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Museum Beetles Published in The Journal of Unlikely Entomology

Saturday, 21 May 2011

I'm delighted to report that my short story Museum Beetles is reprinted over in The Journal of Unlikely Entomology Issue #1 today. As I've said before, if there's a magazine out there with a finer name, I've yet to see it!

Lots of fun things in this issue :

Here you will find Arachne, weaving for her lost love; a group of school children who are among the last witnesses to a dying world; an immortal cowboy, his most unusual horse, and the scorpion he tries to befriend; a world devoid of both mosquitoes and love; a museum, slowly being devoured from within; the rise of a new kind of humanity, triggered by an earworm of a song; and a terrifying childhood nightmare, made horribly real.

I do hope you scuttle on over for a read. My story has been illustrated (by Seth Fitts) which is a real thrill, too ...


  1. Most definately off for a read - and I love that illustration.

  2. Thanks Kate - hope you enjoy the story.

  3. Beautiful illustration!

    Heading over to read. :)

  4. Congratulations. I'm off to read.

  5. I really enjoyed this, Simon. Especially as I'm a former museum curator. I like the idea of mile longer corridors, the Natural History Museum certainly feels like that sometimes.

    And a great ending. It's nice to read something upbeat. Much more difficult to write, in my opinion than a sad/depressing ending.

    And the art work blew me away. Congratulations, and keep your fingers crossed for me, I've got a story with them. I want to be in there.

  6. Golden Eagle,

    It is a beautiful illustration. Hope you enjoy the story.

  7. Deborah,

    Thanks for your comments, I really appreciate them. I have my fingers crossed for you ...

  8. Good work, Simon. A fine read -- I too liked the ending.

  9. Thanks, Milo - really glad you liked it.


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