UPDATE: Pentacle Magazine hasn't updated its web site since Autumn 2010, and its editor hasn't responded to my query about this piece, so I have withdrawn it and submitted elsewhere.
I'm pleased to announce that my article, "Blood Rites: The Case Against Animal Sacrifice" will appear in a forthcoming issue of Pentacle Magazine. The article is a polemic against the practice of food-based, ritual animal slaughter in Paganism.
For those of you who aren't Pagan, perhaps a bit of explanation is in order. The practice of animal sacrifice in modern Paganism is relatively new and primarily confined to farmers and homesteaders who are members of reconstructionist denominations and their close circles of fellow practitioners. The animal is slaughtered for meat, part of the meat is offered to...more
This is my first Rhysling Award nomination, and I couldn't possibly be happier about it. My thanks to Rebecca Buchanan, editor of Eternal Haunted Summer, for giving this poem a voice.
Rebecca Buchanan of Eternal Haunted Summer was kind enough to interview me for the Winter Solstice 2010 edition of the journal. That interview is available online now.
This marks the end of my publication year, which was again somewhat sparse, not because I'm not selling anything, but because I'm not writing anything short. The novel is close to completion, however, and my hope is that next year, I'll be able to list that sale at year's end. In the meantime, here's what I published in 2010:
"The Motif of Sovereignty in Irish Poetry." Aontacht 3.2. September 2010.
Eternal Haunted Summer. 21 December 2010...
As a result of an internal error in moving my e-mail account from one web host to another on November 13th, I temporarily lost the ability to receive mail on the csm (at) csmaccath (dot) com account. If you tried to send e-mail to me on that account between November 13th and November 17th, I did not receive it and ask that you please re-send it. Thank you.
I'll be singing with An Cliath Clis on Thursday, November 25th at Citadel High's 4th Annual Céilidh in Halifax.
I have resigned as poetry editor of Aontacht, effective today. Please direct any poetry submissions for that magazine to aontacht (at) druidicdawn.org.
My poem "Leviathans" is up at Strange Horizons.
I have just learned that the critically-acclaimed speculative fiction magazine Murky Depths has won the 2010 British Fantasy Award for Best Magazine/Periodical. Congratulations to Terry Martin, the whole editorial crew and all the artists and writers who contributed to this success.
Which would include...
Me! My epistolary short story "The Longest Road in the Universe" was published in the magazine last year, so of course I am especially excited to hear about this award (Incidentally, that publication marked the first time my name ever appeared on the cover of anything too, so...like...SHAZAAM!)
I am delighted to report that my poem 'Leviathans' has been accepted for publication in Strange Horizons.
Volume 3, Issue 2,
Deadline Aug 15, 2010
The Celts understood the Wild Earth as sovereign, as a goddess; what is sovereignty and how can we apply this to our everyday life?
For this issue, I'll be looking for poetry that addresses the relationship between the sovereign and the land as expressed in Celtic cosmology and literature. Your interpretation of this theme might be Pagan, Christian, historical, modern, fantastic or other. You might write free verse, structured verse or prose poetry. Submissions should be sent in the body of your e-mail as plain text to aontacht (at) druidicdawn (dot) org.
"The Interstitial Fairy Demolition Crew Casts a Circle" is now available at Eternal Haunted Summer.
The new C.S. MacCath web site went live today at 7:15 p.m. EST.
My entire bibliography is now online in MLA format. You can view it by clicking here or by clicking on the 'Bibliography' link above.
Sunday morning, I'll be busking with my Irish music friends at the Eastern Market, and Sunday afternoon I'll be in Milford supporting the Crohn's Walk with my West African drumming friends. Come out and see us if you're local!
I've recently received word that the Graduate School at the University of Aberdeen doesn't plan to offer any funding for my Celtic research. Without funding assistance, even the Fulbright won't be able to bridge the gap between my pocketbook and international British fees for three years. So I've decided not to pursue this academic option any further.
In truth, I've been on the fence about this degree for some months now. I'd begun to have reservations about whether or not the Celtic department and I were a good fit for one another based on substantial differences in our communication styles, so this lack of funding came as much a relief to me as anything else. I hasten to write that I definitely think things are turning out for the best here.
