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In a new interview at the Qwillery, Chaz talks about writing, cooking, and his story Afterparty, included in the forthcoming collection Genius Loci. He invites you to "Read, enjoy; gasp at new revelations, or roll your eyes at stories so old they have whiskers."

Bitter Waters

Bitter Waters

Chaz'z new collection of short stories, Bitter Waters, is a finalist in the 27th Annual Lambda Literary Award, in the LGBT SF/F/Horror category. It is in the category of LGBT SF/F/H, "which seems fair enough," say Chaz, as the 'Lammies' do not have a separate category for short story collections. The results will be announced on June 1st.

The book is also available in an audio edition, read by Matthew Lloyd Davies and downloadable from Audible,com: so now, even if you missed their original appearances at Phantoms at the Phil, you can hear the 'Phantoms' stories read aloud to you - not, alas, by the author, but by a very acceptable stand-in!

Publishers Weekly gave Bitter Waters a starred review, and calls it a "clever and subtle collection". Kirkus Review also gave it a starred review, and says it "imbues fantasy, action and horror with real literary depth".

The cover art by Elizabeth Leggett was a runner-up in the 2014 Rainbow Award.

Bitter Waters is published by Lethe Press. It is available in paperback from and from Amazon UK.

Read more about Bitter Waters.

Being Small

Being Small

Meanwhile, both new books are gathering rave reviews. Following Publishers Weekly's starred review of Bitter Waters (see below), in the New York Times Book Review, no less, Terrence Rafferty reviews Being Small, and declares it "lovely". "Not much of a truly horrific nature happens in Being Small - Brenchley's tone is quiet, contemplative - but it's intensely dramatic, in the way adolescent problems tend to be, in teenagers' inward eyes. 'It might be war,' Michael announces, 'where only the strong survive.' Brenchley makes this tooth-and-claw battle thrilling."

Katharine Kerr, author of the 'Deverr'y series, says: "Being Small is brilliantly creepy, too true to life to be full-blown horror, but deeply disturbing none the less. What do you do when your imaginary friend turns to evil? And what if, worse yet, he's not imaginary at all? Highly recommended!"

The New York Times Book Review called it a "lovely short novel".

Being Small was published by Per Aspera on August 28th, 2014; like all their titles it is released simultaneously in hardcover, trade paper, and a variety of e-book formats.

More about Being Small.

In the Café...

Rotten Row - the eBook

Chaz is interviewed at Book View Café by Katharine Eliska Kimbriel. He answers questions on his many pseudonyms, some recurrent themes in his writing, family, cooking and what he is currently writing - with "a generous pinch of oh-should-I-really-say-that?" (But he does.)

As it happens, Book View Café have just published an eBook edition of Chaz'z SF novella, Rotten Row: this is what Katharine Kerr said about it on Goodreads:

"In the far future, the wealthy and bold -- or the foolhardy -- can planet-hop by means the mysterious Chutes. The Upshot, as they call themselves, leave one body behind and find themselves at their destination in a brand-new body, one chosen randomly, which means they change gender, appearance, genetic heritage as they travel. On the huge orbital station called Rotten Row, however, the rules are different. If you have the cash, you can order up any identity you want.

"This novella is more a meditation on identity and art than the more ordinary kinds of SF. Beautifully written, and crafted by a master stylist."

... and something to read online

Plus a little something to read online:

Chaz'z short story, 2 Pi to Live is currently guesting on Splinter Universe. He wrote it as a birthday present for Karen, and, although he has read it in public once or twice, it has never been published before. Read it now, while you can!

And a taster of a larger project: Chaz'z story The Burial of Sir John Mawe at Cassini has been published in the Spring issue of Subterranean Online. As Chaz explains in his LiveJournal, he has been muttering this last year or so about a work in progress involving Kipling (yes, that Kipling) on Mars. This is where it starts. Where it all starts, this whole outrageous mash-up of Eng Lit and the British Empire and the Red Planet and Chaz. And you can read it now, online.

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