My story “Uncluttering,” about a mother who needs some room to breathe, is up at British noir site Near to the Knuckle. When I wrote that story, I needed to vent out. Bad. At first I figured it would be just for me because it … was off-putting. But I figured if people were going to read it, NTTK would have the balls to put it up. I think other sites have the balls as well–namely Out of the Gutter–but since I write for OOTG I figured I’d look elsewhere first. And NTTK did it. Thanks Daz and Craig. You guys throw down with the heavy weights.
Also, NTTK needs some love for their anthology Gloves Off. What a killer book. I mean it. Of course, I’m in it, but even if I wasn’t I’d still hold that collection in high esteem. If you like your fiction a little on the gritty side, here is your breakfast, lunch and dinner for weeks to come. It also features Zelmer Pulp authors Brian Panowich and Chris Leek, so you know it’s good.
The folks over at Near to the Knuckle, a gritty noir site, have accepted my story “Squeezing” for their anthology. Holy crap, that is awesome. Squeezing is a gentle slice-of-life bit that follows a nerd during an active shooting on a campus. Horrible, I know. But, my serialized stories about unicorns and puppies hasn’t found a home yet so I have to make the rent somehow.
The menu column titled ‘Excised Demons’ I put up as a collect-all for any of my stories that have been taken down off the Internet. Posted there now are four shorts which were previously published on now-defunct websites. Oh, Amanda and Sponsor were published at the Short Story Library. Amanda was included in a printed anthology. The link for that is live under the ‘Bullets Already Spent’ column at the very bottom. Evidence was put up in the Heroin Love Songs volume 7 collection and Wilhelm was at the short-lived but eclectic Craniotomic Magazine. Enjoy.