My story, 'Drink Deep and Long the Circean Poison' is up at Arc.
It's a story that plays with the supposed link between unhappiness and art. What do you think? Is there a link? My main character thinks so, but I don't agree. This story was lots of fun to write. You can enter the debate at the Arc site, if you've a mind.
And Arc have announced their new competition: 'Is the Future Friendly?'
Here's what the editor kindly said about the story:
Must artists suffer? The novelist and poet Thomas Hardy thought so, quipping that “light writes white”. Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World is a narcotised shopping mall, its zombie denizens, blissed into political quiescence.
Deborah Walker (@deboree), a runner-up in our recent short story competition, broadly agrees - but her story, set in a world where pleasure has been harnessed and commodified, is altogether more mischevious. There is no conspiracy here, no attempt to defraud humankind; only a technology that speaks to some very deep, politically uncorrect (and largely male) assumptions about what greatness is, and how it can be achieved.
It’s also a playful period piece that, in its attention to detail and speech rhythms, knocks all that steampunk malarkey out of the court