Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Novel Sold

My second novel, The Secret History of Moscow, sold to Sean Wallace of Prime Books. It will be releasd in early 2008. Here's a brief description:

"Every city contains secret places, and Moscow is no different, its citizens seeking safety under the city during tumultuous times — a cavernous dark world of magic, weeping trees and albino jackdaws, where exiled pagan deities and fairytale creatures still whisper strange tales to everyone who would listen. Through their interlocking stories, a very different history emerges, full of betrayals and unseen hostilities, between the real world and the world below . . . and now, in the early 1990's, the conflict is escalating.

Galina is a young woman, caught like many of her contemporaries in the new economic uncertainty and apparent lawlessness of the country. In the midst of all this chaos, her sister Maria turns into a jackdaw and flies away . . . prompting Galina to help Yakov, a policeman investigating a rash of recent disappearances. Their search will take them to the underground realm of hidden histories and archetypes, to find themselves caught between reality and myth, past and present, truth and betrayal . . . The Secret History of Moscow."

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Holiday Special for Fantasy Magazine.

For the first time, Sean Wallace and Paul Tremblay
are offering an online holiday special for Fantasy Magazine,
both for US and overseas subscriptions, which boils down
to ten dollars and
thirty dollars, respectively, for four issues.

US: click here
Overseas: click here

Get a subscription, get two; it's a great magazine.
Also, check out their upcoming
sampler (which will contain
my story, "Zombie Lenin").

Thursday, November 30, 2006


Japanese Dreams, an anthology from Wildside Press, is available for pre-order at Amazon. It contains my story "Ebb and Flow".

"Skipping Stones" by Neil Ayres and E. Sedia can be pre-ordered from Jessup Publishing.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Another sale

"Out of the Element" (tentative title) was accepted for MAGIC IN THE MIRRORSTONE anthology (ed. Steve Berman, Mirrorstone Books, coming in 2008).

Saturday, November 04, 2006


For the lack of actual content, some plugs:

Farrago Wainscot, a new and interesting place

Mythic 2 is now available

Medicine Show, Volume 1 of Liquid Laughter project will be available soon

Lotus Lyceum, a discussion group for fantasy writers, always jumping with interesting ideas and opinions

And, finally, Greenhorn, the geekiest comic around. Well worth checking out.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006


"Ebb and Flow", a retelling of a Shinto myth, sold to JAPANESE DREAMS, an anthology forthcoming from Prime Books. This one will be distributed to chain bookstores.

An excerpt from my WIP will be published in December 2006 at Farrago's Wainscot, a new ezine. Link is forthcoming.

Another poem is upcoming in Goblin Fruit next spring.

Friday, September 22, 2006


GrendelSong launch party is in full swing here: http://kapo.ws/wordpress/?p=559

Listen to the podcast by Jay Lake, and marvel at the art and the lineup. Oh, and buy a copy if you feel like it.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Sale # 16

"The Taste of Wheat" will appear in Issue 6 of Fantasy Magazine, spring of 2007.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Sale #15

"Redemption of Nepheli" will appear in Jim Baen's Universe, probably in April 2007. Hooray!

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Review: Show and Tell and Other Stories

Warning: Some spoilers (But you know, a book that can be spoiled by a plot revelation is not worth reading)

I just finished reading Greg van Eekhout's Show and Tell and Other Stories , an elegant chapbook from Tropism Press. I really can't recommend it highly enough, and if you haven't yet bought a copy you're missing out. The most striking thing about these stories is their energy, the crackling and fizzing of words, and the way they combine an almost old-fashioned sensawunda with a very literary narrative.

Here're some thoughts on the stories. I tried to keep them as spoiler-free as I could, but some thoughts demanded context. So there.

My favorite of the bunch was "Native Aliens", hands-down. There are two parallel narratives. The first one details the experience of a Dutch-Indonesian family during the Dutch expulsion from Indonesia after WWII. The ugliness of the situation in Indonesia during WWII, when it was in the middle of hostilities between the Dutch and the Japanese and then during the Japanese occupation, is only hinted at, but that background is effective and horrifying. Same goes for the Dutch colonialism and the fallout of the independence movement. The protagonist and his family go 'home', to the Netherlands they had never seen before.

The other narrative, taking place in the remote future, mirrors the first; only this time the colonialists who go home are the Terrans. This story had a special resonance for me, because really, it was all about people who do not belong anywhere. They find happiness and little joys in the intersices of life, but they will never belong. And there's no going back home, and there is no home, and there never will be.

