“Of Holes and Craters” is the story of Grace, a teenager forced to live among a school prison full of Teddys, InfecTED victims of a devastating plague in a world where authorities elect to believe the InfecTED will return to “normal” if you retrain them just enough.
B12, as Grace is known in the reformatorium, might be short on fingers, but there is no limit to her imagination. Cleverness. Ingenuity. Will she find a way to break out of captivity without collecting an extra hole in the head?
My short story “Of Holes and Craters” is now available as a book from Amazon. I can’t express how thrilling it was to receive an email from Digital Fiction Publishing advising me the story was being published on its own and had earned its own eerily creepy cover design, perfectly matching the story.
The story has also found a place in the anthology “Largely Deceased”, a collection of ten horror tales meant to keep you up at night. (And I was also pleased to see my name featured on the anthology cover!)
I have a number of projects coming to fruition, and I am pleased to finally be able to share some more detail about what is coming up.
Anthology: Paying the Ferryman
Story: Maze Walker
Available: October 20, 2015
A virtual book launch party will take place on Facebook the evening of October 20 to celebrate the launch of “Paying the Ferryman”, and offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the anthology. It will be my first such experience and I’m looking forward to the event to mingle with the contributing authors and supporters. It will be a great event and you’re invited to join the fun.
Paying the Ferryman is a collection of stories that start after the main character has died. My contribution is “Maze Walker”, where a man is condemned to walk ad vitam aeternam, all the while being tortured by unseen Ferrymen. Hold on to your hat – and any organs you consider important – as you enjoy a new kind of Ferryman’s maze of torment. Death is just the beginning. Are you ready to pay?
Anthology: The Corpse Candle and other Nightmares Horror Anthology
Story: Of Holes and Craters
Available: Halloween 2015
“Of Holes and Craters” is the story of Grace, a teenager forced to live among a prison full of Teddys, InfecTED victims of a devastating plague. B12, as she is known in the reformatorium, might be short on fingers, but there is no limit to her imagination. Cleverness. Ingenuity. Will she ever find a way to break out without collecting an extra hole in the head? Find out on Halloween 2015.
Anthology: Plague: Ruination
Stories: The Wolf Strain & Ark of the Lonesome
Available: Winter 2015-16
Plague: Ruination is a part of the Plague series created by editor and author Jeremiah Donaldson (ephiroll.com). My story “All of a Heap” appeared in the second book, Plague: Aftermath. Through social media, I had the opportunity to connect with another contributor, Lyndsey Shir-McDermott-Pour . When the call for Ruination came out, Lynds and I decided to draw from Jeremiah’s original novel, and collaborate on a story to show what would happen in the next few days of his Plague, focusing on what could be Patient Zero’s storyline. Lynds took on the first stage for what I like to refer to as Family Zero, writing the story of what happens while they are still in Africa, and my story “The Wolf Strain” picks up when they land in Paris, bringing that storyline to the end of a very captivating story arc.
I also have a second story in the anthology, a stand-along piece called “Ark of the Lonesome”, which follows other characters affected by the same Plague. As family is a big part of our collaborative project detailed above, I thought it would be interesting to explore characters at the other end of the spectrum, individuals with no one else in the world. They too are ruined, but their journey through the Plague might lead them to a better life.
I’m looking forward to those stories being available and will provide links when the anthologies become available. In the meantime, check out “Plague: Aftermath”, now available on Amazon: Canada US, and “Paying the Ferryman”, now available (before official release!) in the US in paperback.
I am thrilled to report that my story “All of a Heap” is now available in the anthology Plague: Aftermath. All available formats (paperback and e-versions), as well as a preview of Aftermath, can be found through this link. In Canada, Plague: Aftermath is available through Amazon.ca.
Overview: Airborne Ebola has found a foothold in many large cities around the world, causing mass panic and mob mentality as people attempt to escape the circumstances they’re thrown into. Here are a few stories of bravery, viciousness, and survival from those trying to escape the next Plague.
Thank you to Jeremiah Donaldson at Ephiroll Productions for putting this project together and for the great collaboration. Plague: Original Cut by Jeremiah is free all week on Kindle in celebration of the Plague: Aftermath release.
I have already been approached to do a reading from “All of a Heap” at a writers’ event in Ottawa in September and will share more details when available.
June 12, 2014
I’m thrilled to share the news that my short story All of a Heap will appear in the anthology Plague: Aftermath, slated for release on September 1, 2014.
I first heard of the anthology in the Fall of 2013. Four stories drafted with that anthology in mind all turned into other types of post-apocalyptic stories, making them all irrelevant to Plague: Aftermath. In the end, a mere four weeks elapsed between the moment I typed the first words of All of a Heap to the story’s acceptance. Write, rework, rewrite, edit, edit some more, submit, acceptance, yeah!
The entire “behind the scenes” process relating to this anthology has been a great experience. I never expected to be consulted (or have any input) on the selection of the cover artwork, release date, and whatever else comes next – I’m enjoying every minute of it!