I’m late to announce this, but no less thrilled. On May 29, 2017, the Sunburst Award Society revealed their longlist for novels/short stories in the running for the Sunburst Award. The Angels of Our Better Beasts was on it. Well, I was completely taken by surprise, and deeply honored at the same time. A friend told me “Congratulations!” and I had to ask why. I quickly went to the website to see. The list is full of amazing works by writers in Canada–and there I was among them. The Sunburst Award is given for “excellence in Canadian literature of the Fantastic.” Five judges read all the submissions and make their longlist. Later they will make a short-list of about five works per category, and in September, they will announce winners. I’m so stoked even to make the longlist with my debut book, that I’m going to revel in this for a long time! I want to buy all the other books in the Adult Fiction section and read them! And put them on a little shelf in this order, because I’m cheesy that way. And because, if you like great lit of the fantastic, you’ll love what’s on this list Sunburst has made for us. Thank you, Sunburst Award Society, for making lists like this, for loving literature of the fantastic, and especially, right now, for choosing my book for your longlist. It means a lot to me as both a writer and a Canadian.
- ADULT FICTION:
- Gail Anderson-Dargatz, The Spawning Grounds [Knopf Canada]
- Madeline Ashby, Company Town [Tor Books]
- Jay Hosking, Three Years With the Rat [Hamish Hamilton]
- Claire Humphrey, Spells of Blood and Kin [Thomas Dunne Books]
- Ami McKay, The Witches of New York [Knopf Canada]
- Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Certain Dark Things [Thomas Dunne Books]
- Sylvain Neuvel, Sleeping Giants [Del Rey]
- Jerome Stueart, The Angels of Our Better Beasts [ChiZine]
- Jo Walton, Necessity [Tor Books]
- Robert Charles Wilson, Last Year [Tor Books]
- YOUNG ADULT FICTION:
- Jonathan Auxier, Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard [Puffin Canada]
- Karen Bass, The Hill [Pajama Press]
- Kate Blair, Transferral [Dancing Cat Books]
- Lena Coakley, Worlds of Ink and Shadow [HarperCollins]
- Marina Cohen, The Inn Between [Roaring Brook Press]
- Catherine Egan, Julia Vanishes [Doubleday Canada]
- Ian Donald Keeling, The Skids [ChiTeen]
- Arthur Slade, Flickers [HarperCollins]
- Jeff Szpirglas, Sheldon Unger vs The Dentures of Doom [Star Crossed Press]
- Moira Young, The Road to Ever After [Doubleday Canada]
- SHORT STORY:
- Brad C. Anderson, “Naïve Gods” [Lazarus Risen, Bundoran Press]
- K.T. Bryski, “La Corriveau” [Strange Horizons, October 2016]
- James Alan Gardner, “The Dog and the Sleepwalker” [Strangers Among Us, Laksa Media Groups Inc.]
- Kate Heartfield, “The Seven O’Clock Man” [Clockwork Canada: Steampunk Fiction, Exile Editions]
- Rich Larson, “All That Robot…” [Asimov’s, September 2016]
- Helen Marshall, “Caro in Carno” [The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu: New Lovecraftian Fiction, Constable-Robinson (UK)/Running Press (US)]
- Michael Matheson, “Until There is Only Hunger” [Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling, Apex]
- Peter Norman, “The Night Stylist” [Pulp Literature, Issue 12]
- Kelly Robson, “The Eye of The Swan” [Tor.com, October 2016]
- Madeleine Thien, “The Second Waltz” [Catapult, June 2016]
- A.C. Wise, “The Men from Narrow Houses” [Liminal Stories, #1]
- A.C. Wise, “The Sailing of the Henry Charles Morgan in Six Pieces of Scrimshaw (1841)” [The Dark, #14]
From February, author and artist SE Lindberg reviewed my collection on Booklikes and did an interview with me about “Art and Beauty in Weird Fiction”.
About The Angels of Our Better Beasts, he says, “The variety is great, but Stueart’s keen sense of humanity, and the role art plays in our relationships, is the key strength. Few times have weird fiction actually evoked real emotions.”– SE Lindberg. Read more of his review here.
Seth also interviewed me for his blogsite–a fun interview about the role of the artist in writing, as well as art in fiction. I get asked if I’m more a changeling or a chimera! Also some insightful questions for me as an illustrator.
Check out the interview here.
Thank you, Seth, and to everyone who reviews a book publicly. It’s about the best gift you can give a writer you enjoy! Your reviews turn are not just kind words, but they help lead others to our books, and this reassures publishers that we are worth publishing. That people are reading us and liking our work. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
“Not a single story in this collection disappointed me – which is rare, as I’m sure you know if you read short fiction.” –Brandon Crilly for Black Gate Magazine.
2016 World Fantasy Award-winning Black Gate Magazine just reviewed The Angels of Our Better Beasts, and it just made my week! Wow!
So glad you all enjoyed the book!
Read the FULL REVIEW here.
Been doing a number of fun interviews for the new collection, The Angels of Our Better Beasts. Here’s a round up so far for the months of December and January!
CBC NORTH: Dave White has a chat with me about my new book and the Whitehorse launch of the book here on Soundcloud.
WAG THE FOX: a den for dark fiction interviewed me for The Angels of Our Better Beasts. It was a fun interview! You can find this interview here.
