Anyone who knows me has heard me say that I neither read nor write short fiction, except when I do.
What I mean by that phrase is that I *rarely* read or write short fiction, because long form is really where my heart is. I try to live by the military axiom “you fight like you train.” If I want to be a great novelist, then I need to be writing novels. That’s the advice I give to aspiring writers. It’s fine if you *want* to write short stories, but viewing them as a means to success in long form is like practicing archery because you want to be a better shot with a pistol.
But there are times when I have an idea that just doesn’t suit long form, and that’s the case with my SHADOW OPS novelette, WEAPONS IN THE EARTH, which will be published in the forthcoming John Joseph Adams’ OPERATION: ARCANA.
Thinking about this, I reviewed one of my first professional short sales, a story called A PLACE FOR HEROES, which I sold to Weird Tales back in ’05, before things at that magazine got … well … weird. George Scithers was editor then, and the sale turned into a long friendship which saw me helping him kill slush in the basement of his little bookworm haven at 123 Crooked Lane.
I reread the story recently, and decided that it’s not terribly awful. So, I figured I’d share it with you all here. It’s a semi-horror redemption tale that gives my personal spin on what Valhalla might actually be like, and I think was a little precognizant on what my experience at war would be (I shipped out for my first tour a year later).
Anyway, I hope folks enjoy. It’s a very different story from my modern military fiction, and I thought you might enjoy a peek into another aspect of my writing.
Thanks for reading.