In hindsight, 2015 truly started the literary ball rolling for me. I started this writing endeavor back in 2012, and between then and now, sold a handful of stories to various publications I not only admire, but remain flattered to have shared a spot with such talented authors. But 2015 saw even more acceptances (many of which will appear in 2016), as well as the publication of my first collection from Dunhams Manor Press titled Alectryomancer and Other Weird Tales. I’m humbled that the book placed on several yearly highlights lists, and the kind words from many has been beyond gratifying.
And now my story “Loveliness Like a Shadow” will be reprinted in Michael Kelly and Simon Strantzas’ anthology The Year’s Best Weird Fiction volume 3. This had a profound impact on me, as it’s my first Best of anthology appearance. I’m woefully ignorant of the machinations when it comes to yearly Best of collections and annual awards, so I missed the deadlines to submit to any others (narrowly missed Ellen Datlow and Paula Guran’s deadlines. Hopefully I’ll have better luck in 2017). I barely had time to slip “Loveliness Like a Shadow” under Strantzas and Kelly’s door, but I am so glad I did. I cannot adequately convey my gratitude to both.
And this gratitude extends to Max Booth III, Lori Michelle, Justin Steele, and C.M. Muller for accepting stories last year. These will appear in 2016:
“Eternity Lie in Its Radius”— Lost Signals anthology (ed., Max Booth III and Lori Michelle): May release date.
“Phantom Airfields”— Nightscript vol. 2 (ed., C.M. Muller): October release date.
“Loveliness Like a Shadow”— The Year’s Best Weird Fiction volume 3 (ed., Simon Strantzas and Michael Kelly): October release date.
“Devil Gonna Catch You in the Corners”— Strange Aeons Magazine (ed., Justin Steele): release date unspecified.
An untitled project for Dunhams Manor Press: release date unspecified.
There are several other stories currently in limbo, with the potential to appear this year or next depending on circumstances. All I can do is my damndest to make the next story better than the previous.