Delighted to have a new piece of fiction titled Stone Fur Skin Fish Blood up at Fluland. It’s also been added to the Featured section on the site!
The idea for this piece – a palmful of fragments coughed up by the subconscious – came to me at 4am while staying at a friend’s house in Canberra.
My short story The Deadest Man in the Underworld has been published in RIC Journal.
What should and shouldn’t I say about this piece? Wrote it in a frenzy. Or put the pieces together in a frenzy. Maybe it shows, maybe that’s a good thing, I don’t know. Been wanting to contribute to RIC again for some time but didn’t have the right thing. But then this, so.
Big thanks to Saudamini – for supporting, humouring and, in other words, publishing me.
Visual Verse does this thing where on the first day of every month they post an image. They then ask for responses to the image – either poetry or prose, up to 500 words, written in an hour.
Way back in March of 2014 I wrote What the Sheep Thinks of the Sky in response to that month’s image – a drawing of a pile of dead birds. Wrote it while on a trip to Melbourne, in the reading room of the State Library of Victoria. It was a memorable writing experience (not sure I can say that about many writing experiences…); there’s something cleansing and invigorating about the process – of working with a time limit, and a word limit, and walking away from it once you’ve hit “Submit”.
Anyway, on a warm night at the start of this month, I wrote Good Luck with the Arseholes while sitting by the balcony, door pulled right open.
My short story Selected passages from the diary of P has been published by Fanzine.
The story is related, directly, formally, to my writing on Kay Boyle in The Scofield, and thematically to Hellhole, published by Black Sun Lit. I think. I don’t know; the story meets, to my mind, at a point somewhere between the two.
With thanks to Blake Butler.
My 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.
I have a suite of twelve short, short stories titled Stories about you in issue three of The Stockholm Review of Literature.
If you read them, I hope you like them – they’re about you.
Wrote this in a flurry on the weekend; woke up this morning and, like magic, there it was.
I’ve had a few of the ideas contained within bouncing around for a while – this was an unusual, though not unwelcome, way of forcing them down on the page, a pile of dead birds as the foundation.
With thanks to the gang at Visual Verse.
I have some fiction up at Verity La this morning, a short story titled Dancers in Violet. If you read it, I hope you enjoy it.
Praise is once again due to Nigel.
My short story Chest Open is now up at 3:AM Magazine.
It’s a huge thrill to be published in 3:AM. I was going to use this space to write something about the story – but I just want to enjoy this one.