Story Sale: Roadkill Joe Returns

Received some good news this week regarding a story I submitted back in April: "Not Good Enough" has been accepted for publication by Perihelion Science Fiction and will appear in a future issue. (Stay tuned for details!) This will be the second time my post-apocalyptic superhero Roadkill Joe has graced the digital pages of Perihelion (following his 2012 debut in AE SciFi), and it'll be my 8th story published by this fine venue. 

Perihelion is a publication that has been around in one form or another since the late '60s. Back then, it was just a black & white print zine; since 2012, it's been a popular webzine. This year, editor Sam Bellotto, Jr. is forging ahead in a new direction: PDF issues available by subscription only. I had a chance to peruse the August issue, and PDF will be a sharp-looking format going forward.

In case you missed "Roadkill Joe" and "One-Way Ticket" when they were published a few years back, here's a little bit about our surly reluctant hero:

Joe ain't no hero. He just wants to die. 

The kids they call him "Roadkill" on account of how them Horrors sucked him up into the sky to have their way with him, then dropped him in the middle of a street full of traffic. Must've gotten run over five or six times before them cars and trucks stopped to see what they'd hit. But Joe he just stood up without a bone broke in his entire body and not a drop of blood leaking out. His back's hurt him something fierce ever since, but otherwise, he's right as rain. 

That's not to say life's been a bed of roses—unless all we're talking about is the thorns.

> Email me if you'd like a free copy of both stories: milojamesfowler AT gmail DOT com.

September Deals & Steals

Heard about 600 Second Saga?

In between current writing projects, I'm always on the lookout for new venues to share my fiction, particularly stories that haven't been in the spotlight lately. The Submission Grinder is a great site for finding publications that accept new work as well as reprints. Whilst perusing the listings a week or so ago, I stumbled upon 600 Second Saga, a science fiction & fantasy podcast.

Every week, they feature authors and "their vision of the fantastic, futuristic, and far-fetched. Each tale is an escape in less than ten minutes to a world of epic fantasy, cyberpunk, shifters, aliens, magic, and more. Authors include established and new talent from around the world." Episodes are released every Wednesday and can be accessed via their website in addition to iTunes, Google Play, and YouTube.

I sent them my story "Tomorrow's Dawn" (Trapped in a lunar tube with an alien terrorist doesn't allow much hope for the future -- or does it?), originally published by Daily Science Fiction, and received an acceptance letter the same day. The audio version will be available in a couple weeks, so stay tuned! 

Want to submit your own story? Check out the guidelines here.  

Want to hear some of the other stories on 600 Second Saga? Have a listen here.

Never Give Up, Never Surrender

The top-tier science fiction and fantasy publications that I have yet to break into are: Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Apex Magazine, Asimov's Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and Strange Horizons. With some grit and determination, I've already managed to have work published by AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review, Daily Science Fiction, and Nature: Futures. All of these fine publications pay top dollar for genre stories, currently $0.06 or more per word, and are recognized by the SFWA as being the very best of the best. 

With the exception of AE, DSF, and Nature, I've received nothing but rejection letters from the other folks. Form letter rejections, friendly rejections, a few stories shortlisted for further consideration only to be rejected in the end. 

Until now.

The editor of one of those fine publications (that I've been sending my work to over the past 7 years) emailed me last week regarding my latest submission. He said he liked the story, but he had a few issues with it. He asked if I would be open to revising it. In other words, he was extending a rewrite request. First time that's ever happened! Usually the pro-paying publications either take or leave your work.

I jumped at the chance to work with this editor, and I received his notes yesterday. The changes are definitely doable, and I can see having the revised story back to him in a couple weeks. No contract yet. No publishing agreement. That will most likely be contingent upon whipping this tale into shape. 

What publication is it? What's the story about? I'll let you know as soon as I can. Hopefully after I've been offered a contract. Wouldn't that be cool? Stay tuned...

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Westward, Tally Ho! - Audiobook Now Available

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How are your survival skills? 

