The angel Azrael will soon ride into town on a dead horse
I’ve been writing short stories lately while working on the revisions of the new novel. A few of them have already found homes with publications and will be out shortly. I’m thrilled to announce I’ll have a short story in the Aug. 25 issue of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, one of the top speculative fiction magazines. It’s also one of my favourite magazines, because it’s “dedicated to publishing the best in literary adventure fantasy,” with an emphasis on the literary. And let’s face it, spec fiction isn’t always known for being literary, which frustrates the hell out of me, if no one else. I grew up on writers like Roger Zelazny and Steven Brust, who care as much about the craft of writing as the plot and characters, and that’s the approach I take with my own fiction. So I’m really honoured to be published in BCS, and I’m just glad there’s a place like that for anachronisms like me.
Oh yes, the story is called “The Angel Azrael Rode into the Town of Burnt Church on a Dead Horse.” It’s a weird western featuring fallen angels, risen demons, vampires, zombies, and an assortment of other oddities. Think High Plains Drifter meets Mike Mignola and you’ll have an idea of what it’s about.
More on the other stories to come.