The latest anthology from eMergent Publishing is to be launched at Smiths Alternate Bookstore in Canberra at the Conflux 8 spec fic convention on 29th September. Called From Stage Door Shadows, it contains 26 stories from writers around the English-speaking world, each one based on a line from Elton John’s hit Tiny Dancer. The book will be available in paperback and ebook formats and contains my own short story Rite of Spring. I based the story on the line “But oh how it feels so real” – which might look like a bit of a challenge, but, in fact, it was just bursting with possibilities.
eMergent will do their usual thing for this new release in their Literary Mix Tapes series and make each of the stories available for free for 24 hours on their website starting at 9am (Australian East Coast time) on the launch date. I think mine is the 1st story in the book, so if you want a free peek at what I did with that line, tune in to the eMergent website within 24 hours of 9am on the 29th.
For those who have read my Placid Point collection, you might be interested to note that Rite of Spring is a new story in the Placid Point world. For those who have been following my blog since the year dot, you might also be keen to hear that fellow Orbiteers, Janette Dalgliesh and Joanna Anderton also have stories in the anthology (well, I think that’s pretty cool, anyway). I haven’t read everything that’s in there yet (can’t wait to get my copy), but there are some excellent writers and it promises to be a great read.
So, pop along to the eMergent Publishing bookstore and pre-order your copy asap. (If you buy a paper copy from eMergent you get a free ebook version thrown in.) It will also be available from all good book shops (and if it isn’t, feel free to ask them to get it in for you).