Battle Borne Dreams Never Die – new story in Broadswords & Blasters issue 10

I have a new story out – Battle Borne Dreams Never Die is in issue 10 of Broadswords and Blasters.

What’s the story about? I’l leave it to this kind reviewer on Amazon who described the tale as follows:

BATTLE BORNE DREAMS NEVER DIE by Paul Alex Gray. An unconventional romance set in a post-apocalyptic America, with enormous Mechas and Kaiju squabbling over the spoils of civilization. Gray is a skilled storyteller who does a great job of showing us all of the game pieces early and of setting rules that the story abides by. The action beats serve a compelling relationship story which is never thrust into the background, and the ending packs a legitimate emotional punch.

Reading that review made me feel 😍 – I am pretty sure this is the first impartial, independent review of any story I’ve ever written, at least that I know of. It’s great that someone totally independent thought so strongly of the story, and it’s super motivating for me to write more.

My work critiqued in Writing Speculative Fiction

One of my short stories, ‘The last monster you shall slay’ is critiqued and analysed in the new book from Eugen Bacon, ‘Writing Speculative Fiction:Creative and Critical Approaches

This is a big honour for me, and I’m thrilled that my work is used in Eugen’s analysis about characterization.

The story was published in issue 70 of Andromeda Spaceways Magazine. It’s the tale of an ageing monster hunter, who reflects on the life he’s led and what he’s amounted to. The story begins when he’s a child, the scion of an infamous monster hunter named Bunyip Bill. The story follows our character through his life, which he is never truly in control of, and which leads him to a place of unhappiness and emptiness.

It’s a story of destiny and regret, that first came to me late one summer evening.

I was listening to music and Johnny Cash’s cover of NINs ‘Hurt’ started playing. I remember the music video – so vivid and powerful, of a frail and mournful Cash mixed with footage from his life and career.

As I listened, night creatures called out in the darkness – yips and howls, caws and scuttles. A vision came to me of Johnny Cash not as a musician, but as a monster hunter. What happens to the monster hunters when they get old? When their lives reach the final pages?

I’m enjoying Eugen’s book which looks at various elements of storytelling as it relates to speculative fiction. Go grab a copy of her book and enjoy!

New website

I’ve set up a new website to be a showcase for my writing. I’m also starting work on my novel, after several false starts and years of thinking about it. I hope I can get it done – it’s daunting and scary (a novel seems magnitudes harder than short fiction) but I’m going to give it a go.

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton