New short story: “Courielle”

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“Courielle”, the most upbeat thing I’ve ever written, can be found in the first issue of a new and exciting genre-defying quarterly (or thereabouts): Open Polyversity One.

This is how Polyversity Press describes the anthology:

“Open Polyversity is a laboratory.

Open Polyversity is a Journal of Misc Studies. It contains fiction, poetry, comics, photography, collage, drawing, an essay on art education and many other diverse materials.

Contributions from: Arwen Xaverine Bennett, Adrian Carter, Edmund Davie, Andrew Demetrius, Simon Drax, Richard Fontenoy, Melanie Georgiou, Phillip Raymond Goodman, Steve Hiddlestone, Zali Krishna, Solomon Kirchner, Clive Nolan, Zoe Plumb, Christina Scholz, Dan Sumption, Brian Turner and Paula Turner.”

My story features an introverted LGBTQ+ protagonist, typography, etymology, and urban monsters. It does not have an “action-driven plot”, and I wouldn’t know how to define its genre. It’s a good thing I don’t have to. ;)

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Dun da de Sewolawen: The Heart of Silence

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On the world of Kobaïa, Siri and her friends Dewa and Toli are sailing away.

They are sailing away from their parents who they have outgrown, they are sailing away from their civilisation that is only a handful of generations old, and which in its turn has sailed away from the fear that was their original homeworld.

Across the undêm and alone, an electric ritual awaits them: a leviathan of the deep and a darkness that took Siri’s own brother many years ago in its black tentacles.

Out there in The Heart of Silence.

Dun da de Sewolawen is the tale of rites of passage and bonds of friendship in the tradition of Hayao Miyazaki and Christian Vander. It is also possibly the only existing example of Zeuhl literature.

My Zeuhl novelettino Dun da de Sewolawen is now out in a gorgeous print edition from Polyversity Press. Snap it up here!

“Dun da de Sewolawen: The Heart of Silence”

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Feed your phones and e-readers! My Weird SFF zeuhl novelette “Dun da de Sewolawen: The Heart of Silence” is in issue #4 of The New Accelerator! It’s a story about how one generation’s utopia is no longer a utopia to the next generation; it’s simply their home. It’s also a story about loss, adventure, music, tentacular smoke-monsters, and above all about friendship.

Special thanks go to:

Magma (obviously). It was great fun to play with their language. I tried to treat it respectfully, too.

Zali Krishna – for ongoing feedback and inspiration, especially for Bound to Lose and Tolley Boy.

Michael Hellwig, Christian Michael Riesslegger, Christian Maurer, Joshua Levesque – friends, sources of inspiration, players of ideas ping-pong, and quite frequently beta-readers of my stories.

H.P. Lovecraft, Jean ‘Mœbius’ Giraud, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Hayao Miyazaki and China Miéville – who, it seems, have (both consciously and unconsciously) influenced this piece of work.

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More Creative Writing News

Wyrd Daze has expanded onto Patreon and I’m happy to be a regular contributor to their Writers Club. I’m in excellent company too! Take a look at the new Patreon page and the many cool rewards for patrons.
Here you can find the current issue 6 showcase, and here’s the showcase for issue 5 (featuring my short story “Déjà Tué” as well as a comic strip entitled “Who by Fire”, which I’ve collaborated on with Joshua Levesque).

More fiction!

You can find my short story “Déjà Tué” *and* “Who by Fire”, a collaborative comic strip with art by Joshua Levesque, in issue 5 of the excellent zine Wyrd Daze. I love their format, since it’s a multimedia zine. Subscribing will also get you the podcast, music playlist and additional materials. This issue features some amazing stuff – I feel that I’m in *very* good company here.

New story: The Lost City of Emory Winters

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Something else happened while I was on holiday: My short story “The Lost City of Emory Winters” has been published by The Big Click. Their wonderful noir page design really adds another level, doesn’t it?
My story was inspired by two of M. John Harrison’s tweets earlier this year (“suicide note as a greeting” / “lost in the stairwell”). In a tweet-sized review Zali Krishna called it “entropic kipple noir”. Hope you’ll enjoy it.