My new fantasy story , Origami Man, is up at Hogglepot.
This one started with the image of a man made out of newspaper talking to a newspaper boy. Initially it was going to be fairly lighthearted but it didn’t really turn out that way in the end.
Despite the fact that I’m not running at the moment (that starts back up tomorrow morning), this week has been surprisingly busy – mostly with work. I did manage to scrape together a couple of writing sessions to finish off a new story – CAvE – and add just under two thousand words to The Ghost Smuggler. I’m now reaching the point where I’m doing more and more actual writing rather than just reworking content from the earlier drafts. I’ll still be bringing some stuff over but from here on it’s mostly new content hanging on the bones of the early draft.
That means I need to be a lot more disciplined about sitting down and writing. My goal is to get the first draft of the rewrite complete by the end of August so that I can be ready to pitch it at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference in October. That’s the goal anyway.
It’s a long weekend here in Canada so I’m hoping to use that extra time to get my teeth back into writing and get some momentum. Unfortunately, I can hear Under the Dome calling to me.
[The article Out Now - Origami Man by Philip Harris originally appeared on Solitary Mindset on May 18th, 2013]
I have a new story out called Happin3ss101.com. You can find it in the May issue of eHorror - available in all the popular ebook formats.
That issue is currently on sale for $1.99 but I’m not sure how much longer that will last so grab it now while you can.
[The article Out Now - Happin3ss101.com by Philip Harris originally appeared on Solitary Mindset on May 12th, 2013]
I’m somewhat late (long story) but my drabble, Aftermath, is up at The Were-Traveler.
A drabble, for those who haven’t come across them before, is a story that is exactly 100 words long – not 101, not 99…100.
The concept is said to have originated in UK science fiction fandom in the 1980s; the 100-word format was established by the Birmingham University SF Society, taking a term from Monty Python‘s 1971 Big Red Book. In the book, “Drabble” was described as a word game where the first participant to write a novel was the winner. In order to make the game possible in the real world, it was agreed that 100 words would suffice.
The Were-Traveler has a whole issue of drabbles, well worth a look.
[The article Out Now - Aftermath by Philip Harris originally appeared on Solitary Mindset on May 3rd, 2013]
I’m very pleased to announce that I’m appearing alongside a whole host of fantastic writers in the latest Anthology of European SF.
This one was a bit of a surprise. The anthology was released as part of EuroCon 2013 in Kiev and I wasn’t sure whether my story, Only Friends, would be included until a couple of days before the anthology was released.
There’s lots of great authors in the collection – here’s the full table of contents:
- “The Dead Orchards” by Ian R. MacLeod (England)
- “Transcendent Express” by Jetse de Vries (Netherlands)
- “Memory Recall” by Regina Catarina (Portugal)
- “Digits are Cold, Numbers are Warm” by Liviu Radu (Romania)
- “Repeat Performances” by Car Rafala (Italy)
- “Bing Bing Larissa” by Cristian Mihail Teodorescu (Romania)
- “Rebellion” by Diana Pinguicha (Portugal)
- “The Server and the Dragon” by Hannu Rajaniemi (Finland)
- “The Royal Library” by Vladimir Arenev (Ukraine)
- “Only Friends” by Philip Harris (England)
- “Starsong” by Aliette de Bodard (France)
- “News from a Dwarf Universe” by Danut Ungureanu (Romania)
You can download the anthology for free from here but only until May 10th. I’m not sure if it will be available after that time so if you want some great fiction from some great authors (and me), grab it now before it’s gone.
[The article Out Now - Only Friends by Philip Harris originally appeared on Solitary Mindset on April 22nd, 2013]
My horror story, Night Man is Waiting is up at Ibexian Magazine.
The opening to the story is actually a real event. I was sitting in a cab, watching the terminal that the driver uses to communicate with their office when a message came up:
Night man is waiting
And thus a story was born.