A dark, hard-hitting #SF horror short about a young woman who discovers her migraines are actually a symptom of something very strange, and maybe a little sinister.
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Deidre Morneau can’t remember the last time she didn’t have a headache. Chronic migraines have crippled her life and destroyed her dreams, and years of failed therapies have brought her to the brink of despair. But then, the effects of a last-ditch experimental treatment begin to take hold, and Deidre’s symptoms get even worse.
When Deidre agrees to see the research scientist at Extragen Labs who developed the medication she has been taking, things take a twisted turn. After passing out on the floor of the clinic waiting room, Deidre awakens to a bizarre and terrifying new reality.
Suddenly, she is smarter and stronger than everyone around her. She is also isolated, restrained, and at the mercy of madmen. Somehow Deidre has stumbled into a secret research project, and she is the experiment. Her mind and body are undergoing a radical change and there’s nothing she can do to stop it. Deidre has no idea what is happening to her, but she isn’t waiting around to find out.
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I am not a fan of the post-festive economic feeding frenzy that erupts in the wake of Thanksgiving. So, for those of you who would rather read than shop today, I give you #PHANTASMA !
Like, I’m literally giving it to you. Seriously. It’s free. All weekend.
Click, and ye shall receive:
An eclectic collection of speculative short fiction by authors Anne Charnock, Jodi McIsaac, Kate Maruyama, Roberta Trahan, J.D. Horn, and award-winning poet Jason Kirk.
What untapped magnificence lies dormant in the subconscious mind, just beyond our ability to reach? And what monstrosities lurk there, trapped in the shadowy recesses, waiting to be released? These are the quintessential questions that haunt my daily existence.
And so I journeyed into the dark depths of the tortured soul with five of my author friends, to bring you a collection of paranormal and speculative short fiction and verse.
At its heart, my story UNDERCURRENTS is a a super-hero origin story. But it is also a cautionary tale, one that might make you wonder how much you really want to know about yourself.
Diedre Morneau is like any one of millions of people in today’s world, plagued by a common yet debilitating medical condition for which there is no explanation or cure. The desperate drive to escape her suffering takes Diedre on a dark and dangerous journey that ultimately ends with the beginning of another.
Intrigued? I hope so.
If not, don’t worry. There’s more:
From Jodi McIsaac, Pro Patria Moria is the tale of an Irish soldier who encounters fairies offering magical aid, but will that magic help save those he holds dearest?
In Kate Maruyama’s Akiko, a curse laid in Japan finds its mark in the City of Angels.
Anne Charnock’s The Adoption explores a new age of sexual equality and reproductive freedom where bio-engineered foetuses are gestated in artificial wombs. But what becomes of tomorrow’s orphans?
J.D. Horn gives us Pitch, wherein a goat-faced boy sets out with a rifle to kill his father, the Devil, in 1950s rural Georgia.
The Guardian from the Sea by Jason Kirk is weird fiction in verse form, in which a wheelchair-bound mermaid finds love in an adult-video store, and barely escapes to regret it.
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An eclectic collection of speculative short stories by Anne Charnock (2013 Philip K. Dick Award finalist), Jodi McIsaac (“A Cure for Madness,” the Thin Veil series), Kate Maruyama (“Harrowgate”), Roberta Trahan (The Dream Stewards epic fantasy series), J.D. Horn (“Shivaree,” the Witching Savannah series), and award-winning poet Jason Kirk
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Available September 22nd – a creepy collection of paranormal and speculative short fiction and verse from best-selling and award winning authors JD Horn, Kate Maruyama, Anne Charnock, Jason Kirk, Jodi McIsaac, and me!
In celebration of the upcoming release, PHANTASMA authors discuss short fiction and the stories that inspired them on Anne Charnock’s blog:
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Big news! Just returned from Sasquan (Worldcon 2015) in Spokane, WA – where much fun was had meeting and greeting and eating and signing books – to hear that I have been added to the guest list at this years Jet City Comic Show!
I’ll be appearing along with fellow 47North authors Camille Griep (Letters to Zell) and Kate Danley (The Woodcutter). And so very honored to be listed in the company of SFF greats like Terry Brooks and Robin Hobb. Big fangirl moment.
More details to be posted as programming and schedule are confirmed.
In support of the creative class, of which I am a card-carrying member, my gal pal and pop culture media maven Tara Bennett has posted her annual “support your local artisans” shopping list. If you’re looking to find some truly inspired and unique gifts for your loved ones, start with this handy guide of crafty wares from some truly talented folks – click the pics to go to her blog of wonder:
Tara has graciously included me on her list again this year – and as luck would have it, both books in my Dream Stewards series are on sale through December 14th as part of the 200 Kindle Book Bargains promotion, all just $1.99 each (for the ebook edition). There’s a link to the books (and lots of other great stuff) on Tara’s page, but you can also go straight to the front of the line by clicking the book images below!
