Much floof so wow: books sold; pages signed; sustenance shared; friends hugged.
Me and the Cap’n and the Rev are here to lead you into the unknown waters of 2014 (as rendered with delightful charm by Vincent Holland-Keen). Take up the flag of audacity and dare to be bold. Dream big. No one else can make the dreams in your head reality: dare, fail, pick yourself up and dare some more. And have a blast doing it.
Let 2014 be audacious.
This week has been particularly hectic work-wise, although as usual I find plenty of time to idle as well, remembering Jerome K. Jerome’s wise words, “It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do.” I have a conference paper to finish on Lynda Barry as well as line edits on a novel. One can only write and edit so long until the brain turns to jelly. Idleness this week includes plenty of Plants vs Zombies in preparation for the release of the sequel, the second episode of Les Revenants (ooh, spooky!) and [yes, belatedly] beginning to watch Life on Mars.
Out July 25th: Kit Marlowe‘s The Mangrove Legacy sails back thanks to Tirgearr Publishing! Get ready for silliness with pirates, brigands, cheese, pockets and the occasional improving book! I am very fond of this comic gothic novel –even though line edits seem endless! Why don’t I have a minion to go through these, which are mostly clicking accept on format changes? Though thanks to editor Patricia McAllister, some minor gaffes have been spotted this time around (character suddenly outside who was inside, a ghost not disappearing when he should, etc.). I love editors who make me look good!
Out July 9th: Joining The Claddagh Icon, there’s a new noir from Lite Editions, the beginning of a new saga about some desperate people: Á la Mort Subite takes place in Brussels, a city of charm, sophistication and the best beer there is. A bonus: a key portion of the story takes place at the one and only futuristic Atomium.
I’m delighted to hear that my proposal “Flirting with Bond: Or How I Created My Sexy Female Secret Agent” was accepted for the anthology Spyfi and Superspies: A Collection of Essays Analyzing the Cultural Response to the James Bond Phenomenon which will be out next year. I’m pleased as it was a bit unusual to write from the perspective of a fiction writer, so kudos to the editors for accepting a creative interpretation of the theme.
Of course the big launch of NOIR CARNIVAL will happen July 13th at EdgeLit. Come see us, have a glass of wine and a special Noir Carny cupcake! I’m looking forward to seeing the Fox Spirit skulk as much as the books. I will have promo to give away, too!
And look what arrived: Beauty! And more news on Fox Pockets soon.
Both are salty!
Okay, maybe that’s not a very good joke. Sue me! I don’t know why cheese and pockets and pirates became so important to The Mangrove Legacy but as I go through the line edits for the new edition (yes, I know it was edited before — amazing how many details you can miss in a 120,000 word novel O.O) I remember again how much fun I had writing the book.
So when Adele started cajoling us to write very short stories for the Fox Pocket anthologies, there’s no surprise (is there?) that “Kit Marlowe” wrote a story that mentioned both, as well as a very strange beast that’s somehow ended up on Black Ethel’s ship.
Adele seems happy with the results and with all our contributions to the Pockets. And she’s been encouraging writers to blog on behalf of their creations. Kit wrote a bit about her obsession with cheese, a seemingly endless love affair:
The incredible importance of cheese to the remarkable history of the civilized world has often been overlooked. From the beginning of cheese, man (and woman, at least when she was not slimming) has always been the lynch pin that set the world to rights or changed the course of history, which as the scholars note, has never run smoothly.
In the beginning was the word, and the word was cheese and the cheese was good. Strict cheese creationists believe this, but those who require a more scientific explanation will do well to look at the work of curdologist Dr. Blaise Silver who posits a more natural origin story based on a knowledge of the fossil record and a lifetime spent with aging cheddars.
Read the rest of The Curious Incident of the Cheese in the Right Time…
Fox Spirit is delighted to announce the release of the first Fox Pocket Piracy.
These are small but perfectly formed collections of stories by a den full of talented writers put together by Fox Spirit books for your enjoyment. The stories are flash fiction, giving the reader bite sized introductions to Fox Spirit and the writers we love to work with. All designed to fit perfectly into the pocket so you can take a little fox with you everywhere you go.
Includes the story “Black Ethel’s Beast” by ‘Kit Marlowe’ 🙂
The order of the next three volumes of Fox Pockets has been confirmed as Shapeshifters, Guardians and Missing Monarchs.
I have a story “Carlos” in Shapeshifters and may have a story in Missing Monarchs (fingers crossed).
There are ten books to the collection being published during 2013 and 2014 and titled:
Piracy, Missing Monarchs, Shapeshifters, Guardians, Under the Waves, In an Unknown Country, Things in the Dark, The Evil Genius Guide, Reflections, Piercing the Veil.
Stories in Fox Pockets will wander unfettered between genres, mixing horror, fantasy, science fiction and crime. The subjects are deliberately loose to invite a wide range of interpretations. This pocket series showcases some of the wealth of new talent coming through in genre fiction.
The books will be available as a paperback through Lulu for 24 months after the release date of each volume. Ebook releases will take place a month after the paperback and will be available for longer, but not forever.
Fox Spirit will be offering a subscription to the paperbacks as part of a give-away through the newsletter this summer so please subscribe on our home page to make sure you don’t miss out.
More about all our titles at www.foxspirit.co.uk
Piracy can be found at Lulu.com
Here’s the fantastic cover for the upcoming Fox Spirit Books anthology Noir Carnival: no surprise, Stephanie came through with the awesome yet again. Wow! And you thought Weird Noir was going to be a tough act to follow. If that cover doesn’t give you nightmares, you might need to fill your bed with spiders. I’ve made the final choices of the stories — and was it tough! I had no idea what the book would look like before I started reading them, but slowly the shape emerged. Some good stories I had to turn down because they just didn’t quite fit. Another reason to remember that rejection may not be the end of the line.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Caravan ~ K. A. Laity
Family Blessings ~ Jan Kozlowski
In the Mouth of the Beast ~ Li Huijia
Idle Hands ~ Hannah Kate
The Things We Leave Behind ~ Christopher L. Irvin
She’s My Witch ~ Paul D. Brazill
The Mermaid Illusion ~ Carol Borden
Natural Flavouring ~ Rebecca Snow
Madam Mafoutee’s Bad Glass Eye ~ Chloë Yates
Buffalo Brendan and the Big Top Ballot ~ Allan Watson
Carne Levare ~ Emma Teichmann
Leave No Trace ~ A. J. Sikes
Fair ~ Robin Wyatt Dunn
Things Happen Here After Dark ~ Sheri White
Mister Know-It-All ~ Richard Godwin
Trapped ~ Joan De La Haye
The Price of Admission ~ Neal Litherland
Take Your Chances ~ Michael S. Chong
Young Mooncalf ~ Katie Young
The Teeth Behind the Beard ~ James Bennett