Superhero Universe Spotted In The Wild!

My latest short story is out in the wild! I spotted copies of Superhero Universe at McNally Robinson which is pretty cool.

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WOO! Still love that cover.

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Back to back with Corey Redekop!

Corey was kind enough to interview me (and many of the other contributors) as a part of the launch of the anthology. Very excited to dig into everybody else’s stories.

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I’ve done a brief reading from this story prior to its release, and I had a blast, so I think if you’re coming to see me at a convention this year, you’ll be hearing Midnight Man.

From the publisher’s description:

Superheroes!  Supervillains!  Superpowered antiheroes!  Mad scientists!

Adventurers into the unknown.  Detectives of the dark night.  Costumed crimefighters.  Steampunk armoured avengers.  Brave and bold supergroups.  Crusading aliens in a strange land.  Secret histories.
Pulp action.

Tesseracts Nineteen features all of these permutations of the superhero genre and many others besides!

Featuring stories by: Patrick T. Goddard, D.K. Latta, Alex C. Renwick, Mary Pletsch & Dylan Blacquiere, Geoff Hart, Marcelle Dube, Kevin Cockle, John Bell, Evelyn Deshane, A.C. Wise, Jennifer Rahn, Bevan Thoma, Bernard E. Mireault, Sacha A. Howells, Kim Goldberg, Luke Murphy, Corey Redekop, Brent Nichols, Jason Sharp, Arun Jiwa, Chadwick Ginther, Leigh Wallace, David Perlmutter, P.E. Bolivar, Michael Matheson.
The Tesseracts anthology series is Canada’s longest running anthology. It was first edited by the late Judith Merril in 1985, and has published more than 529 original Canadian speculative fiction (Science fiction, fantasy and horror) stories and poems by 315 Canadian authors, editors, translators and special guests.

Some of Canada’s best known writers have been published within the pages of these volumes ― including Margaret Atwood, William Gibson, Robert J. Sawyer, and Spider Robinson (to name a few).

Purchase your own copy of Superhero Universe (you know you want one) at:

Write on!

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Prix Aurora Award Nominations

Nominations opened for the Prix Aurora Awards (and a whole mess of other awards too–though it’s the Auroras that are most likely to impact ’round Thunder Road Way) while I had my head down trying to finish my latest novel.

Instruction for how to nominate a story are available on the Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Association’s site. But why should you vote? Ottawa author Matt Moore wrote an excellent blog post on why we should participate in the Aurora Awards. The more people participate, and the more they care, the more these awards will matter.

If you’re so inclined, here’s what I did in 2015:

  • Too Far Gone, Ravenstone Books, October 2015, eligible in the Novel category.
  • The Last Good Look, The Exile Book of New Canadian Noir, March 2015, eligible in the Short Fiction category.
  • When the Gods Send You Rats, Shared World Volume One, October 2015, eligible in the Short Fiction category.
  • Co-Chair/Artistic Director ChiSeries Winnipeg with Samantha Beiko: “Fan Organizational” category.

Eligibility Lists are here:

I also want to mention the people that helped me create in 2015:

In addition to being my co-conspirator for the Winnipeg arm of ChiSeries, Samantha Beiko steps up every single time I give her a weird ass request, such as: I want to make story cards, or can you draw me a giant, evil cat? Even I want to put a new book together less than a month before Comic Con.

Sam did this great picture of Ted Callan for my story, “New Year’s Eve”

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She also illustrated this super fun (and super creepy) Jólakötturinn, the Christmas Cat.

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and she edited and laid out Shared World.

Sam is awesomesauce. Check out her stuff, and her dream book store, Valkyrie Books.

GMB Chomichuk and James Gillespie also wrote a short story for Shared World. “Kaa-Rokaan.”

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In addtion to being a great writer, Gregory is an amazing artist. His Infinitum was a wonderful, weird read. Time travel noir!

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He also illustrated Underworld, written by another Winnipeg comics mainstay, Lovern Kindzierski. Greek mythology in modern Winnipeg.