Tara is also an amazing author herself! Don’t forget to check out her TV tie-in books like SONS OF ANARCHY: The Collectors Edition, and her latest release SHOWRUNNERS: The Art of Running A TV Show (click the pics to buy the books):
I crawled out of my writing cave this morning and realized I’d been in there a lot longer than I thought. Days, even entire weeks have passed – and I hardly noticed! I’d like to say I’ve got a completed manuscript to show for it, but the truth is I’m still a long way from finished.
I’ve got three core projects in the works – the first is an Urban Fantasy series that I just can’t seem to abandon, even though the publishing peeps have been telling me this particular subculture in the fantasy genre is dying on the vine. I’ve decided to put the words on the page and see where this first story goes.
Also on the story wheel is a novel length sequel to the short story I released through StoryFront earlier this year, AFTERSHOCK. If you’re into post-apocalyptic dystopian societies and hostile first-contact scenarios, you should give AFTERSHOCK a try. The novel picks up two years after the original event horizon, as the main characters are forced to confront the grim reality that life on earth is now more alien than human. This is an adapt or die situation that only the strongest can survive.
The project I’m most into this week is a full-on epic fantasy that takes place in a world where the balance of power has tipped too far in favor of a privileged few, and the scale is about to be reset. Akylah, the ruler of the Beyaz-at, is hell-bent to fulfill her father’s promise to lead the displaced tribe back to their ancestral home to reclaim the land and power that is rightfully theirs. To do that, she must retrieve a holy relic that holds no meaning for her, fight an enemy that isn’t hers, and broker a truce between opposing forces who would rather face extinction than make peace.
Sound interesting? I sure hope so. And while you’re waiting for me to finish, you might want to check out this stuff:
Over at SF Signal, Sarah Chorn of Bookworm Blues fame and I chat about women, research and the value of writing community –
And, on Thursday October 30th, I’ll be hanging out at a Facebook Hallowe’en Party featuring a whole bunch of fabulous writers who will be reading, chatting, and giving away prizes –
That’s all I’ve got on the calendar for now, but keep checking back for updates. Rumor has it I will be making a guest appearance or two in the Seattle area in the very near future!
Last week’s blog post (see “An Elegant Epitaph: She Was a Chrome-assed Bitch”) inspired a lot of conversation in my author circles about the role and importance of older female characters in SFF – not just as protagonists, but also antagonists and supporting characters. The older female is too often relegated to the ranks of “sage advisor”, who, while often found in a position of power, is static – implying that she is past her prime or has no more need for growth. There seems to be a prevailing idea that once women have attained maturity (i.e. midlife) they are no longer adventurous – physically, emotionally, philosophically, sexually. In some cases the opinion is that these women are no longer interested, and in some cases the opinion is that these women are no longer capable. Neither could be further from the truth, and yet it seems readers (and book reviewers) have a hard time embracing a mature woman on a journey of any kind.
So, of a spark and a roar, a new author / reader discussion group was born. Teresa Frohock and I have opened up a little salon on the interwebs to explore some of the aforementioned issues and celebrate some of the truly remarkable characters and storylines that feature the Chrome-assed Bitches of SFF. There’s some great conversation happening, and a fabulous reading list. Come and check us out!
Life doesn’t end at 40. In many ways, it’s just getting started. The problem is that mature women are too often devalued, if only as a result of a mistaken perception. We are strong. We are powerful. And we are not to be effed with.
What woman of a certain age hasn’t secretly invoked Kathy Bates’ infamous line in Fried Green Tomatoes: “Face it, girls. I’m older, and I’ve got more insurance.” And on that note, I leave you with the rallying cry of older women everywhere.
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Summer days are here again – even in the Pacific Northwest! I’ll be writing whenever I can, from a patio lounge chair when the weather allows. But what have you got planned? A couple of weeks at some tropical resort? A mountain lake retreat? A back woods camping adventure? Bumming on the beach? Lounging around the house? Visiting family? Whatever your plans, be sure to load up your e-reader and pack it along!
Amazon has an amazing SciFi & Fantasy Summer Reads Deal going on right now – all kinds of interesting books for $1.99 until August 9th, including mine!! If you haven’t already read the Dream Stewards books, now is the time to give them a try! Both THE WELL OF TEARS and THE KEYS TO THE REALMS are on sale.
Already read and loved them? Maybe tell a friend, or leave an honest review on the book’s page at Amazon.com. It really helps us authors out – we really do want to know what you think! Just click the image above to buy or comment.
And, if you’re looking for something else, even something that isn’t Sci-Fi and Fantasy, there are lots of other great deals. Just click the image below to check them all out. I found a few new titles for my own TBR list. Now all I need is the margarita pitcher and a 48 hour day!