In a moment of weakness or stupidity, I’m not sure which, I posted an extract of my novella The Gift Garden at Fictionaut for people to read. Yeah. There you go.
I have been working away, off and on, on the next NOVAK release, and first proper, full length album. I have a little teaser up on Facebook, and here I reveal the title and full track listing. Are you ready? What do you mean, No?
It’s a great shame when journals die – two that had previously published some of my work have done just that, so I have decided to upload those stories here so they may have a permanent home, and continue to be ‘enjoyed’.
In which I update on some things I forgot to mention before and provide news on new fiction and some upcoming fiction and some works in progress as well as what’s going on with my music.
My review of Ethel Rohan’s remarkable book, Hard to Say, originally published by Emprise Review. Since that site has now, apparently, disappeared, I have posted it here to ensure it has a permanent home.
I was tagged in the chain blog, self-interview series, The Next Big Thing. So in this post, I talk a bit about my short novella, The Gift Garden. Brace yourselves.
A-Minor Magazine is launching A-Minor Press, so we will now be moving into publishing books. Big news, exciting times, and I hope awesome words lie ahead. Cover image by Eryk Wenziak.
I have made all Novak releases available from Bandcamp, which is where all future releases will be available from rather than this website.
A strange little piece for Halloween, Witches Field at Atticus Review is partially based on true events. Kind of. Anyway, never mind that, go read it and try to enjoy.
I did an interview with the writer Robert Kloss about his upcoming new book Alligators of Abraham, and a bunch of other stuff, like Evil and Sarah Palin. Have a read and buy Robert’s book, because damn, look at that cover!
I finished up editing my novella manuscript today and sent it off to a few places for consideration. Exciting, but scary times, the waiting now begins. So chill out with some Bowie, yo.
I have a piece of short fiction in the new issue of Spilling Ink Review. A happy, fun-filled tale of sunshine, beaches, laughing children and puppies. No. No it isn’t about any of that at all. Sorry.
I am going to be acting as guest fiction editor of the brilliant A-Minor journal from 7 May to 22 July. So get your best flash fiction and throw it our way.
THESE OUR SINS is the new release from my musical outlet, Novak. The product of months of writing, it’s a new sound, new style, new approach. You can download it for free right now.
It’s late. Or early. I am finally writing a book and it has a plot and a story and everything. I haven’t written anything longer than a few thousand words for a few years so this is going to be something of an adventure.
My first piece of fiction for 2012 is Woe Lung, an unsettling (I hope) story about isolation and agoraphobia. It has been published in fwriction : review, a fantastic journal that has featured some truly exceptional writers.
My Novak Facebook page has a new look and a new URL – www.facebook.com/NovakNoise – so get your boney ass over there and like it immediately. Good things will happen to you if you do. Seriously. Like, you know, mana from the sky and all that shit.
Story.Book is the 2011 Annual Anthology from Unbound Press/Spilling Ink Review, and I am thrilled, and a little astonished, that I have a story included in this collection of excellent prize-winning short fiction.
Issue 3 of Fractured West, The Pull of Distance, is out now, and I have a little piece included. Very excited to share print with some other great writers and very fine writing.
I read ‘How the Days of Love & Diphtheria’ by Robert Kloss, a violent, nightmarish book, and I enjoyed it so much that I wrote a review. That review is now up at PANK, so you should get over there, read it and then go buy Robert’s book, because it’s awesome.
My new prose poem/flash fiction piece Siren’s Song is now up at Pipe Dream. Yet another story that shares its name with a song by The Cure, although draws its inspiration from This Mortal Coil. This picture is The Fisherman and The Siren by Knut Ekwall, by the way.
The last time I entered a writing competition was in high school and I didn’t even know I had entered it until I was told I had won it. 20 years later, I have finally entered my second and have made the shortlist! I won’t leave it quite so long for the next one.
My story Crank House is included in the new issue of >kill author, another piece of delusional prose about my fear of hospitals, in this case the growing sense of paranoia and dread that comes with watching a hospital grow.
My experimental noise/ambient music project, Novak, has been dragging its feet lately. So here, finally, I can announce the release of my new EP, Singularities, which you may download, for free, and listen to.
I wrote a review of Ethel Rohan’s staggeringly excellent Hard to Say, published by PANK. This little book of short stories had a dramatic impact on me, not only because of the quality of the writing, but because of the questions it made me ask of my own writing.
I hate hospitals. I love hospitals. I frequently write about or mention them in my writing, and after the publication of my story In Hospital Greys, it seemed a fitting time to reflect on that a little. I wanted to delve a little deeper, but perhaps not right now. One day I’ll pick the wound a little more.
A brief update on what I’ve been up to since the dawn of 2011. A good year so far for my writing with a few new acceptances and pieces published, and the beginning of a new adventure as I try to start a business. It’s been busy so far, but I guess that’s how the year is going to be.
The Figurehead – my second published work of fiction appeared in Emprise Review in January. A personal favourite of mine, due to its dark tone and imagery, it isn’t inspired by the song of the same name by The Cure. It just turned out that way.
The Drowning Man was my first piece of published fiction, and appeared in Issue 3 of Spilling Ink Review. It’s a dark, twisted take on a love story, and – at least partially – inspired by the song of the same name by The Cure, from their classic 1981 album, Faith.