The First Day

Today was the first day of teaching. Since it was cold and raining, I opted for jeans and a twinset. I don’t know why, but under the glare of fluorescent lights, I always look as though I’m not a human being but some sort of plastic doll.

I’m still very tired today, so I’m just going to say that Ghosts by Gaslight is finally available. It includes my story “Christopher Raven.” Here’s the terrific cover:

And here is the table of contents:

“The Iron Shroud” by James Morrow
“Music, When Soft Voices Die” by Peter S. Beagle
“The Shaddowwes Box” by Terry Dowling
“The Curious Case of the Moondawn Daffodils Murder As Experienced by Sir Magnus Holmes and Almost-Doctor Susan Shrike” by Garth Nix
“Why I Was Hanged” by Gene Wolfe
“The Proving of Smollett Standforth” by Margo Lanagan
“The Jade Woman of the Luminous Star” by Sean Williams
“Smithers and the Ghosts of the Thar” by Robert Silverberg
“The Unbearable Proximity of Mr. Dunn’s Balloons” by John Langan
“Face to Face” by John Harwood
“Bad Thoughts and the Mechanism” by Richard Harland
“The Grave Reflection” by Marly Youmans
“Christopher Raven” by Theodora Goss
“Rose Street Attractors” by Lucius Shepard
“Blackwood’s Baby” by Laird Barron
“Mysteries of the Old Quarter” by Paul Park
“The Summer Palace” by Jeffrey Ford

I’m sure I’ll recover from dissertation-writing soon. Right? In the meantime, I think I just need plenty of rest, and healthy food, and exercise. Pushups starting tonight! And downward dogs. And downward dogs into pushups. And back.

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4 Responses to The First Day

  1. I’m so glad it was a great day for you! That looks like a terrific volume of stories. Congratulations!

  2. ron koltnow says:

    Thanks for posting the table of contents. I need to pick this up

  3. Jeff P. says:

    Wait—you’re NOT a plastic doll??! 😉

    I saw the book in my local B & N this weekend, looking very much forward to reading it. You’re in some stellar company, there.

  4. I am most definitely not a plastic doll. If I were, my feet would not hurt after wearing high heels or taking a ballet class. I bet Ballerina Barbie never had those sorts of problems! (I destroyed my Ballerina Barbie, when I was a child. I never did like those dolls.)

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