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My short story Soft Mary's Flood is to appear in The Overcast.
More details when I have them...
I entered a short story The Entangled Chimpanzee in the Glimmer Train Open Fiction competition, and blow me down if it didn't receive an Honourable Mention.
Given that the first prize is $3000, it's a well-sought-after publication. So, an HM is no mean feat. Of course, it's still close but no cigar.
Well, I don't believe I've ever had so many submissions 'out there' at any one time, but, whether it's the holiday season or something, replies (good or bad) seem thin upon the ground.
There's also been a cancellation of an anthology I had high hopes for. Still, hopefully things will start moving again soon.
A collection of dark, strange or uncategorizable pieces for which the sea provides the great mystery; stories and poems which explore its pull on the human heart, its alienness, its treachery, its unfathomable vastness; and more than anything, what it makes us creatures - us unwelcome, gill-less land-dwellers - do, be, become.
The book has 320 pages; is a lithographically printed, sewn hardback with coloured endpapers. It is limited to just 400 copies. ISBN 978-0-993527883. It can be ordered now for £35.00, inclusive of postage worldwide.
OFFICIAL PUBLICATION WILL BE 8th OF JUNE 2018. ALL PRE-ORDERED COPIES WILL BE DESPATCHED ON OR BEFORE THAT DATE.
Good people. We're extremely pleased to announce the table of contents (and the provisional running order) for the forthcoming Egaeus Press BOOK OF THE SEA. (The book will be split into 4 sections.)
Other's Tears by David Yates
Waiting by Rosalie Parker
The Figurehead of the Cailleach by Stephen J. Clark
In The Hold, It Waits by Tom Johnstone
The Sorrows of Satan's Book by Karim Ghahwagi
The Storm Brood by Colin Fisher
By Severn's Flood by Jane Jakeman
Breakwater Lodge by Michael R. Colangelo
Dancing Boy by Colin Insole
Below Decks by Jonathan Eeds
The Final Flight of Fidelia by Albert Power
Withernsea by Martin Jones
Sailing to Trebizond by Sandra Rennie
The Woman from Malta by George Berguño
From Whence We Came by Jonathan Wood
Some Pages from the Journal of James Morris, Founder, Sable Island Humane Establishment, 1801 by Tim Foley
Cut Through with Skeins of Shallow Light by Joseph Dawson
[As yet untitled story] by Charles Schneider
The Lighthouse by Richard Sheppard
The Night They Came by D.F. Lewis
The Woman Who Walked in to the Sea by Steven Pirie
Publication is likely to be May, 2018, though more details will be made available in the weeks to come.
Life can give you a good kicking now and then. It's what Life's good at. But we're resilient sorts here in the Pirie household, and we cock our snooks at Life's kickings and come back stronger, leaner, fitter, better. What else is there to do?
After a little over a three year hiatus, I'm back writing again, and jolly well enjoying it, too. So, watch out Life, because, well... just watch out is all I'm saying. I've got my good eye on you.
They had a good innings, my novels Digging up Donald and Burying Brian. Donald was born in 2004 and Brian followed in 2010, but their publisher, Immanion Press, has deemed they must now go out-of-print. It's the place where books go to die.
It happens - we mustn't fret.
But what a ride it was! There was the thrill of holding the books for the first time, and so many people said such nice things about them, so many people were really supportive.
I'd like to thank you all from the heart.
The Rights to both books are now back with me, so I could conceivably still do something with them. I'm thinking about what, if anything, that might be.
In the meantime, I'd also like to thank Storm Constantine and Immanion Press for taking me on. It scared the bejesus out of me when they accepted, but I'm so glad they did.
My short story, The Woman Who Walked in to the Sea has been accepted by Egaeus Press for their upcoming anthology of sea stories.
It makes me particularly happy as while I've currently got two stories on shortlists, this is my first acceptance since my return to writing.
The book is to be published in the first half of 2018.
of Mrs Beelzebub from Number Six
Just to "tidy up" some news from back before Life ganged up on me, my short story, Mrs Wilson and the Dark Arts of Mrs Beelzebub from Number Six, has been published in audio by Far Fetched Fables.
The story is still available for download or to be played live at the link above. It's the second reading of issue 27 and begins at approximately 45:20.
It's fun to hear someone else read you work. But what's this with the name? Piree-eh? Is that the US pronunciation of Pirie?
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