Fascinating courtly intrigue and bloody power games set on a generation ship full of secrets―Medusa Uploaded is an imaginative, intense mystery about family dramas and ancient technologies whose influence reverberates across the stars. Disturbing, exciting, and frankly kind of mind-blowing.” ―Annalee Newitz, author of Autonomous

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The Em Report (2019)

Every once in a while, I remember that I have a blog and that I'm supposed to keep people posted about my stories and books that have been published in the past year or so. If I had more marketing savvy (not to mention more success), I would be doing this every month, but at this point I'm lucky if I remember to comb my hair before reporting to my day job. So I'll have to make do with this annual(ish) report.

I've got two new novels to crow about: Medusa Uploaded came out from Tor in 2018; the sequel, Medusa in the Graveyard was published July 2019. Joel Cunningham, at the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog, says, “Book Two of the Medusa Cycle is just as dark, daring, and propulsive as the first.” That should be all you need to hear! Run right out to your favorite indie book store (or click on one of my links to the Evil Empire) and buy them today . . .

I had to think harder about which of my stories has been published, but I've got a pretty comprehensive list, here: 

"10,432 Serial Killers (in Hell)” appeared in the May/June 2018 edition of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, and was nominated for the 2019 Thriller Award. Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine will also be publishing “Not My Circus, but They Are My Monkeys,” on sale August 14.

I managed to make it into two Apocalypse-themed anthologies in 2018/2019: “Cruddy,” a kaiju story, is in Enter the Aftermath, edited by Thomas Gandolfi, and “Appetite,” my riff on zombies/mummies is in Enter the Rebirth, edited by Thomas Gandolfi.

"Wraith” was published in Longshot Island no. 6.  In fact, editor Daniel Scott White did more than his fair share of Em publishing: “Alternate Universe Ernies” is in Unfit Magazine, vol. 1; “Destry” is in Unreal Magazine, vol. 1, and “The Hitter” is in the forthcoming Unfit Magazine vol. 4.

And last but not least, “Jumpers For Jesus” will be published by Mystery Weekly Magazine, (publishing date to be announced, but I've provided a link to the magazine so you can check them out, maybe subscribe). How can you live without weekly mystery? I need mine daily . . .

I hope I have good stuff to report next year, but if not, there's always hiking, geology, ghost stories, music, movies, book reviews, whatever I can come up with. So please watch this space. 


  1. Hi,
    Would you ever produce a collection of all your short stories in a ebook?

  2. Hi,
    Is it more trouble than it's worth to self-publish?
    As, the stories are already written would it still be not cost effective to go on a site such as Smashwords?
    On another note have you ever watched Westworld? The reason for asking is that am only now watching it and it's reminiscent of your writing style.
    The way the story drifts not just between places but time.

    1. In my experience, it may have been more trouble to self publish than it was worth. I never made more than a few hundred dollars on it. I'm not entirely sorry I did it, because I found our how tough it is to promote your own work without the help of the juggernaught that is the publishing industry. That said , some people have been very successful at it. But those people were dynamos, which is not the usual personality for writers.

      I've never watched Westworld, but I think it's cool that the show reminds you of my work.

  3. Hi,

    Thanks for your reply, final message.

    Will see about buying some of the magazines, but the problem is fully reading them; still haven't finished Black Gate and had that years.

    One of your short stories which I've read is Zombieland. If that is your view then check out a short story by Robert E. Howard at Project Gutenberg Australia. It's a great zombie story.


    Am just now reading 'Medusa Uploaded' would say that am at the part where someone gets shown the air-lock but...

    Am at Part II: in the Habitat, tasting coffee cherry's and finding aliens with fast heart beats. So far am enjoying the book; find your style very elegant.

    Only issue is the size of the book, just cannot hold it properly.

    Haven't got the second one yet but will be ordering it.

    While reading came across Ralph Vaughan Williams's name and remembered that there was a programme about his life and music on tv. Think it was on the BBC. Not sure if it is listed on this link:


    Only caught a bit but it was interesting.


  4. Emily, I love your work. Will there be another Medusa novel? I read Eggheads and Godheads many years ago. I wish they were in kindle format on Amazon.ca.


  5. There are two Medusa books -- it's a duology. There may be another Medusa novel some day, but at this point I'm not under contract for one. However, plot lines are noodling around in the back of my mind.

    I'm so glad you enjoyed the books. : )