Here’s the cover for Equus, edited by Rhonda Parrish and featuring a Thunder Road story by yours truly!
I’m stoked to be sharing this anthology with some excellent writers, and some writers I’ve yet to discover.
There’s always something magical about horses, isn’t there? Whether winged or at home in the water, mechanical or mythological, the equines that gallop through these pages span the fantasy spectrum. In one story a woman knits her way up to the stars and in another Loki’s descendant grapples with bizarre transformations while fighting for their life. A woman races on a unique horse to save herself from servitude, while a man rides a chariot through the stars to reclaim his self-worth. From steampunk-inspired stories and tales that brush up against horror to straight-up fantasy, one theme connects them all: freedom.
Featuring nineteen fantastic stories of equines both real and imagined by J.G. Formato, Diana Hurlburt, Tamsin Showbrook, M.L.D Curelas, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, VF LeSann, Dan Koboldt, J.J. Roth, Susan MacGregor, Pat Flewwelling, Angela Rega, Michael Leonberger, Sandra Wickham, Stephanie A. Cain, Cat McDonald, Andrew Bourelle, Chadwick Ginther, K.T. Ivanrest, and Jane Yolen.
My story made the back cover copy! You’ll never guess which one is mine.
The table of contents for Equus is finally live and it’s great to see everyone’s names. I’d sussed out a few other authors because I have a few friends on the list but it’s nice to see everyone all lined up. I’m very curious to read everyone else’s stories (and holy shit, I’m in a book with Jane Yolen)!
Stars, Wings, and Knitting Things by J.G. Formato
Eel and Bloom by Diana Hurlburt
A Complete Mare by Tamsin Showbrook
Neither Snow, nor Rain, nor Heat-Ray by M.L.D Curelas
Rue the Day by Laura VanArendonk Baugh
Riders in the Sky by VF LeSann
Above the Silver Sky by Daniel Koboldt
A Mother Unicorn’s Advice to Her Daughter by J.J. Roth
Ladies Day by Susan MacGregor
The Boys from Witless Bay by Pat Flewwelling
The Horse Witch by Angela Rega
Eli the Hideous Horse Boy by Michael Leonberger
Different by Sandra Wickham
To Ride a Steel Horse by Stephanie Cain
The Last Ride of Hettie Richter by Cat McDonald
We Us You by Andrew Bourelle
Scatter the Foals to the Wind by Chadwick Ginther
Lightless by K.T. Ivanrest
A Glory of Unicorns by Jane Yolen
Of course, I’m over the moon to be sharing a ToC with my good pal, and writing partner, Sandra Wickham; a first for us. Another first: sharing a ToC with my self-declared nemesis, Cat McDonald. Cat’s wanted to have a readoff to determine which of us will rule the universe for years now, so it looks like she might be getting her wish when Equus launches in July.
An old friend just sent me this:
(Ted Callan fighting Surtur in Flin Flon, from a scene in Thunder Road. Art by Jeff Nadwidny.)
I knew Jeff had been working on it, and knowing his skills, I couldn’t wait to see the final image. So cool! I especially love the way Jeff decided to represent Mjölnir and how he linked the hammer to Ted’s storm cloud tattoo.
Sold my first story of 2017!
The contract is signed, and I’ve seen other folks announcing their success as well, so here goes:
You’ll find my story, “Scatter the Foals to the Wind” in Equus, edited by Rhonda Parrish!
This is another Thunder Road ‘verse story, but I don’t want to say much more than that at the moment, other than my story is fantasy and involves horses. Let the speculation begin!
C4 is just around the corner!
I’ll be tabling with Clare Marshall again which should be a blast. We had a lot of fun being side by side at Sask Expo last month.
(Here we are so you know who to look for! Disclaimer: Authors may not appear exactly as shown)
We went halfsies on a booth instead of getting side-by-side tables, so set up might be a bit different than I’m used to. Samantha Beiko will be hanging around a bunch too, and lucky us, we’re right by GMB Chomichuk and Nyco Rudolph, so that’s awesome!
You can find us at Booth A903. Do stop by and say hello!
I’m debuting four (FOUR!) new things at C4.
The comic that Samantha and I created together. It’s been a long time coming for the first issue, and Sam did wonderful work on the art. This book had its genesis at C4 a couple years ago, so I’m glad this’ll be it’s first foray out into the public. Make sure you ask Sam for a sketch!
Spacepig Hamadeus and the Captive Planet!
I’m the writer of one of four stories set in Donovan Yaciuk’s Spacepig universe. Nyco Rudolph did the art, and man, it looks fucking amazing. I can’t wait to see the rest of the stories. I’m going to try and have some of these on my table, but your best bet is to track down Donovan at Table A308 at C4. I will happy sign any copies you bring my way.
Shared World 2!
GMB Chomichuk and James Gillespie and I were crazy enough to try and do another last minute book before C4, just like last year, only this year we brought Jonathan Ball along for the ride. My story takes place in Khyber, the city I’ve explored so far in “When the Gods Send You Rats” (Shared World) and “First They Came for the Pigs” (Fungi). Shared World 2 has cover and interior art by GMB Chomichuk, with an introduction by our editor, Samantha Beiko. As with volume one, this is a limit print run, there’s billions of humans but there will only ever be 100 copies of Shared World 2, so come to C4 and make sure you get yours!
Those Who Make Us!
Those Who Make Us contains a brand new Thunder Road ‘verse story, “A Door in the Rock” and heads back to Flin Flon where a young dwarf woman must clean up some of the mess that Ted Callan left behind him in Thunder Road (I could probably write an entire book of short stories of other characters cleaning up after Ted). There’s lots of other great stories in this anthology, and I’m super-chuffed to be included.
I’ll also have copies of my novels (of course) and I’m bringing a limited number of copies of most of my other magazine and anthology appearances if you’ve missed a story.
See you in Artist’s Alley!
Those Who Make Us has a final cover, and the anthology can now be preordered here:
What resides beneath the blankets of snow, under the ripples of water, within the whispers of the wind, and between the husks of trees all across Canada? Creatures, myths and monsters are everywhere…even if we don’t always see them. This is a unique and powerful collection of all-new, cross-genre tales that take the reader into real and imagined worlds, ranging from an encounter with the Metis creature Rugaru to trolls dissatisfied with modern life, to the demons who follow us from our parents’ countries, and to Anishinaabe myths about the creation of creeks. Twenty emerging and award-winning authors explore the way we think about and interact with the unnatural – showing how much the stories we create can teach us about what it means to be human.Authors: Helen Marshall, Renee Salkikar, Nathan Adler, Kate Story, Braydon Beaulieu, Chadwick Ginther, Dominik Parisien, Stephen Michell, Andrew Wilmot, Rati Mehrotra, Rebecca Schaeffer, Delani Valin, Corey Redekop, Angeline Woon, Michal Wojcik, Andrea Bradley, Alex C. Renwick and Andrew Sullivan.
My contribution is a Thunder Road ‘verse story entitled “A Door in the Rock” which is set in Flin Flon and is full of dwarves and trolls and Chevy Suburbans. I’m very pleased with how this one turned out and I hope you’ll enjoy it. Thank you, as always, to David Jón Fuller for the Icelandic language assist.
So glad to be a part of this anthology! It includes so many great writers whose work I’ve loved, and so many more whose work I’m about to discover. And this makes three anthologies I’ve shared with Corey Redekop and four with Alex Renwick. Maybe we’ll need to put out a collection…