Happy Halloween! My sons are going trick-or-treating tonight as a Power Ranger and a Dragon Ninja, while my daughter is dressing up as Maleficent. In an unexpected bit of synergy, this morning I opened up my contributor copy of the latest installment of Outposts of Beyond:
As you can see, I’ve got a story in this issue (top billing, no less, woo hoo!), which was accepted as a reprint. I mentioned this way back in January when I had a slew of reprints accepted all at once. This particular tale, Rendered By Her Deeds, is a dark fairy tale which turns the figure of the wicked queen into the protagonist – though decidedly not the hero. My Queen Jivonne is not a direct analogue to Maleficent or Snow White’s stepmother or any other Disney or Grimm character, but she certainly could go trope-for-trope with any of them. And the story of her ambitions and their unexpected realizations is rife with spiders, snakes, wolves, and of course the spectre of death, so it’s an apt read for All Hallow’s Eve! Grab your copy here!