Keeping Abreast of the Fabulous

Sunny Dundee

All right, even I am having difficulty at times keeping up with all the news, so if I repeat something here, it just means you’re paying attention, well done, here’s a cookie! Soon I have to leave the glories of Alba for the um, gories? of Albany. Alas. Which means I have to figure out a few things that I haven’t yet. I will probably be a bit of a gypsy at least for a time, as I plan to be back here as soon as possible. More anon.

Have you read my interview with Lenore creator Roman Dirge? Do! He’s a hoot.
Good news: my story “Guide Me Soft” will be appearing at Shotgun Honey in October. I’m very pleased as they are a tough site to get into and you really have to tell a tight little story to thrill them in 700 words. Yes, the strange and seemingly ungrammatical title comes from a Fall song, although the events of the story were sparked as much by another song, “Wrong Place, Right Time”. I’m lucky to have such a bountiful muse in Mark E. Smith.

If you missed my last story out, “ASBO Bambi”, that’s up at Pulp Metal Magazine along with a load of other good stuff. I have to say, the darker the crime, the nicer the people. Like I’ve found in the horror genre, the people who write these torrid tales of murder and vengeance tend to be quite nice folks who exorcise all their darkness on the page.

Never cross a romance writer though! 😉

I’m about 20K words into the new novel White Rabbit. It’s supernatural crime which isn’t quite mainstream (I’m working on it!) but given the success of folks like John Connolly and Sarah Pinborough, I’m hoping that it will be a bit easier to market than oh, let’s say a science fiction/urban fantasy/alternate history/shamanic/road trip/retelling of the Descent of Inanna. But I should have news on Owl Stretching‘s cover art soon. I’ve seen the final version of the text. Just waiting on Ruby’s (doubtless gorgeous) art.

Speaking of which, I should be able to unveil the cover art for Weird Noir soon. Stories are coming in and I am looking forward to reading them and sorting out what the final collection will look like and then turning it all over to Fox Spirit Books so they can do the hard part (i.e. layout and ebook coding). I should be able to flog it with a vengeance at Noir Con, which looks to be shaping up into quite an event. If you think you have a story that fits the criteria, send it along.

Speaking of Fox Spirit: Tales of the Nun and Dragon coming any day now! And a song!

My Wisty-ish guide to world domination is up at The How-To Issue. Drop by and see all the wise women.

Noir-writing women appear to be the new thing. Yes, like most ‘new things’, it’s been going on a while. I’m not above piggybacking on the publicity though!

And I think I forgot to post the trailer for The Claddagh Icon here. As always, getting noticed in the cacophony that is the digital world these days is the biggest challenge for any writer, so every little thing helps. And trailers are fun. It’s got some lovely photos from Mirko Merchiori that appear in the ebook. Check out the page at Atlantis (where you can add other books at a discount, so pick up my pals’ books like Red Esperanto or The Secret Hour) or on Amazon. The series got a nice write up at Noir Nation. Drop by and check out a really terrific site.

TOA/V: Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid

Tuesday’s Overlook Audio/Visuals: Over at A Knife & A Quill I take a look at Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid. Be sure to drop by Todd’s for the round up of overlooked A/V.

FREE for International Short Story Day

Yes, the longest day of the year is devoted to the shortest of stories. Happy summer solstice — how are you spending the longest day of the year? I’m sharing some of my short stories that are available on the net for your reading pleasure, which ought to keep you busy a while:

“Homework.” Flash fiction. Necon E-Books. June 2012. Honourable mention, May Flash Contest.
“Twitter Wedding.” Poem. Asinine Poetry (Summer 2012).
“Just Waiting.” Short story. Near to the Knuckle, 5 June 2012.
“On seeking a place for a picnic.” Poem. Short Humour, 22 May 2012.
“Biscuits.” Flash fiction. Short Humour, May 2012. Also available at Postcard Shorts, May 2012.
“Bill is Dead.” Flash fiction. Pulp Metal Magazine, Spring 2012.
“Words.” Flash fiction/podcast. Dogcast 5: March 2012.
“Yuletide Feast.” Short story. Short-Story.Me: 21 Jan 2012.
“Mandrake Anthrax.” Short story. A Twist of Noir, 14 Dec 2011.
“A Charming Situation.” Short story. Written for the Sherlocking fan site: Scribd (Nov 2010).
“Touched by an Angel.” Short story. Kalkion (Jun 2010).
 “Wixey.” Flash fiction. Wild Violet 8.1 (2009).
“Fluorescence.” Short story. The Harrow (Jul 1008).
“Palakainen.” Short story. New World Finn 7.2 (Apr-Jun 2007): 4-6. Reprinted: Mythic Passages (Feb 2009).
“Sinikka Journeys North.” The Beltane Papers 25 (2001): 14-19. Reprinted: Mythic Passages (Feb/Mar 2004). Collected in Unikirja.

