Memory Book

17 11 2014

memory bookWhen the huge seaplane arrives at her tiny village, Candace knows why they’ve come. Dodging the royal guard, she’ll do anything to protect the memory book. A dieselpunk short story originally published in Fiction Vortex in 2013.



Fiction Vortex

Deadstick – short story for 99cents at Smashwords

26 10 2011

Triple V’s first short story ebook release – Deadstick, by Sean Monaghan – is now up at Smashwords. Read the first 20% free.

“Deadstick” came from a fairy story I’d conceived, about a burning sailing ship running aground off a fairy village and the problems ensuing. A very different thing to how this dieselpunk story turned out. For a moment I thought of having a pair of stories, one fantasy and one sci-fi, both using that same device. This story, however, wrote itself very quickly, while the fairy one still sits in my head, not quite ready to pour forth. Perhaps it will come to me one day.

Deadstick was originally published in the Static Movement anthology Oil.


21 10 2011

Deadstick, a short story I wrote for the Static Movement anthology Oil, edited by Martin Zeigler, will probably be the next thing I try out with Triple V Publishing. It will come out as a stand alone eBook – partly as a test for getting it right in terms of formatting and so on, especially so I can know what I’m doing with the novel too. I have a couple of cover options at the moment – pretty similar, one with the plane closer, one more distant. I think more distant works better – it looks more lonely and fits a bit more closely with the story.

When it’s published the first twenty percent will be available free (that’s about the first 1000 words), and it will be .99 cents to buy the whole thing, assuming I can figure out all the formatting properly. Give me a week or so. Still, here’s the opening paragraph as a taster:

Hank pushed Sally-Jean over the crest and slammed on the afterburners. He’d logged more hours strapped into her snug cockpit than in the rest of the test planes put together. The snub-nosed Lockheed felt like she was a part of him. Some of the guys at Ridgecrest were starting to make lewd comments, asking when the wedding was.