|Bibliography of speculative-fiction
and fantasy author Terry McGarry. Links to excerpts, reviews, places to
- "Kazhe's Blade,"
Sword & Sorceress XXI, edited by Diana Paxson, DAW Books, October 2004.
- After her greatest failure, a down-at-the-heels swordmaster must decide between self-destruction and the fate of the world.
Live Without a Net, edited by Lou Anders, Roc Books, July 2003.
- John Jasper
can accept the gift of another person's memory, and restore it to
that person later--after, say, the onset of Alzheimer's. When computers
cease to function in "The Child Ephemeral," psi powers like
Jasper's come into great demand. Sometimes the people making the demands
have an agenda, and they don't ask nicely.
- "Diving After Reflected Woman,"
Women Writing SF As Men, edited by Mike Resnick, DAW Books, June 2003.
- A police videographer
is assigned to record a particularly disturbing confession.
Space and Time #97, Spring 2003.
- A biting tale
inspired by many a wild night during camping trips.
- "Too Many
Hells," Dead Cats Bouncing, edited by Gerard Houarner,
illustrated by GAK, Necro Publications, March 2002.
- A story based
on Houarner's acclaimed chapbook Dead Cat Bounce, in which
Dead Cat (don't worry--he's the hero!) takes a whirlwind tour through
the netherworlds of many cultures, spitting hairballs all the way.
Inspired by the children's book Too Many Pockets.
The Ultimate Halloween, ed. Marvin Kaye, iBooks, October 2001.
- A man crippled
by everyday terrors but addicted to horror novels must meet his own
fear head-on. (Available from Powells
- There are surprising
perils and discoveries in adopting strays. . . .
in Cursive," Realms of
Fantasy, October 2001.
- A standalone
prequel to Illumination. I read this story on the radio show
"Hour of the Wolf" a few months ago, and the recording is accessible
through the About the Book > Audio link trail at www.eidenmyr.com/codices/codices.html.
Back issues of the magazine are available
from the publisher.
Elysian Fiction, Issue
#1 (June 2001).
- A gentle fantasy
with a sharp bite, set in a place and time related to but far removed
from Illumination, and with a similar narrative voice. A good
way to get a little taste of what the novel's like.
the Box: The Best Short Fiction from Bookface.com, edited
by Lou Anders, Wildside Press, February 2001.
is reprinted in an anthology of eighteen stories that appeared on
the Bookface.com site in the year 2000. Tangent
Online has reviewed it. Here are some
Child Ephemeral," Terra
Incognita, Winter 2000.
- A novelette
about the end of civilization and a little girl raised inside her
own mind. A positive, spoiler-conscious review is posted at the Tangent
Girl in Every Universe," Aboriginal
Science Fiction, Fall 1999.
- An interdimensional
romp, featuring olfactomnemonic recall and citations for faulty grammar
and dangling a participle in public.
- "Black Mirrors,"
third installment of Vol. 1 (fall 1999).
- An Anne Rice
pastiche; humor about as black as it comes.
Sword & Sorceress XVI, ed. Marion Zimmer Bradley, DAW Books,
- A fable about
vocation and renewal. (Available from Powells
365 Scary Stories, Barnes & Noble Books, 1998 hc, 1999 pb.
Also on audiocassette.
If it goes out of stock at B&N, Powells
will notify you when it comes in there.
- A "calendar"
book, with a scary short-short for each day of the year. My story
grew from something a guy said to me on the street once: "They're
going to have to burn your hair when you die. Somebody might recognize
- "God of Exile,"
Issue #12, Summer 1998.
- A hard-hitting
mythopoeic fantasy. The full text of the story is available at the
Talebones Website (menu trail: Excerpts, Fiction), as well
art, by Keith Boulger. Reviewed in Tangent
a chapbook, Anamnesis
- Twenty poems,
six previously unpublished, the rest from such magazines as Asimov's,
Aboriginal, Star*Line. You can get it from Amazon
publisher. I know, this isn't fiction, but I'm listing it here
anyway, what the heck.
