This week’s new ebook is “Biba Jibun.” Originally published in Apex Magazine, #23, April, 2011; produced as an audio podcast by Pseudopod in January of 2012; and reprinted in the anthology The Book of Apex: Volume 3:
Every night as I sleep on my futon, I dream that I’m a rabbit, running on a river of moonlight. My fur is white, my legs strong and swift, and I’m going to see Mama.
Papa said that Mama left because she was one of the obake, the spirit folk. She tricked him into marrying her when he was a rich man and could buy her French perfume and trinkets from Cartier’s. But then Papa’s company got bought by a Western interest which wasn’t of a mind to buy Papa along with it. When next the full moon beckoned, Mama turned into a silver rabbit scented with Envy by Gucci, a platinum Bulgari watch around her throat, and flew out into the night.
This week’s new ebook is my novelette, “Beauty’s Folly.” Originally published in OSC’s InterGalactic Medicine Show, #5, July 2007, I’m thrilled to be able to use the original, fabulous illustration by Liz Clarke as the cover.
When the fortunes of Annabel’s father took a dramatic downturn, they were plunged into sudden poverty, forced to move from their lavish estate to the slums of New York. One day, Annabel is drawn by an otherworldly melody to strike up a conversation with an alley panhandler. Eloy is a strange man with beastly features. He unnerves her with his abrupt marriage proposal, astonishing her further with his lavish gifts. He whisks Annabel’s father to a strange, magical manor, only releasing him when she agrees to take his place.
A modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast.
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.
So I’m finally getting around to releasing more of my previously published stories as a la carte ebooks. I’ll be publishing one a week starting today and going through July for the low, low price of $0.99.
This week’s story is “Nothing of Me.” Originally published in the Bram Stoker Award-nominated anthology Aegri Somnia, it’s my take on the Scylla and Charybdis Greek myth.