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Some reviews of Rustblind and Silverbright are now in. Of my story, Not All Trains Crash, reviewer Nick Jackson has this to say:
"Steven Pirie's 'Not All Trains Crash' is a more conventional train crash ghost story but exquisitely related through the eyes of its young protagonists, sisters in search of a truth which has been withheld. A very convincing cast of characters carries the narrative to a most touching finale which is also something of a requiem to the age of steam."
Whilst reviewer Sami Airola says this:
"Steven Pirie's Not All Trains Crash is a touching - and almost heartbreaking - story about ghosts. Ghosts are often associated with horror, but this story isn't horror. Not All Trains Crash is a story about ghosts that are trapped where their train crashed. The author writes beautifully about the ghosts and their situation."
Meanwhile, the inimitable Des Lewis, says this:
"“She feels the clunk of a million points changing lines.” A prose threnody on the half-life of ghosts, so utterly touching, so rail-track rhapsodic, with even education being meted out to those who still survive the tunnels of birth or death, factored into by Dickens’ ‘Signalman’ plus a theme and variations upon a collaboration of the words Rustblind and Silverbright. Here we know.
[Very proud that Steven Pirie's work once appeared in the ancient Nemonymous anthologies with “Mary’s Gift, The Stars and Frank’s Pisser”]."
My heartfelt thanks to all who reviewed and said such nice things!
My story The Bedroom Ceiling is now published in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine Issue 58.
From the ASIM website:
ASIM 58 has been lovingly edited by founding ASIM member Edwina Harvey, and it’s crammed full of tentacular goodness (and of other varieties as well).
Thrill to the gorgeous cover art of Alan Englert, and marvel at the wonderful internal illustrations of Lewis Morley, the poetry of Leslie J Anderson, Brit Mandelo, and Alexandra Seidel, and the customary book reviews. Plus, of course, the fiction: Annabel Acton, Marie Alafaci, Nigel Brown, Renee Carter Hall, Liz Colter, T L Fordwalker, Jennifer Lott, Pete Mawhinney, Robert J McCarter, Ian McHugh, Simon Petrie, Steven Pirie, Robert Porteous and Felicity Pulman.
As per usual, there’s a nutritious dead-tree edition and a choice of environmentally friendly, electron-bothering electronic editions (pdf, mobi, and epub) to tickle your fancy and maximise your reading enjoyment.
Looking Landwards is to be published by NewCon Press on the 28th October, 2013 and will contain my story Mary on the Edge.
Below is the official promotional material:
Commemorating the 75th anniversary of
The Institution of Agricultural Engineers
Cover by Andy Bigwood
1. Introduction by Andy Newbold and Chris Whetnall of the IAgrE
2. The Blossom Project - M Frost
3. Contraband - Terry Martin
4. When Shepherds Dream of Electric Sheep - Sam Fleming
5. Inversion Centre - Darren Goossens
6. Ode to an Earthworm - Gareth D Jones
7. A Touch of Frost - Renee Stern
8. The World Coyote Made - Jetse de Vries
9. Earthen - Alicia Cole
10. Soul Food - Kim Lakin-Smith
11. Charlie's Ant - Adrian Tchaikovsky
12. Cellular Level - J E Bryant
13. My Oasis Tower - Holly Ice
14. Throw Back - Gill Shutt
15. Mary on the Edge - Steven Pirie
16. Landward - Den Patrick
17. Long Indeed Do We Live… - Storm Constantine
18. Tractor Time - Kate Wilson
19. Veggie Moon - Neal Wooten
20. Wheat - Kevin Burke
21. Blight - Dev Agarwal
22. Black Shuck - Henry Gee
23. A Season - Rebecca J. Payne
24. The Last Star - Nigel Edwards
25. About the Authors
Released 28th October 2013, Looking Landwards will be published as: A5 paperback (ISBN 978-1-907069-59-8) Price: £11.99 (UK), $20.99 (USA) A numbered, limited edition hardback, each copy signed by all the contributing authors: (ISBN: 978-1-907069-58-1) Price: £29.99
added 25th August, 2013
Rustblind and Silverbright is now published by Eibonvale Press. My story, Not All Trains Crash, joins a host of train-related offerings from such notable writers as Rhys Hughes, Joel Lane, Andrew Hook, Aliya Whitely, and many more.
"Trains occupy a special place in the human psyche. The twin threads of the rails forge ahead from place to place, the ultimate symbol of travel and connection and all the hopes, fantasies, fears, reasons, romance and excitement that come with that. The links between points, the bridges and tunnels, are always so much more profound than borders or walls. And yet you travel these links through a world that is isolated from normal life and unique to itself. The railways are so mundane and taken for granted, passing through the backs of your cities and towns, yet they are worlds that cannot be visited, cannot be known. Worlds that can only be glimpsed from blurred windows or from the far end of the platform. Hidden places. Private places. Places where the ordinary and the secret meet. This was the mood in which Rustblind and Silverbright came into being - a book of railway stories that aimed to look far beyond what you might expect from classic horror or sci-fi. Like any good journey, the scenery of this book is ever-changing. You will ride the rails of language and imagination through many and varied places - some almost unendurably disturbing, some bleak and miserable, some surreal and strange, some touching and moving, some absurd and comical, some exquisitely beautiful. This is a collection that ranges widely from the almost-familiar double-track line of slipstream fiction to the grungy metro of sci-fi and the dark and sparsely served branch line of pure horror, while the squawking locomotives of absurdism jostle with still stranger trains that ride to - other places."
Tetsudo Fan – Andrew Hook
On The Level – Allen Ashley
The Wandering Scent – Aliya Whiteley
To the Anhalt Station – John Howard
Death Trains Of Durdensk – Daniella Geary
Vivian Guppy and the Brighton Belle – Nina Allan
The Last Train – Joel Lane
Writer’s Block – Stephen Fowler (prose poem)
Northern Line Tube Announcement – Anon (Flash Fiction)
The Path of Garden Forks – Rhys Hughes
District to Upminster – Marion Pitman
Wi-Fi Enabled Bakerloo Sunset – RD Hodkinson
Stratford International – D McGroarty
The Cuts – Danny Rhodes
Sleepers – Christopher Harman
Embankmen – Gavin Salisbury (Poem)
Sunday Relatives – Douglas Thompson
The Engineered Soul – Jet McDonald
The keeper – Andy Coulthard
Escape on a Train – Steve Rasnic Tem
Choice – Charles Wilkinson
Not All Trains Crash – Steven Pirie
The Turning Track - Mat Joiner and Rosanne Rabinowitz
Buy Rustblind and Silverbright at:
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added 2nd August, 2013
Upcoming anthology from Eibonvale Press
added 7th June, 2013
Winter 2012 - The Ironic Fantastic
My story The Women Who Point at Men's Hearts is now published in Sein und Werden The Ironic Fantastic.
Edited by guest editor Rhys Hughes, and published in two volumes, this is Sein's last print issue before moving to electronic formats only. The story is my second to appear in Sein und Werden, and is somewhat surreal and experimental in nature.
added 2nd June, 2013
The story, carried in issue 31, marks my third appearance in Black Static, and is quite possibly one of the most subtle pieces of writing I've ever produced. I wanted to explore warfare on the smallest, most personal level, to suggest war itself is mostly made up of little individual wars that may take many forms-both internal and external.
I imagine opinion will be somewhat mixed--people will either 'get it' or not, will probably like it or loathe it. It will be interesting to see just what reaction, if any, it gets.
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of Black Static
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version of Black Static
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