A Shot of the Good Stuff: Camille Alexa, “The Butterfly Assassins”

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.



About ridlerville

Jason S. Ridler is a historian, writer, and improv actor. He is the author of A TRIUMPH FOR SAKURA, BLOOD AND SAWDUST, the Spar Battersea thrillers and has published over sixty stories in such magazines and anthologies as The Big Click, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Out of the Gutter, and more. He also writes the column FXXK WRITING! for Flash Fiction Online. A former punk rock musician and cemetery groundskeeper, Mr. Ridler holds a Ph.D. in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. He lives in Richmond, CA. Visit him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jason.ridler.56
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