The rest of the stories do not disappoint. The scope of this collection is quite impressive for a chapbook of six stories -- they range from rather whimsical ("Show and Tell", a wonderful story taking place in the school for elaborated children) to somber ("In the Late December", which takes place after the end of the universe, and deals with Santa trying to carry on the present deliveries to the few remaining survivors, and it is scary and funny and Christmas-y).

We also have "Authorwerx", where a future company recreates dead celebrities (even the most obscure of them, including long-forgotten writers) for encounters with the living. This story starts out as pretty science-fictiony, quickly veers into really realy strange, and ends up being profound and moving.

Then there's "Anywhere There's a Game", a seies of flash stories about basketball. I didn't expect to like this one due to my deep indifference toward spectator sports, but fortunately the story was about weird and wonderful people who happened to play basketball. So I liked it.

"Far As You Can Go" is the only original story here, and it has a broken robot in it. I'm very partial to broken robots and traditionally inanimate objects as protagonists, so I enjoyed this one a lot. And it is hopeless in the beginning, and I really liked that it didn't get all happy in the end, but it ended with a possibility of something... more. Not necessaily better, or happier, or not-broken, but just more than grayness and poisonous air. And this is a fine way to end a book.

I've been really impressed so far with the magazine (Flytrap) and the chapbooks Tropism produced so far. And I have been a fan of Greg's writing for some time now, mostly because he's so unashamed about writing things. So this chapbook was a double treat for me. Oh, and almost forgot: there are also doodles. Tons of interesting and occasionally creepy doodles by the author; they don't exactly illustrate the stories but rather complement them. And there's squid on the cover.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Sale #14

Just heard from Paul Jessup, the esteemed editor of GrendelSong, that the SF novelette "Skipping Stones" co-written by Neil Ayres and myself will be published as a stand-alone illustrated chapbook some time next year. Weee! I'm very happy about that, because this rousing tale of malaria, time travel and a mechanical girl had the hardest time finding a publisher. And because I love chapbooks.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006


"The Clockmaker's Daughter" sold to Horrors Beyond II: Strange Devices (Ed. William Jones, Elder Signs Press). "One, Two, Three", a creepy little story of autism and house spirits went to GrendelSong (Issue 3).

Monday, July 24, 2006

Fantasy Magazine

Clarkesworld offers sample stories from Fantasy Magazine online. Check them out here.

Also, specmusicmuse.blogspot.com has published a review of According to Crow, and an interview with me.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Sale # 10

"Simargl and the Rowan Tree", an enthusiastic bastardization of early Slavic myths, sold to Mythic. It will appear in issue 2, Sept/Oct of this year. I have great fondness for Slavic myth, mostly because so much of it is derivative. Quite a few gods are stolen from Egyprian, Phoenician, Persian, and Norse myth, and incorporated wholesale. Oh, and there's also a Celestial Cow. Any mythology with cows and fiery dogs deserves love and respect.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Making Ivy

"Making Ivy", my story from Poe's Progeny (Gray Friar Press), is on the Recommended list for British Fantasy Society Awards. Yay!

Also, Poe's Progeny itself is on the list for the best anthology, along with The Elastic Book of Numbers.

The complete list is here

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Cover art and ToC for The New Book of Masks

Text:UR cover

Text:UR - The New Book of Masks, Ed. Forrest Aguirre

Nadia Gregor - Faure, Envenomed, Dictates
Eric Schaller - Monkey Shines
Toiya Kristen Finley - The Avatar of Background Noise
Christine Boyka Kluge - Parchment and Twigs
Sarah Totton - Bluecoat Jack
Terese Svoboda - The Lindberg Baby
Tamar Yellin - Strangers on a Train
Joe Murphy - Bitter Almonds and Absinthe
Christine Boyka Kluge - No Mooing in the Moonlight
Catherine Kasper - The Theater Spectacular
Joshua Cohen - Last Transmission or Man with a Robotic Ermine
Darren Speegle - Peace Rituals
Jay Lake/Ruth Nestvold - Incipit
Lance Olsen - Six Questions for an Alien
E. Sedia - A Play for a Boy and Sock Puppets
Christine Boyka Kluge - Documenting My Abduction
Tom Miller - When the Devil Met Baldrick Beckenbauer
Rikki Ducornet - The Scouring
Brian Evenson - Fugue-State
Jason Erik Lundberg - Most Excellent and Lamentable

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Why I love Lucius Shepard


Quote: "Public taste has been so corrupted, there's simply not much hope."

