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Her Long Hair Shining Published by Abyss & Apex

Tuesday, 3 January 2012



Fantasy short Her Long Hair Shining sees the light of day over at Abyss and Apex today. This is my second story to appear in the magazine, following on from Museum Beetles a few years back.

It's also my short story publication No. 42, which must mean something ...



Water ran down the walls, staining the stonework in triangles of green like a child’s drawing of a Christmas tree. Smith had to step around pools of water on the floor. The place hadn’t been used for years. Decades. Smashed windows let the wind and rain inside. It was colder inside, somehow, than it was out on the streets. The air tasted damp.

It was, he thought, a lonely place for a ghost to live.

And in other news, The Zahir Anthology for 2011 has been published on Amazon, containing a reprint of my flash story Meteorology for Beginners. Good news tempered by the announcement that Zahir is to cease publication. It will be sorely missed.

Also some micro-story successes to report: Black Beetles and The Heart of a Much Younger Man in Nanoism and A Loop as their first story in Trapeze for 2012.

Good start to the year, hopefully to continue ...

17 comments:

  1. Ah this is a lovely piece Simon! I am so looking forward to when you write a novel.

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  2. Thanks, Karen. Hopefully one will be available soon.

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  3. Some beautiful imagery in that tale, Simon. Congrats.

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  4. Thanks, Cate. Glad you liked it.

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  5. Simon, that piece is golden (see what I did there?). The title and end line are perfect, really struck home with me. I had a tear in my eye by the end.

    Such a lovely, brilliant, sad ghost story.

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  6. Thanks, Michael and Stephanie - high praise indeed.

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  7. Congrats on the Abyss and Apex publication. That story has some deliciously creepy imagery.

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  8. That's a sad and beautiful story, Simon.

    Congratulations :)

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  9. Wonderful story, Simon, and well-told.

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  10. Jeff, Lydia and Milo - many thanks. Much appreciated.

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  11. I love the little excerpt! Great atmosphere and full of intrigue. ;) I love your writing style.

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  12. Congratulations!

    42? Good number as any to start out the year with. :)

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  13. Thanks Cherie and Golden Eagle. Agree about 42!

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