A few years ago, I was writing lots of flash fiction. I sold some, kept searching for markets that were friendly toward the form, including Abyss and Apex. The problem was, while the flash editor always got a kick out of the stories, they were way too dark for the magazine. She even suggested better markets to try my luck, and, in one case, the suggestion helped garner a sale (“A Eulogy for Dr. Nostalgia” appeared in the very last print issue of Diet Soap, where said flash editor had been a poetry editor).
That editor was Camille Alexa, author of the great collection PUSH OF THE SKY, which I grabbed at Bordlerands after Erin’s reading a month or so ago. Camille has sold a lot of really wonderful and genre bending stories and received fistfulls of acclaim for her efforts. I had a blast this past NORWESTCON, when we met for the first time and participated in a BENEATH CEASELESS SKIES reading with other great folks.
“The Butterfly Assassins” is a wonderful introduction to her stuff. Quasi fantasy with a steampunk edge, and great characters. Wonderful and vivid world to churn out a mystery tale of assassins, royalty, and automatons. There’s a gentle, yet sharp voice permeating the story, which helps tie all the pieces together.
So grab a copy of PUSHING THE SKY and enjoy a lootbag of fantastic tales.
Now, off to DragonCon. Wonder how many folks will be dressed as Randy Savage.