Sunsorrow in Swords & Mythos anthology

Swords & Mythos

Look at that. My Jack Vance Dying Earth meets Lovecraft meets The Road (McCarthy dontchaknow) style short story SunSorrow is in the upcoming awesome Swords & Mythos anthology put out by Innsmouth Free Press, one of the coolest publishing houses this side of Carcossa. The writing style of this one is interesting- the rhythms of the prose is inspired by The Road, the world is taken a springboard form Dying Earth, and of course there is mythos inspired things shuffling around in the darkness.

It’s going to come out later this year, and yeah, you should pick it up. The table of contents seem great to me, and I’m really excited to read what’s inside of it.

Check the full TOC here:

& here is a small taste of the weirdness of my story….

She remembered:
Shoving little face under the water and it struggled and she held it down and it was flailing and she pushed harder. She couldn’t look down. Couldn’t look into the eyes. She wanted to stop existing, she wanted to stop being but she couldn’t she had to keep on living so pushed it down harder. Cramming the head against the rocks at the bottom of the lake.

She was crying. She remembered that. Remembered her cheeks wet with tears and she would lift the head up, thinking no, no, I’ll let you live, I love you so much I’ll let you live and then she would see the face wide eyes and screaming and terrified and she would shove it back down under the water again. And she was crying again. And the body was flailing again.

Why couldn’t she forget these things? If only it had been the once…

Glass Coffin Girls

A collection of surreal,  experimental short stories published by PS Publishing in the UK and with a foreword by Jeff Vandermeer.

Glass Coffin Girls Cover Art

Glass Coffin Girls Cover Art

PS Showcase 6: Glass Coffin Girls

Purchase – [hardcover for $19.20] [jacketed hardcover for $40.00] [ebook version for $6.39]
Publisher: PS Publishing
Release Date: Spring 2009
Cover art: Darin Bradley
Introduction by: Jeff Vandermeer

Secret in the House of Smiles
Glass Coffin Girls
Stone Dogs
The Drinking Moon
Wire Rabbit
Red Hairs
Jars of Rain
It Tasted Like the Sea


The best way I can describe Glass Coffin Girls? Like Cinderella walking over the shards of her own glass slipper, broken…the blood looks positively gorgeous against the crystalware, don’t you think?
From- My Fluttering Heart Book Reviews

Another stand-out is “Secret in the House of Smiles,” which starts the book off in typically atypical fashion with Jack, a nutty college dude who likes to cut out pieces of women’s bodies from magazines and then paste them together in new configurations, his vampire (quantum vampire, that is) hunting girlfriend Alice, and a cabin in the woods where Jack and Alice meet their fate. “The Drinking Moon” is even stranger, a slip-streamy evocation of undiluted oddness whose overall tone is set by the words of the title.


“The title story, “Glass Coffin Girls”, is the second story and a much more interesting piece. The opening paragraph is a real “grabber” and sets up the coming conflict between the main characters beautifully. One thing that Jessup does extremely well, in this story and throughout the collection, is use sentence length and rhythms to propel the stories along. At times, his writing feels like free verse poetry, and he likes to use repetition and short lines for emphasis. Unlike in the previous story, the characters of Lewis and Emily are expertly drawn. The relationship between them is complex and multifaceted. Lewis’ obsession with cannibalism, seemingly rooted in childhood denial and secrets, dominates his very being and his obsession with the seemingly-suicidal Emily leads to him becoming increasingly dominated by her, having obviously been dominated by his mother before her.

It’s a story that has more narrative drive than “Secret In The House of Smiles”, and Jessup employs some characteristic fairytale tropes (an evil hound, wicked mother figure, glass coffin, wannabe princess) to new and freakishly-unusual effect. As the story moves along, the imagery becomes more and more bizarre and there is a real sense of claustrophobia built up as Lewis loses control of everything around him. It’s certainly one of the more accessible stories in the collection, thanks to cleanly-delineated characters and a cohesive structure, and I genuinely enjoyed it.”

From Innsmouth Free Press