On ‘Our Hero Explains’

VESTIGES_00: Ex-StasisMy short story ‘Our Hero Explains’ appears in the Ex-Stasis issue of Vestiges, the irregular journal published by Black Sun Lit.

‘Our Hero Explains’ is a somewhat strange story for me; indeed, it’s been some time since I have even had reason to look at it. But some of the evocations – the location our hero gives his lesson, a place of ancient ritual, and then the oasis he takes his battle-weary soldiers to – remain with me, vivid. In other words, it’s a departure from what seems to be my usual theme of small dramas in suburban neighbourhoods. It’s also very pleasant to be back in print, and side by side with the work of talented friends, acquaintances and other writers I admire; big thanks to the BSL editors for making it happen.

View the Editors’ Note, previews and purchasing details.

On ‘Hellhole’

Black Sun LitBeen a busy ten days: after having a review of some recent Australian fiction published by Entropy, and a piece of flash fiction published by Seizure, Black Sun Lit have published some prose by me titled Hellhole – read that here.

Favourite part of the piece? I like where it ends up. I like how it got there. I like the sandstone cubes, which you can see around Pyrmont here in Sydney.

I like that it may not mean anything.

Big thanks to Black Sun Lit for taking a chance on this one.