Two New Short Stories
A scientist with a US military preventive medicine unit in South Korea dies in a minefield while collecting mosquitoes in the DMZ. His supervisor, the unit’s newly appointed executive officer, takes over the position, only to find out that this was not the first such death. He will have to fight against his unit’s dark history if he is to not repeat it.
“The Mosquito Hunters of Korea” is coming soon, both in English and in Korean, in the anthology From Seoul to the World.
Maureen and Bill had a good marriage, or so it seemed, until one full moon when he became a wolf man. Their bonds of matrimony are put to the test by his newfound appetite for eating neighborhood cats and rolling in fresh poop.
“The Wolf Man’s Wife” is available on Amazon in the Strange Stories anthology!
John Milton’s Paradise Lost is a classic of the English language, but women really fare poorly in it! Eve is manipulated by Satan, is dominated by Adam, and takes all the blame for the downfall of (ahem) man and the expulsion from Paradise. To make matters worse, Milton gives Satan a kid, aptly named Sin, who just happens to be a girl.
My addition takes a minor character in Paradise Lost, Night, and empowers her as a goddess, redefining the original and reclaiming the feminine in Christianity.
Pick up the latest copy of The Mythic Circle to read “The Descent of Ancient Night Upon Heav’n: An Addition to John Milton’s Paradise Lost, Book Three.”
Three of my erasure poems, “Plate XVI. B. suturalis,” “Plate VI. L. fulvicauda,” and “No satisfactory explanation” are in the Februrary 2020 print issue of Inverted Syntax. These are erasures of classic entomological texts, revealing the hidden lives of insects and the people who study them. Link coming soon!
A magical journal is an unexpected ritual partner for the practitioner of the esoteric arts. Many of us keep grimoires or Books of Shadow – but the magical journal is not the same. Within the magical journal, the practitioner finds a sacred space of transmutation. Learn how to use your journal for self-discovery in my article in the latest issue of NILVX. Read NILVX here.
Ancestor simulations, such as the matrix simulation in the eponymous movie trilogy, are a recurring form of technology within speculative fiction; however, science fiction critics have largely overlooked their importance to the genre. This paper examines how ancestor simulations function as a plot device and how this changes over time from the 1980s to today. The relationship between characters and ancestor simulations parallels the growing dependency upon computers during this time period and, disturbingly, suggests a willingness to give up agency for a freedom mediated by computers and technology. Read my article on this topic, ”Ancestor Simulations: A Past, Revisited,” at NewMyths.com.