So a while back I looked at my short stories and realized, huh — they kind of fall into these nice little groupings. Not enough in any one grouping to fill a whole print collection, but very nicely sized to make a set of tidy little ebooks.
The first of those is now available for pre-order! The title is Maps to Nowhere, in homage to Diana Wynne Jones’ novel Fire and Hemlock and the “NOWHERE” vases that are a recurring motif in it. (The same novel that inspired me to become a writer, and in a roundabout fashion sparked another story of mine.) It contains ten short stories, all set in secondary worlds. To whet your appetite, here’s the table of contents:
Maps to Nowhere
- “Once a Goddess”
- “The Mirror-City”
- “A Mask of Flesh”
- “But Who Shall Lead the Dance?”
- “A Thousand Souls”
- “Beggar’s Blessing”
- “Nine Sketches, in Charcoal and Blood”
- “Letter Found in a Chest Belonging to the Marquis de Montseraille Following the Death of That Worthy Individual”
- “From the Editorial Page of the Falchester Weekly Review“
- “Love, Cayce”
- Story notes
Maps to Nowhere will be out on September 5th!