Wednesday, 19 of June 2019

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The Fernery

Not One of Us #50 coverMat Joiner’s story The Fernery has been published in Not One of Us, issue #50.

A story of neighbours, ghosts, and “deep time” in a bottle garden.

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And Deeper Than Did Ever Plummet Sound

Strange Horizons coverStrange Horizons have published Mat Joiner’s poem And Deeper Than Did Ever Plummet Sound.

“…But some books float, Prospero…”

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Pigeonwings coverAs punishment for his part in an attempted coup in Heaven, the Archangel Michael is banished to Earth. The holiest of the angelic host has to learn to live as a mortal, not an easy job when you’ve got Satan as a next-door neighbour.

Michael soon finds that being a good person involves more than helping out at Sunday school and attending church coffee mornings. He has to find his purpose in life, deal with earthly temptations and solve a mystery involving some unusual monks and a jar of very dangerous jam.

Sequel to the best-selling Clovenhoof, Heide Goody and Iain Grant have written a wild comedy that features spear-wielding cub scouts, accidental transvestites, King Arthur, a super-intelligent sheepdog, hallucinogenic snacks, evil peacocks, old ladies with biscuits, naked paintball, stolen tractors, clairvoyant computers, the Women’s Institute, and way too much alcohol.

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The Turning Track

Rustblind and Silverbright coverMat Joiner has co-written a story with Rosanne Rabinowitz, which has been published in Eibonvale Press’s anthology of slipstream railway stories, Rustblind and Silverbright.

Four people arrive at a derelict railway station at night, waiting for a fabled train whose journeys transcend time, life, and death.

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The Mirrors were Gardens

Cafe Irreal #46 coverThe Cafe Irreal has published the first of Mat Joiner’s ‘Cirrus Minor’ tales in issue 46.

In The Mirrors were Gardens, reflections become roses.


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Through the Gate coverMat Joiner’s poem Navigations has been published in Through the Gate, issue #3.

“The dog at her side is less familiar than excuse to trace the towpath-glyphs, scry canals…”

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A Wake for Tesla

Through the Gate coverMat Joiner’s poem A Wake for Tesla has been published in Through the Gate, issue #3.

“Juggler of sparks, wireless-dreamer…”

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For Nein Sicks

Exquisite Corpse coverMat Joiner has co-written a piece with Jason Rolfe and Rhys Hughes, published online as part of Sein Und Werden’s ‘Exquisite Corpse’ issue (Spring 2013).

In this surreal exquisite corpse, Henry goes on the run with a pistol and a magpie.

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A Black Dog

A Black Dog coverMat Joiner’s poem A Black Dog has been published in Stone Telling, #9 (Menagerie).

“The days when this body’s a prison ship, and
the nights when I am on the ledge of three AM…”

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IAMNOWHERE coverI take Lolly over to the Illuminated Southcotes. She places her hands on the glass cover and studies the model inside.

“This is lovely.”

“My granddad made it. My dad added to it.”

I slip a twenty pence piece in the slot. I watch Lolly as she watches the miniature people and vehicles move about the model town. Her lips twitch into fleeting smiles at each new scene.

“My dad added this last bit not long before he died,” I say. “Look. Here she comes.”

The tiny figure of a woman holding a baby, no more than half an inch high, runs down from the town, down the beach and into the sea. She doesn’t re-emerge.

John Hathaway is twenty-one years old, a delusional schizophrenic and a murderer.

And now that his father is dead, he’s the only person who knows someone or something has killed four women in the bleak seaside town of Southcotes.

Lolly Quale is drawn into John’s quest for answers, finding a distraction from her own problems through what she sees as their little make-believe mystery game.

And then a fifth body washes up on the beach…

Iain Grant’s third solo novel is a work of philosophical and storytelling trickery, which makes new use of the electronic book format to tell a story so astonishing you literally won’t know where it will take you next.

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