Welcome to my website. On this page, I’m mostly sharing news of my recent publications and other writing activities. There is more information about my stories on the ‘Fiction’ page.
“System, Dragon, Spirit” – new collection
I’ve just released, through Lucky Bat Books, my first collection of short stories. 12 of these are available singly from various sources such as Amazon. Ben Baldwin has also produced a brilliant new cover for the anthology. He really has a feel for what my stories try to achieve and he captures their spirits perfectly. There is also a bonus story in the anthology – “Spirit Bags” – not available as a single, with another great new cover from Ben.
All the stories first appeared in top SF and Fantasy magazines such as Arc, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Realms of Fantasy. All Ben’s covers are included – so, great value for money!
My story, “Made/Wild”, appears in the Ancient New anthology from Deepwood Publishing, just released. It can be purchased here:
“Made/Wild” is a long short story which mixes Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Mystery. I wrote it instinctively, so the changes it makes, which I hope are exciting for the reader, were unexpected by me. After the instinctive bit, however, then came a lot of adjusting to make sure the story was logical!
I have read a number of other authors’ stories for the podcast section of Beneath Ceaseless Skies.
The latest is ‘The Clockwork Trollop’ by Debra Doyle and James D. McDonald. You can listen to it here: Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Recently, I have written a couple of reviews for New Scientist’s Arc Magazine, on Hugh Howey’s books, ‘Wool’ and ‘Shaft’. They can be read at:
My story, ‘Spirits in the Salt’, appears in the June, 2013 edition of New Myths magazine. It can be read online at: New Myths.
‘Spirits in the Salt’ can be read as a standalone story but it is also a follow up to ‘System, Magic, Spirit’ – the further adventures of Ambrose, the last remaining magician of the ‘Legwin’ tradition, who believe all magic comes at a price. In ‘Spirits’ he has to deal with the ‘Roeling’ magician who replaced him at Court – although she doesn’t believe in his system she needs his guidance and so must journey deep into an ancient salt mine to face his eccentric and challenging tests.
‘System, Magic, Spirit’ first appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies and can be bought at:
My Story, ‘Guy’, appears in the January 2013 edition of Penumbra Magazine.
Ray Bradbury was my first great writer hero, and discovering his fiction was very much like coming home. I remember one time bunking off school because the local library told me they’d just got in the latest Bradbury collection I’d pre-ordered: “I Sing the Body Electric!” I took it back to school and read it under the desk while we were supposed to be reading James Joyce. So, I just had to take the Penumbra challenge of writing a story in the mode of Ray Bradbury. I decided it would have to include rich imagery and prose; the excitement, tinged with fear, of a young boy running through a dark wood; spirits of the past congregating in a carnival-type event; a child’s simple sense of justice becoming a conduit for revenge of ancient crimes; and, perhaps most of all, to draw on my own emotions about these factors. The burning of the Houses of Parliament described in the book is based on an actual event I took part in, back in my street theatre days. It happened in Burnley, England, not far from where I lived in the shadow of Pendle Hill, and the ghosts of those unfairly hanged witches.
There is a great review of this issue at Tangentonline. Louis West says of ‘Guy’:
“An exceptional story. My choice for best of this superb issue.”
My story, “Shuffle Town”, is in the December edition of Intersteller magazine, and you can read it here: Intersteller.
I wanted to write about a place where people’s entire personalities change at random. Then set against it an ordinary person who has to negotiate it in order to save a loved one.
So, the citizens of Shuffle Town are addicted to the thrills of constant change while the world outside watches the results on reality TV. Heading bravely into this constant storm of personality switching is Jennifer, a mother intent on rescuing her daughter from Shuffle before it’s too late . . .
My story, “Godblocker”, is in the September 2012 edtion of New Myths magazine, and you can read it here: New Myths.
I set myself the target of writing about how organised religion may be missing the point about God – a simple theme! And I thought it would work best if it was explored through the relationship between a man and a woman.
So it is that Stephen has no memory of how he arrived at Amanda’s farm on Grassmere, a planet of small communities that collectively have erected a psycho-electro barrier around their planet to keep out anyone of faith. When Stephen discovers his origins he sets out to destroy the Godblocker and bring God to the faithless.
My story, “The Pressure of Ecstasy”, appears in Mirror Shards 2 (published August 2012), available from:
I wrote this as my application story for the Odyssey Writing Workshop. Like quite a lot of my Science Fiction, the science part serves mostly to explore fundamental human issues, in this case the essence of memory.
Using Memory Net, Marian is able to recreate her lover, John, who’d died in a motorcycle crash. Once again, she has him in all five of her senses, but the question is, does she want him the way she remembers him or the way he really was?
My Story, “A Gentleman’s Needs”, appears in the August 2012 edition of Penumbra, available from: Penumbra.
I also have a guest blog post in Penumbra (July 2012) on choosing to find a niche as a writer or to just write what you like. You can read it here: Penumbra, A Shallow Recess?
T. D. Edge wins the Arc Magazine short fiction contest . . .
Arc is a new digital quarterly from the makers of New Scientist, exploring the future through the world of science fiction and intriguing, thought-provoking ideas.
Arc 1.1 featured stories by Margaret Attwood, Stephen Baxter, Bruce Sterling, China Mielville and others.
The winning story – “Big Dave’s in Love” appears in Arc 1.2 (May 2012). The editors said:
“It is a story about how intelligence emerges out of emotion. It is about pleasure, and trust. It is also, by some margin, one of more perfectly structured stories we’ve read this year.”
Dave McKean’s marvellous cover for “Big Dave’s in Love”:
More information at:
You can buy Arc 1.2 at various places including: