Over at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, a short piece: “The Modern Gangs of New York.” Guys in Your MFA, Stroller Warriors, and more…
The annual Shotgun Honey anthology is out in paperback and Kindle, featuring my short story “Chipping Off the Old Block.” Check it out for a hefty dose of good old-fashioned mayhem and murder; stick around for 24 other great crime-fiction stories.
Over on Dice News, my story about the recent Yahoo layoffs (CEO Marissa Mayer made the mistake of referring to them as a “remix”) was picked up by Business Insider and BoingBoing; the latter piece, by Cory Doctorow, rather picturesquely refers to corporations as “immortal, transhuman artificial life-forms and humans are their gut flora.” Never a dull moment around here, kids.
In this quarter’s North American Review: “Sandhogs,” a poem about life underground; in an accompanying blog post on the NAR’s Website, I talk about the poem’s background (with illustrations by Anthony Tremmaglia).
And over at Dice News: What it took for SFX experts to animate Chappie, the eponymous robot of Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi film (spoiler alert: a lot of processing power).
‘allo, droogs: It’s been awhile.
In the winter issue of The Adirondack Review: my poem, “Elvis Presley Retires.” Over at Cleaver Magazine, there’s also my short (short) story, “Little Orestes.” Revenge, rebirth, murder, and similarly lighthearted stuff.
More soon, I promise.
In this week’s Shotgun Honey: “Two for Tea,” a brief tale of unexpected revenge.
Via Creativist: a little experiment with text and imagery—and apps—using my short story “The White Whale” (which previously appeared in Carrier Pigeon Vol. 3, Issue 3, with monotype illustrations by Rachel Burgess).
And on Dice News: using Oculus Rift, a virtual-reality headset, to pilot a real-life tank.
This week only: my latest collection of short stories, Afterworld, is on sale. (Which means: post-apocalyptic adventure and zombie comedy for a low, low price.)
So we’re trying a little experiment: a Kindle e-book that collects several short stories into one convenient volume: Afterworld (and Other Stories). Featuring a couple pieces published in Carrier Pigeon and other venues that have never been released in a digital format. From the Amazon description:
A man fights for survival after a rising sea turns New York City into a watery wasteland. A teenage boy realizes he can start fires with his mind… and decides it’s time for a little payback. A French philosopher confronts a zombie invasion. And a washed-up writer saves his soul by building a bar in the wreckage of Hurricane Sandy. These characters (and many more) star in nine stories of revenge and redemption.
All yours for a mere $3.99.
Some new bits for your pre-holiday-reading pleasure:
In Shotgun Honey: “How Jules Left Prison,” a (short) short story about throwing a big middle finger to The Man.
In the latest issue of Carrier Pigeon (Vol. 3, Issue 3): “The White Whale,” a much longer story about redemption in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, with illustrations by Rachel Burgess.
5Pointz, the unofficial name for a decaying warehouse complex on the border of Brooklyn and Queens, once hosted a good deal of graffiti and spray-can art, much of it oversized and gorgeous, like so:
Yet despite its international reputation as a temple of street-art, 5Pointz also stood in the way of progress, if by “progress” you mean luxury condos without much local character but certainly a whole lot of amenities, and so its current landlord decided to send in a couple of crews to whitewash every wall, ahead of ripping down the whole thing in December:
Now artists are screaming on blogs and Twitter about how New York City is becoming a sterile shadow of its former self. And at moments like this, it’s hard to disagree.
Anyway, on Slashdot: an unfunny run-in with Her Majesty’s Secret Service; the continuing disaster that’s Healthcare.gov; and Elon Musk finally snaps over that whole Tesla-cars-catching-on-fire thing.