Yes, I do have a plan, although it may not be evident from my publishing schedule.
Ever since I realized that short fiction is the ideal medium for me, I have been working towards building a body of work. As I’ve said several times in this blog, I am now writing stories with an eye not just to first publication, but to inclusion into a series of collections.
My third collection, Dark Fantasies, is now available for pre-order from Baby Katie Media, the publishers of Storyhack magazine.
This collection, as the title implies, is of my Fantasy Short Fiction. It contains stories spanning my entire career, from the very first Eldritch Earth story, “A Hill Of Stars” published in 2016 in the first issue of Cirsova.
It also contains stories that have been published in a variety of small press anthologies as well as a couple that have never seen the light of day until now.
I’m very pleased with this collection. There is variety–a number of different settings, a rather broad range of characters–but there is also a consistent theme, or flavor. These are all stories about magic, not in the abstract but how it impacts the lives of the characters in both positive and negative ways.
The Kindle edition is available for pre-order now for release on June 15th. Information on the paperback release should be coming out soon, including an edition with a signed bookplate.
I’m proud of this project, and I think fans of my work will be pleased with the collection.