Out of Here – short story collection

The latest release! A collection of eighteen stories that have been published over the past few years. The cover was done for me by the fabulous Andrew McKiernan.

This collection contains some stories that are very dear to me. Some random facts:

The shortest story is an extremely cute 500-word flash that won a place in the ZineWest competition, the longest a 7500 dark fantasy about a deeply-buried family secret, and dark magic.
There are two stories that are based on fairytales, but I’ve twisted them around and set them in a modern setting, one in a bank, the other in the harshness of the Australian outback (hence the Thorny Devil on the cover).
There are stories about dragons, about weird aliens, and possessed bunny rabbits.

Check it out! Click on the image for the Smashwords link. Amazon to follow later this week.

Table of Contents:

Highway – Infinitas Newsletter
Bigger Fish – Fantastic Wonder Stories Anthology
Black Dragon – The Edge of Propinquity
Mass Extinction – Antipodean SF
Legal Aliens – Semaphore
Little Boy Lost – Midnight Echo
The Ten Days of Madness – Antipodean SF
From the Parrot’s Mouth – Beyond Centauri
Metal Dragon – Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine
Never on a Birthday – Byzarium
Out of Here – M-Brane SF
Raven’s Call – Realms
Taking back the Words – Ticonderoga Online
The Only One He Ever Feared – Fly in Amber
The Weed Eaters – The Fat Man At The End of the World Anthology
Straight through the Heart – ZineWest
To Look at the Sky – Semaphore SF
The Invisible Fleas of the Galaxy – M-Brane SF

Some writerly news and updates

A lot of people have been checking back for information on the ASIM slush workshop. It will definitely go ahead. I’m working out details, which will be announced when issue 50 has gone to print. We’re currently working hard to make that happen. Also, people have asked me if they have to be a subscriber to submit. No, you don’t, but there will be special offers, so why shouldn’t you subscribe or pick up a PDF issue?

I am in the process of preparing a collection of published stories for release as ebook. Some of the stories may be familiar to you. Others have been published in overseas pirnt venues or online magazines that have since folded. Here is the table of contents:

Highway (Infinitas Newsletter)
Bigger Fish (Fantastic Wonder Stories)
Black Dragon (The Edge of Propinquity)
Mass Extinction (Antipodean SF)
Legal Aliens (Semaphore SF)
Little Boy Lost (Midnight Echo)
The Ten Days of Madness (Antipodean SF)
From the Parrot’s Mouth (Beyond Centauri)
Metal Dragon (Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine)
Never on a Birthday (Byzarium)
Out of Here (MBrane SF)
Raven’s Call (Realms)
Taking Back the Words (Ticon4)
The Only One He Ever Feared (Fly In Amber)
The Weed Eaters (The Fat Man at the End of the World)
Straight through the Heart (ZineWest)
To Look at the Sky (Semaphore SF)
The Invisible Fleas of the Galaxy (MBrane SF)

Last but not least, I will have a story in the Tales for Canterbury anthology to raise money for the earthquake victims of Christchurch, New Zealand. List of contributors here.

Upcoming release: the Belong anthology

Belong cover


I haven’t used this blog for promotional purposes, but I want to give some attention to this awesome anthology edited by the awesome Russell Farr, from Western Australia, where he runs Ticonderoga Publications, a small press that does awesome things. Check out their books

The Belong anthology contains stories about immigration and the people (or aliens) it affects, an idea inspired by the many varied immigrant populations in Australia. It features 113,000 words of original fiction from around the world: Australia, Canada, Argentina, United Kingdom, U.S.A. and Belgium. It will be coming out in April for Swancon, and is available for pre-order from the publisher.

The TOC is as follows (and yes, I declare self-interest, because I have a story in this volume):

“Border Crossing”, Penelope Love
“Mrs Estahazi”, Barbara Robson
“Norumbega”, Linda L. Donahue
“Ice”, Zdravka Evtimova
“United”. Jennifer Moore
“Rekindle the Sun”, Mary E. Lowd
“The Gift”, Barry Rosenberg
“Prisoner of the Faceless”, Kurt Bachard
“Merpeople”, Gwen Veazey
“Feather-light”, George Ivanoff
“Speaking English”, Stephanie Burgis
“Green, Green Grass of Homeworld”, Donna Maree Hanson
“I Belong to this Red Land”, Edwina Harvey
“All Tales Must End”, Michelle Muenzler
“Namug”, Gustavo Bondoni
“Song of the Blackbird”, Sarah Totton
“A Friendly Gesture”, Chet Gottfried
“Initiation”, Sonia Helbig
“Slow Cookin’”, Angela Rega
“The Ballad of P’toresk”, Simon Petrie
“The Hollow Ones”, Kylie Seluka
“Trassi Udang”, Patty Jansen
“Deeper than Flesh and Closer”, Carol Ryles