Autumn Is Coming

Just got word from Mike Davis that my story "Cul Du-Sac Virus" is going to be included in his Autumn Cthulhu anthology. As an avowed lover of Autumn (there really is no better season) I'm both honored and excited to have one of my stories among the leaves.






Good News, Everyone

It's been an exciting few months--publications and sales enough to make me wonder when the other shoe is going to drop. My story "Semiosis" came out in Fiction Vortex. Primarily a love note to the silver age sci-fi I read as a kid, it's a planetary adventure that follows the estranged daughter of a famous scientist as she tries to piece together his final research project. Also, as always, I couldn't resist cramming in as many aliens as I could.

In a similar vein, my story "Citizen of the Galaxy," is slated to appear in a future issue of Analog. It's funny, but many of those aforementioned silver-age stories I enjoyed as a child (and more recently as an adult) appeared in the pages of Analog. Unsurprisingly, I'm a little north of ecstatic about coming full circle.

Also, my story "When it Was Ripe," will be appearing in the next issue of Andromeda Spaceways In-Flight Magazine. The issue had some delays, but I promise it will be worth the wait.

I'm also honored to announce that my story "Saturday" will be appearing in the July issue of Shock Totem. Although a relative newcomer when compared to luminaries like Cemetery Dance and Black Static, Shock Totem has published some of the best horror and dark fiction I've read in the past year, and has rapidly become one of my top picks for disturbing prose. As you can imagine, I still can't quite believe my luck.

Last, but certainly not least, my story "The Matchbox Sign," will be appearing in Darkfuse #2. I bought the first Darkfuse anthology on the recommendation of a friend, and enjoyed it so much I picked up a few of their books as well.

In truth, a small, but by no means insignificant part of me sincerely believes I'm being gaslighted (gaslit?) by a coterie of respected editors. I know, I know, it sounds insane, but until I have the actual magazines in hand, I'm not going to be able to quash the suspicion this is all just an elaborate practical joke.   


And So it Continues...

Well, the upgrades have started--as you can no doubt tell from the awesome banner Mr. George Foster Esquire hand-wove for the site. There will be more to come in the near future, as he continues to make improvements, and I continue to unwittingly undermine them.

I've had some luck with short story sales in recent days, having pieces accepted by Heroic Fantasy Quarterly (a personal favorite of mine) and Toasted Cake Podcast (another personal favorite). The first is a Mezoamerican sword-and-mythos story set in the late Aztec Empire, and the second, a flash piece about leaving behind childhood friends during an apocalypse. Other than that, I've been up to my elbows in rewrite requests on previous sales, changing this and that to better fit with the tenor of the publication, which I'm more than happy to do.

I'm still waiting on all the publications I listed in my last update. Not that I'm getting pushy, any editor that was generous enough to accept one of my stories can expect nothing short of my full support...okay, maybe not my full support, but close enough as to make no difference.

On the reading front, I've been alternating chapters of R. Scott Bakker's The Warrior Prophet, with Aliette de Boddard's Servant of the Underworld, and  Iain M. Banks' The Algebraist. It's an interesting combination of wild historical fantasy from Bakker and Boddard and sheer post-singularity weirdness from Banks. Come to think of it, I should tandem-read more authors alphabetically.  


The Waiting is the Hardest Part, Although Not Really...

The latter half of 2013 was consumed by writing and waiting--the first I enjoy, the second I'm learning to tolerate. Still, there's a lot to look forward to if you're Evan Dicken, which I am. Unfortunately, none of it is happening precisely now, which, being an American with a presumably finite lifespan, is when I want it.

First, I'd like to wax prosaic about the impending upgrade to this site. While perusing the web one day, my good friend George Foster--graphic artist, grandmaster cradle-stacker, ever-punctual prince among men--was scandalized to discover my inept attempts at web design, and offered, perhaps out of sympathy, to turn this site into something I wouldn't be embarrassed to have my name attached to. And so it will be, soon.

Second, I have a number of stories burning holes in various 'zines and anthologies--Andromeda Spaceways, Stupefying Stories, Chaosium's: Mark of the Beast anthology, Escape Pod, Alternate Hilarities, Tales of the Unanticipated and Legends of the Buckeye State to name a few…okay, most. The tables of contents for all the aforementioned publications make me feel like a little boy that has somehow wandered onto a featured panel at WorldCon. Pay no attention to that child next to Gary Braunbeck, Ken Liu, W.H. Pugmire, and Lucy Snyder!

