Okay. Here’s the bare-bones summary.
Helix is a magazine that has published some excellent stories and poetry. However, for a number of reasons (most of which are detailed here), I feel I can no longer support it.
A number of Helix authors have put up Transcriptase, a site dedicated to reprints of works originally published in Helix. Among them is my short story “Funeral Games,” which originally appeared in the July 2007 issue.
It’s been difficult for me to articulate how I feel about all this. I loved the stories and poetry that appeared in Helix, and I was proud to have one of my stories in such company. But I don’t want to support, even tacitly, a magazine whose representative has acted in this manner.
Bad news: I won’t be able to make it to Readercon this year, and it’s my own damn fault. Because I took so long on the new draft, I’m having to cram all my revisions in before the deadline. I’ll be lucky if I make it out of the house this weekend, let alone to a con.
Good news: I have cover art!
Ooooo. So pretty.
That’s the Longfellow Bridge near the top – if you ride the Red Line in Boston, that’s where it goes over the Charles River. I cross it twice every weekday, on my way to and from work. And ever since I saw this cover, I’ve been smiling as we cross it. (Well, until the train grinds to a halt and then sits there for five minutes. But that’s not the cover’s fault.)
I apologize for the short notice on this. I’d been so immersed in revisions that this kind of caught me off guard. Still, I hope you enjoy it!