Today is the official release date of the superamazing superhero / supervillain anthology MASKED MOSAIC: Canadian Super Stories. Co-editor Claude Lalumière and I are thrilled with this incredible bundle of awesomeness. Over the coming days, Tyche Books will be posting little mini-views Claude and I crafted about every story. I have no idea what Claude wrote about each one, so this is going to be fun — almost as much fun as putting together the anthology itself.
Go. Read. You will not be sorry.
[More details about Masked Mosaic and links to our miniviews in the sidebar thisaway ----> ]
Speculating Canada claims “Canadian SF, fantasy, and horror have been cast into a literary ghetto under the power structure of CanLit, and cast as either inferior literatures, or literatures that are not ‘of here’, i.e. from abroad. Yet, Canadian speculative fiction has a long history in Canada and engages with ideas of Canadian identity, belonging, and concepts of nationhood, place and space (both ‘the final frontier’ type, and the geographical)…”
Today, Derek Newman-Stille grills me on a series of topics about speculative literature and the Canadian scene, in response to which I discuss fashion statements, broken grammar, yams, and the end of the world. He kindly says, “ Her love of writing and joy at playing with literary work comes through in the interview below as well as in her fiction writing.”
Check out the interview in its entirety at the site.
The publishers say: “Tongues and Teeth continues Here Be Monsters‘ mission to show off the weird and wonderful in short fiction. There are 13 stories in a variety of genres. If you are a fan of the strange and exciting, then we think you’ll enjoy Tongues and Teeth.”
This one contains my story “Children of the Device.”
The redoubtable Piers Anthony has posted a substantial review of the forthcoming FUTUREDAZE anthology, including the lowdown on my short story “Over It.”
“YA stands for Young Adult, what in my day was called juvenile. I vaguely expected somewhat sanitary, simplified stories, the kind that parents, teachers, and librarians approve. The hell! It turned out to be aimed and young readers, yes, but these are hard-hitting pieces. . .“
Check out the full review at his site.
This double issue is perfect to warm up with this winter for readers of all types. In some places, it’s full of action, such as in S. L. Franklin’s “Raptors” (featuring PI R.J. Carr) and John M. Floyd’s “The Long Branch.” In other settings, such as Sanibel Florida, rural New Hampshire, and an upscale Boston jewelry store, the action simmers below the surface (procedural “Museum Man” by William Hallstead; twisty “Small-Town Life” by Brendan DuBois; surprising “Diamond’s Aren’t Forever” by Raymond Goree). If you’re a radio or film buff, you’ll enjoy Michael Mallory’s “White Lotus” and Terence Faherty’s “Margo and the Silver Cane.” And if you’re into science-fiction or fantasy mysteries, you won’t want to miss Jay Carey’s possible-future tale “We Don’t Call It Stolen Property” or Dana Cameron’s “Finals,” which follows some . . . alternative teenagers living in Salem, Massachusetts. The emotional stakes are raised in three tales that particularly explore all sides of human nature: “Light as Air and Death” by Camille Alexa; “Reconciliation” by K. J. Egan; and “The Dog Walkers” by D. A. McGuire.
No matter who is on your gift list this season, the January/February issue is sure to please.
[from the AHMM site]
The latest HERE BE MONSTERS anthology has arrived. This one contains the Camille Alexa story “Children of the Device.” The cover is incredible! Truly a standout piece from artist Annabelle Métayer. Hard to do this one justice, but here’s a cover flat.
Full contributor list and purchase information on the HBM site, as well as information about the fantastic editors and teaser snippets from the stories.
Found at these fine Montreal bookstores:
Mexican luchadores wrestle primordial evil in Vancouver … The Intrepids battle Nazis in Nova Scotia … A mysterious masked man rescues an adventuring heiress in a steampunk Gold Rush–era Yukon … Zombies and ancient Viking magic are unleashed in downtown Toronto … A godlike oracle wanders Calgary with her cyborg handler … The fearsome Iron Shadow stalks the streets of Kingstonia … The Coachwhip and Cat-Girl fight crime in lurid wartime Montreal …
MASKED MOSAIC is a thrilling collection of Canadian Super Stories from Tyche Books compiled and edited by Claude Lalumière & Camille Alexa.