 ~and the one that started everything off

“Revelation.” The Official Clive Barker Page, http://www.clivebarker.com. Winner, MGM/United Artists/Clive Barker’s Lord of Illusions Short Story Contest, November 1995.

NEWS!

☼ The big news is the cover art for UNQUIET DREAMS, my forthcoming story collection from Tirgearr Publishing. I love the spooky gal in the hennin and the magpie OF COURSE! Judging by the reaction when I posted it on Facebook, folks dig it. I am quite bowled over by Mike (FREAKIN’!) Mignola saying, “Wow – great cover!” I tell you, Kem is floating on air with that praise. And the always generous Steve Bissette has given me a sweet pull quote (thanks!):



“Kate Laity’s Unquiet Dreams  is the long, deep plunge in the coldest quarry in the woods; the lingering look under the rotting wood at all the writhing life there; the stare into the abyss until one realizes something is staring back.”

☼ The lovely Maura trundled me out on a little jaunt to Kinvarra, Yeats’ Tower and Coole Park, which was simply glorious. You can see the pictures beginning here. It was a magical day! Fitting as I took “unquiet dreams” from Yeats, I owed him a visit.

☼ A new poem up at the Short Humour Site: “Kingsley Amis in the Afterlife” — be sure to check out Chloë’s poems, too!

☼ My post “How to Write More” over at A Knife and A Quill seems to have hit a nerve, and I have an hilarious interview with Mr B where we do our best Morecambe and Wiseing. I have another writing gig to announce soon, the direct effect of ROOK CHANT. I don’t want to jinx it, but everything’s coming up Milhouse lately: I hope it lasts.

☼ I’m planning to migrate the blog over to the website, where you may notice I’ve been tinkering with the layout and the look. It would be advantageous to have everything in one place, though it’s a bit of a wrench to shift from here where I’ve been for EIGHT years. I experimented by migrating the serial over to Kit’s page and all seems well, though of course there are about ten times as many posts here. Fingers crossed it all goes smoothly.

Crime Pop and Burning Bridges

I’ve got a piece over on A Knife & A Quill on pop music with crime (no, not criminally bad pop music, although I do make mention of The Buoys’ “Timothy” alas):

I was listening to Skydaddies’ “Murder in the Park”, a fine Beatlesesque — no, really more Rutlesesque! Not because it’s a parody, but because it knows how it’s being Beatlesesque, if you know what I mean — tune about a girl who takes pictures of a murder in a park and it struck me that there’s a good amount of crime music in unexpected places. Not in rap songs about poppin’ caps in someone’s arse or thrash metal about KILLING! but in more unusual places…

And do listen to Skydaddies (kind of a preview of tomorrow’s book as well):

SKYDADDIES – Murder In The Park (2012 edit)

I had a guest post over at Fiona’s: she’s asked the Burning Bridges folks to suggest what they’d like to set fire to — sort of an impromptu Room 101. Drop by and suggest more things to burn because
I am the god of hellfire and I bring you:

Postcards, Bridges, a Knife and a Quill

I model the latest SL Johnson design with lighting by Garbo

I have got so far as narrowing down the entries in the First Annual Postcard Fiction Contest to a pool of final contenders (yes, Ale! Your card arrived). Agonizing to make the final choice! I may need a glass of wine for this. Alas, I have none. I suppose that could be remedied, but I have so much to do today.

I will force myself to make a choice by Wednesday and keep rereading them in the meantime. A huge thank you to everyone who entered. I may indeed make this an annual event. It was about this time last year that I got the call saying I was going to Ireland. It has to have been the fastest year on record, whew.

Not that it felt like it when I was packing and clearing out my old flat. The horror, the horror. But wherever I may be, I will stop around this time and think of the adventure about to unfold and feel very happy:

“If it could only be like this always – always summer, always alone, the fruit always ripe and Aloysius in a good temper…”
Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited 

 No time to spare for wistful thoughts: much too busy! One of the latest projects: a book trailer for Burning Bridges: A Renegade Anthology. Yes, if you’re reading this you likely already know the story — and that you have no excuse for not getting it! Free on Smashwords, 99¢ on Amazon and all that going to literacy. Don’t make me come over there! No, really — because I’m staying over here. The trailer tells the story of the assembly of our renegade band. Check it out and give it a like and get the book already!

One more important bit of news: I’m writing reviews over at A Knife and A Quill, a site for dark fiction, as you might guess from the name. Lots of horror and crime fiction covered over there. So if you have an interest, drop by and read some reviews, interviews and features. If you’re an author think about submitting something for review by the team. Yes, this is in addition to writing for The Girl’s Guide to Surviving the Apocalypse and the occasional piece for Un:Bound. Why do you think I’m so busy? My quill is always scratching away.

Writers, who can resist a quill? I remember comparing quill tattoos with Sarah Pinborough at P-Con. Writing: it’s in the blood, it’s in the flesh.