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The website of author Steven Pirie

2008: A Good Start!

My short story Night Dreaming has won first prize in the Future Fire/Second Life Black Swan short story competition.

The story wins a rather tasty 500 US Dollars, along with publication in both Future Fire and Second Life.



The competition was to visit Second Life , and in particular Black Swan's enclave, and view the stunning, 3-D, animated artwork. The challenge then was to produce a story inspired by what's there. Night Dreaming is a story based on isolation. Believe me, Black Swan have produced a world of splendid isolation.

Go see for yourself--you will need a free Second Life account, and you will need to download Second Life software to drive the world--but the visit is well worth your trouble.

Find the angel, and step into the beam of light to its rear. You will be transported into an upper realm filled with lots of additional imagery.

Black Swan have created a truly remarkable world of art.

Read Night Dreaming


View some images of Black Swan artwork


Visit Black Swan at Second Life


Read a "The Fix" article about Second Life


added 12th January, 2008

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I am unmasked!

I can now reveal that my Zencore story was the rather charmingly titled Mary's Gift, the Stars, and Frank's Pisser



The story won an honorouble mention in the Year Book of Fantasy and Horror, and Zencore as a whole has been nominated for a Bram Stoker award

"...one of the least palatable
and best stories in the book."
ligotti.net

Click

to read what people are saying about
Mary's Gift, the Stars,
and Frank's Pisser

added 20th December, 2007

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My short story
Lucy's Flower
is now published in
The Horror Express 6



added 1st November, 2007

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My short story
To Pull a Child From a Woman
is now available in
Sein und Werden Volume 2 Issue 2
Clowns and Ghosts,

whose cover is shown below



added 1st November, 2007

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The paperback edition of my novel
Digging up Donald
was released by
Immanion Press
at the British Fantasy Society
Fantasycon on 21st September, 2007
in Nottingham



added 21st September, 2007

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Five flash fiction works:
A First Frost, Ben the Mechanical Dog,
Mr Henderson's Cat, Bob's Descent,
and Mrs Dawson's Underwear
have been accepted by
The Twisted Twins
to appear in an anthology to be
published mid 2008

added 20th September, 2007

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My Short story
To Pull a Child from a Woman
has been accepted by Sein und Werden
to appear in the September issue.



added 6th August, 2007

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My short story
Of Kate, and Love, and the Faraway Door
is now published online at AfterburnSF

AfterburnSF

added 14th July, 2007

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My Flash Fiction
Shipwreck
has been accepted by Route 66

Route 66

added 14th July, 2007

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My Short story
Bob, and Clair, and the Meaning of Life
has been accepted by Ink Magazine

Ink Magazine

added 12th July, 2007

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My Short story
The Love Ship Guide to Seduction in Zero Gravity
has been accepted by Murky Depths
to appear either in issue two or three.

added 28th May, 2007

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My two short stories
"Colquitt's High-energy Trousers" and
"The Black Arts of Mrs Beelzebub from Number Six"
have been translated into Russian!



They're published as part of the Russian version of The Mammoth Book of Comic Fantasy shown above

added 26th May, 2007

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Nemonymous 7 Zencore
artwork is done!


added 22nd May, 2007

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My Short story
Of Kate, and Love, and the Faraway Door
has been accepted by AfterburnSF
to be published in the July edition

added 22nd May, 2007

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Nemonymous 7 Zencore
has accepted a so far
"unnamed story" of mine.

For those who don't know
Nemonymous's mode of operation,
it's unnamed because Nemo is all
about anonymity (in fact, for past
issues its authors would not even
be allowed to make this "unnamed
story" declaration).

I love the idea, because stories
are accepted by story rather than
by who's writing them (submissions
are also made anonymously). It's an
even playing field.

Des Lewis, Nemo's creator,
is running a competition here
where the prize is a free copy
of the anthology.

Nemo is well worth winning -
I have all the previous editions
and the quality is superb.

added 5th May, 2007

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Vincent Chong has now delivered
the artwork for the new paperback
edition of Digging Up Donald



View Vincent's artwork


added 12 April, 2007

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Another Steven Pirie Interview
this time conducted by the good
people of Hadesgate Publishing

Read the interview


added 12th April, 2007

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My Short story
Mrs Mathews is Afraid of Cricket Bats
published in Dark Doorways
antholgy is to receive an
honourable mention in Ellen
Datlow's Year Book of
Fantasy and Horror.

added 11th April, 2007

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Steven Pirie Interview

Whispers have now archived
on the web the Steven Pirie
interview by Peter Tennant
originally printed in Issue 12.

