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CIRCUS - Fantasy Under the Big Top

Editor Ekaterina Sedia has announced the table of contents and unveiled the cover for her latest anthology CIRCUS: Fantasy Under the Big Top.


With a stellar line-up of authors, I feel extremely privileged that she has chosen to reprint my circus novelette 'Calliope: A Steam Romance' alongside such luminaries as Peter Straub, Howard Waldrop and Jeff VanderMeer.



Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • “Something About a Death, Something About a Fire” Peter Straub
  • “Smoke & Mirrors” Amanda Downum
  • “Calliope: A Steam Romance” Andrew J McKiernan
  • “Welcome to the Greatest Show in the Universe” Deborah Walker
  • “Vanishing Act” E. Catherine Tobler
  • “Quin’s Shanghai Circus” Jeff VanderMeer
  • “Scream Angel” Douglas Smith
  • “The Vostrasovitch Clockwork Animal and Traveling Forest Show at the End of the World” Jessica Reisman
  • “Study, for Solo Piano” Genevieve Valentine
  • “Making My Entrance Again with My Usual Flair” Ken Scholes
  • “The Quest” Barry B. Longyear
  • “26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss” Kij Johnson
  • “Courting the Queen of Sheba” Amanda C. Davis
  • “Circus Circus” Eric Witchey
  • “Phantasy Moste Grotesk” Felicity Dowker
  • “Learning to Leave” Christopher Barzak
  • “Ginny Sweethips’ Flying Circus” Neal Barrett Jr
  • “The Aarne-Thompson Classification Revue” Holly Black
  • “Manipulating Paper Birds” Cate Gardner
  • “Winter Quarters” Howard Waldrop

CIRCUS: Fantasy Under the Big Top is being published by Prime Books in September 2012 and is already available for pre-order from Amazon, Barnes & Nobel and Book Depository.


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Guest Post - Painting With Words

Author David McDonald has invited me to write a guest blog over at Ebon Shores as part of his Wednesday Writers series.


This was a great honour as David has featured some truly remarkable writers, and I felt a little out of my depth being part of it. But, I think I did alright, talking about how writing and illustration have entwined in my life, and how what I've learnt from illustration has informed my writing processes.


The post is called 'Painting With Words' and you can read it at http://www.davidmcdonaldspage.com/2012/05/andrew/



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Interview - Night Terrors Anthology

As part of the release schedule for Kayelle Press's new anthology Night Terrors, which contains my novelette "White Lines, White Crosses", editor Karen Henderson has posted an interview with me.There I talk about myself, my writing, and the inspiration for "White Lines, White Crosses". I'm really proud of this story, and think it has some important things to say about youth, boredom, small towns and the danger that an unhealthy interest in fast cars to bring. I hope you'll all rush out and give it a read.


Here's part of the interview:


What inspired your story in Night Terrors?

I live on the Central Coast, north of Sydney, and we’ve got a lot of back roads up here that run through the bush. Twisty turny things, with un-guttered edges and rough paving. Almost all of them are lined in some way with little white crosses marking the place where someone has lost control of their car and wrapped it around a tree or a telegraph pole. I started photographing these roadside memorials – some of them crude, some elaborate, many of them decked about with flowers and photographs – and I noticed the birth-death years written upon them were almost always young drivers. One day, I drove past one I’d photographed previously and there were all these teenagers sitting around the memorial, talking and smoking cigarettes and drinking beers. That was the moment when I knew I had a story. Most of ‘White Lines, White Crosses’ was already written in my head by the time I got home.


You can read it in full at: http://www.kayellepress.com/2012/04/author-interview-andrew-j-mckiernan/

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Interview - Tuesday Toot

Author Alan Baxter has been running a series of Tuesday Toots over on his blog, where a variety of authors and editors get a chance to blow their own tuba about current or upcoming projects. Today, it's my turn and I take full advantage. Like a blast heralding the End Times, I toot my horn three times about:


Toot the First - my new short story "Love Death" now available in Aurealis #45 (http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/100597)


Toot the Second - my Lovecraftian SF tale "The Wanderer In the Darkness" out now in Midnight Echo 6 (http://midnightechomagazine.com/products-page/midnight_echo/midnight-echo-issue-6/).


The Final Blast - the cover art and internal illustrations I've done for Australian Literature Review's latest anthology, the Christmas themed Ho, Ho, Horror (http://auslit.net/auslit-publications)


You can read the full interview at: http://www.alanbaxteronline.com/tuesday-toot-andrew-mckiernan/


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Interview - Writing Processes

The other day, I spoke to author Nicole Murphy over on her blog about my writing habits - how I juggle writing and illustrating with running my own business and looking after my family. Today, I'm talking more about the writing process - how I plot and plan my stories, drafting and editing and many other things besides as part of her Writer's Habits and Processes series.


You can read it all at http://nicolermurphy.com/?p=153

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Interview - A Writer's Habits

Author Nicole Murphy has interviewed me as part of her Writer's Habits and Processes series. You can catch the first part 'A Writer's Habits' at http://nicolermurphy.com/?p=154.

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Midnight Echo 6 now available

Midnight Echo 6: The Science Fiction Horror Issue is now available in print and e-book formats from our dark friends at the Australian Horror Writers Association. It contains my tale of Lovecraftian SF, "The Wanderer In the Darkness".


