Mar 26

Out Hunting for Teeth!

Yesterday I received the very, very exciting news that my short story Out Hunting for Teeth has been accepted into Midnight Echo #6! And seriously, just look at that TOC! I’m humbled (and a little terrified) by the company.

Out Hunting for Teeth was inspired by Goya’s etching of the same name

This image really struck me when we went to see an exhibition of Goya’s Los Caprichos last year. I knew, as soon as I saw it, that I had to write about it. Something about witches hunting the teeth of hanged men was really… interesting! (I know, I know, I’m odd. It’s okay, I can accept that.) But I also knew I wanted the story to be different, not an obvious interpretation. Out Hunting for Teeth is what I eventually came up with. My husband, who kindly read it for me, described it as a combination of Wall-E and Genocyber and I love that description. David Conyers has called it “cybernetic monsters hunting humans in the hull of an abandoned star ship” and I love that too!

So many thanks to the editors of ME6 (Jason Fischer, David Conyers and David Kernot) for choosing this strange story of mine for their ‘sci-fi horror’ themed issue. This is coming from a writer who, for so long, has been telling herself “but I can’t write sci-fi”. Maybe I just had to accept that like my fantasy, my sci-fi should be weird!


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  1. Rabia


    Have I read this one?? It’s not ringing any bells, and it’s weird enough I bet I’d remember. 😀

  2. Joanne

    Ah, no, you haven’t. This is the one I decided not to inflict on you, because you’ve been doing so much reading for me!

  3. Dad

    Here is an irritating American voice describing the Goya work..


  4. Joanne

    Thanks Dad, very helpful! 😀

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