Forthcoming publication

Well, it’s been a while. And as understatements go, this one would be right at home at the Annual Convention of Understatements. But hey, thanks for dropping by just the same.

As it so happens, I do have some good news to share. My novelette (i.e. long short story) entitled “Remnants” is going to be published by Dimension6 in July this year. Dimension6 is a free electronic magazine publishing predominantly Australian speculative fiction. While ‘free’, it is a paying market and the model is based on a digital honour system – that is, if you download an edition or two, and enjoy it/them, then you’re encouraged to donate whatever you think is fair. Remember those boxes of sweets back in the day where you could take one in exchange for a silver coin? Well, this is the digital literary equivalent, and I’d suggest the coinage is gold not silver now.

Anyway, you get the idea. Dimension6 can be found here:

As for my story, it’s set during the Turkish occupation of Transylvania and was inspired by my visit to a fortified church in a town called Viscri in January last year. It was a bitterly cold day. Snow blanketed the ground and we had the site all to ourselves. A picturesque graveyard guarded the approach to the main gates and given the remote location, it was terribly quiet. No sound of cars in the distance or planes flying overhead. Given the remoteness of the setting and the lack of modern intrusions, it wasn’t long before my literary antennae started twitching.

Remnants is the result and it will be released in July. I hope you enjoy it…