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Silvia Moreno-Garcia wrote my favourite book of 2015, her novel debut, Signal to Noise. Silvia’s knows her Lovecraft, and everyone involved in Shared World was chuffed when she agreed to write us a kickass introduction.

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Michael Matheson was my editor for Too Far Gone. Michael was new to editing the series, anddid a bang up job. I’d love to have a chance to work with Michael again. In the meantime, checkout this anthology published by ChiZine Publications:

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David Jón Fuller was my copy editor for Too Far Gone (and the entire Thunder Road Trilogy) and kept all my umlauts in the right spots. David is also a damn fine short story writer.

His story “Caged” appeared in Guns and Romances, and “In Open Air” appeared in Accessing the Future.

Scott Henderson did this gorgeous piece inspired by Too Far Gone.

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Scott also illustrated Richard Van Camp’s graphic novel, A Blanket of Butterflies.

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Claude Lalumière and David Nickle were my editors for The Exile Book of New Canadian Noir and bought my story, “The Last Good Look.”

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This is a killer anthology. I enjoyed reading every story in it.

Sandra Wickham and I are currently writing a novel together. She’s also sort of taken on the Herculean task of getting me back in shape. Her book Health and Fitness for Creative People is a great start.

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Kevin Madison has done tons of Thunder Road illustrations for me over the course of the series’ life. Here’s one of his most recent:

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Kevin also wrote a comic last year, which was a lot of fun. Different artists illustrating various points in a superhero’s career.

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Here’s some other stuff I really dug throughout 2015, heavily weighted towards comics, because that seemed to be the majority of my reading lately.

I helped back Canadian Corps on Kickstarter. Andrew Lorenz’s writing definitely hit me right in the Alpha Flight feels.

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Donovan Yaciuk did the colours for Canadian Corps, but he also writes this sweet indie comic:

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A space-faring pig. ‘Nuff said.

Justin Shauf is the artist on Spacepig Hamadeus and Canadian Corps. He also drew me this SWEET Dr. Fate.

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Rat Queens is written by Kurtis Wiebe, and its one of the highlights of my comic pull list ever time an issue drops.

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I adore Fiona Staples’ art on Saga. Another book that’s never disappointed me.

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Jim Zub’s Wayward is another great fantasy comic.

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No matter how much I read, it still seems like it’s never enough! I feel like I’ve got a lot of cramming to do before I put in my nominations. What have you created or read that I should check out before nominations close?

Write on!

March Goals

February was longer than normal this year, but still felt too short. How’d I do?

  • Get my WiP done and out to my first readers so I can stop thinking about it and concentrate on other stuff.
  • Horror Con! It’s this weekend! I’m stoked. Come by Booth 502 and say hello!
  • Keep my short stories out on submission
  • Finish editing that short story from December and get it out on submission.
  • Work on a new novel pitch.

Almost made it! Horror Con prep took more out of me than I’d expected and a few things went sideways on me as I was getting things ready, losing me time. The con itself was great, but not conducive to getting any real writing done (which is a good thing, if I had time to write, I wouldn’t have been selling books!).

I puttered around with a couple different novel pitches that I want to write, but so far neither jumped out at me as a frontrunner for next project, and neither was quite ready to send off.

But the big one: MY NOVEL WORK IN PROGRESS IS FUCKING DONE! I’ve been working on this book off and on since 2009, so I’m really glad that it’s finally in the shape where I’m willing to let somebody else read it. Of course, now the paranoia sets in about how much my first readers will hate it, since it’s been a part of my life for so long.

What’s on deck for March?

Lots.

  • Finish an article for Prairie Books NOW.
  • Keep my short stories out on submission
  • Write my next chapter in An Excuse for Whiskey.
  • Finish editing that December short story and get it out on submission.
  • Finalize an old grant.
  • Submit a new travel grant.
  • Submit a new novel pitch.
  • STRETCH GOAL: finish the first draft of a short story I’ve been working on.

Write on!