This week’s new ebook is “Requiem Duet, Concerto for Flute and Voodoo.” Originally published in Daily Science Fiction, Sept. 2011.
Zoë hears voices, three of them. She always has, even before her father died and she had to move to New Orleans. They tell her things, help her when she’s in trouble, and warn her when danger’s nearby. So she doesn’t understand when they advise her to trust Maurin, the strange voodoo man who asks for her still-beating heart in exchange for his help in repairing her most treasured keepsake, her father’s bone flute.
A story about friendship and grief, and how sometimes you have to lose your heart to find it.
The anthology Human for a Day, edited by Jennifer Brozek and Martin H. Greenberg (DAW Books), is now out with my story “Beneath the Silent Bell, the Autumn Sky Turns to Spring”! It’s available at bookstores and online booksellers such as Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com in print and as an ebook.
Also, the Nebula Award nominations are now open, and the Hugos are coming up, so herein the obligatory shameless pimpage for the short stories I’ve had published this year for your consideration:
- “Black Swan, White Swan” in anthology End of an Aeon, edited by Marti and Bridget McKenna (July, Fairwood Press), also produced as a podcast by PodCastle (listen to it for free!) and reprinted in my Mortal Clay, Stone Heart ebook collection.
“Biba Jibun” in Apex Magazine issue #23 in April (read it for free!)
- “The Princess and the Golden Fish” in Cricket Magazine, serialized in the January through April issues.
- “Requiem Duet, Concerto for Flute and Voodoo” in Daily Science Fiction in September (read it for free!)
- “The Wish of the Demon Achtromagk” in podcast Drabblecast in August (listen to it for free!) for their Lovecraft Appreciation Month and reprinted as an ebook.
And a final plug in this plug-filled post, I’m running two deals for the month of December:
Oh, squee! Saw another glowing review for “Requiem Duet, Concerto for Flute and Voodoo.” This one by Michael K. Rose at Myriad Spheres:
…a well-written and intriguing story, Foster’s skill as a writer draws the reader in to the emotional worlds of the characters. In short fiction it is often difficult for readers to have enough invested in the characters to care about them but Foster accomplishes this flawlessly.
This is turning out to be my week for swelled headedness!
Saw a review of “Requiem Duet, Concerto for Flute and Voodoo” by Fantasy Matters that totally made my day. Among other glowy things, the reviewer called me “one of the best writers of speculative short fiction currently working”:
Eugie Foster is one of the best writers of speculative short fiction currently working. She has great facility for language and structure, an ability to see beauty and terror in equal measure, and consistently crafts stories that are both harrowing and satisfying…”Requiem Duet, Concerto for Flute and Voodoo”…is a story about friendship and grief, about losing your heart to find it…You may cry at the end. You’ll be glad you read it.
My plan for today is to grow a fantastically swelled head. Yep.
Hurray! My short story, “Requiem Duet, Concerto for Flute and Voodoo,” was published by Daily Science Fiction today. Subscribe to this excellent publication, read, and comment at their FB page!
Slowly coming back to life after Dragon*Con. Had eyeball-deep chaos, had mega stress, had hella good time. Longer post later. Maybe. Still shambling back to life. (Don’t know why, but it seems that I always have something come out while I’m immersed in—or in this case, recovering from—Dragon*Con.)
Just got an email from the editors of Daily Science Fiction letting me know that they’d like to buy my short story, “Requiem Duet, Concerto for Flute and Voodoo.” This is my first sale to these folks, but I’ve been impressed for some time by the quality of the fiction they’ve published. Yay!