Book Sale

October 25, 2008

I just sold a new shortish novel of mine called “The Architect” to Crossing Chaos, Inigmatic Ink.

Fast Ships, Black Sails

October 23, 2008

This book, which contains my story We Sleep on a Thousand Waves Beneath the Stars, is now available for order here.

The official blurb and TOC are as follows:

Do you love the sound of a peg leg stomping across a quarterdeck? Or maybe you prefer a parrot on your arm, a strong wind at your back? Adventure, treasure, intrigue, humor, romance, danger–and, yes, plunder. Oh, the Devil does love a pirate–and so do readers everywhere.

Swashbuckling from the past into the future and space itself, Fast Ships, Black Sails, edited by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer, presents an incredibly entertaining volume of original stories guaranteed to make you walk and talk like a pirate.

Come along for the voyage with bestselling authors Naomi Novik, Garth Nix, Carrie Vaughn, Dave Freer, Michael Moorcock, and Eric Flint, as well as such other stellar talents as Kage Baker, Sarah Monette, Elizabeth Bear, Steve Aylett, and Conrad Williams—all offering up a veritable treasure chest of piratical adventure, the likes of which has never been seen in the four corners of the Earth. Highlights include a brand-new Garth Nix Sir Hereward & Mr. Fitz novella, as the two clever ne’er-do-wells storm the sea-gates of the scholar-pirates of Sarkoe.

If ever you had a yearning for adventure on the high seas, now’s the time to indulge it, with Fast Ships, Black Sails. You’ll return with a sword shoved through your sash, booty in a safe harbor, and beer on your breath. We promise.

Introduction: “Raising Anchor” – Ann & Jeff VanderMeer
“Boojum” – Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette
“Araminta, or, The Wreck of the Amphidrake” – Naomi Novik
“Avast, Abaft!” – Howard Waldrop
“I Begyn as I Mean to Go On” – Kage Baker
“Castor on Troubled Waters” – Rhys Hughes
“Elegy for Gabrielle, Patron Saint of Healers, Whores and Righteous Thieves” – Kelly Barnhill
“Skillet and Saber” – Justin Howe
“The Nymph’s Child” – Carrie Vaughn
“68˚06’N, 31˚40’W” – Conrad Williams
“Pirate Solutions” – Katherine Sparrow
“We Sleep on a Thousand Waves” – Brendan Connell
“Pirates of the Suara Sea” – David Freer & Eric Flint
“Voyage of the Iguana” – Steve Aylett
“Iron Face” – Michael Moorcock
“A Cold Day in Hell” – Paul Batteiger
“Captain Blackheart Wentworth” – Rachel Swirsky
“The Whale Below” – Jayme Lynn Blaschke
“Beyond the Sea Gate of the Scholar-Pirates of Sarskoe” – Garth Nix

Seventeen Ninja

October 18, 2008

I just watched this film. Definately one of the best ninja films I have seen, with very nice black and white cinemetography and some nifty realistic ninja tricks.

McCain’s face after the last debate…

October 17, 2008

John McCain

A cappella Zoo no. 1

October 13, 2008

The first issue of A cappella Zoo is out, with a story of mine called Kullullu. The zine is a nice perfect bound volume.

The TOC contains the following authors:


  Melinda J. Combs

  Brendan Connell

  Matthew Falk

  Heather Fowler

  Liza Granville

  Tania Hershman

  Cicily Janus

  Hank Kirton

  Drew Lackovic Read the rest of this entry »

Kaleidotrope No. 5

October 11, 2008

A story of mine called Virgin Hearts just came out in Kaleidotrope.

The complete TOC of the issue is as follows:


  • “The Wroeth’s Grinding Bowl” by Bill Ward
  • “The Blue Testament” by Marshall Payne
  • “Fortune Cookie” by Therese Arkenberg
  • “An Adventure in Foxhunting” by Barkley Burke
  • “No Friday” by Mark Rich
  • “Emmett, Joey & the Beelz” by Ralph Sevush
  • “Long After the Scrub” by Eric Del Carlo
  • “Virgin Hearts” by Brendan Connell
  • “Intruder” by Sean Ruane
  • “Efficiency” by Barbara A. Barnett
  • “Tommy’s Shadow” by Daniel Braum
  • “Into the Night” by P.D. Allen


  • “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam” by Rachel Swirsky
  • “Pomegranates” by Terrie Leigh Relf
  • “The Tenth Stranger” by Kristine Ong Muslim
  • “Sentiment” by Stefanie Maclin
  • “My Favorite Moon” by Daniel C. Smith
  • “Pure of Heart” by Marcie Lynn Tentchoff
  • “Grave Planet” by John Grey
  • “Sacred Art” by Franz K. Baskett
  • “Virtual Jisei” by Berrien C. Henderson
  • “Face in the Wall” by Mark Rich
  • “Balding Zombie” by Robert Zimmerman

Dead Souls

October 9, 2008

A story of mine called The Black Tiger is slated to be released in this book, due out in March of next year.

The complete TOC is as follows:

Elizabeth Barrette Goldenthread
Ramsey Campbell The Dead Must Die
Stephanie Campisi The Ringing Sound of Death on the Water Tank
Michael Colangelo Poseidon’s Claw
Brendan Connell Black Tiger
Tom English Dry Places
Paul Finch June
Catherine J. Gardner When the Cloak Falls
Ken Goldman Mercy Hathaway is a Witch
Robert Holt In the Name
Robert Hood Sandcrawlers
Sharon Irwin Begin with Water
Carole Johnstone The Blind Man
Christopher Johnstone The Unbedreamed
Lisa Kessler Immortal Beloved
Lisa Kessler Subito, Piano
Rebecca Lloyd Contaminator
Anna M. Lowther The Price of Peace
Gary McMahon A Shade of Yellow
Bernie Mojzes The Collector
T. A. Moore Genus Loci
Reece Notley Tatsu
James R. Stratton Your Duty to your Lord
Michael Stone The Migrant
Simon Strantzas More to Learn
Ben Thomas The Pagans
Bill Ward When they Come to Murder Me
Kaaron Warren The Blue Stream
Ron Yungil The Lords of Chickamauga

700 Days of Battle: Us vs. the Police

October 5, 2008

An uncompromisingly stupid film about a group of small town, 1979, teenagers playing pranks on the local police officer that has little to offer beyond slick cinematography and a few mild chuckles.

The only actor really worth mentioning is Naoto Takenaka, who has a minor but amusing part.