Therefore, I have declined the university's offer of admission, and I am making solid plans in other directions. More news when I have it.
The C.S. MacCath web site redesign is underway. This is a major reorganization for the purpose of making the information here more accessible to visitors, so please don't count on pages being exactly where they were before, since much of the content has been consolidated and/or moved. If you're looking for something in particular, try the web site menu structure first. When in doubt, however, the search box on the home page can help you find what you need.
...arrived yesterday via international post. In other news, I am considering a web site redesign as a prelude to my pending PhD studies. This web site is a useful, functional thing for a writer with musical proclivities, but the theme is intentionally somewhat whimsical, and there's a great deal of dated information here organized somewhat loosely. I also don't know how I feel about the 'talking on the Internet' paradigm of my journal entries either, though it might be fun to journal my academic progress through the PhD. We'll see... For the foreseeable future though, things will remain as they are.
I am delighted to announce that my poem entitled, "The Interstitial Fairy Demolition Crew Casts a Circle" will appear in the Summer Solstice 2010 issue of Eternal Haunted Summer.
"A Path Without Bones" is now available in Eternal Haunted Summer.
I am delighted to announce that my short poem entitled, "A Path Without Bones" will appear in Eternal Haunted Summer. This is a relatively new online market for Pagan fiction, poetry and reviews, and I wholeheartedly support its endeavor to connect Pagan writing with Pagan readers. Do go check it out!
Today I received informal/e-mail acceptance to the University of Aberdeen for my PhD, with promises of paperwork to follow.
My short poem "Fetters" is now available in the Winter 2010 issue of Goblin Fruit.
"The Longest Road in the Universe" in Murky Depths, January 2009
"The Ruin of Beltany Ring" in Witches & Pagans, September 2009
"The Harper" in A Time To... Volume 3: The Best of The Lorelei Signal 2008, July 2009 (Reprint)
"Godtouched" in Witches and Pagans, September 2009
Sequential Tart published a review of both Clockwork Phoenix anthologies today, with a mixed reaction to both. Of "Akhila, Divided" the reviewer writes:
CS MacCath's "Ahkila Divided" tells of a living bomb that is captured by her potential victims. It seems like a slice of a much broader story; I would have liked a little more information on the nature of Ahkila and the augments, and felt frustrated by the lack of information. Even so, what we do get is enough to appreciate the moral of the tale, how we can be both a victim and a perpetrator in war.
This isn't the first time a reviewer has asked for more of this world. I've mentioned myself that the story could be expanded into a standalone novel about the war between the Augments and Organics. I'm working in another universe right now, polishing up that sequel to "The Longest Road in the Universe". But in fairness to my reviewers...more
My short story "The Ruin of Beltany Ring" and my poem "Godtouched" are now in print in the inaugural issue of Witches & Pagans.
I am delighted to report that my short story, "Akhila, Divided", which appeared in Clockwork Phoenix: Tales of Beauty and Strangeness, has received Honorable Mention in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Sixth Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois.
I am proud of this story and grateful to have been published in such an incredible anthology. Congratulations to my fellow Honorable Mentionees from CP, who are listed on Mike Allen's LiveJournal, and congratulations to Mike Allen himself, who edited the work.
I might add that I've been buying and reading this anthology for as long as I can remember, so having been mentioned in it is a big, big deal for me.
I am delighted to announce that my poem entitled, "The Harper" will appear in Lorelei Signal's 'Best of 2008' anthology.
Two new reviews up for "The Longest Road in the Universe" today; the first from
Stephen Hunt's SF Crowsnest* and the second from SFRevu. Both are positive, and both are part of favorable reviews for Murky Depths Issue #7 as well, which is really great.
*05/24/2010: Links to site home page; review page removed.
"Akhila, Divided" has been favorably reviewed by Michael M. Jones of SF Site. The full text of the review can be found at the foregoing link.
Clockwork Phoenix: Tales of Beauty and Strangeness has made the Locus Recommended Reading List for 2008!.
Congratulations to Vera Nazarian, Mike Allen, and all my fellow authors. CP really is a beautiful book.
