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And the saurs did wage war with we raptors,
time after time, land after land, chasing us across oceans, across islands, across jungles and forests and wastes of ice,
intent on our genocide,
waging devastation across the planet, shifting continents, changing ecosystems.
A thousands species fell victim to their blood-avarice: large-bodied, small bodied, and the microscopic from whom came we all.
The god of the micro, who did first drive us from the waters to the dry earth, who did oversee our evolution into dense-brained multiple-intelligences, did itself fall prey to the saurs. Because of their madness, but not by their design.
It was our higher intelligence created the End when it should have created a Better World,
a Better World which is the Goal of Creation.
It was our higher madness that killed the god and its children by drawing on its very strength, the strength of the micro.
Our enemies the saurs enacted many ends before the Ultimate and Final.
And so we, who scorned and hated them for their hubris, we did do worse.
We destroyed the planet.
Two-twelves and four years ago, our creatives were charged with the mission to bring the eon of war to conclusion, to stop our ceaseless migration in flight from our enemies.
And so that which was meant to power life became the power of death. That which was born of the micro god, of its very substance and nature, the god who gave continually of itself to power our industry, our vehicles, our homes, we did take his essence and pervert it, turning it to destructive purposes, abusing it, weaponizing it.
And the explosion was great. And the explosion was godlike. And we were proud.
And we were devastated, just as we had devastated the world. Dust blocking the sun. Weather patterns changed forever.
And we now huddle in the dark and wait for death.
We have won our war.
And we have lost our world.
More free stuff:
Hey there, folks. VERY excited and proud of this one. My turn of the 20th Century horror tale In Human has been produced as a an audio show as part of the Manor House podcast. Excellent voice acting, narration and background sound effects and music. Available at Soundcloud (where you can download the file for free) and iTunes too, but I’d love to see the YouTube link get well over 10, 000 hits, so yours will help! Story starts a couple of minutes into the podcast. Runs for about 30 minutes. Go on. You know you wanna…
Interview with yours truly here about the story…
C IS FOR CHIMERA
This installment of Rhonda Parrish’s alphabet anthology series asks skilled storytellers to write around the theme of chimera. The resulting tales are part fable, part poem, part dream. But like any chimera, the parts make up a greater whole.
Blend reality with fantasy. Mesh science fiction with mystery. Mix history with what should have been. They are all chimera.
A shadow tells a tale of schoolyard bullies. A long-vanished monster returns from the cold dark. Make-up makes up a life. Alchemy, Atlantis, and apocalypse. These 26 tales bring both chaos and closure to dark and elusively fantastic geographies.
Contributing authors include:
~ Alexandra Seidel ~ KV Taylor ~ Marge Simon ~ Pete Aldin ~ Michael M. Jones ~ Simon Kewin ~ BD Wilson ~ Gabrielle Harbowy ~ Sara Cleto ~ Megan Engelhardt ~ Michael Fosburg ~ Megan Arkenberg ~ Lilah Wild ~ Laura VanArendonk Baugh ~ Milo James Fowler ~ Brittany Warman ~ Michael B. Tager ~ L.S. Johnson ~ Beth Cato ~ C.S. MacCath ~ Sammantha Kymmell-Harvey ~ Steve Bornstein ~ Suzanne van Rooyen ~ Michael Kellar ~ Jonathan C. Parrish ~ Amanda C. Davis ~
PRAISE FOR C is for Chimera:
“I dare say it’s an anthology with something for just about anyone who likes short speculative fiction.” — Jennifer Crow
“There are 26 stories in this anthology that range from fantasy to sci-fi to dark to hopeful to just plain weird (in a good way). I recommend picking this anthology up if you like a variety of tales that will fascinate you.” — Elesha Teskey
“The format is like the previous two (A is for Apocalypse, B is for Broken), where each author writes a story around a word beginning with their given letter. What I really love is that the word isn’t given until the very end. Sometimes the word is obvious. Sometimes not so much… If you can get your hands on it, I would recommend this anthology.” — S. L. Saboviec
“C is for Chimera is an enjoyable read and I look forward to seeing what happens with D and the rest of the Alphabet.” — Reb Kreyling
FIND IT ONLINE
Our scifi short story Illegal. Just yesterday, the #1 Amazon Best Seller on 45 Minute Science Fiction short read list and the top Hot New Release. Plus it moved to number 4 in 45-minute lit & fic short fiction and is on that Hot New Release list. Pretty darn happy, Kevin Ikenberry. This picture is a cut and paste of both lists. You’ll have to click on it to see it clearly, but our cover is bottom left of both lists…
B is for Broken – an anthology
Broken people, broken promises, broken dreams and broken objects are just some of the ways these 26 fantastic stories interpret the theme of ‘Broken’. From science fiction to fantasy, horror to superheroes the stories within these pages cover a vast swath of the genres under the speculative fiction umbrella.