Read the interview


added 20th March, 2007

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Digging up Donald
will be reissued soon in paperback.

New cover artwork
will be done by the much
sought after Vincent Chong

View Vincent's artwork


added 20th March, 2007

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Out now!
Whispers of Wickedness
Issue 14, winter 2006/07


Cover Art:

Bob Veon

Fiction:

Monomorium Destructor by David Penn
Artwork by Bob Veon

Version iii by Frank Burton
Artwork by Marcia Borelll

The Fog Catcher by Jim Steel
Artwork by Marcia Borell

A Spirit's Best Friend by Lawrence R. Dagstine
Artwork by Chris Cartwright

In the Water by Gavin Salisbury

The Great Shave by Jason Gaskell
Artwork by Bob Veon

Poetry :

Two Poems by Emma Lee
Artwork by Bob Veon

The Calibrated Angel by Gavin Salisbury

Non-fiction :

The Blue Pootle Column by Aliya Whiteley

Creation of the Humanoids: A Review by David Tamarin

An Indescribable Horror by Terry Grimwood

To buy a single issue, or to
subscribe to Whispers, click...


added 1st February, 2007

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"Four Felicitous Flash Fiction Foibles" is now published online at Whispers of Wickedness

To read these flash fiction stories click...


added 2nd December, 2006

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My review of "Heaven's Falling Volume 2, Redemption" by Garry Charles is now published online at Whispers of Wickedness

To read the review click...


added 2nd December, 2006

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Out now!
Whispers of Wickedness
Issue 13, summer 2006


Fiction:
Soft Flesh, Cold Steel by John Saxton
The Dead Which Were In It by Barry J House
The Therapist by Jason Gaskell
But It Pours by Rhys Hughes
Pretty Much Damn Near Perfect by Alison J Littlewood
The Way To A Man's Heart: Ask Dr Lippman by Kristine Ong Muslim
The Tower Struck By Lightning by Peter Tennant

Poetry :
The Dead Have Ears by Greg Schwartz
Devil In The Clock by Alexis Child

Non-fiction :
The Blue Pootle Column by Aliya Whiteley
Where Science and Magic Meet: Steven Pirie interviews Storm Constantine
Pyewacket and Vinegar Tom: The Story of the Witchfinder General by Terry Grimwood

To buy a single issue, or to
subscribe to Whispers, click...


added 24th August, 2006

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"Harry, the Wife, and Mrs Robson, Hell's Temptress from Number Six" is now published in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine issue 24



"Alone in bed that night, the answer came to Harry in a dream. It was not a pleasant dream; it was full of the wife, for a start. She was a tarantula, huge and hairy and menacing, and he was her mate, miniscule and quaking in her web, and little more than a spot of lunch after copulation. She was the queen of some terrible, dark universe, and he was a lowly courtier so often on the wrong end of the royal boot. She was a brooding thunderhead, and he was alone in a damp field, slumped and pathetic in his copper-plated headgear, and awaiting such terrible discharge as only the wife might muster."

Buy a single print copy



Download a PDF copy



added 25th July, 2006

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My short story "An Occasional Card" is now published in the anniversary issue of Tryst

To read this story, click...



added 16th June, 2006

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A Fun Rejection

I received this rejection from the people at 'Until Someone Loses an Eye' anthology, and I thought it so good as to be worth sharing.

Dear Steven, Thank you for submitting "Mary: Edith: Bob: Frank" to UNTIL SOMEBODY LOSES AN EYE. Sadly, this is one of those "We're going to have to pass on your material" notes. I know, I know, it sucks, but please believe me when I say that the problem isn't you. It's us. We're afraid to commit. We're afraid to love. We're dead inside.

Also, we're bumbling dorks who are incapable of editing a decent anthology. I mean, we'll be lucky if the final book has the freakin' title spelled right. You're better off without us. In fact, if this WERE an acceptance, your best bet would be to shred the contract and flush the confetti down the toilet like foul-smelling sewage.

Not to mention that we've have acquired 275,819 rejection slips between us, and we're just dying to give a little back. So, really, you're paying the price for every bastard at Random House who told us that our material didn't suit their present needs. Who's sending the rejection slips NOW, huh? Oh, the sweet, glorious power...muahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!

