Seems like it’s been a while since I’ve been able to write about anything new coming out, but just got notified about the release of my story Deos Amnis in The Nameless Songs of Zadok Allen & Other Things That Should Not Be. This is probably my weirdest title in what is certainly the longest-titled anthology in which I’ve been published.
So, a few explanations. Zadok Allen is a character from the world of H.P. Lovecraft (creator of, amongst other things, Cthulhu–a big, creepy, many-tentacled being that exists beyond time and space. Rumor has it that he has a pet cow…). This collection is of Lovecraftian tales, also known as Weird fiction. Now, some people might think that all of my writing is a bit weird, but weird is a very specific sub-genre that, to be honest, focuses heavily on tentacles.
I’ve never written a tentacle story before, so thought it would be a fun experiment. Deos Amnis translates (very roughly) to “Stream of the Gods,” which could refer to rivers or, in this case, to streaming media. A reporter is investigating some very strange on-line videos that cause a bad reaction in some of the viewers (worse than, say, the nausea-inducing videos of Alex Jones or Tucker Carlson). She teams up with a hacker to try and figure out what is going on. Tentacles ensue.