Today’s excitement is for my short story “The Gods Are Just”, which is part of the new anthology, From Stage Door Shadows, from wonderful speculative fiction imprint Literary Mix Tapes.
I love being part of such a fabulous and eclectic collection of short stories.
Here’s the official blurb, which explains the concept behind the anthology far better than I could.
Twenty-six authors trade Tiny Dancer’s California- blessed lyrics for the shadowed recesses of stages large and small in From Stage Door Shadows, a speculative fiction homage to the darkness just beyond the limelight of the entertainment industry.
The stories re-introduce the women Bernie Taupin wrote about and Elton John sang about: blue jean baby, LA lady, the band’s seamstress, the music man’s wife and the girl dancing in the sand, along with a stellar cast of musicians, singers, thespians, fans, managers, dancers, DJs, magicians, talent show contestants, stars and has-beens.
From vaudeville to opera, piano bar and street corner, hotel suite and beauty pageant, From Stage Door Shadows is a backstage pass to where dreams of fame, fortune and fulfillment live and die in a heartbeat.
Perhaps the biggest thrill was the opportunity to revisit a character I first created for last year’s speculative fiction anthology Hope, which was published in order to raise funds for suicide prevention. When we last saw Jontah the technobard, at the end of my Hope story “Burned in the Black”, he was aiming to escape the darkness of his past. In my line of work as an LOA coach, I know that’s not a permanent solution, so this new story is my exploration of what happened next for Jontah.
While you can of course read my story and many others online for free over the next 48 hours – I encourage you to support the fab authors of this new anthology, the independent publishing industry in Australia, and of course our wonderful, award-winning publisher/fellow-author/editor/all-round-good-egg Jodi Cleghorn … and buy the whole book!
Christmas is less than 100 days away, not to mention all the other end-of-year celebrations. Stock up now with a few copies, and grab one for yourself while you’re at it. Every paperback comes with a free e-book, or you could simply buy the e-book edition on its own.