Monday, January 26, 2009

Clélie Rich editing new anthology for Ink Oink Art Inc.

Clélie Rich is now seeking submissions for Escape Clause, "a predominantly, but not exclusively, Westcoast anthology of speculative stuff — fiction and poetry," published by Ink Oink Art Inc., with cover art by Thomas Anfield and interior illustrations by Lee Tockar.

Clélie is looking for original unpublished work that fits these guidelines:
short fiction (2000 to 5000) for which we will pay $200; and poems up to 50 lines in length, for which we will pay $50. We’re looking for character-driven pieces; for whimsical, absurdist, elegant, horrific, heart-felt, energetic, sad, scary pieces; for hard sf, sf with a bit of give in it, fantasy, and everything in between. Pick one or all of the above. If you’ve put your heart into it, we want to see it. Just respect the word limits.
To submit:
one story per submission please, or up to five poems; as an attachment only (not in the body of the message) in either Word or RTF, with your name/[PTY or FCT]/title in the heading, and send it winging through the ethers to

Reading period: January 15th to February 28th 2009.

C. June Wolf interviewed by Hi-Sci-Fi

C. June Wolf was interviewed by Hi-Sci-Fi during the most recent V-Con. Listen to the interview here.

Starred review for Dave Duncan's latest in Publisher's Weekly

Dave Duncan's latest novel, The Alchemist's Pursuit (due in March from Ace), got a starred review in the January 19 Publisher's Weekly, which says, "Duncan neatly blends a vision of magical Venice with an engrossing whodunit."

Friday, January 16, 2009

Holly Phillips sells "psychological horror story" to Postscripts

Holly Phillips has just sold psychological horror story "The Rescue" to Postscripts in England. It's her first non-reprint sale off the continent.

As well, Holly's novel The Engine's Child was named in Fantasy Book Critic's list of the top five fantasy books of 2008.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

New work from Jean-Louis Trudel

Jean-Louis Trudel has provided one of his semi-annual updates of his publishing activities:

In 2009, the Éditions du Vermillon in Ottawa will publish their second fiction collection by Jean-Louis. Titled Les Marées à venir (Tides to Come), it will include 10 science fiction short stories published between 2000 and 2008, plus one original story.

Jean-Louis's short story « Désaxés! » ("Off-kilter") has been accepted for publication in 2009 by Solaris, while Tesseracts 13 (EDGE), edited by Nancy Kilpatrick and David Morrell, will include his story "The Night Before the Storm", translated by the author himself from the story in French, known as « La nuit avant l'orage ».

In 2008, the Éditions David in Ottawa published a thick teacher's guide by Sophie Beaulé of St-Mary's University in Halifax, Jean-Louis Trudel, devoted to five of the author's young adult books, comprising the series of the « Saisons de Nigelle » ("Seasons of Nigelle").

Jean-Louis's  short story about life on Vancouver Island after global warming, « Soldats des bois, de la mer et du ciel » ("Soldiers of the Woods, the Sea, and the Sky"), appeared in the December 2008 issue of French magazine Galaxies, while his story about a Venus transit in Milano, « Les terrasses de Brera » ("The Brera Roofs"), should appear in 2009 in the Montreal magazine Brins d'Éternité, a non-paying market.

Jean-Louis  also writes with Yves Meynard under the name Laurent McAllister. In 2008, they sold to the Éditions Bragelonne in Paris a hulking 250,000-word space opera to be published as Suprématie : La vengeance d'Alcaino (Domination: Alcaino's Revenge), in April or May 2009. Laurent McAllister will also be authoring in 2009 a fiction collection, Les Leçons de la cruauté (Cruelty's Lessons), to be published by the Éditions Alire in Quebec City. It will include three stories originally written in French and two originally written in English, published in various venues between 1992 and 2007.

Finally, as a sometime agent-translator, Jean-Louis also sold recently, to Fantasy Magazine, a short story by French author Jean-Claude Dunyach, "Birds," translated by Sheryl Curtis from the French original, « Oiseaux ».

Eric Orchard launches Metachronicles, new blog focusing on retrofuturism

Eric Orchard has launched a new blog called Metachronicles whose focus is retrofuturism. Eric writes, "Retrofuturism is all about anachronism. It is the science of yesterday tomorrow and the world of tomorrow yesterday. It is the examination and celebration of the aesthetic of science and science fiction, regardless of whether or not it spills over into fantasy..."

He says he created the blog because "I love this aesthetic and am excited about it and want to share my explorations. I love science fiction and I love anachronisms and how they are portrayed in art and books...Also, this blog is a way to compile my research and thoughts for my own work."

Check it out!

Simon Rose leading writing workshops in Calgary February 3 and 5

Simon Rose is offering workshops on "Writing and Publishing Your Children's Novel" in Calgary on February 3 and 5.

On Tuesday, February 3, from 7 to 9, he'll be leading a workshop entitled Inspiration, Imagination and Invention. "We examine the writing process from initial concept through to the finished manuscript, including how to turn ideas into stories, the creation of outlines, story structure, character development, the role of research and the importance of editing and revision," Simon says.

The second workshop, on Thursday, February 5, also runs from 7 to 9 p.m. "Marketing and Promotion" "explores websites for authors and writers, online marketing, media relations, book launches and bookstore signings, promotional events, securing speaking engagements, as well examining ways to research and submit to publishing houses."

Both workshops will be held at the Palliser Bayview Pumphill Community Association, 2323 Palliser Drive SW, Calgary, and the cost for each is $50. Interested writers can register at or at (403) 285-9383.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Steve Vernon sells historical horror novel to Delirium Books

Steve Vernon has signed the contract for his second novel, a historical horror story entitled Devil Tree, due out from Delirium in late 2009 in hardcover and trade paperback.

Matthew Hughes to pen Luff Imbry novel for Underland Press

Matthew Hughes has made a deal with Victoria Blake of Underland Press, a new small publisher based in Portland, Oregon, to write a novel that will carry forward the adventures of Luff Imbry, Matt's "Sydney Greenstreetish master criminal of the entirely improbably far future."

The book should appear in the summer of 2010.

Colleen Anderson places story in Harlequin erotic fairy tale anthology

Colleen Anderson's "skewered fairy tale" titled either "A Taste for Treasure" or "The Stick, the Crop and the Cot," will be included in an upcoming Harlequin erotic fairy tale anthology.

The story is based on one of the Grimms' tales titled "The Magic Table, the Golden Donkey and the Club in the Sack."

As well, Colleen has sold poem "Collecting" to Sotto Voce for its January issue.

Rae Bridgman illustration movies online

Rae Bridgman has uploaded three small movies of pen-and-ink illustrations from her kids' fantasy books: view them here.