We have new artwork by Phil Trusinski.

For those of you who like to subscribe to blogs with feedreaders, I've made links to this journal's Atom and RSS feeds at the bottom of the page.

I set up an experimental Feedburner feed for the site, and I see a couple of folk beside me have subscribed (welcome!). I'm not confident that Google's going to keep the service up indefinitely, and I may eventually do something else. But I'll leave the Feedburner feed up, for your convenience.

I've also fixed a formatting error in the Essay section.

A bizarre creature that looks like a bald head with tentacles.I have another republished story for you: "Little Watcher," by Brett Davidson. This is the first story in the Pallin trilogy Mr. Davidson wrote, though it's the last chronologically.  It was published in Interzone and earned a mention in Gardner Dozois' The Year's Best Science Fiction.

A five-sided building in darkness, seen from overhead Brett Davidson has graciously allowed the republication of his novelettes on the site. They haven't been available here since they were published in Night Lands Volume II: Nightmares of the Fall in 2007.

The two novelettes are "Minotaur" and "Little Watcher." They involve Pallin of Asphodelos and Lady Hecane from "The Astronomer," which has been available here. Since all three are linked stories, I've given them their own subcategory:

Stories > Night Land Stories > The Last Redoubt > Pallin of Asphodelos

"Minotaur" is up this week. "Little Watcher" is coming next week.

Hail! I have three changes to the site to tell you about.

First, I reversed the post order here in the Journal so it's displaying most recent on top. When you see this at the top of the page, it's the newest post.

Second: we have a good-looking new picture by Phil Trusinski. It's the last in his gallery.

Third, Brett Davidson has decided to republish his earlier Night Land stories on the site. We have several up, as you can see from looking at his author page, but a few were reduced to samples following the publication of the Night Lands anthologies. This will make all of his shorter Night Land works available here.

I have to reformat the stories to republish. I'll put up notices here in the journal as I complete them.

Our gallery plugin is very capable, but it has a bug that makes it easy to think it's saved when it really hasn't. So I've sometimes thought I've fixed a caption, forgotten to check, and later discovered it was still wrong. Also, occasionally I discover I've wrongly labelled a picture, or forgot to label it.

I'm not sure I have the best gallery settings yet. Our pictures are of widely varying sizes and aspect ratios. Most galleries won't handle this variety without cutting off parts of some thumbnails, which can make the art look bad. So I chose one which is capable of displaying the whole image even as a thumbnail. But handling pictures of such different dimensions makes it difficult to fix on a gallery layout, since some of the images are much larger than others, and I have to accommodate the largest dimension I'm going to display.

If we have fewer than five of your pictures, your work is in the Other Artists' Gallery. Otherwise you have a separate gallery on the main gallery page.

You can email me at nightland <at> starsofwinter.com.

Hail.

On the old site, we had three categories of Night Land stories:

  • Eternal Love;
  • Nightmares of the Fall;
  • The Days of Darkening.

When Mr. Robertson published the print anthologies (Eternal Love and Nightmares of the Fall), he took some of the complete stories down, and left samples up. Further, some of the authors have since republished, and their stories were also shortened to samples.

As a consequence, we had only three complete stories left in the Eternal Love section. I have therefore combined Eternal Love and Nightmares of the Fall into The Last Redoubt.

As  The Days of Darkening anthology planned was never published, we still have many Darkening stories — enough to make combining all the Night Land stories in a single category unwieldy.