New Story: "The Magic Wand of the Fabulous Franzoi"
My story, "The Magic Wand of the Fabulous Franzoi", has been published in an anthology of circus fiction called Side Show 2: Tales of the Big Top and the Bizarre.
Click the link to order a copy from Sam's Dot Publishing.
"AnnaBella" and "Saturn Passes By" Republished
Sideshow Fables #2 Now Available
June 16, 2010
My stories "AnnaBella" and "Saturn Passes By" have been published again.
In other news, be sure to pick up the new issue of Sideshow Fables here. Issue #2 has lots of great stories, including mischievous hawkers, peep show dancers, flea circuses, snake charmers, and much more!
Live Reading in Denver
April 4, 2010
I will be taking part in a live reading at Leela's European Cafe in Denver, Colorado on April 9, 2010 from 6 - 9pm. The reading is a gathering of folks from Outsider Writers Press and The Velvet after a busy day at the AWP conference.
See full list of authors and event details here.
"Annabella" wins Best of Issue at Moon Drenched Fables
March 31, 2010
I'm happy to announce that my short story, "Annabella", won Best of the Issue for December 2009.
If you haven't read the story yet, perhaps you should...surely you can use a little award-winning fiction in your life.
New Story: "Is That You, Kurt Vonnegut?"
January 2, 2010
Go to www.oprahreadthis.com for a new anthology called Oprah, Read This. Each story involves a famous writer, and it's all great fun. My story is called "Is That You, Kurt Vonnegut?"
The anthology will be live until November 2010, so read every story as many times as you can before it goes away.
Now Buy This Book!
January 1, 2010
One of the cool things about being friends with me is that I will shamelessly promote your stuff. But I also won't promote things I don't believe in.
Lucky for both of us, Caleb Ross's new chapbook, Charactered Pieces, is top quality stuff, so I can speak sincerely when I say that Caleb is truly one of my favorite writers, and this collection of his short stories is a nice introduction into the fabulous, surreal world of Mr. Ross's mind.
Here's a blurb from the publisher:
With Charactered Pieces, Caleb J. Ross presents a varied world of familial discord, one where a dead fetus evokes more compassion than its mother (“Charactered Pieces”); where two brothers offer the destruction of a family legacy as a birthday gift for their aging father (“My Family’s Rule”); where one brother’s love of Holocaust documentaries pushes his family through the aftermath of his assumed suicide (“The Camp”).
Charactered Pieces peels away the superficial armor of public life to reveal the flaws beneath and treats those perceived weaknesses not as hidden sources of pain but as reasons to celebrate life."
Go here to buy a print or e-book copy of Charactered Pieces.
And make it a habit to stop by www.calebjross.com on a regular basis to see what else Caleb is up to, because he never sits still for long.
New Story: "AnnaBella"
December 15, 2009
While you're at it, help me win MDF's 'Best of the Issue' by leaving a comment on this page and telling them my story was your favorite. Of course, in the interest of fairness, read ALL the stories before deciding that, but it you are really sure, you can just vote for me. I'll allow it. And if I win, I'll get $10. (I promise, I won't spend it all in one place.)
New Publication: "The Lake of Floating Things"
September 1, 2009
Be sure to check out the rest of their website. Lots of great stuff.
Sideshow Fables #1 is now available
September 1, 2009
Head over to Sideshow Fables and get a copy of Sideshow Fables #1. Full of great stories, including one by Steve Almond.
Yours truly is the editor, so you are guaranteed to love it. The layout and design is awesome because of Richard Thomas, and Travis Eckert has some great art inside. So check it out, or you'll have nothing to talk about over the water cooler at work.
Buy this book! Now!
August 31, 2009
Gordon Highland's new book, Major Inversions, is now available at several outlets. Visit http://gdotcom.com/ for more information.
Here's the scoop:
Your roommate says you should date more, that all those spandex nights on stage paying tribute to hair metal and banging faceless groupies only amplify your Jekyll/Hyde syndrome. That this quicksand town of floozies, fiends, and filmmakers will survive without your commercial jingles. And your narcotics. That you should turn in your daytime security-guard badge and settle down.
He's got the perfect girl, a cinnamon-scented innocent who will bring that elusive substance to your life despite the familial forces that conspire against your union.
Always lurking in the periphery, the roommate remains buried in his Master's thesis, the parasitic puppeteer behind your reinvention, the search for your birth parents, and your all-too-brief film scoring career. A supporting cast of lecherous directors, deluded bandmates, federal agents, and nostalgic exes enable and obstruct your path to closure and ironic revenge as you wash the blood from your hands in this revisionist character study that is Major Inversions.
Paul Eckert interview
July 31, 2009
Click here to read my interview with Craig Wallwork at the infamous Cat O' Nine Tails. We talk about Sideshow Fables, my fear of clowns, my novel-in-progress, and lots more.
Be sure to read everything he has on his site, including interviews with other fantastic writers.
May 1, 2009
Don't forget to check back to Dogmatika often. They are the great purveyors of all things literary, including excellent book reviews.
April 21, 2009
I have two new short stories out right now:
"The Mystery Box" in The Emerson Review. Available at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.
Read them now!
So I Started a Fiction Magazine
March 14, 2009
Yes, it's true. The magazine is called Sideshow Fables. To learn more, go to http://www.sideshowfables.com/.
February 11, 2009
I have several short stories making their world premiere this year. That's all I'll say for now. You must stay tuned to find out where they'll be!
To sign up for email notifications of when my stories are available, go to the "Contact Me" page and send a message that says "Subscribe" and I'll add you to my list of people that I spam when my work comes out.
I promise I won't sell your email address, unless someone offers me a lot of money for it. If that happens, I promise I'll split the bounty with you.
Read These Stories
November 1, 2008
If you like freebies, you can also check out Caleb's story "Snake Girl at Scab" at 3:AM Magazine.
Another great writer, Richard Thomas, has his short story, "Animal Magnetism", up at Opium Magazine online. I loved it and so will you.
One more story to plug..."Class War" by Marshall Payne at Written Word. Short and hilarious. In fact, just go ahead and read all of the stories at Written Word. You won't be sorry.
Amazon Kindle Review
May 22, 2008
Amazon Kindle review in blog section!
New Publication: "The Life Changer"
February 15, 2008
My short story,"The Life Changer," is live at The Houston Literary Review.
Vote With Your Money
February 14, 2008
Posted a new blog about supporting independent stores. Excuse me while I step up on this soapbox...
New Publication: "Missionary"
February 7, 2008
My short story, "Missionary," is live at Word Riot.