New story, Messages from Weirdland in Black Static 69

My new novelette Messages from Weirdland features in the forthcoming May-Jun 2019 issue of Black Static. Here’s the blurb…

A retired and recently widowed cartoonist discovers a series of bottles washed ashore near his Cape Cod home. Inside each of them is a story set in his fictional world Weirdland. The handwriting is unmistakably that of his dead wife, Elspeth. Then a woman arrives one morning who seems to know all about his life, his work, his relationship with Elspeth. She appears to be from Weirdland…

Closer to the release date I’ll write a post with some background and thoughts on the creation of the story, but for now I’ll just say that the idea behind it was to use a version of the great illustrator of weirdness, Edward Gorey as the main character. As you can see from the illustration that the brilliant Vince Haig has provided, Gorey’s spirit is well and truly represented…

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