I called out into the falling snow as I rounded the corner of the bottom field – the one nearest the house where the carcass of the original Victorian farmhouse still stood in one corner, just broken walls now as if it had already been picked over for carrion.
“The order from the prison engineer came through three days after she spoke to me. A limited exploratory dismantlement would be carried out before the end of the week to establish the exact extent of my inadequacy, followed by a small circuit insertion at the earliest opportunity. Of course, it carried an associated risk, but even if I wanted to object I had no choice.”
–Eugene Campbell Mk2
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As a part of the promotion for the imminent release of the Pirates and Ghosts anthology from Flame Tree Publishing, their blog features Q&As with the authors. In this second part, all the authors discuss their favourite pirate/ghost tales and/or the process they follow when writing.
Here’s my response:
I’ve been watching the TV series Black Sails lately, and I’m sure that’s been a big inspiration, but when it comes to books two really stand out for me. The first is On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers, and if you haven’t read it you should. But my favourite fictional pirate has to be Kennit Ludluck from Robin Hobb’s Liveship Traders. Kennit’s actions are persistently reprehensible, yet somehow the reader is manipulated into rooting for him at every turn!
Flame Tree Publishing, whose anthology “Pirates & Ghosts” I’ll be featured in, have two new calls for anthology submissions. “Alien Invasion” and “Endless Apocalypse” have deadlines of 29 September and pay $0.06 per word.
Go to Flame Tree’s blog for more information about submission.
Flame Tree Publishing to include “Huitzilopochtli, God of Human Sacrifice” in their Pirates and Ghosts anthology
My short ghost/horror/fantasy story, “Huitzilopochtli, God of Human Sacrifice”, is due to be published by Flame Tree Publishing in October, in their “Pirates and Ghosts” anthology.