A good season for second person POV: Of Sight, of Mind, of Heart by Samantha Murray

It’s been really hard for me to keep posting recently because I’ve been caught up with living, you know, and processing the political times we live in. Any time that I am too consumed with thoughts and actions in the here and now, my writing suffers, and because of my vow to never let the WIP work suffer, I had to leave the blog for a while. I’m not sure whether other writers (and readers) have this experience, but I am very conscious of how reality affects my thinking, my moods, and ultimately my writing. I am still wrestling with all of this turbulence, but I ran across a short story that inspired me to try writing something in second person point of view (POV) and, if you’re writing, you might find you want to try it, too.

There’s a fantastic little short story, only 2500 plus words, in Clarkesworld this month that inspired me both as a writer and a reader. “Of Sight, of Mind, of Heart” by Samantha Murray is a tender story of a mother reflecting on her firstborn child’s first year. The child’s development is spectacularly rapid. The reader realizes some unspecified deal has been struck between the mother and unseen authorities that has resulted in the birth of this child. There is a war. The world is threatened. The mother’s voice is laden with guilt, and love. Continue reading

Macro-level horror in “Tread Upon the Brittle Shell” by Rhoads Brazos / Horror de nivel macro en “Tread Upon the Brittle Shell” de Rhoads Brazos

“Tread Upon the Brittle Shell” by Rhoads Brazos is a great little adventure story that flips the horror element from the usual micro-level tension to macro—super macro. After reading a couple of the other pieces in The Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 7, edited by Ellen Datlow, I stumbled on to this one primarily because a quick scan told me it was set in the Outback and I looked forward to moving into a realm where I knew little about the rules and reference points for horror.

We meet a speleologist, Charlie, who’s disconcerted by strange surface terrains, though quite at home with exploring the depths of caverns. She meets a geophysicist who is exploring a here-to-fore unknown cavern Charlie discovered deep in the Outback after following the geophysicist’s directions. Continue reading

Australian horror anthology features illustrations

In the course of websurfing to find examples of the rare illustrated novel, which I’ve discussed in earlier posts, I came across Horror Australis, a new undertaking by Steve Proposch, Bryce Stevens and Christopher Sequeira. Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu cosmology, CTHULHU: DEEP DOWN UNDER is a horror anthology composed of 24 pieces of prose by 24 established Australian genre fiction writers and 24 amazing artists. The team at Horror Australis promises it will astound, horrify, amuse and delight you. And, as this post is going out, there are still a few hours left in their crowdfunding effort, so check it out (and the pledge perks). Here’s wishing them the best of luck in producing this illustrated anthology and advancing the cause of illustrated speculative fiction!