Susan Tepper interviews me about Glass Animals at UNCOV/rd. She touches on a couple of my “issues” and two of my favorite stories from the collection. Here’s an excerpt.
ST: Speaking of troubling behavior, let’s discuss your story Sacred in This Light. This story is lyrical prose with legs, one that creeps up on the reader. It’s a story of a profound misdeed. You wrote:
The ground is a battlefield of shadow and light. Do worms worship flame? Will ants build monuments to this night?
Despite everything going on this story, I didn’t hate your character. I should have, but you turned me! And I still don’t know how you did. Rather, Continue reading
I’m happy to report that my fantasy short story, “Men Are Not Dragons” has been published over at Fiction Vortex. The editors were great to work with, and I heartily recommend submitting good work to them.
As for the story, it has quite a history. I wrote the first draft of this story, then titled “The First Man” for James Gunn’s Intensive Workshop in Writing Science Fiction. This would have been around 2002. Kij Johnson liked the boldness of the opening scene, and the overall structure, but pointed out that I was missing a transitional scene in the relationship between boy and dragon. Continue reading
Thanks to the remarkable hl nelson my new story, “The Walkabout” has been published at Cease, Cows.
I guess you might call it magic realism.