I'm sad to say that I actually agree.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Good day today

1) "A Play for a Boy and Sock Puppets" sold to THE NEW BOOK OF MASKS, edited by Forrest Aguirre.
2) ACCORDING TO CROW made the (long)recommended reading list for Carl Brandon Kindred Award.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Sale #8

Wiscon was crazy fun, and quite overstimulating. Came back to an acceptance for "The Mermaid Collector" from Book of Dark Wisdom. I also have a story, "Yakov and the Crows", in the upcoming issue (#10).

Saturday, May 20, 2006


GrendelSong is now available for pre-order. Check it out!

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Reviewer and reviewee

My review of July 2006 Asimov's is posted on Tangent Online. I really liked this issue, since there were several stories that dealt with touching, meaningful questions.

Also, my story upcoming in Fantasy #3 was reviewed here, along with excellent stories by Darby Harn, M. Thomas, and Hannah Wolf Bowen.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Jigsaw Nation is here!

Barnes and Noble has it for a nice discount, so buy a copy. It's a very nice book.

Saturday, May 06, 2006


Alphabet Angels won the Analog Science Fiction and Fact's AnLab Award in short fiction category. Full results here.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

New Review

FantasyBookSpot.com just posted a wonderful review of ACCORDING TO CROW.

Excerpt: "According to Crow is ultimately a haunting tale filled with vivid images and disturbing revelations. With war comes choices, and for Josiah these are the most important ones of his life. <> Not for the faint of heart, but those seeking a story deep with history and brimming with colorful characters that tear at your heartstrings with their actions, then look no further. It is wholly captivating."

Check it out!

Friday, April 14, 2006


Got my preliminary Wiscon schedule. Rah!

Cultural Appropriation & Writing Fantasy Outside Western tradition (Writing SF&F: The Craft)
Saturday, 9:00-10:15 p.m.

Technologies Other Than Computers (Science and Technology)
Saturday, 10:30-11:45 p.m.

The End Of Reductionism? (Science and Technology)
Sunday, 10:00-11:15 a.m.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Goblin Fruit

The inaugural issue of Goblin Fruit is live! Go check out wonderful poetry by Eric Marin, Mike Allen, and Bruce Boston. Marvel at gorgeous illustrations by Oliver Hunter!

I have a poem there too.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Another sale

"Cherrystone and Shards of Ice" sold to HP Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror.

Also, I am going to be at WisCon this year, May 26-29. Is anyone else going?

Monday, March 06, 2006

Two new sales to report

A Thousand Cuts sold to Other Than, a new venture from Darby Harn. Munashe and the Spirits will appear in the inaugural issue of GrendelSong. Both look like really nice mags, and I'm quite pleased to have placed stories with both of them.

Thursday, February 23, 2006


Just heard that my poem, "Sandman's Sestina", was nominated for Rhysling Poetry Award in short poem category, and will be reprinted in the 2006 Rhysling Anthology. Yay!

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Sale #3

"Manuel and the magic Fox" sold to Fantasy Magazine. It's a very slick publication, and they published a bunch of great stories in their premiere issue. I'm happy that my fusion of Japanese and Navajo folklore with WWII found a home.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Locus Recommended Reading

"Alphabet Angels", co-authored with David Bartell, made the Locus Recommended Reading list 2005.

A very positive review of "Poe's Progeny" can be found here.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Oceans of the Mind

Here is the preview of my story published in Oceans of the Mind. Read! Enjoy! Subscribe!

Wednesday, January 18, 2006


Darby Harn, a fellow writer, was kind enough to interview me here.

Read! Comment!

Saturday, January 14, 2006


I sold my poem "The Inquisitor's Villanelle" to a new poetry webzine, Goblin Fruit (love the name) for their inaugural issue. Link will be posted as soon as their website is up.

Spent the last week or two in feverish activity, writing and otherwise. Two new stories are now out in the mail; two more are being written. A very welcome change from last fall.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

First Sale of 2006

"Sagekites' Land", the story I'm inordinately fond of, sold to Strange Pleasures 6, an anthology from Prime. Very happy to have placed that one.