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John Kenny

I have had fiction published in Fear the Reaper, Emerald Eye: The Best of Irish Imaginative Fiction, Transtories, The World SF Blog, Revival Literary Journal, First Contact, FTL, Woman’s Way, Jupiter Magazine and several other venues. Currently looking for a publisher for my novel Down and Out. I was co-editor of Albedo One from 1993 to 2013 and co-administrator of its International Aeon Award for Short Fiction from 2005 to 2013. Previous to that I edited several issues of FTL (1990 – 1992). I’ve also edited Writing4all: The Best of 2009 and Box of Delights, an original horror anthology from Aeon Press Books.
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Book Review: The Whole World at Once by Erin Pringle

The Whole World at Once is Erin Pringle’s second collection of short stories (her first, The Floating Order, is reviewed here) and the wait has been well worth it. While The Floating Order was a finely tuned macabre look at an often incomprehensible adult world mostly through the skewed perspective of children, this new collection … Continue reading

New Story Published in Uncertainties

I’m uber proud to have a short story called ‘Last Love’ featured in Uncertainties Volume I, an anthology of supernatural tales just published by the always excellent Swan River Press. The book was launched last Saturday, August 20th, at the Dublin Ghost Story Festival, the first of a hopefully annual event, in the Grand Lodge of … Continue reading

Launch of Decade 1: The Best of Albedo One

It’s been out for a few weeks now, but I’m only now getting around to officially announcing the launch of Decade 1: The Best of Albedo One, an anthology edited by myself and published by Aeon Press that gathers a personal selection of the best short stories to feature in Albedo One, Ireland’s magazine of … Continue reading

Independent Literary Industry Best Editor Award

I’m shocked and surprised to learn in the last couple of days that I’ve only gone and won the 2014 Independent Literary Industry Award for Best Editor. I was up against the uber-talented Angela Houle and Cynthia Shepp, so I’m doubly honoured by the award. More details of the award here, and while you’re there, … Continue reading

Independent Literary Industry Award Nomination

I’m delighted to learn I’ve been nominated for an Independent Literary Industry Award in the editor category. You can find out more about the awards here. And if you feel inclined to vote for me, you can do so here.

On Influences and Finding Inspiration – Interview

Fiona Mcvie has just interviewed me for her authorinterviews blog. Apart from the subject of writing, we chat about who and what shaped me as a writer and how and where I find inspiration. Also included is the opening scene of a story I’m currently trying to place. I’ll probably upload the interview to this … Continue reading

Submitting Your Work Part 5: Professionalism

You’ve written your masterpiece, your short story, poem, or novel; you’ve sweated blood crafting the work, redrafting and redrafting. It’s time to unleash it on an unsuspecting public. There’s only one thing standing between you and fame: the editor and/or first/slush reader of the publication or publisher. It can be frustrating to have your work … Continue reading

The Wolf of Wall Street vs. American Hustle: Con Men and Hollywood

Stories about con artists enjoy a long and varied history in Hollywood, but where the con man is the central character notable standard personality traits are discernable and common to all. I recently saw The Wolf of Wall Street and American Hustle within a couple of days of each other and was struck by the … Continue reading

Playing Catch Up: Various Publications in 2013

Well it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything new here, but it’s not as if nothing’s been happening; quite the reverse. In the main, most of my free time has been taken up in a major redrafting of a novel I wrote a couple of years ago. But I did manage to have a … Continue reading

New Story Published in Revival Literary Journal

I’m delighted to be sharing the pages of the latest issue of Revival Literary Journal (#25) with John W. Sexton, Crona Gallagher, Maeve O’Sullivan, Mary Bradford, Knute Skinner, Kevin Kiely, Louis Mulcahy, Gerard Beirne, Miceal Kearney, and a host of others. The issue features a short piece of flash fiction I wrote called ‘Dog Shit’. … Continue reading