Case of the Ancient British Barrow," The Confidential Casebook
of Sherlock Holmes, ed. Marvin Kaye, St. Martin's Press, January
- A shocking story
too scandalous for Watson to publish during his lifetime--and perhaps
too controversial even now. (Available from Powells
Incognita, Spring 1997.
- A near-future
dystopic novelette set in a Nova Scotia clinic; a superficial high-concepting
of this would be The Handmaid's Tale meets the Gulf War. Made
Locus's recommended-reading list and the honorable mentions
in Dozois's 1998 Year's Best. Couple
of reviews here.
- "Whistling in
the Dark," Adventures
of Sword and Sorcery, Issue #4, Spring 1997.
- A fantasy story
about music and magic (and pennywhistlers). Art
by George Barr.
Keen Science Fiction, February 1997.
- A copyeditor
revenge story. I put the illustration for this up on my o/f/f/i/c/e/
d/o/o/r/ cubicle divider. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
- If I described
this short-short here I would ruin the enj ym nt, so I'll let the
title speak for it (m steri us though it may be). Michael Apice, who
did the art for my Deathrealm story, did the cover (and some
interior illustrations) for this issue of PW.
- "The Serpent
Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine, Autumn 1996.
- A little girl,
caught between two cultures, sees dragons in some unlikely places.
Beautiful art by Alan Gutierrez.
- "Man's Estate,"
- In this ghost-story-in-reverse,
a drifter attends the ultimate garage sale and gets a little more
than he bargained for. Wonderful art by Michael Apice.
- "Roy G. Biv,"
Keen Science Fiction, September 1996.
- A humorous short-short
about an unusual plague that strikes with shocking rapidity in a Manhattan
restaurant. Very fun, pulpy art by WJA Meyer.
- "Red Sky," Plot
- Here's what
reviewer Jim Lee had to say in Scavenger's Newsletter: "'Red
Sky' is a warm, gentle tale of high fantasy. All about young Jorly's
passage into manhood, guided by a stern father, a compassionate skyrider
and, most of all, the winged horse he loves. The all's-well ending
is sweet without being offensively gooey, as a bad guy gets his and
Jorly finds his destiny."
- "If They Only
Knew," Zone 9, June 1996.
- A sentient neural
impulse is put through its paces when the woman whose brain it inhabits
accepts a bar bet to see who can remember the name of Alexander the
Great's horse. Written after I had read a little too much Italo Calvino.
Michael H. Payne, in Tangent,
says it was his favorite story in the issue, and concludes: "This
is just plain fun from start to finish, and I was racking my own brain
throughout, trying to remember the name Bucephalus: good thing our
hero came through."
de Résistance," Black October, May 1996.
- What happens
to an arsonist on the day the world ends.
Lynch the Forger," The
Resurrected Holmes, ed. Marvin Kaye, St. Martin's, 1996.
- Fictions within
fictions: an enigma inside a mystery wrapped in a conundrum. Only
Sherlock Holmes--as relayed by Watson, rendered by Theodore Dreiser
trying very hard, and failing, to write like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle--could
possibly get to the bottom of this. Melancholia, old Irish animosities,
and beautiful illuminated manuscripts abound. (Available from Powells
Science Fiction, Spring 1996.
- A "problem"
story in the classic-adventure style, with some musical angst in the
form of a failed opera singer turned xenobiologist, and a group of
(sentient?) aliens who look an awful lot like Scottish bagpipes. If
there's ever a sequel, maybe we'll meet their cousins from the neighboring
planet Larynx, who bear an uncanny resemblance to Irish uilleann pipes.
(This story received an honorable mention in Gardner Dozois's Year's
Best Science Fiction collection.)
