Cover and TOC reveal – The Cackle of Cthulhu

May 22, 2017

The Cackle of Cthulhu, an anthology of Lovecraftian humor, is forthcoming from Baen Books in January, 2018.

It will include the following stories:

“The Shunned Trailer” by Esther Friesner

“The Captain in Yellow” by David Vaughan

“My Little Old One” by Jody Lynn Nye

“Tales of a Fourth Grade Shoggoth” by Kevin Wetmore

“Friday Night at Brazee’s” by Mike Resnick

“To Whatever” by Shaenon K. Garrity

“The Doom that Came to Providence” by Brian Trent

“Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma” by Alex Shvartsman

“The Call of the Pancake Factory” by Ken Liu

“The Innsmouth of the South” by Rachael K. Jones

“WWRD” by Yvonne Navarro

“In the Employee Manual of Madness” by G. Scott Huggins

“Shoggoth’s Old Peculiar” by Neil Gaiman

“HP and Me” by Gini Koch

“The Greatest Leader” by Aidan Doyle

“But Someone’s God to Do It!” by Konstantine Paradias

“Call of the Uncopyrighted Intellectual Property” by Amanda Helms

“Cthulhu, P. I.” by Laura Resnick

“A Stiff Bargain” by Matt Mikalatos

“The Shadow Over My Dorm Room” by Laura Pearlman

“The Tingling Madness” by Lucy Snyder

“The Girl Who Loved Cthulhu” by Nick Mamatas

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Announcing The Cackle of Cthulhu Anthology

July 21, 2016

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I’ve been sitting on this news for months. It’s the secret project I was hinting at in my anthology update a few weeks ago. But now that the contract is signed, I can finally announce that I will be editing an anthology for Baen!

The Cackle of Cthulhu will be an anthology of Lovecraftian humor, half reprints and half original fiction. This is a topic I know a thing or two about. There are a number of great Lovecraftian humor stories out there and I will endeavor to collect a fun variety of them in this book, as well as to solicit a number of new ones.

There won’t be an open submission window for this anthology, but if you know of a great Lovecraftian humor story you feel I should take a close look at, please let me know about it in the comments or via social media.

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UFO Publishing Titles Now Available At Baenebooks.com

February 22, 2016

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I’m happy to report that UFO Publishing titles are now available for sale at Baen e-book store. baenebooks.com

Baen has been an early adapter in the e-book space, and their site reaches a large number of loyal and voracious readers. I’m very excited and thankful to Baen for providing us with an opportunity to introduce the UFO titles to those readers.

You can find the UFO Publishing titles at Baenebooks by clicking here.

Public submissions for volume 5 of Unidentified Funny Objects will be open during the month of April. We’ll be asking authors to submit just one story per person, so please get your best funny work ready! This year we’ll be moving away from the e-mailed submissions, and utilize the CW Submissions system designed by Neil Clarke (who was extremely kind and patient in letting us use the software and installing it on our site.) Frequent short fiction submitters will recognize it as the same submission system used by Clarkesworld, Asimov’s and Analog. The link to the form will be posted on April 1.

Submissions will remain open until the end of February for Funny Fantasy reprint anthology (still using the old-fashioned e-mail method.) See guidelines here.

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Burying Treasure – Chicks and Balances anthology

July 7, 2015

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My humorous fantasy story “Burying Treasure” is in this latest installment of the Chicks in Chainmail anthology series, edited by Esther Friesner. “Burying Treasure” attempts to explain why there are piles of treasure and gold always lying around, in the unlikeliest of places, for the heroes of traditional fantasy stories and Dungeons and Dragons campaigns to find. The short answer, or course, is Keynesian economics. The long answer … you’ll just have to read the story to find out!

Buy Chicks and Balances here.

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Lots of cool news (with pictures)

March 17, 2015

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Twelfth Planet Press announced the Honorable Mention list for the 2013 Year’s Best Young Adult Speculative Fiction. I’m very honored to have my story “Things We Leave Behind” included on this list! Ken Liu’s story from UFO2, “The MSG Golem” has made the list as well.

