A few years back, I wrote a story for Wyrd Miniatures. Wyrd is a games company that makes a tabletop miniature war game called Malifaux. Malifaux is set in a Victorian-gothic-steampunk alternate reality. My story was called “The Malifaux Orphanage for Sick Children” and appeared in the Storm of Shadows supplement manual.
Wyrd is now rereleasing all the fiction from the original manuals in the form of a podcast called The Breachside Broadcast. You can hear my story on episode 39, read by my friend Ian Travis. You don’t need to be familiar with the game to enjoy the story. The only piece of context you really need is that Soulstones are a source of magical power in Malifaux, and they’re recharged by the souls of dying people.
One of my stories (“Headshot“) has been chosen to appear in Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy 2016 (out in October). I’m astonished and overjoyed to be published in an anthology alongside so many of my heroes, including Kelly Link and Salman Rushdie! Thanks to John Joseph Adams and Karen Joy Fowler for selecting my story for this anthology.
I’m excited that my collection The World of Dew and Other Stories has been chosen as a finalist for the St. Lawrence Book Award.
My story “Come-from-Aways” is out now in the December issues of Asimov’s Science Fiction. It’s a meditation on life in a small town on Canada’s east coast…with aliens!
My story “World of Dew” is out now in the autumn issue of Pulp Literature. The story is about time, suffering, and intergalactic space trucking. The magazine is available in hard copy or ebook form.
My slipstream short story “Practice” is out now at AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review. It’s about a violin that messes with time.
My creepy micro story “The Hospice” is up now at Daily Science Fiction.
I’m delighted to announce that my old-school fairy tale “The Washerwoman and the Troll” is on this week’s episode of PodCastle. It’s beautifully read by M.K. Hobson. Give it a listen!
“Headshot,” my story about a possible future of warfare, is out now at Terraform, complete with an awesome animated illustration by Gustavo Torres.
So I’ve been interviewed by Liam Meilleur for Urban Fantasy Magazine (“Down the Rabbit Hole with Julian Mortimer Smith“) about “The Fumblers Alley Risk Emporium” and the craft of writing.
It’s strange being asked to give advice to aspiring writers, when I still feel pretty damn aspiring myself, but I’m pleased with the result.