My reprint, “The Ace Of Knives”, is reprinted in Apex magazine! I’ve had the honour of having both Nisi Shawl use it in her Writing The Other workshops, and Tananarive Due has used it as well, in her Black Horror course in UCLA. In both cases my story was used as an example of code-switching.
I have Rachel Nussbaum to thank, for if it wasn’t for her asking to interview me for an interview series she was doing on he Facebook page, Maurice Broaddus’ attention wouldn’t have been caught, and I wouldn’t have been reprinted.
Speaking of code-switching, I had originally conceived of “10 Steps To A Whole New You” walking back from rescuing an injured starling and handing it in to The Humane Society, near Queen and Broadview, around the middle of December last year, and had planned to do this story as an assignment to turn in as part of Richard Thomas’ Short Story Mechanics class. Based on how the course was designed, that didn’t work out. But I still wanted to work on it, seeing as I had never done a story in this way before. Writing a story in complete Patois had been done; heck, I’d spearheaded the way for SFF stories written in complete Patois, which is basically an English creole unique to the Caribbean, and it varies distinctly from island to island. Writing small segments of a story in Patois I’d done in The Ace Of Knives, for example. But actively switching between standard English and Patois? I hadn’t seen that done yet. So I’m assuming that’s how it got started, because I’m always striving to do something I hadn’t done previously in my work.
My first ever published short story, “The Ace Of Knives”, will be reprinted in the relaunch issue of Apex Magazine Issue 121, next year in 2021! My, but does this story have legs. Nisi Shawl uses it in her Writing The Other workshops as an example of code switching. Same for Tananarive Due, when she was using it in her UCLA Black Horror course. I can say that Jordan Peele crashed one lecture, and it became a Twitter Moment. He also guest lectured. Wee!
VASTARIEN issue 3 pre-orders are now being taken for print, Kindle and ePub editions!
It includes my story “Chronology Of A Burn”!
The issue ships in mid-October.
Click here to go to Vastarien’s issues page.
Hey hey hey, it’s almost book release day! Shades Within Us will be out in the world on September 8th, including my story SUPERFREAK!
You can start reading here, then you can follow the Amazon links & buy the book, because it’s honestly just a really really good anthology!
Something biting cold brushed the back of Danielle’s neck. She reached back to flick it way and felt a breath. Jumping in her seat, she looked around.
“Yo.” A black guy stood to his full height, chuckling. “You look sweet.”
What was funny about intruding on her space?
“Wassup?” He took a swig at a cup of coffee. He seemed to have thought he’d started a conversation.
Danielle didn’t know what do to. She turned back round, joining the others watching television.
Danielle took a deep breath and tried to concentrate on the television.
“Yo, fucking bitch. Yo.”
Danielle’s hands clamped together. Her palms became sweaty. She didn’t know what it was like in this place yet; it was her first day. She didn’t want a conflict.
But someone seemed to have smelt the new on her and came picking for one anyway.
“Yo, fucking bitch.” A kick thumped the back of the sofa for emphasis. “Yo.”
Someone pushed themselves in between Danielle and the sofa . A black girl , sporting a long, unstyled mohawk in a fan of fractalized colours. “Yo make some space, I wanna sit.”
Danielle moved as much as she could.
The colours in the female’s hair changed, coruscating frantically. The girl turned around to the back of the sofa. “Darien, what you doing standing there? Ain’t you got some bush to lift your leg up on or something?”
“Shut up, man.”
“Don’t you dare tell me to shut up. You know what happened last time.”
Finally a staff seemed to ken onto what was happening. “What’s going on over there now?”
“Just Darien bothering people again,” the female said.
“Darien, you have enough warnings already.”
“Yo, miss, I wasn’t talking to this bitch…”
“Yeah, go an’ get yourself kicked out of here again.”
“Fucking bitch,” he muttered under his breath. “Stupid bitch,” he said, kicking the sofa lightly and backing away.
“Mmmhm. Icebreath,” the black girl said. “With all that coffee you drink, fucking bad breath. Who gonna kiss you with that mouth?” She turned around, sucking her teeth and adjusting her leather jacket. The colours in her hair calmed , undulated more smoothly.
She looked to Danielle. She put out a hand. “Hi.”
Danielle took her hand, shaking it.
Here’s a link to Laksa Media’s page, where you can see all the places and ways to buy Shades Within Us!