Lastly, my novel: Beyond the Deshima Gate, being about as good as I can make it, is making the rounds to publishers and agents--one at a time, of course. It did well in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel contest, losing out in the semi-finals to the wonderful horror novel Poe by J. Lincoln Fenn, and ultimately to Timebound, a young-adult novel about a teenage girl who discovers she can travel through time, and must, in fact, do so to save the world. I've read excerpts of each, and must say that I'm honored to have been beaten by both.

Hopefully, in the coming months I'll have more to report, but until then. Thank you for reading, it means a lot to me.  


The Most Wonderful Time of the Year...

It's no secret that Autumn is my favorite time of the year, and this one is shaping up to be a busy one, writing-wise. I had the good fortune of being solicited for The Lovecraft eZine's annual "Night in the Lonesome October" issue. If you haven't taken a peek at the eZine, I can't recommend it highly enough. The time and attention Mike Davis lavishes on the publication has me coming back both as a contributor and a reader. With stories, art, live chat, articles, and a podcast, the eZine site is easily the equal of many so-called "professional" publications, and superior (at least in my mind) to more than a few.

I should also have stories in upcoming issues of Andromeda Spaceways In-Flight Magazine, Stupefying Stories, and Spaceways and Spidersilk--which should all drop in October or thereabouts. Word on the street is the art is almost finished for "Legends of the Buckeye State," and Shelby Rhodes has just about finished the editing and story order. It's a real honor to have my humble scribblings in an anthology with such horror luminaries as Gary Braunbeck and Lucy Snyder.

The novel is plugging along as well. I've gotten notes back from most of my beta-readers, and am waiting on just a few holdouts. Then it's another rewrite, and off to the agents. If anyone knows of any god, spirit, demon, or alien intelligence capable of assuring literary success at reasonable rates, please refer my name to them. I would regard it as a personal favor, to be returned, in kind, at your earliest convenience.

Lastly, enjoy Autumn, I know I will.   



In keeping with the feast or famine nature of publishing, after a double fistful of months with no new stories in print I'm delighted to report a veritable cavalcade of publications—most of which can be read online or downloaded at no cost (beyond time and bandwidth, of course). Here's where you can find them:

  • The Bicentennial Itch: Breaking up is hard to do, especially when you're a galactic republic. A short, humorous flash piece read by Nebula Award nominated author Tina Connolly, available for free at Toasted Cake Podcast.

  • And They Did Live By Watchfires: Paying homage to two of my favorite authors—H.P. Lovecraft and Lord George Gordon Byron—this story is my most recent step into Scifi Horror (a genre that I dearly love and can't seem to find enough of). You can read it at The Lovecraft eZine, not to mention feast your eyes on the amazing illustration by Dominic Black. The eZine is free, and one of the best mythos magazines out there. Mike Davis runs the site mostly on donations and a lot of hard work. So if you like what you see, please toss a couple bucks his way.

  • Cottage Industry: Detective Mike Martinez thought the FBI had turned its back on him, but when an old friend shows up with a chance for Mike to get his old life back, it's too good to pass up. What starts as a simple investigation turns into, well....I don't want to give it away. Urban fantasy in the vein of the Dresden and X-files, you can check out "Cottage Industry" (along with a slew of other fine stories) in the July Issue of Stupefying Stories for the criminally low price of $2.99.          

...and there's more on the horizon. My story: "When it Was Ripe," is slated to appear in the next issue of Andromeda Spaceways In-Flight Magazine, and I have horror pieces in Chaosium's Mark of the Beast, and Woodland Press' Legends of the Buckeye State anthologies later this year. As always, I'd love to hear what you think of them all...good or bad (especially bad). Don't be afraid to comment, or even drop me a line.  

Other than that, I'm still neck-deep in rewrites for Beyond the Deshima Gate, my historical fantasy novel set in early 19th century Japan. I've gotten some great feedback from my beta readers, and I'm hoping to have a third draft done by early August. After that it's off to agents, and I can start climbing the walls again.