Happy Pride Month! It's that time of year again, though here in Ottawa I always get the one-two punch of Pride Month in June and then Pride itself in August. Frankly, I'm extra down with that, since I figure we deserve at least two months given how the elections keep going in this damn province. … Continue reading Happy Pride! (And two new title announcements!)
155-4-12 169-4-36 169-5-22, 160-18-8 155-4-12 170-8-23 176-5-2. Art by Micah.
It's coming up soon! There's only a week remaining until 'A Little Village Blend,' my wee gay romance novella, is available via Bold Strokes Books' webstore! (It launches everywhere else July 13th). Tea. Magic. A tall, dark, and grumpy soldier. A sister who is never wrong. Really, Ivan has a lot on his plate. According … Continue reading One Week Until ‘A Little Village Blend!’
Okay, so we all know how I feel about superhero stories, so likely it will be a surprise to none of you how much I squeed out about this story once I realized it took place in an academy for people with gifts, and how the main character was a woman who has powers much … Continue reading Short Stories 366:273 — “Tangled Up in You,” by Suleikha Snyder
Oh, holy flying heck this was wonderful. Found in What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, and told as a kind of parable or folk tale, "What is a Volcano?" has a narrative that begins with the god of ants and the goddess of rivers having a disagreement that escalates, but while … Continue reading Short Stories 366:188 — “What is a Volcano?” by Lesley Nneka Arimah
I was lucky enough to take the wheel over at Out in Print today, to talk about Matthew Bright’s ‘Stories to Sing in the Dark.’ Check it out.
How do you write a cohesive review about a collection of short fiction which includes steampunk space-tombs and the concubines sealed inside waiting to die, a gothic novella, a story with a self-aware film character fighting his way out of a Hays Code era required death, and a noir thriller retelling of The Wind and the Willows?
I’m not sure it’s possible, and I honestly can’t remember the last time I read a collection that cast so wide a net, but here’s the most important thing said first: not only does Stories to Sing in the Dark succeed, it’s my favourite collection of the year, and I can’t imagine there’s a chance of it being deposed before 2019 comes to an end.
Matthew Bright has a genuine talent for fresh angles. He crafts on the frameworks of ideas that could have gone a dozen different…
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