Two great pieces of news have found their way to me in the last couple of days:
- Vincent Chong has been nominated for a British Science Fiction Award in the Best Artwork category for the cover of Murky Depths Issue #4, which includes the story "Casting Sin" by yours truly. Sure, *I* wasn't nominated, but I'm thrilled for Chong.
- I'm on the cover of Murky Depths Issue #7, which includes my epistolary story "The Longest Road in the Universe." This is my first appearance on a magazine cover, and what an outstanding cover to appear on!
I am pleased to report that Anne Niven has accepted my short poem "Godtouched" for publication in a forthcoming issue of PanGaia.
"Casting Sin" in Murky Depths, May 2008
"Akhila, Divided" in Clockwork Phoenix: Tales of Beauty and Strangeness, July 2008
"From Our Minds to Yours" in The Pagan Anthology of Short Fiction: 13 Prize Winning Tales, October 2008
"Bringing Woden to the Little Green Men" in PanGaia, January 2008
"The Warrior" in Goblin Fruit, January 2008
"The Harper" in The Lorelei Signal, April 2008
"Upon the death of my host and waiting for uplink: by Event Horizon, formerly of the Oracle Duality Liselle Marie Michaud/Event Horizon" in Strange Horizons, September 2008
"Bringing Woden to the Little Green Men: Introduction" in PanGaia, January 2008
Mike Allen has just learned that Gardner Dozois reviewed Clockwork Phoenix: Tales of Beauty and Strangeness in the December issue of Locus, giving it the same treatment he gave it a few months ago in The Best New Stories Of 2008. While "Akhila, Divided" wasn't a favorite, Dozois did mention my name in association with others who had written solid SF stories in the anthology, and coming from the Caesar himself, that's praise I can live with.
To my knowledge, this will be the first mention of my name as an author in Locus, which is another thing to be glad about.
Clockwork Phoenix: Tales of Beauty and Strangeness, which includes my dark science fantasy story "Akhila, Divided," has made the Locus 'New and Notable' list. I continue to be so proud of this anthology and of the inclusion of "Akhila, Divided" in it.
Good on ye, little story. Good on ye.
I am pleased to announce that my poem entitled "Upon the Death of My Host and Waiting for Uplink: by Event Horizon, formerly of the Oracle Duality Liselle Marie Michaud / Event Horizon" will appear in Strange Horizons.
My short story entitled "Casting Sin" is now available in Murky Depths.
My poem entitled "The Harper" is now available online in The Lorelei Signal.
My poem entitled "The Warrior" is now online in the Goblin Fruit, Winter 2008 issue.
I am pleased to announce that my short story entitled "Casting Sin" will appear in an upcoming issue (probably June 2008) of Murky Depths.
"Evil Thrives on Secrecy" in PanGaia, April 2007
"Bringing Woden to the Little Green Men" (Introduction) in Pangaia, January 2008
"From Our Minds to Yours" is a finalist for the Pagan Fiction Award.
"White" in Arabesques Review, January 2007
"Two Servants of the Morrighan" in Mythic Delirium, June 2007
"Upon the Silent Steps" in Mythic Delirium, November 2007
"Bringing Woden to the Little Green Men" (Poem) in Pangaia, January 2008
I am pleased to announce that my poem entitled "The Harper" will appear in the April-June 2008 issue of The Lorelei Signal.
I am pleased to announce that "From Our Minds to Yours" is a Pagan Fiction Award finalist.
My poem entitled "Upon the Silent Steppes" is now available in Mythic Delirium #17.
I am happy to report that my poem entitled "Upon the Silent Steppes" has been accepted for publication in Mythic Delirium.
My poem entitled "Two Servants of the Morrighan" is now available in Mythic Delirium #16.
My article entitled, "Evil Thrives on Secrecy" is now available in Issue #46 of PanGaia.
I am happy to report that my poem entitled "The Warrior" has been accepted for publication by the very fine web journal Goblin Fruit. In addition, the editors of this very fine journal have requested that I provide a reading of the poem in audio format for inclusion with the piece, which I have agreed to do.
When "The Warrior" is published I will, of course, make an announcement here.