I will, from time to time, be uploading short stories, extracts from ongoing projects, and essays.


 We begin with DEAD HEAT (an Iggy and Primavera adventure, or 'romp') which may be regarded as an addendum, or footnote, to both DEAD GIRLS, the original novel and, perhaps more pertinently, DEAD GIRLS THE GRAPHIC NOVEL. 


DEAD HEAT may be found under the menu heading 'Online Fiction' or here.


DEAD HEAT is followed by IMPAKTO (here) a story originally published in Interzone #150 (December 1999) and which was subsequently nominated for the 1999 International Horror Guild Award (Best Short Story Category).


MADELINE SMITH (here) featured in Unfit For Eden (Postscripts No. 26/27, PS Publishing, 2012).  The blurb runs: 'Mr Calder tells us that visions of childhood, and childhood visionaries, have been a constant theme in his work. "Childhood is a world that -though distant, and half-forgotten - constantly revisits itself upon us. It invests our lives with strangeness ... and it's the strangeness that interests me." Fitting, then, that Madeline Smith is a fantasia on: strange children, dolls, magic toyshops, Hammer Glamour, prostitution, the infernal and hermetic science of buxotics, ETA Hoffmann (and Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann) Freud (of course), fascism, the Marquis de Sade, Allen Jones, Baudelaire, the essay as fiction, and fiction as essay."'


ROACH MOTEL (here) was published in Interzone, #166 (April 2001) and later republished in the fix-up novel (and sequel to MALIGNOS) LORD SOHO: A TIME OPERA (Simon & Schuster 2002)


WE ARE NOT ALONE (here) was published in Far Voyager (Postscripts No. 32/33, PS Publishing, 2014). In the blurb I say that the story is about 'loneliness and the consolation we seek in narratives about others: those aliens in whose shadow we walk, and with whom we hope, finally, to be united.'


ZARZUELA (here) featured in Interzone #178 (Apr 2002), and represents my first and only foray into space opera. Albeit, Filipino Space Opera.


THE CATGIRL MANIFESTO: AN INTRODUCTION (here) was published in Album Zutique #1, edited by Jeff VanderMeer, Ministry of Whimsy Press (May 2003). It was nominated for the James Tiptree, Jr. Award and reprinted in The James Tiptree Award Anthology 1, edited by Karen Joy Fowler, Pat Murphy, Debbie Notkin, and Jeffrey D Smith (Tachyon Publications, 2005).


WFind the above stories (and, in time, many, many more!) under Online Fiction


Richard Calder