Some very few of you might have been wondering where Yours Truly has been for the past month or so. Well, after the Kickstarter for Scheherazade’s Facade ended, I took the money, converted it into gold bars, and fled to Argentina to set up shop in an abandoned castle where I could pursue my lifelong dreams of creating Nazi zombie cyborg mecha. That you’re hearing from me now can only mean one thing: the subjugation of the running dog imperialist United States is well at hand, and if you look out your window right about…now!
No, wait, that’s the dream I had last night, after being hopped up on cough medicine and antibiotics. Never mind! Yours Truly has been under the weather for the past week and a half, as well as under deadlines, and has just claimed what may be a temporary victory.
Before that, of course, was the annual pilgrimage to Boston for the Circlet Press Editorial Retreat, where I reported on the state of things to my glorious benefactors and munificent overlords, and was thusly described as “a really great guy.” Yes, this means I’ll be doing more editing work for Circlet, once I have my current projects taken care of.
And now the news. I have two publications to announce:
1) Lustfully Ever After: Fairy Tale Erotic Romance, edited by Kristina Wright and published by Cleis Books, is now out. I just got my contributor copies, and it’s a very nice looking anthology. It contains my story, “The Long Night of Tanya McCray,” which retells the semi-obscure fairy tale “The Boots of Buffalo Leather.” In it, a wayward photographer gets lost after dark in a very strange part of Puxhill, rescues a sexy stranger, and runs afoul of a malevolent gang. I’m rather pleased with it. This is actually the first of four appearances I’ll be making in Cleis anthologies this year.
2) Spec-Tacular is also out. This is an ebook collection reprinting various selections from Raven Electrick Ink’s various anthologies. It contains my Nick St. Claus story, “Who Killed the Pumpkin King?” and is a great sampler of the previous four anthos. It’s edited by Karen Romanko. I’m quite thrilled that my story was chosen to represent the Jack-O’-Spec anthology.
As for other updates:
1) Like A Cunning Plan: Erotic Trickster Tales, continues right on track and should be coming out soon from Circlet Press. I’ll have more information on that shortly.
2) Scheherazade’s Facade also progresses right on schedule, as I wrangle authors, make sure contracts are properly signed, perform various edits, ad so on and so forth. Almost everyone involved has been paid, which really takes a load of my mind and makes me quite happy. I’ll update this as more information becomes available, and I’ll also be sure to update via the Kickstarter program so everyone can stay informed. I still plan a couple of follow-up posts once things settle down and I have the time and energy to concentrate on the numbers and statistics.
That’s about it for now. Although I will be attending the mass signing for the SFWA Nebula Awards this coming Friday. If anyone’s going to be there, I’d love to meet you!