It's the late 19th century, and you're a young English aristocrat lost in the American Southwest. A lynch mob is after you for horse theft. Irritable natives are on your trail. And the woman with you is not the type you'd bring home to your mother. Would you survive long enough to find safety? Or would you curl into a fetal position and cry? 

This is where Clarence Oliver Edwards finds himself in Westward, Tally Ho! Bored with his privileged life in England and weary of the relatives who share his family estate, Clarence follows his recently dismissed butler, Guthrie, on a non-stop adventure from the busy streets of Boston to the dusty trails of Santa Fe. What begins as Guthrie's search for his long-lost daughter becomes a shocking introduction to the American West for Clarence. His idea of proper etiquette is stretched to the limit as he's bombarded with characters of all types: tough gunslingers, seductive saloon girls, crafty frontier traders, an eccentric Zuni Indian chief, and a wild hermit. Through it all, Clarence realizes the value of loyalty and the cost of redemption. But most importantly, he discovers a degree of inner strength he never knew he possessed. 

Will Guthrie find his daughter? Will Clarence survive unscathed? Take a wild ride through the Old West and find out!

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"Fast moving and funny, an entertaining read."

"Takes the entertaining idea of transplanting a pair of Brits 
(think Jeeves and Wooster and you won't be far wrong) 
into the wild west and lets them loose on the local 
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Story Sale: Up in Smoke

Good news! My novella Up in Smoke has been accepted by Bards and Sages Publishing for their Society of Misfit Stories series, and it will be released in both digital (Kindle Unlimited for six months) and print (a 2018 anthology) sometime next year. This tale took about a year to find a good home, receiving high marks from TOR's novella imprint as well as the Binge-Watching Cure, and I'm so glad it's finally going to greet the masses.

What's it about? Glad you asked. Up in Smoke is a murder mystery featuring everybody's (?) favorite future-noir detective, Charlie Madison. It takes place in the earlier years prior to Girl of Great Price, closer to the time frame of Death Duel and Doppelgänger’s Curse, before Charlie learned about the gifted ones. And it involves a bizarre case of spontaneous human combustion. Hence the title, right?

No blurb yet, but here's the tagline:

A life ended in flames. A detective sorting through the ashes.

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A detective struggling to make ends meet. 
A girl they call the Golden Goose. 

In a city run by a powerful mobster, nobody wants to play the hero. Private investigator Charlie Madison just wants to pay the rent. 

When a little girl goes missing and no ransom demand is made, Madison takes the case. Time isn't on his side. After 48 hours, it's unlikely an abducted child will be found in one piece. But Madison's a champion of lost causes, and he'll be damned before he gives up on her—even if it means putting his own life on the line. 

As the mystery unfolds, Madison learns a bizarre secret that seems too impossible to believe. But it could explain why the girl was kidnapped...

And why she might still be alive.
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A detective with a price on his head. 
An invisible criminal with nothing to lose. 

"After reading Girl of Great Price, a prequel to Immaterial Evidence
I'd fallen for the cyber-noir, alternate-history Fowler had created. 
So, reading Immaterial Evidence was a no-brainer for me." 
 - Ellie Garratt

What Do You Need? in Ténèbres 2017

My weird tale about a guy waking up in a '70's hotel room with no way out has been translated into French and appears in the latest edition of Ténèbres, an annual horror anthology that has featured the likes of Stephen King and Orson Scott Card over the years.

"What Do You Need?" was originally published in the Dark Visions anthology back in 2013, but now it's "De quoi avez-vous besoin?" thanks to translator Christophe Cuq. This is the first time any of my work has appeared in French, and while I'm stoked to receive a contributor's copy, I'm afraid I won't understand a word of it.

But if you happen to speak or read French, you can grab yourself a copy here. I'm honored to appear in this fine publication, and I hope many new readers will enjoy my story in their own language.

Captain Quasar - Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited

Meet Captain Quasar, a cross between James T. Kirk and Dudley Do-Right 
Except in Quasar's case, things seldom ever go right...

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