in Rome...

Jose in Rome, showing remarkable taste in literature.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Tears in North Africa

No, not the latest report from Lybia. Rod Cadman with Tears of Ishtar.

Monday, April 04, 2011

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Just received a rejection from a market that has bought quite a few of my stories (maybe six?) over the years. First rejection from them, actually, partly because I have written specifically for them.
So I can't complain, and the notes from the editors were pretty spot on. Except this:
One of the editors compalined that she was put off by the jargon. She thought meth referred to methalated alcohol and she was unclear about crank, and thought that it might be slang for crack.
Now as the story was about a meth addict, you can see that that presented a problem. And I don't think that crank is a terribly obscure term, having lived through the last decade conspicuosly not living under my bed.
So good on her for not having to be exposed to the seamier side of life, but it seems to me to be a liability to be buying crime fiction when you appear to have led such a sheltered life.
So the lesson here is don't send this market harsher stuff anymore.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

New cover!

Dark Worlds is reissuing their magazine that featured my story "The Tomb of the Amazon Queen", and it has a fabulous new cover by Mike Jackson.
More here.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Some older stories

Thought I would post links for some older stories I wrote. Most of these are quite short.

And my award winning "Without Napier"

All of these are from Everyday Fiction. They send out a piece of short fiction every day.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Tears from around the world!

Another picture of Tears of Ishtar from around the world: John McIntyre in front of the palace in Lieges, Belgium.
This is really fun!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

More Tears of Ishtar in Exotic Places

This time in the lobby of the Grand Mercure Roxy Hotel in Singapore.
The book is available here.
Where have you read it?

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Best rejection slip ever?

I certainly haven't gotten one quite so awful as this, though one springs to mind "While we are often paid by the word, it is usually best not to write as though we were."
Got a favorite worst?

Monday, February 07, 2011

Exotic Places

Another photo of Tears of Ishtar in exotic places, this time with Hal Morello in Curacao. If you don't have it yet, you can get it here.
Where have you read it?