Very thrilled to announce that 40kPublishing have produced an e-version of my Ditmar-award winning novella “The Grinding House”. Here’s the launch blog post from them.
This novella began when I found out I had Spurs in my heels. Researching that completely freaked me out. Bone, growing in tendrils. I had the image of the bones fusing smoothly, and that idea made me feel claustrophobic.
I recognise certain influences when I read it back now. There is a moment where a character says, “Don’t blame you,” and this comes from a man who was seen around Canberran city streets a decade or so ago. He was very tall, disheveled, with broken glasses taped together and pants too short for him. He clutched piles of papers; his poetry. He tried to sell but no one would buy. I never saw anyone be cruel to him. It was always, “No, thank you,” and a quick walk away from him. He always said, “I don’t blame you,” and this is what broke my heart. I bought a poem once. Purely out of pity. It wasn’t very good.
The cover is gorgeous:
John DeNardo at SF Signal has a giveaway!
A lot of their books look and sound amazing. I’ll be purchasing some for my new Kindle, that’s for sure.