My story in the And Then… anthology teams a young man with magical powers with a shapeshifter, a man-turned-rat-or-vice-versa.
Some people might think they’re black magicians, and possibly they are, but someone has to do the dirty work, even on the side of the good guys. It’s set in 1851 during Melbourne’s gold rush years and involves virgin sacrifice – but maybe not the type you’re thinking of.
Hot on the heels of the MX Publishing anthology of Holmes Xmas stories (in the best-friends tradition of Victorian tales) comes another Holmesian anthology, but this one full of love, romance and sex – A Murmuring of Bees.
The stories in this anthology explore John Watson and Sherlock Holmes as lovers as well as sleuths. The stories are set in dozens of times and places, from Victorian settings, riffing on canon, to modern interpretations. I have both a short story and a poem in the book. Other writers include Kerry Greenwood (the Phryne Fisher series) and Atlin Merrick (The Night They Met).
The proceeds of this book go to the It Gets Better Project.
This story is included in The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part V: Christmas Adventures, a new anthology of traditional canon-era stories by MX Publishing which is raising funds for the Stepping Stones school for children with learning difficulties that operates out of Arthur Conan Doyle’s former home, Undershaw.
Read an extract of The Christmas Card Mystery on this blog post.
Manifold Press’s anthology of queered Jane Austen short stories will be released on 1 November 2016.
A Certain Persuasion contains “thirteen stories from eleven authors, exploring the world of Jane Austen and celebrating her influence on ours.”
Some use Austen’s characters in their original setting; some are modern takes; some are original characters in the Regency period. Mine story is a little different again:
Four years ago, Cooper West allowed his brother to persuade him that it was easier to pretend to be straight than admit to being bi. It was a stupid decision that cost him the love of his life, Archer Flynn. Now out, recently dumped and still harbouring regret for his lost love, Fate and Cooper’s cousin Kate are about to intervene, via a book club meeting where the book under discussion is … Persuasion.