Nine stories are set in the far future and taking place in the distant reaches of space. Inside you’ll discover a strange world with a planetary ring forged from organic matter, bizarre aliens cataloguing and collecting humans to populate their idea of paradise, Lovecraftian horrors come to life in the heart of a comet, cybernetic monsters hunting humans in the hull of an abandoned star ship, and paranoid space explorers pushed to their limits at the frontier of an uncharted universe. This issue also includes the 2011 Australian Horror Writers Association’s Flash Fiction and Short Story Award winning entries.

  • “Earthworms” by Cody Goodfellow
  • “Trawling the Void” by Alan Baxter
  • “Out Hunting For Teeth” by Joanne Anderton
  • “Graveyard Orbit” by Shane Jiraiya Cummings
  • “Surgeon Scalpelfingers” by Helen Stubbs
  • “Silver-Clean” by Jenny Blackford
  • “The Wanderer in the Darkness” by Andrew J McKiernan
  • “Winds of Nzambi” by David Conyers & David Kernot
  • “Duncan Checks Out” by Nicholas Stella
  • “Dead Low” by Cat Sparks
  • “More Matter, Less Art” by Stephen Dedman
  • “Seeds” by Mark Farrugia

The issue features an in depth interview with Charles Stross, one of the most imaginative and insightful science fiction authors writing today. Stross has been honoured with two Hugo awards and Locus Reader awards, and has published more than a dozen novels, including Saturn’s Children and The Fuller Memorandum. He talks to David Conyers for Midnight Echo about his Lovecrafitan science fiction horror series, The Laundry, and his latest novel, Rule 34.


A second interview is with Chris Moore, world renowned British science fiction artist best known for his striking covers for Orion Publishing’s SF Masterworks series. Insights are gained into Moore’s process for achieving his striking and imaginative art, and the many changes he has been facing in the publishing industry since he began illustrating in the 1970s.


The cover for Midnight Echo 6, ‘Strange Behaviour’, is a creation of talented UK artist, Paul Drummond, who will be well-known to readers of Interzone and Jupiter for his striking depictions of star ships, futuristic humans and robots. Featured interior illustrators include Steve Gilberts, David Lee Ingersoll, Olivia Kernot and Nathan Wyckoff.


Midnight Echo 6: The Science Fiction Horror Special, has been edited by South Australian trio, David Kernot (editor of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine), Jason Fischer (Writers of the Future winner and Aurealis nominee), and David Conyers (author of The Eye of Infinity, The Spiraling Worm and co-editor of Cthulhu Unbound 3).


Source: http://midnightechomagazine.com/products-page/midnight_echo/midnight-echo-issue-6/

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Interview - Midnight Echo #6

In the lead up to the release of Midnight Echo 6: The Science Fiction Horror Issue, containing my Lovecraftian SF tale "The Wanderer in the Darkness", the good editors of ME have posted an interview and a teaser extract from my story. Here's a short snippet...


Midnight Echo: Tell us about your story and what your influences are?


Andrew: My story, “The Wanderer In The Darkness” is a quite obvious attempt at moving something of the Lovecraft Mythos into space. I’ve always seen Lovecraft’s main mythos tales as being more SF than Horror; these are aliens we are dealing with, not supernatural demons, and the leap from Lovecraft’s more common setting of early 20th century America to 21st century deep space seemed an easy leap to make as far as story-telling goes...


You can out the rest of the interview and read the extract at: http://midnightechomagazine.com/2011/10/29/midnight-echo-issue-6-interviews-andrew-j-mckiernan/

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Ditmar Read - All the Clowns in Clowntown

With little more than a week to go before voting closes for the 2011 Ditmar Awards (22nd April, 2011) I have decided to make my nominated novelette "All the Clowns in Clowntown" temporarily available as a free PDF download.

"All the Clowns in Clowntown" was originally published in the wonderful anthology Macabre: A Journey Through Australia's Darkest Fears (edited by Angela Challis & Dr.Marty Young) from Brimstone Press. It has now been nominated for an Aurealis Award (Fantasy Short Story), an Australian Shadows Award (Short Fiction) and a Ditmar Award (Best Novella or Novelette).

As voting closes on the 22nd of April, and some of you may not have yet voted, I'm offering a full PDF of "All the Clowns in Clowntown" for you to read for a limited time. After 22nd of April, I will be removing this file and it will no longer be available. So, if you are still undecided on which way to cast you Ditmar Award votes, download the story and have a read. If you enjoy the tale, and find it worthy of a vote in the Best Novella or Novelette category, you would make me one very happy author.

You can get yourself a PDF copy of "All the Clowns in Clowntown" at the following link and address:


File not longer available.

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Aurealis Award Finalists Announced

This year's Aurealis Award finalists have been announced and I am extremely happy to find that my novelette "All the Clowns in Clowntown" from the Macabre: A Journey Through Australia's Darkest Fears anthology has now been nominated for Best Fantasy Short Story!


Also nominated for Best Collection are:

  • Macabre: A Journey Through Australia's Darkest Fears, edited by Angela Challis and Dr Marty Young, containing my abovementioned 'Clowntown' story
  • Scenes From The Second Storey, edited by Amanda Pillar and Pete Kempshall, which contains my story "The Desert Song"


Congratulations and Good Luck to all the other finalists! You can find the full list at http://www.aurealisawards.com/finalists2010.pdf[PDF]

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