You can read Things We Leave Behind at Daily Science Fiction, where it was originally published. You can also listen to the story podcasted at Cast of Wonders, and narrated by me!

 

 

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The May 16 issue of Crain’s New York Business Journal ran a profile on me in my capacity as owner and operator of Kings Games. All I have is this thumbnail for now, but I’m expecting some copies in the mail and am looking forward to reading the article.

 

Informator

 

These are the contributor copies of Informator Gdanskiego Klubu Fantastyki, which has been publishing my Tales of the Elopus mini-stories translated into Polish, one per issue. You can also see the PDF issues online, here. (Click on the magazine cover at top right.)

 

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Editor Bryan Thomas Schmidt shared the cover art of Mission: Tomorrow, his anthology forthcoming from Baen this November which includes my story “The Race for Arcadia.” This will be my second appearance in a Baen anthology, after this summer’s release of the latest Chicks in Chainmail volume.

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An Overflowing Basket of Awesome

September 8, 2014

I’ve been so busy lately with getting the UFO3 print files ready, working on the short story collection, posting Kickstarter updates and other various things, I’ve been neglecting the blog. Again. Sorry about that. I know (or at least totally assume) that you missed me.

So, here is the run-down of extremely cool things that have been happening lately.

* The Kickstarter campaign for “Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories” has funded, raising over 250% of the initial goal! There will be an e-book, an audio book, a paperback and a hardcover published in February, and a separate novella-length book released in August of 2015. Watch this space!

* My urban fantasy noir story “The Fiddle Game” has been accepted at InterGalactic Medicine Show and will appear really soon–in fact, later this month!

* Daily Science Fiction picked up two of my flash stories: “Letting Go” and “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” They also recently published their September table of contents, and one of my strongest-ever stories, “Icarus Falls” will appear later this month. I’ll be sure to post a link!

* I received permission from the Russian author Tatiana Ivanova to translate into English her hilarious novelette “Impress Me, Then We’ll Talk About the Money.” I’m almost done with the translation and hope to help it find a great home in the coming months.

* Speaking of translations, I managed to knock off two items off my writer bucket list simultaneously–my first commissioned story and my first Chinese translation. The difference between a solicited story and a commissioned story is that, with the latter, you get paid  when you turn in your work. A solicited story might still get rejected if the editor doesn’t like it. So, naturally, commissions are rare as they indicate a significant level of faith on the part of the editor. In this case, it’s for a super-cool contest in China. My story will be translated and published in Chinese first — the English version can be published sometime next year. I’ll write a separate blog post about this later this year because the contest it’s for is anonymous and I don’t want to give away any details about my entry.

* And as far as solicited stories go, I was invited to submit to a near-future space exploration anthology edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt and published by Baen books. This morning Bryan announced the final TOC and my story “The Race for Arcadia” (about the rekindled space race between the US, Russia, and India, told from the perspective of the Russians) will appear in it alongside an all-star cast that includes such awesome writers as Mike Resnick, Bob Silverberg, Ben Bova, Jack McDevitt, and James Gunn, among others.

* On a regular day, making it into what might be the highest-profile TOC anthology of my career to date, would be the best writing-related news of the day. But not today. Today I got home from an extra-tough day at work to find a message of congratulations in my Twitter feed. Apparently, I’ve been nominated for the WSFA Small Press Award!

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WSFA is the Washington Science Fiction Association, the fine folks who run Capclave. My story “Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma” has firmly cemented its place as my most successful piece of writing thus far, by becoming one of eight short stories nominated for the award this year! Here’s the press release.

There’s some incredibly tough competition, but I’m super thrilled to be considered. This story was the finalist in the IGMS 2013 Reader Poll, and it was on Tangent Online’s 2013 Recommended Reading list, but this is the first time I’ve ever been nominated for an actual, honest-to-God writing award.  And I must say, I like it very much.

So that’s my basket of awesome. I promise to update the blog more often this month. Until then, if you need me, I will be floating somewhere in the vicinity of Cloud Nine.

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