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FIRE: Demons, Dragons & Djinns, published by Tyche Books and edited by Rhonda Parrish, was released Aug. 14 at When Words Collide in Calgary, Alberta, where it sold out. Here is a quote about it from a 5-star review:

This fine set of short stories comprises a quest for purpose and knowledge of Truth weighed against manifest destiny, mitigated by companionship and tarnished by greed, that can be read in one day. My favorite was The Djinni and the Accountant.

– Barbara, Goodreads Reviewer

(Cover artist: Ashley Walters)

My story, “The Djinni and the Accountant”, tells the story of a djinni trying to sort out his import taxes on everything people have wished into being. Beyond this absurd premise, it’s about the unexpected things we have to offer each other. I’m thrilled to see such a positive early response to this anthology.

Get your copy now! 

Here are the Amazon and Kobo order links. It’s also available from Barnes & Noble.

I’ve been really excited about this upcoming anthology, and now I can finally share the gorgeous cover:

(Cover artist: Ashley Walters)

FIRE: Demons, Dragons & Djinns, published by Tyche Books, will be released Aug. 14. Here are the Amazon and Kobo preorder links. My story, “The Djinni and the Accountant”, tells the story of a djinni trying to sort out his import taxes on everything people have wished into being. Beyond this absurd premise, it’s about the unexpected things we have to offer each other. I had the great pleasure of working with Rhonda Parrish again for this anthology, and I’m quite proud and honoured to be a part of such a terrifically-themed and professionally crafted body of work. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

E is for Evil is out in paperback and ebook! (Links at the bottom of this post.) It features my story “G”, a dark twilight-zone romp through the intersection of religion and science. I am really excited to share this story and to see what thoughts and reactions it provokes, not to mention those of all the many other contributors to this anthology. Fair warning: it is dark, much darker than any of the other alphabet anthologies, which might not be surprising given the title.

Here’s what others have said about it:

E is for Evil is a fun, quirky, and thoroughly entertaining anthology which is sure to have something for every type of reader. It is absolutely worth the time for anyone who enjoys imaginative and thought-provoking literature.

-Brad OH Inc.

No two stories are the same. If you love horror… or you want to experience horror on a level that is beyond guts and gore (though it has some of that too) I highly recommend trying this anthology.

-Melodie, Goodreads reviewer

 

Official Description:
E is for Evil contains twenty-six individual stories which each shine a different light on the multi-faceted idea that is evil. Running the gamut from lyrical fantasy to gritty horror in these stories possessed toys, hellish bureaucrats, scientists with questionable morals, abusive partners and even lingerie sellers all take their turn in the spotlight.

Featuring fresh new stories from Michael Fosburg, Lynn Hardaker, Stephanie A. Cain, Andrew Bourelle, Suzanne J. Willis, Samantha Kymmell-Harvey, Hal J. Friesen, C.S. MacCath, Michael B. Tager, Jonathan C. Parrish, Amanda C. Davis, Lilah Wild, Sara Cleto, Alexandra Seidel, Mary Alexandra Agner, Cory Cone, Jeanne Kramer-Smyth, Beth Cato, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, Megan Engelhardt, Danielle Davis, Brittany Warman, BD Wilson, L.S. Johnson, Pete Aldin and Michael M. Jones.

Get your copy now! 

Ebooks:

US — https://amzn.to/2Kc5nIP
Canada — https://amzn.to/2HWFqvT
UK — https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07B4QPDQ1

Paperback:

Amazon — https://amzn.to/2L1fmBf

Free on Kindle Unlimited

It’s that time of year for voting on one of Canada’s Science Fiction Awards, the Auroras. I have two stories that are eligible for short fiction awards, if you feel either merits it.

“W” in the D is for Dinosaur Anthology

“Lines of Fire” in the Megan Survival Anthology

To actually nominate or find out more about the Aurora awards, head here: Prix Aurora Awards

 

I’m excited to reveal the cover for the next instalment of Rhonda Parrish’s Alphabet Anthologies, E is for Evil, which contains my story, “G”. Without further ado:

It’s a play on the old adage “See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil,” perhaps slightly misleading because of how much evil is contained in the anthology’s 26 alphabetized stories. For the cover Rhonda sought a non-denominational representation of evil, and I think she and Jonathan C. Parrish (cover artist) nailed it. It’s a gripping image not immediately obvious at first glance, much like the stories in the anthology.

My story, of which I cannot give you a title aside from the letter “G”, has the feel of an old episode of the Twilight Zone. I really enjoyed writing and shaping this story into a hard-hitting fist (that’s a reference you’ll have to read the story to get). I really tried to take relatable motives and motivations, then twist them into something ugly, so that the reader is hopefully disturbed in seeing how they themselves could end up in a similar situation. This story lives in the grey area between right and wrong, and my hope is that the reveal and clarity afforded by the end will feel surprising, inevitable, and chilly.

As for the other stories in this anthology, here’s a summary from Rhonda herself:

“E is for Evil contains twenty-six individual stories which each shine a different light on the multi-faceted idea that is evil. Running the gamut from lyrical fantasy to gritty horror, in these stories possessed toys, hellish bureaucrats, scientists with questionable morals, abusive partners and even lingerie sellers all take their turn in the spotlight.”

Intrigued? Curious about how many different ways we can interpret and understand evil? The good news is the pre-orders for this book also go live today, in various nests of the Amazon, so if you’d like to guarantee yourself a copy as soon as the anthology’s available, head to the links below:

I’ll post again when the anthology’s available, along with information on launches and how to snag a signed copy.

If you’ve never heard of the Alphabet Anthologies before, they’re a series where each volume features a letter of the alphabet and a word. In each anthology, there are 26 stories, one for each letter of the alphabet, all themed around that anthology’s particular word. It’s an ambitious project started by Rhonda Parrish, who aptly describes it as “very meta”. I’ve had the opportunity and pleasure to be a part of it for both D (is for Dinosaur) & E, but there are also A, B & C available. For more information, head here.