- It's pronounced
TAV-shuh, it's Gaelic for "ghost," and a whole pod of them are haunting
O'Donnell's Bar. Here are a couple of reviews.
This story made the preliminary Stoker ballot and Datlow/Windling's
- "Fleadh de Deux,"
Donald I. Fine, 1995. (Out of print, though sometimes it shows up
as available on backorder from Amazon.
or Advanced Book Exchange directly
before you have Amazon search them for you. Powells
will notify you when the book comes in.)
- A millennia-old
Irish vampire, playing traditional Irish guitar in a seedy New York
City pub session, meets someone--or something--older and more dangerous
than he is. (A fleadh, pronounced FLAH, is a traditional Irish
cultural event. O'Donnell's Bar makes another appearance in "Taibhse.")
This story got an honorable mention in Datlow and Windling's Year's
Best Fantasy and Horror collection. Here's an excerpt
and a cover gif.
Fantastic, ed. Resnick/Greenberg, DAW Books, 1995.
- There are plenty
of stories in which authors are sucked into their own novels, or their
characters really come to life. But what if it happened to the copyeditor?
(An article I wrote for the Del
Rey Internet Newsletter explains what copyeditors do when
they're not solving their own problems with magic green pencils, and
another one I wrote,
for the SFWA Bulletin,
explains it in more depth for other authors.) OOP, but Powells
will notify you when the book comes in.
Only Gift a Portion of Thyself," Amazing
Stories, Fall 1994.
- A cyberspace
romance in which the ethics of a society and the future of virtual
reality itself are at stake. This story received an honorable mention
in Dozois's Year's Best SF. To enter an infinite cybercognitive regression,
it at Mind's Eye. You get the beginning for
free; if you want to read to the end, you can pay sixty cents, or
you can just look at an ad.
with the Devil, ed. Resnick/Greenberg/Estleman, DAW Books, 1994.
OOP, but Powells
will notify you when the book comes in.
- Mythology, endangered
prosimians called aye-ayes,
and a coming-of-age story, set in Madagascar.
- "The Best Little
Worldcon In...," Alternate
Worldcons, ed. Mike Resnick, Axolotl Press, 1993; with
Again, Alternate Worldcons (omnibus edition), WC Books, 1996.
- What if the
1964 World Science Fiction Convention had been held in a Tijuana brothel?
ed. Resnick/Greenberg, DAW Books, 1993. (Often available in Amazon's
zShops. Even better, Powells
will notify you when the book comes in.)
- A haunted church
choir has a profound effect on a shy, bereaved parishioner. This story
received an honorable mention in Datlow and Windling's Year's Best
Fantasy and Horror collection, and it's one of my own favorites.
- "If Wishes Were
Genie's," Aladdin: Master of the Lamp, ed. Resnick/Greenberg,
DAW Books, 1992. (Often available in Amazon's zShops, but try Powells
- How come no
one ever asks the genie for his three wishes? Coauthored by
Austin Dridge, who wishes he
had something to read.
Fear of Little Men," Aboriginal
Science Fiction, March/April 1991.
- In postapocalyptic
Ireland, Bridget discovers that leprechauns are real--and the "leprechauns"
fear that the Tuatha de Danann have risen from the earth to reclaim
their heritage. This story was the winner of that year's Boomerang
Award, received an honorable mention in Gardner Dozois's Year's Best
SF, and made the Preliminary Nebula Awards® Ballot.
- "The Kindness
of Strangers," Starsong, 1990.
- The genesis
of a far-future Lindow Man.
- "Stress Theory,"
Changing Men: Issues in Gender, Sex, and Politics, Winter/Spring
- The only way
to find out if something will break is to break it. A mainstream story.
- "A.M.," Beyond
Science Fiction, 1990.
- An answering
machine develops sentience and reaches out to touch someone.
of the Soul, Pocket Books, 1991 (Women's
Press, London, 1990).
- Anima meets
animus, anima loses animus, anima regains animus.