The contest will remain open for voting until June 24, so if anyone hasn't read or voted yet, but has a moment to do so, I would be very grateful.
On a less optimistic note, I'm sorry to say that the publication of The End of the Trail will be delayed. While I was initially hoping to have the novelette released on Amazon by now, I'm afraid it won't be available until farther in the future. I'll post more updates on this topic soon, when I have a more exact time table.
Still, if you've enjoyed my fiction so far, there's plenty to look forward to. I have stories forthcoming in some great publications, that I'm honored to be a part of.
Jonathan, a story about fishing, bad memories and past sins, will be appearing in the next anthology from The Fiction Desk. I love The Fiction Desk's anthology series and have been trying to get my proverbial foot in that door for a while now, so having my work included in this anthology is thrilling.
The Willow Switch, a microfiction piece about an exorcism and a passive kind of revenge, will be up at Pidgeonholes on July 2. If you're not familiar with Pidgeonholes, I recommend checking out this cool zine, which has published some great short fiction and poetry by writers such as Geroge Wells, Dino Laserbeam, Mark McKee, Anton Rose, Nina Shepardson and many others.
There Used to be Places, a story about a small-town sheriff searching for two missing persons – and nothing more will be said, to avoid spoilers – and The Speaking Hill, a story about ghosts and five men talking about ghosts, will be published in Dark Lane Anthology: Volume 2. This is an anthology of weird fiction, edited by Tim Jeffreys. The anthology's mission statement describes fantastically well the kind of fantastical fiction I like to read and try to write. You can read it in full at the anthology's submission guidelines page, but I think the heart of it can be seen in the two passages below:
Think writers such as Angela Carter, Ray Bradbury, Mervyn Peake, Jeffrey Ford, Miceala Morrisette, Lisa Tuttle, Jack Pendarvis, Robert Aickman, Truman Capote, and Margaret Atwood.
(...) We want a mix of stories that will appeal to readers who don’t necessarily read genre fiction. We want stories that have an emotional depth, that remind us how full of wonder life can be (although that doesn’t mean they have to be uplifting).
A Good Price, a horror / magic realism story about a man journeying with a newly-acquired slave, will be published in Creepy Campfire Tales (for Grownups), a new horror anthology from EMP Publishing. There's an Indiegogo campaign, which is already funded to the point of pro-rate payment for writers; further donations will expand the anthology's word-count and perhaps bring the payment rates even higher. Anyway, if you like horror (for adults, as the anthology's web page stretches. Not for the fragile hearts of little brats), I think you'll enjoy this one.
People-like Trees in the Night, a dark, fantastical short story set in Israel during the time of the British Mandate, is still forthcoming in Spark: A Creative Anthology.
And finally, The Fox God and the Fox, originally published in Bad Dream Entertainment almost a year ago, will be reprinted in Dark Little Dreams, an anthology from the same publisher.