Tuesday, September 28, 2010


What a whirlwind of literary activity the last few months have been.

The first gusts of the maelstrom hit around July when my short story "2109" earned an Honourable Mention in the flash fiction category of this year's AHWA Shorty Story Comp. It sure does feel great to have placed two years in a row. Congrats are due to Christopher Green and Jason Fischer who took out the comp this year and to all the very talented AHWA writers who participated.

June saw "The Last Roast" making it into print for the third time. It was published as a reprint by Twisted Tongue in issue 16. There's something about that story that I can't quite place my finger on. But whatever the secret ingredient is, it's turned it into a damn good yarn. I just wish I could distil that "something" and use it to drizzle over some of my other work.

In July I continued to delve into the world of micro fiction with "Bad Blood" making its debut in Flashes in the Dark. Writing micro fiction is hard work. It's a bit like trying to pen haiku on a grain of rice.

Also in July my ghost story "I came Back" hit unsuspecting household computer screens when it saw the back-lit light of day at House of Horror.

The cyclonic activity continued in August when The New Flesh informed me that "Mangeni's Lullaby" had been selected for inclusion in their Year One Anthology, which is now available on their website.

Just when I thought things couldn't get any better, the legendary Stephen Studach confirmed that "Dirty Laundry" (probably the best work I've ever produced) had been accepted for publication in an anthology edited by Stephen called 100 Lightnings. The anthlogy is being published by Paroxysm Press. I have a great deal of respect for Stephen. I know that he sets the bar very high, and that means that his anthology is promising to be of mind-blowing quality. I can't wait to see the final product.

The publication credits continued to tumble in during September with "In this Life or the Next" making it into Issue 14 of Sex and Murder Magazine. This story can also be downloaded from their website.

"Playing with Knives", a story with a bit of sting in its tale (excuse the pun), is available for your reading pleasure in the Autumn/Fall edition of Midnight in Hell, which is out now.

More recently "Happy as Larry", which is my attempt at an Australian-flavoured horror tale with a twist of sci-fi, seemed to cause quite a stir at Thrillers, Killers 'n' Chillers. Also during this month "Natural Selection" has made its debut appearance on TKnC. You can read this story on their website right now. It's set in South Africa, and it's about a safari tour that turns out to be no walk in the park. If you get the chance, check it out and let us know what you think.

And now for the big news: my novelette "Digging for Dandelions" is due to be released as a chap book. The publisher has yet to set the release date, but it's currently expected to hit the market later this year. So keep an eye out for it.

Phewww! That about sums it up. I sincerely apologise to those who frequent this blog for not having posted updates sooner. As you can see, I have had my hands full of late.

I especially regret not having had the time to post the second instalment of the "King of Tides" series. You can rest assured, however, that I'm on to it; I hope to have instalment 2 up in the next week or so.

Mmmm, I wonder what Luke and his friends will find when (or should I say "if") they arrive at the mysterious column of smoke. I bet you think you know the answer. But I'm also prepared to wager that you're dead wrong. I wonder.


  1. You have been busy, Eugene. Keep it up. I always look forward to reading your work. Well done.

  2. Thank you very much David. I really appreciate your support. Cheers, mate.