While I wasn’t able to attend the entire Continuum 14 convention in Melbourne, I had a whale of a time.
As a resident of Melbourne for a good number of years now, I have always wanted to attend my local speculative fiction convention, and for most of the years I have been here, I’ve managed to make it. Early years saw me in the vendors space, selling IFWG books, but now that I have distributors to do that for me, it was a double bonus to turn up as a writer, and lightly as a publisher.
I have to admit the publishing hat was most pleased – IFWG Publishing Australia managed to nab two 2017 Australian Shadows Awards (Best Edited Work, Best Collected Work) – the details can be found here. And, as usual, a bit of schmoozing – that is, a lot of the publishing business seems to generate in the corridors and lunch/dinner tables. All very good.
I attended a few panels in my interest areas, and spent a lot of time catching up with old friends, and making new. As usual, there’s an opportunity to meet some friends who I have up to that point only interacted through social media – a bonus!
While the convention is still carrying on into Monday, I can say that it was an enjoyable, and professionally fulfilling experience.
Pleased to have my dark fantasy short story, ‘Brown Eyes’, sold to Bards and Sages. An unusual piece that starts in the Museum of Antiquities in Cairo, and finishes on Queen’s Bridge over the Yarra in Melbourne. I believe it will be published in July 2018.
Pleased to see my flash piece, ‘How the Mighty Fall’ joining an excellent TOC in Trickster’s Treats #1: Tales from the Pumpkin Patch, edited by Steve Dillon. All stories had to be 666 or less words – mine ended up something like 660. All the stories are grouped under sub themes – mine under ‘carnival’ which is apt for a Circus story…
The chap-book-sized title is on sale now:
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Here’s the cover for the Horror Writers Association’s Poetry Showcase, where my poem, ‘The Oak Tree’s’ Shade is include.
Quite excited to have my mashup alt-hist/steampunk/dark fantasy short story, The Place Where Two Eagles Meet, accepted for the CEA Greatest Anthology project, by Celenic Earth Publications, and contributing to an attempt at the Guiness World Record for the largest anthology ever published.
I am very much pleased to have my flash fiction piece, Journey to the Depths, included in Oscillate Wildly Press’ anthology, Anemone Enemy, edited by Claire Fitzpatrick. The anthology is a horror-themed collection of flash fiction stories associated with the sea – something I can’t resist. I have wonderful writers sharing the TOC with me, including Deborah Sheldon and Lee Pletzers.
Do yourself a favour and purchase this lovely book.
It has been a long time since I put pen to paper to write poetry, and I am very pleased to announce my poem’s acceptance for the HWA Horror Poetry Showcase Volume IV. Wow – I managed to dust those cobwebs off my poetry brain.
Double pleasure in this announcement. A story I published in an anthology a fair number of years ago has been picked up by Deadman’s Tome – their March to the Grave war-themed edition. Aside from seeing this story get a new lease on life, it is also great to share the TOC with Deborah Sheldon. This is a Texas publication, but it has two Aussies contributing to it.
Red Roses, White Flags, by Pete Clark
No Man’s Land, by David Wing
A Light Just Out of Range, by Gary L. Robbe
They Can Never Find Out, by Gerry Huntman
The Blue Light, by Phoebe Reeves-Murray
Across the White Desert, by Deborah Sheldon
Aftermath, by Christopher Pulo
Available now on Kindle, and soon in all good online print book stores.
Hi, my name is Gerry Huntman and I’m a writer of speculative fiction and publisher based in Melbourne, Australia.
“The Chronicles of Evyntyde” is reference to a series of books that I have planned, where the first novel, and part of the second, has already been drafted. This series’ concept is what started me seriously pursuing publication and a number of my sold short stories are set in this universe. Stay tuned on that front.
Ironically, while the Chronicles is a classic fantasy set of stories, I also have a deep love for dark fiction. Many of my blog posts will make that clear…
This blog site replaces a very longstanding site I had on another platform – I successfully ported nearly 250 posts from it, so if you are inclined, you can follow my journey now.
Welcome to my blog. I hope you stick around; I will be regularly posting reviews, views, and news.
Delighted to have my short story, The Girl Who Floated to Heaven, published in Disturbed Digest #16. This one was hard to sell as it was recent historical in setting, having strong science fiction undertones, and was highly disturbing, covering topics such as domestic violence and suicide. And yet, it was also about unrequited love, and the editor who accepted my piece, stated that he thought it was primarily just that – a romance piece with all the other trappings. First time anyone called any of my pieces ‘romance’.
Regardless, I am over the moon to see this in print – hope you read it.