The Scent Of Roses
Here’s a story I developed out of an idea in ‘Hell Train’. It’s in the latest issue of the very excellent ‘Black Static’ magazine, the sister mag to the equally terrific ‘Interzone’. The story worked out rather well, I thought, but don’t expect to see it in a future collection, as publishers don’t seem to want to buy collections anymore.
It’s a shame because short fiction is where I try out future novels. ‘Red Gloves’, my collection of 25 new stories, was a limited edition, and so far there have been no takers for a mass market version. Single-author collections have suffered greatly in the last few years, and I may end up putting it out in a Kindle edition – but as much as I like e-reading, I’d rather see it appear as a mass market paperback.
I have a sufficient number of new stories ready for another collection, but until I can find a way forward with the publication of collections, they’ll have to appear piecemeal in magazines. Not that this is at all a bad thing, just difficult for anyone attempting to lock down a definitive collection of short fiction. As a hunter/gatherer myself, I know how frustrating this can be…