Cover and Interior Art from NOWA FANTASTYKA, Apr 2015

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Earlier this year, Polish SFF magazine NOWA FANTASTYKA translated and published my story, “Mrs. Henderson’s Cemetery Dance”. The cover is above (click on it to see a larger version). It’s my first translation and my first international publication; I couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out.

I don’t have the right to scan/post the entire story, but I did want to share this bit:

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That’s original art, drawn for my story, by Maciej Zaganczyk. It shows a disgruntled Mr. Liu chasing after the dog who stole his arm. It’s the impetus for the rest of the tale: this risen corpse, this bad dog. (And we can all agree, it was a very bad dog.)

“Mrs. Henderson’s Cemetery Dance” was originally published at Red Penny Papers, in their Summer 2012 issue, and is no longer available to read online. However, you can still get it as a part of my short collection, Women and Other Constructs, here (including free downloads).

New review of “Mrs. Henderson’s Cemetery Dance”

Carl V. Anderson, who recently wrote a glowing review of my collection, Women and Other Constructs, for SF Signal, has gone a step further. He did an in-depth review of the first story, “Mrs. Henderson’s Cemetery Dance”, for his own blog:

You know how it is when you come across a story that feels like it was written just for you; you get that almost out-of-body experience where the story leaves you feeling like you are floating on air, or glowing, or whatever hyperbolic description that you go to in order to attempt (always feebly) to describe that electric feeling. That is what happened when I read “Mrs. Henderson’s Cemetery Dance”. I am a bit wary when sharing how one story reminds me of another creator’s work. When I do so I mean it as a compliment and often worry that were the author to discover it they would take it as an offense, as if their work were not unique. When I write that this story reminded me of The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and of various scenes in Tim Burton’s stop-motion film, The Corpse Bride, it is not to in any way intimate that Carrie Cuinn was in any way inspired by these stories. What I am saying is that there is a kinship of props and characters as well as a kinship in the way all three of these pieces of art make me feel.

He goes on to say:

“Mrs. Henderson’s Cemetery Dance” appeals to me for many reasons. One of which is that even though I don’t like really dark, graphic horror I do have a lot of affection for all the trappings of a good horror story. I prefer what could be called “gothic” tales and this story feels more like that type of story. I enjoy that there is an element of the eerie to this story, particularly in imagining what these corpses really looked like, but that the story itself is about people, about relationships, and not about being scary for the sake of being scary.

I like that the story has a bit of the melancholy woven within. It looks at goodbyes, partings, death…things that admittedly have elements of sadness and grief to them but are a part of all of our lives, something that ties us all together regardless of the way we treat one another.

I like the story because way in which Carrie Cuinn structures her sentences and her dialogue captures the time period in which the story is to have taken place. There are no wasted words here, every sentence conveys some aspect that is important to the overall story.

You can read the whole thing here.

A Podcast, Some Advice, and a Story (new places to find me online)

I’m going to skip my usual “things I did last month” roundup because I’ve actually talked about most of them (sick, Readercon, IN SITU, temp job, etc). I’m hard at work getting FISH finished up, and  other Dagan Books business like con planning, advertising, hiring, accounting and so on. It’s quickly becoming an actual 40-hour a week job (the weeks I can keep it to only 40 hours) and perhaps in another year or so it will start doing nifty things like paying me.

We’re not there yet. In the meantime I’ve done a couple of non-Dagan Books things I’d like to share:

  • Last week I was on an episode of the Hugo award nominated podcast at SF Signal, “Readercon, Harassment and Making Positive Changes” with Stina Leicht, Mur Lafferty, Jaym Gates and Patrick Hester. It’s not the only podcast to have covered the topic or even the recent incident at Readercon, but it’s part of the ongoing conversation. I think we said some good things. You can listen to it here: Episode 143
  • My most recent Tech Nerd column is up at Functional Nerds: “Ten FREE Apps That Make My iPhone a Mobile Office
  • Mrs. Henderson’s Cemetery Dance” was published by Red Penny Papers in their Summer 2012 issue. Click on the link to read it for free.
  • “No Hand to Turn the Key” (my clockwork erotica/librarian story) sold to the STEAMPUNK CTHULHU anthology forthcoming from Chaosium. I’ll post more details once I have them, but for now, check out the cover by Daniele Serra: