My 1,200 word short story, The Girl in the Glass Bottle, makes its debut in Issue 13 of Australian ezine SQ Mag, which is live today, and available for your perusal now. It’s a dark fantasy tale that I wrote in April of last year, so it’s always nice to see something picked up without too much of a delay. The issue also contains work from – among others – Cameron Trost; a dark fiction writer from Down Under, who I’m happy to see is still producing quality work.
As usual, any comments (good, bad, or indifferent) are welcome. Well, mostly the good ones…
It’s been a lean year for publications (three have fallen through and one smelled like a con job so I pulled out) but I feel more confident about this one. My dark fantasy/horror hybrid, The Girl in the Glass Bottle, will make an appearance early next year, in Issue 13 of Australian ezine, SQ Mag.
The speculative short story was inspired by a woman at work. She told me about the time she put a message in a bottle and let it ride the waves of the North Sea, and what happened after she did. I love it when real life inspires the things I write, because it’s often just a case of skewing the details into something with a beginning, middle, and end.
Even as she was telling me, her truly endearing tale of friendship was becoming something a lot more sinister and disturbing in my head. How pleased she will be to discover I have twisted her memories in such a way, remains to be seen.
I really should see a doctor.