Spectral Pride

My publisher Word Horde has put up an appropriate Pride-themed ad for A SPECTRAL HUE. The novel officially releases on June 18th, but if you order directly from Word Horde, you can get a signed paperback copy early.

The insightful Bogi Takács reviewed the novel on their site. Here’s an excerpt:

The story focuses on the fictional town of Shimmer, Maryland, where a movement of self-taught Black artists developed over time. Xavier is a young hipster somewhat out of his element in the small town, where he has just arrived to work on his master’s thesis in art history. He rents an AirBnB from Iris, a woman whose past ties her to the artists Xavier is intent on studying. Linc is a drifter trying to find a job, something, anything in Shimmer… even if it’s in a haunted museum. And Fuchsia… Fuchsia has been around for generations. The life-threads of this all-Black and very queer cast tangle together to form a quilt not unlike the artworks Xavier researches.

You can read the rest on their site.

Storybundle, Pride Edition

The fabulously talented Melissa Scott put together a Storybundle for Pride Month is year. You get 4 eBooks for $5 for the basic Bundle. And for $15 you get 6 extra eBooks!

Main Bundle:

Scourge of Time and Space, ed. Catherine Lundoff

Sea Swallow Me, Craig Laurance Gidney

Underdogs, Geonn Cannon

Transcendent 3, ed. Bogi Takács

Bonus bundle:

The Eagle’s Heir, Jo Graham and Amy Griswold

Wireless and More, Alex Acks Wells

Skin Deep Magic, Craig Laurance Gidney

Beware of Wolf, Geonn Cannon

Glittership 2, ed. Keffy Kehrli

Spectred Isle, KJ Charles

Proceeds from the sales will go the Rainbow Railroad organization, who do important work relocating queer people who face persecution and violence all over the world.

From their website:

In countries all over the world, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) people live in basic fear for their freedom, their safety and their lives. They often have nowhere to turn because their government and police not only tolerate but encourage this brutality. 

Rainbow Railroad exists to help these people get out of danger to somewhere safe. In the spirit of and with homage to the Underground Railroad, the mission of Rainbow Railroad is to help LGBTQI people as they seek safe haven from state-enabled violence, murder or persecution. Through funds collected by people like you, we’re able to support, provide information, and help to arrange safe transportation for these LGBTQI people to somewhere in the world where they can live their lives in freedom.

I’m happy that both of my books are included. The Storybundle runs from June 5 to June 24. The link is here.

Sea, Swallow Me & Other Stories – v2.o; Publisher’s Weekly on A Spectral Hue

Lethe Press has kindly re-leased my first book, Sea, Swallow Me & Other Stories with a lovely new cover, by the talented Matthew Bright (of Inkspiral Design).

In other news, the eBook of my forthcoming novel A Spectral Hue, can now be preordered through Amazon (Barnes and Noble and Kobo links are coming shortly).

Publisher’s Weekly gave the book a great review! You can read it here.

‘US’, Geeks of the Galaxy and Norwescon

It was a busy weekend. I spent 4 days in Seattle, attending the wonderfully run Norwescon, where I co-facilitated a writing workshop. The other instructors were Nisi Shawl, Carol Berg, the editor Neil Clarke, and workshop co-chair Barth Anderson. The workshop was run Milford-style, and it was great to read and critique fiction from the talented cohort. Being a mentor is one of my bucket list items. Thanks to Anderson and Sienna Saint-Cyr for the opportunity. In addition to the workshop, I sat on a few panels and met many new people.

The Geeks of the Galaxy podcast where I discussed the Jordan Peele movie US with Tananarive Due and Evan Narcisse debuted on April 20th. Thanks to host David Barr Kirtley for having me on again. You can listen to it here.

Up next–approving copy-edits for A SPECTRAL HUE. I suspect a reveal of the gorgeous cover art is just around the corner.

But now, a quick nap after a red-eye.

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: Sylvan dread and grief in Dale Bailey’s “In the Night Wood.”

Dale Bailey’s novel In the Night Wood exists in the nether region between dark fantasy and psychological horror. Charles and Erin Hayden have suffered a terrible loss, the accidental death of their six-year old daughter Lissa. Their marriage is also on the rocks due to Charles’ affair with a fellow professor, which in turn has caused Charles professional strife. Roughly a year after the tragic loss, Erin finds that she is the heir to the home of Caedmon Hollow, the author of an obscure British Victorian fantasy novel. The couple leave their North Carolina home, where Charles intends to research and possibilty write a book about the author in hopes of rekindling his academic career. The couple also hope that the change in scenery will help heal the rift in their relationship.

Located at the edge of a primeval woodland, Hollow House is the quintessential Gothic mansion, overlooking the ominously-named Eorl Wood. The nearby village, Yarrow, has suffered a loss of its own: a young girl has gone missing. In this atmosphere of grief and fear, both Charles and Erin begin seeing things in the wood, such as glimpses of a lost little girl and the shadow of an antler-crowned figure. Charles goes down the rabbit hole of research, making connections between the local folklore and Caedmon Hollow’s phastamorgic novel. Erin isolates further, drowning her sorrows in alcohol and pharmaceuticals.

In the Night Wood is a darkly lyrical tale, drenched in literary allusion, referencing Yeats, Pre-Raphaelite literature to older folk tales, such as the Erl King and changeling myths. The novel is filled with images of sylvan dread and imbued with the kind of Celtic Twilight aura that runs through the work of Alan Garner. The undercurrent of grief gives the story an emotional weight that grounds the dark ephemerality of the narrative. Recommended for fans of Elizabeth Hand, Sarah Waters and Alan Garner.