Anyway, there are plenty of markets around that are much better than our loser book, and we hope that one of them snatches up your story. Don't let goobers like us get you down. Fight the power!

With love,

Jeff Strand

John McIlveen


added 16th June, 2006

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My short story "Mrs Mathews is Afraid of Cricket Bats" is now published in "Dark Doorways" anthology. Click on the cover below for details of the work.


added 2nd May, 2006

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Out now!
Whispers of Wickedness
Issue 12, spring 2006



** The Steven Pirie Interview Edition **

With a delicious mix of fiction, poetry, and non fiction by Steve Redwood, Aaron Callow, Stephen Melling, Jim Steel, Garry Charles, Dan McNeil, Jon Brown Aliya Whiteley, and Rachel Kendall. Artwork by Marcia Borell, Carole Humphries, and Sheridan Morgan

To buy a single issue, or to
subscribe to Whispers, click...



added 16th April, 2006

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Caroll and Graf in the US has now issued a hardback version of "The Mammoth Book of New Comic Fantasy" with the new cover art as seen below


added 30th March, 2006

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My short story "The Soup in Uncle Norman's Beard" has been listed as one of the notable stories of 2005 in the Story South Million Writers Awards

added 20th March, 2006

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Neil Davies reviews "Digging up Donald" online at oncewritten.com

added 28th February, 2006

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Christopher Teague reviews "Digging up Donald" online at infinty plus

added 28th February, 2006

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My short story "Leonard Rom" is to be published in the next issue of "Premonitions"

added 10th February, 2006

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My short story "An Occasional Card" is to be published in June's anniversary issue of "Tryst"

added 10th January, 2006

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Out now!
Whispers of Wickedness
Issue 11, winter 2005



To subscribe to Whispers, click...



added 17th December, 2005

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My short story "The Soup in Uncle Norman's Beard" published by "Tryst" has been nominated for the prestigious Pushcart award.

added 7th December, 2005

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My short story "Mrs Mathews is Afraid of Cricket Bats" is to appear in "Dark Doorways" anthology scheduled for release April 2006.


added 22nd November, 2005

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My short story "Harry, the Wife, and Mrs Robson, Hell's Temptress from Number Six" is to appear in "Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine" issue 24, scheduled for release April 2006.

added 9th September, 2005

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Dark fiction magazine Whispers of Wickedness is going upmarket!

From issue 11, the magazine will be glossy, perfect bound and around 60+ pages thick.

For my sins, I'm the first slush reader - it's certainly fun seeing things from the other side of the writerly fence, and I find I agonise more over rejection when I'm sending them out than receiving them!

To subscribe to Whispers, click...



added 9th September, 2005

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My short story "The Two Funereal Urns of Mrs Tate from Number Three" is now printed in the summer 05 issuse of Whispers of Wickedness print magazine.



For details of how to receive this free magazine go...



added 9th June, 2005

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My short story "The Soup in Uncle Norman's Beard" is now published online at Tryst

Read the story...



added 9th June, 2005

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click to read review

I've picked up a superb review of Digging Up Donald in The Horror Express.

Read the full review...



added 30th April, 2005

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click to enlarge image

This is the cover artwork for the Mammoth Book of Comic Fantasy, published by Robinson.

Click on the cover to view a higher resolution image.

Neil Gaiman and Tom Holt are among the big names featured in this volume. I'm one of the 'many more', though I am the only one to place two stories!

added 24th March, 2005

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The Peter Tennant Third Alternative review of Digging up Donald is now added to the site with the kind permission of TTA Press.

click to read review

Read the full review...



added 21st March, 2005

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The Mammoth Book of Comic Fantasy, published by Robinson have now also agreed to publish my short story "The Black Arts of Mrs Beelzebub from Number Six", this in addition to "Colquitt..." listed below.

added 7th February, 2005

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My short story "Colquitt's High-energy Trousers" - a tale of love, and lust, and high-energy physics, first published by Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine (issue 7) has been picked up by the forthcoming Mammoth Book of Comic Fantasy, published by Robinson.

added 16th January, 2005

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My short story, "Lucy's Flower" - is due out soon in The Horror Express.

added 16th January, 2005

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Marc Shemmans of The Horror Express has agreed in principle to carry a review of my novel "Digging up Donald" possibly in the summer issue of the magazine.

added 16th January, 2005









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