Landmarks are important. I began writing with serious intent back in 1986, and my first story acceptance was Writing For A Dying, a Barkeristic horror story which appeared in a UK small press zine called Cassandra Anthology that same year. My first professional sale was Waltz In Flexitime, a nifty, quickfooted little time-travel story which appeared in Other Edens 2, a paperback anthology edited by Robert Holdstock and Chris Evans (although Roger Robinson will tell you that my first professional acceptance was a drabble entitled Concrete Fire, a 100-word vignette, all cyberpunk moodyness, which appeared in the 1st Beccon Drabble collection, The Drabble Project). Then I sold my cyberpunk meisterwerk, Corrosion, to Interzone in 1992.
Ah, landmarks we have loved.
And then came my first short story collection, Iron Mosaic, published by the grace of Storm C, by Immanion Press a few years ago (with a terrific intro from Ian McDonald) and since reprinted in glossy paperback. And that, ladies and gentlebeings, is a landmark of an entirely different stature of ego.
So as we trundle smoothly down the slope of weeks towards the publication of Seeds Of Earth, think upon the little narrative wordlets that I’ve explored on the way to engaging in such large constructions as the new book (and indeed the Shadowkings books that went before). You would also discover my passion for SF and cyberpunk, as well as a range of other fantastical tales. Iron Mosaic can still be had from Immanion Press, at a very reasonable £10.99. Just follow the link below –