Some news. Print copies of Doctor Fantastique Books’s steampunk Shakespeare anthology, ‘The Omnibus of Doctor Bill Shakes and the Magnificent Ionic Pentatetrameter’ are now available for pre-order, here. They will be shipped after 11th May, the official release date. There will also be an e-book version available after that date.
The world of Shakespeare is accustomed to constant reinvention. This time, however, things are taken in a Steampunk direction. These 17 poems and short stories take a Shakespearean sonnet or play and bring into the Steampunk world.
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If you weren’t already aware, one of the 17 stories is mine! Entitled ‘Richard, Dismantled’, it riffs off Shakespeare’s marvellous ‘Richard II’, using a steampunk twist in order to emphasise and explore the play’s concerns with kingship, divine right, and identity.
Payment for the anthology is currently Paypal only, but if this doesn’t suit you then an alternative payment system will be available in the near future.
Finally, here is the wonderful cover! Isn’t it awesome?
I’m delighted to announce that my short story, ‘Augury‘, is now live over at the wonderful Shortfire Press! Available for the bargain price of only 99p, it is a departure from my usual works of science fiction and fantasy, and was inspired by a visit to Guernsey in 2010. Here is what Shortfire Press says about it:
The winner of Cambridge University’s prestigious Quiller-Couch prize for creative writing, ‘Augury’ is a stunning story from a young writer with a glittering career ahead of her. Set in Guernsey in 1941, it’s the story of betrayal and longing, beautifully told.
Why not pop over to Shortfire Press and give it a try? And while you’re there, make sure to pick up a few of the other wonderful short stories available (I’m privileged to be in the company of such amazing writers!).
Upon realising that I haven’t posted on this blog since *gasp* OCTOBER, I thought it high time to fill the abyss of silence with a modest little post. I don’t have any excuse for the lack of reviews — I’ve got my notes about The Hunger Games scribbled in my notebook, but just haven’t got round to writing them up yet. Apologies for the slackness. The review will appear here when I’ve finally got onto that…
In other news, I’ve recently heard that my submission for Doctor Fantastique books’s Steampunk Shakespeare anthology has been accepted – woop! Look out for ‘The Omnibus of Doctor Bill Shakes and the Magnificent Ionic Pentatetrameter’!
…and I hope you’re having a great lead-up to Christmas, whoever and wherever you are! (if indeed you celebrate Christmas, otherwise I just hope you’re having a generally awesome life.)
Hello again! Just another update to let you know that part 1 of my Young Adult fantasy story, ‘To Be True’, has just gone live on Cast of Wonders… in podcast format! Graeme does an excellent job of the reading; it’s thrilling to hear my story being told aloud! Check it out, and tune in next week for part 2!
Whilst another book review has been slow in coming (blame my dissertation – it’s tying my brain in knots), I can announce that another piece of mine has today gone live at Bewildering Stories e-zine. A short drama entitled Morning Light, it features teacups, sunflowers, and memories of fire.
So, while I’m still dawdling with the reviews, I have some news: my fantasy short story, A Mixed Catch, is now live at Lightning Flash Magazine! And if this didn’t make me happy enough, it also bagged the best fiction prize for the July issue! In a word: chuffed.
It’d be great if you’d take the time to check the story out, and let me know what you think of it! Also be sure to read the other two stories in the issue: Atomic Number Fourteen by Davyani Borade, and The Chase by Ken Liu. They’re both wonderful — and funny!