Into the Adlight free on Curious Fictions

https://curiousfictions.com/stories/1989-jason-franks-into-the-adlight Published in 2012, this is a cyberpunk satire about guerilla documentary-making, advertising, and data security. I posted it on Curious Fictions because I saw this article, which makes it look as though the central conceit of the story might soon be a reality: https://futurism.com/startrocket-giant-ads-night-sky-cubesa‚Ķ Sigh. Obvious influence here from Blue Ant era William Gibson and also Bill Hicks (don’t @me, I’m a Gen Xer), who once said that advertising is the “ruiner of all things good.” In hindsight, the callout to Robert Heinlein’s “The Man who Sold the Moon” is way too obvious, but I guess that’s what advertising...

Curious Fictions – Free story and stuff

This new site Curious Fictions approached me a couple of weeks ago about joining up and posting some work there. A bunch of other, much better authors have shared short stories and other content there and it’s great company to be in, so I have joined up, too. https://curiousfictions.com/authors/460-jason-franks For starters I have posted my short story “Hellhound on My Trail“, a stand-alone piece featuring the bluesman Bad Jack Saunders from Bloody Waters, and if people tune in I’ll share more stories and other content.  Give us a follow and have a browse around, there are many fine writers on...

Character and the Modern Magus

I wrote this essay for Pete Aldin about how I developed the Magus in Faerie Apocalypse, and what I learned from so doing. This particular character is probably the one that readers have remarked upon the most. One reviewer said he was unrelatable, repulsive an despicable (which he is). Others have told me that he is their favourite character in the book. He isn’t my favourite, but he was certainly the most difficult to manage. I think I threw out fifty percent of the material I wrote around this character. An early reader told me that he should have an...

Sherlock Holmes: The Australian Case Files

Like it says on the cover: a collection of short stories about Sherlock Holmes in Australia, edited by Christopher Sequeira. Containing stories by Lucy Sussex, Kaaron Warren, Narrelle Harris, Kerry Greenwood, and others. Including me. Should be in bookstores in November this year. I worked hard to get into this book and I’m pretty stoked to see this coming to fruition. I’ll be sure to let you know as soon as it’s available! FacebookTwitterTumblrEmail

And Then… Exli and the Dragon

And Then… on the last day of the year… a new anthology of thrilling adventure stories DESCENDED FROM THE HEAVENS courtesy of Clan Destine Press. Featuring stories by Alan Baxter, Jason Nahrung, Narrelle Harris, Dan Rabarts, Lucy Sussex, Peter Ball, Tor Roxburgh, Tansy Rayner Roberts… Oh, and me. My long-short story “Exli and the Dragon” is in there, too, in which Exli and a disgusting alien creature that calls itself ‘the Dragon’ attempt to escape from a space prison. Includes vehicle theft and pew pew lasers and jellyfish and robots, so if that’s your bag I can only suggest that...