FULBRIGHT: Fulbright Canada asked me to write a guest blog about how receiving a Fulbright Fellowship to Canada influenced the writing of this book. Most of that information, specifically how the Yukon helped me develop as a writer, I covered in the interview I did with Jessica Simon. But specifically, I talk here about how important going to another country can be to you—especially if you let yourself be permeated by the culture of that country. Being open to Canada was the beginning of a great journey for me.
THE WHITEHORSE STAR: I was interviewed by Jessica Simon for the Whitehorse Star about the influence the Yukon had on me as a writer. We got into some very interesting discussion about who gets to be a Yukon Writer and does that end when one leaves the Yukon?page-4-jan-09_17-1
VERY happy to have an essay up at Tor.com examining the roles of writers in the 24th Century, specifically through the lens of DS9 and Jake Sisko. By offering us a character who chooses to be a writer in the 24th Century–even among all that technology and science–DS9 puts a value on writing, storytelling, literature even in the future. We will need writers to understand new cultures.
Hope you enjoy the essay!
The 24th anniversary of the first episode of Star Trek: Deep Space 9 took place earlier this month. The series took a lot of risks with the “idealized future” of Roddenberry as written into Star Trek’s DNA, adding nuance to Starfleet ideals by incorporating human desires and failings into the narrative. Some praised it for being more real, more relatable; some criticized it for being “too dark” and showing Starfleet in a bad light.
One thing I enjoyed was that in the midst of the Star Trek Universe’s science-and-tech-centric STEM paradise, DS9 showrunners made the captain’s son, Jake Sisko, a writer. We science fiction writers love our astronauts and engineers, but I was thrilled to see 14-year-old Jake developing into a writer and storyteller. They gave him a familiar writer’s journey: he dabbled in poetry, moved into short stories, then novels, and along the way he became a journalist, a war correspondent (echoes of Hemingway and Crane), and published a collection of essays about living under Dominion occupation, as well as a semi-autobiographical novel. By committing to Jake’s arc through the whole series, DS9 brought into broader relief how the series honoured storytellers.
Read the rest at Tor.com.
I grew up with a dangerous love of werewolves. I wanted to meet them. I wanted to run with them in the woods behind the house. I wanted them to break into my room at night and kneel at my bed and whisper all the courageous, adventurous things I could become.
I drew pictures of werewolves. I couldn’t help myself. Especially when I was 14 and living outside of Caruthersville, MO, on the levy by the Mississippi River, where my father was the pastor of a small country church–those pictures came every day into my head and just bled out of my pencils and pens. Most of these werewolves were kind, masculine, big brotherly, mentor-like werewolves. I was not clued-in to my head at the time.
These werewolves came, most likely, from my deeply embedded and hidden sexuality, a love for hairy men that I could not understand–a feeling like there was a wild side of me that I must hide away. But the werewolves at my window were always free. Free to run.
These werewolves I drew–the first one made me weep as a teenager–there was something important in that picture, something I couldn’t fully understand growing up in my deeply religious environment. I don’t regret the beautiful years of being deep in that family and faith (and I’m still a big part of my family and faith) but I regret not knowing what that was. I’d have been a much different person if I had known I was gay at 15 instead of at 34.
I appreciate the magic and wonder my ignorance left me–and that’s a strange blessing to be thankful for, but it’s a blessing nonetheless. Because I could not believe in my sexuality, I believed werewolves were real. I musta lived under some really awesome bubble of cognitive dissonance for an A+ student to believe werewolves were possible and still understand and love my science classes. But there I was–a high school student who kept a space open in my brain for the possibility of werewolves. It’s not so hard to believe. For me, son of a Southern Baptist minister, I had a world with angel-demon fights, Jesus talking to you out of the air, fiery chariots racing to the sky, resurrecting dead people, talking donkeys–that’s a world where werewolves can happen, too, isn’t it? That space I kept open–it’s a similar space open for the possibility of miracles, of faith. So why not a …sorta faith in werewolves?
It was -35C in the Yukon Territory on December 13, and Baked Cafe was still packed. It’s a testimony to great friends I have in Whitehorse and the extent Yukoners will go to support musicians and writers and artists.
I felt so privileged and honoured to launch The Angels of Our Better Beasts in Baked Cafe in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. Baked Cafe was like an unofficial office for me for many years. I sometimes wrote there, but more often I met folks there and talked for hours. The lattes there are perfect. I used to order a “Husky Hazelnut” latte–which is a 2% Milk version of the Hazelnut latte. Instead of indicating I was trying to lower the fat in my drink, though, by calling it “skinny,” I wanted to call myself “husky” instead, which is a nice way of saying, “He’s a big fella.”
Anyway, the Launch. Yes. So happy to have Marcelle Dube and Steve Parker there to read with. Marcelle Dube is primarily a mystery/thriller writer in Whitehorse, but she does have science fiction and fantasy stories. Steve Parker is best known for his Skrelsaga–and we hear he’s working on a sequel. These two writers have been my friends for nearly as long as I’ve known the Yukon. So–reading with them, and reading in Baked Cafe was a real wonderful pleasure.
I made a video of the launch–or at least of the parts before we started reading. I wanted to give you a feeling of what it was like to have friends be there for you in a warm space inside a cold, cold night. Sarah MacDougall kindly lent her song, “Cold Night” to the video.