Hi. My name is Greg Bossert. I write Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror under my full name, Gregory Norman Bossert, and I have been fortunate enough to have sold a few stories, one of which won the World Fantasy Award. Here’s more about me. Then again, maybe you are looking for more information on the fantastic artwork.
I’ve sold my story Between Dry Ribs to The Dark magazine for their February 2016 issue. The story travels from St. Martin to Finland, in search of the healthy benefits of a good sauna. Here’s a taste:
In the mirror, the parents are studying the menu in a sort of baffled dread. ‘What are we doing here,’ those looks said, so far from the pastel-painted markets by the cruise ship landing, manned by Dutch students on their year-off adventure, alway within safe range of a McDonalds or PizzaHut or Starbucks. Their confusion, the way their eyes twitch as the bartender hacks at the ice with a pick, the way their sweat-slick shoulders hunch forward. All that, too, is reassurance.
The boy has twisted in his chair, has pinned a gecko’s tail to the wall with one finger; as I watch in the mirror the tail pulls free and the gecko drops to safety. The girl has set her phone down. Her reflection gives me a look too dry and flat, and a fresh layer of sweat breaks out across my scalp, under my bra. I smell my own fear. The girl is rolling her can of Coke across her forehead, and her reflection is too distorted, the mirror too dank and corroded for me to tell if the glints are sweat or just the can’s condensation.
The humidity, which finds everything, can make my lighter unreliable. I fight the urge to try it, imagine the lure of the flame. Instead I pull out my little pocketknife, open it so the blade faces upward, rest the last joint of my forefinger upon it.
StarShipSofa has produced a fantastic audio adaptation of my story “Twelve and Tag”, originally published in the March issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction. The audio was performed—voices and all—by Jonathan Sharp, and the podcast is graciously hosted by Tony C. Smith. Special thanks to StarShopSofa’s Jeremy Szal for setting everything up.
This is my third audio adaptation. My World Fantasy Award winning story “The Telling” from Beneath Ceaseless Skies is here at PodCastle. And my story “Freia in the Sunlight” from Asimov’s SF is here at EscapePod.
Rich Horton in Locus says:
Gregory Norman Bossert signaled, with his first story a few years ago, that he was a writer to watch, and he hasn’t disappointed since, showing excellent range and a real feel for story. His latest, ‘‘Twelve and Tag’’, from the March Asimov’s, may be his best yet. […] It’s as good a story as I’ve seen in 2015, with a neat SFnal background, wrenching personal details, and exciting action.
Thoroughly reminiscent of late-60s Delany, this story is however not pastiche but continuation — and it is both responsible and playful in that continuation. A strange story about strange people in a strange place telling each other strange stories for strange reasons; a moving, emotional story about moving, emotional stories that calls the concept and practice of moving, emotional stories deeply into question, in multiple ways. […] Even the final page, an “action-packed” denouement that risks reducing everything that has preceded it into mere plot, manages to contribute rather than detract. Wonderful.
And Charles Payseur at Tangent says:
It’s a slow story until it isn’t, until the weight of everything suddenly ramps up and makes the action boil. And there’s a sense of things slowly coming together and then shattering all at once. It shows the values of stories, and how they can draw people together and how they can tear people apart.
I’ve had four stories published this year, all online and free to read. The last—”The Leaves Upon Her Falling Light”—is my own favorite of everything I have yet written.
I’ve got two new stories out.
The second time I woke up this morning, the shotgun was gone from between my teeth.
Bridie’s fingers were on my cheek. She was behind me, and my eyes were still closed, but there was no mistaking those hands, soft from the spinning and warm with the winter smell of the wool.
“Shhhh,” she said. “You just sit there, now, Billy Beg, and don’t be moving.”
A little before dawn I make five little cages of white bone tied with ribbon and strewn with marjoram and rue and with the setting of the moon a bird of my remembrance flies in the window to land on the edge of my hand. She’s a wren, frail and faded as she has come the furthest.
“Hey, Jenny Jenny,” I sing to her, and feed her crumbs soaked in a little blood and honey and then a plump green spider I have been keeping in the windowframe.
PodCastle’s audio version of my story The Telling is online! It’s free to listen, but please consider donating a buck or two; the Escape Pod team pays its authors and their work is fantastic.
Thanks to Cian MacMahon for a great performance, and to Dave Thompson, Anna Schwind, Ann Leckie, and everyone at Escape Artists!
I’m delighted to report two new sales. My fantasy novelette The Leaves Upon Her Falling Light is going to Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and my SF novelette Twelve and Tag is going to Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine.
Also, my World Fantasy Award-winning story The Telling will be adapted to audio by the talented folks at Pod Castle. Their sister podcast Escape Pod did a fantastic version of my story Freia in the Sunlight, and from what I’ve heard so far, they are going to do wonders with The Telling.
I am also excited that The Telling will be appearing in the upcoming collection The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Year Five. This will be the first time the story has been collected for an anthology, and will be available in all the standard e-book formats.
And my horror/dark fantasy/gangster story Spinning the Thread should be coming out soon from Kaleidotrope.
Release dates for all of the above are yet to be determined: watch this space!
I am delighted and honored to discover that my story “Bloom”, which was published in the December 2013 issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, is a finalist for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction of the year.
My first horror story Smartmob is out at Schlock Magazine, along with a story by the fantastic Nathan Ballingrud and some more great looking stuff. Schlock previously did an interview with me, my first interview, in fact! They’ve just overhauled their web design, and it’s a beautiful site, full of great stories!