I’m proud to be a part of this series and this volume. I feel like it might just contain my best short story yet. And I’m in excellent company…
~ Brittany Warman ~ Milo James Fowler ~ C.S. MacCath ~ Sara Cleto ~ Samantha Kymmell-Harvey ~ Megan Arkenberg ~ Gary B. Phillips ~ Alexandra Seidel ~ Jonathan C. Parrish ~ Simon Kewin ~ Beth Cato ~ Cory Cone ~ Cindy James ~ Alexis A. Hunter ~ Michael M. Jones ~ Steve Bornstein ~ BD Wilson ~ Michael Kellar ~ Damien Angelica Walters ~ Marge Simon ~ Michael Fosburg ~ Suzanne van Rooyen ~ L.S. Johnson ~ Gabrielle Harbowy ~ Lilah Wild ~ KV Taylor ~
B is for Broken is released by Poise and Pen. Its official page can be found here and its Goodreads profile here. If you’re buying (or sampling) an electronic copy, I’d prefer you went to Smashwords (in keeping with my largely anti-corporation values).
Praise for B is for Broken:
“This collection is a massive and magnificent assortment of truly enjoyable stories. There is simply no way to read this book and not find a story you can connect with or love. This is the book to have in your travel bag. In it you are sure to find a tale to fit any mood. Each time you open it, a new adventure begins.”
~ Anita Allen, Assistant Publisher/Editor, Mythic Delirium Books
It’s incredibly humbling when you read back through your first draft and realise just how truly craptacular some of your initial writing was. The only other process that brings you face to face with your flawed- humanity-as-a-writer (apart from editing your own second draft) is the first time you send the project out for critique partners to give feedback on. Then you get questions like, “Why has this character inexlicably changed clothes (or gender?)?”, “Didn’t this character die two chapters ago?”, and “Shouldn’t you stop saying ‘He saw’ every third paragraph”. (Oh, and comments like “Way too many adverbs dude.”)
In today’s post, I thought I’d share some not-so-gems from my own editing of my first drafts – things I came across and changed wearing a scowl on my face as I contemplated my own craptactularity as a writer:
- she smiled vaguely – what the hell is a vague smile, Pete? Is it a smile or isn’t it? (I cut the word vaguely)
- he was hit with a cacophany of odors – I know what I was going for here, but cacophony just wasn’t the right sensory word. I change it to collision for the moment, but I’ll still have to go back and finesse.
- Donnici’s backside found his chair once more, expression incredulous. – er, Donnici’s backside had an incredulous expression?? Note to self: don’t make people’s bottoms the subject in a sentence.
Thank God that in writing, unlike real life, we get the chance to redraft…
… in which I take three words from my Word Box and use them in a short piece of creative writing.
- proctaglia – a severe anal pain
- bailiwick – a person’s specific area of knowledge, authority, interest, skill, or work
- bibelot – a small object of curiosity
And now the writing:
“Jimmy,” Don says, looking me up and down, his teeth clamped hard around that infernal cigar of his. “You are an acute and chronic proctaglia.”
“Look it up. It’s appropriate.” The cigar shifts sides as Don moves over to clean up my mess.
The bibelot lies in pieces. If it ever held magic, the magic is now welll and truly dispersed. I guess. Magic’s not exactly my bailiwick.
Already missed my deadline for last month. No excuse. Shabby shabby blogger…
Okay. Time to write. The rules: I take 3 random words from my Word Box (a box in which I throw post it notes and index cards with cool words I hear/read) and work them into a paragraph. Good for the creative juices, good for developing the vocabulary. This is a lot like taking random ingredients from the cupboard and combining them into a workable meal.
And the 3 words are … (drumroll please):
- ciliated (having cilia – Latin for eyelashes – slender protuberances that project from the much larger cell body)
- teredo (a kind of woodworm)
…Bloody hell. Deep breath. Okay…
I ran my finger along the wood of the starboard bulkhead. Miniature bore holes pocked the planks here and there, evidence of teredos. My finger stopped at one hole that had been filled with a resin, clotted like a scab. I leaned close. The resin was ciliated in places where something grew. Mold? Or something much much worse?
And now for your challenge: last month’s words were:
What can you make of them?
Perhaps I should have called this post “Monsters, Murders and Magic Trees”, given the subject matter of my latest writings. It’s been a great 6 weeks for me since the middle of March. A story in Niteblade and another (free) one over at Out of the Gutter. To top it all off…
Hazardous Press announces the release of Horrific History, featuring stories from a bevy of talented writers … and one by me. (Hilarious, I know). My contribution is titled “Mud“, a World War 1 horror tale and my homage to all the brave men who selflessly sacrifice life and sanity in causes they largely don’t understand at the time.
Evil has lurked behind the scenes since the dawn of time. Read the story behind the stories, and you’ll never look at history the same way again.
Featuring tales by Brent Abell, Pete Aldin, Jason Andrew, Monette Bebow-Reinhard, Rose Blackthorn, Rebecca L. Brown, Deborah Drake, T. Fox Dunham, Gwendolyn Edward, Aaron J. French, Tara Fox Hall, Christian A. Larsen, Ken MacGregor, Lynne MacLean, Adam Millard, Douglas J. Moore, Doug Murano, Christopher S. Nelson, Brent Nichols, Emerian Rich, Stephen D. Rogers, Julianne Snow, Cameron Suey, Jenny Twist, D. Alexander Ward, Jay Wilburn, David Williamson and Lee Clark Zumpe.
Available currently from Amazon.