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Welcome to Pacific City

I hang around on a website called SFF World, handing out advice on writing and publishing, because the site draws a number of aspiring specfic authors.

Every now and then, the members get together and do a theme anthology, the latest of which is Welcome to Pacific City, a collection of stories all set in a fictional Oregon coast metropolis whose name I’m sure you can infer.  The theme of the antho is superheroes.

I contributed the origin tale, borrowing liberally from the true-life history of how Vancouver was founded by a man who paddled up from New Westminster with a barrel of whisky and talked the workers at a sawmill into building him a saloon.

The ebook version of the anthology is now available for pre-order, dirt cheap at an introductory price.  Down the road there will be a paperback, and I’ll draw attention to that when it comes.

But for now you can pre-order W2PC from Amazon as a bargain.  Here’s where to go.

 

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Podcast interview

When I was at VCon in Vancouver a few weeks ago, I did an interview with Robin Shantz for his Invaders from Planet 3 podcast.  I may have said more than I should about my colorful past, but, hey, I can be garrulous.

Here’s a link: http://bloginhood.blogspot.com/2018/12/ep-25-matthew-hughes.html

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SF Gateway publishing my backlist ebooks

A few months ago, I made a deal with SF Gateway an online offshoot of the UK publisher Gollancz, to bring out e-versions of 13 titles in my backlist of novels and short story collections. They’ve started appearing over the past few days and will continue to do so through January.

They’re only available in the UK, the Commonwealth (not including Canada) and some odd non-Cwealth markets like Ireland, Egypt and Israel. At £4.99 each, they’re a little pricier than in my own webstore and on Amazon, but still cheaper than Gollancz would sell them if they were new.

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Another Baldemar story sold to F&SF

I’ve sold “A Geas of the Purple School,” another novelette about Baldemar the wizard’s henchman, to The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Also, Charlie Finlay tells me that the Baldemar story, “The Plot Against Fantucco’s Armor” will run in the March/April issue, and the final Raffalon story, “Sternutative Sortilege” should appear in the May/June ish.

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New novel sold

PS Publishing wants my novel, Ghost Dreams, a contemporary fantasy novel  about a commercial burglar haunted by the ghost of a woman who was  railroaded into an insane asylum back in the 1940s.  We’ll make the deal  after the holidays.

This is the fourth novel I’ve sold to PS, one of the UK’s foremost small  presses, and my twentieth sale overall.

Also, I’m about to finish the first draft of a Dying Earthesque fantasy novel about three odd characters — one of them a kind of god — and all three of them unreliable narrators.  It’s been an interesting experience shaping the story.

I am grateful to my Patreon patrons for supporting me while I was writing Ghost Dreams.  Their pledges make it possible for me to write longer works, instead of short stories and novelettes to sell to magazines for nine or ten cents a word.

If you would like to be my patron, please visit my Patreon page at https://www.patreon.com/user?u=4687520

 

 

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