Published: She Called Up Her Mind’s Fire And Watched Him Burn

I’m pretty stoked to have a story in This Mutant Life an anthology of NeoPulp writing – specifically, short stories about superheroes – published by the inestimable Ben Langdon.

My story in TML is one I wrote years back as part of a residency I did at the State Library of Victoria that was all about using their collection of 1940s and 1950s australian superhero comics as a starting point for a bunch of flash fictions.

It features a short-lived superhero called Kazanda the Jungle Queen, originally created by the legendary Archie E. Martin and Edward Brodie-Mack and featured in Rangers Comics in the ’40s as well as a reprint volume in the ’70s.

The story was published online at the time, though I was never very happy with the site it was published on, and then later in an issue of Meanjin, though only as a frustratingly-fully-italicised addendum to my previously published NeoPulp Manifesto (which long-time readers may be aware of and which seems to have been part of the inspiration behind Mr. Langdon’s creation of this anthology series, judging from the way he discusses it in the intro – colour me totes flattered).

Anyway, it’s nice to finally have my pyrokinetic jungle queen story out there where people can read it in a non-italicised, non-white-Times-New-Roman-on-black format.

There are some cracker stories for my story to rub shoulders with here, too, not least of which are Ben’s own “The Scoundrel’s Wife”, which captures a classic ’50s sensibility with equal parts crazy superscience and home economics, and Rob Rogers’s “Raiden’s River”, which drops a storm god superhero in the middle of supernatural New Orleans like a kid dropping a spider into a bull-ant nest for entertainment.

And if you’re looking for somewhere to satisfy your killer mutant octopus, Avon lady vigilante, frustrated supergenius, recursive faceless hero parody, post-resurrection existentialism or microscopic supersoldier fix, you could certainly do worse.

TML is available as a paperback or ebook – choose your favourite format from the Kalamity Press store.

There will also be a villain-themed issue, This Mutant Life: Bad Company, released as a companion volume in November 2013, which is actually pretty soon. I’m in that one too – more details as they arise.

To find out more stay tuned to This Mutant Life.

Thanks to Ben for including me in this fun book, and for selflessly furthering the important cause of prose superheroics.


Poet. Author. Beard. Husband. Dad. Four chickens. Dog. Cat. I can sometimes fix my lawnmower.

Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in i would like to recommend these people's writing, lines I wish I'd written, neopulp, people who are nice enough to publish me, short stories

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Quelle Grammage!
only a fan of 2/3s of the folk in this pic but mesmerised by the story @angustrumble relates below it. . . . I watched last evening’s general election coverage (ABC, natch) in the company of a high Commonwealth official, among others in an undisclosed location, whose name, it soon emerged, may not appear on the electoral roll for reasons of national security. I confess that gave me a bit of a thrill. Canberra: Bless! However, it was also fascinating, extraordinary, in due course to witness that person’s several mobile phones evidently going bonkers, and the measured plans, contingencies, forecasts, blue books of an entire federal bureaucracy duly (one presumed) shredded, turned upside down, just like that. Nothing at all was said, I should emphasise. One simply observed the body language, which was moderately graphic. Whichever way you look at it, this has been an astounding personal victory for Prime Minister Scott Morrison. He believes in miracles, the sexy thing. Pre-polling methodologies in this country, meanwhile, have quite obviously met with serial unforced error on a colossal, epic scale. Who would ever pay them good money again? On my way home, I collided with the (ex-)campaign manager of one of the independent ACT Senate candidates who was alone, drunk and in despair. The campaign manager, that is, not the candidate. This was at about half past eleven on the corner of Jardine and Eyre Streets in Kingston, right next to the rubbish tin, you know, the rectangular green one. He told me he wanted to burn everything down, which was worrying enough, but then he suddenly hurled his mobile phone into the gutter—smashed it to bits—and staggered off into the night. I found myself wondering: Who would touch politics with a barge pole? I should add that this frightening encounter left me, literally, picking up his bits and bobs, then dutifully popping them in the bin. Responsible, me. Back home, I had a cuppa and played patience. I’m not kidding. . . . #Repost @angustrumble with @make_repost
A chance op shop encounter with this Death Liger Lion of Chaos duelmasters card case has done NOTHING to help my attempts to not buy one of this sucker’s namesake toys on ebay. #duelmasters #deathliger #deathligerlionofchaos #metalasfuck #toys
Thursday morning tableau
They come up after rain. I often wonder how they feel lying under the ground at right angles to their purpose. #chewton #railspike
%d bloggers like this: