Radio Appearance: Accents Radio Show on WRFL

Accents host Katerina Stoykova-Klemer

Accents host Katerina Stoykova-Klemer

I’m set to appear on the Accents Radio Show on WRFL this coming Friday at 2pm. Accents is hosted by Katerina Stoykova-Klemer and is a radio show for literature, arts, and culture. The great Maureen McHugh was a recent guest!

WRFL is located on FM 88.1 on your dial in Lexington, KY.  For those outside of Lexington, you can listen to a live stream at

I’ll be talking about Irredeemable and will read an excerpt from one of the stories.

Katerina is quite a charming host. She and I click well, so this should make for an entertaining show!

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Irredeemable: (Almost) All the Buy Links!

Irredeemable_Cover800X600My fine publisher, Seventh Star Press, has distributed my book to almost all the major online vendors. A couple of key ones, such as the trade edition is still to appear on Indiebound. I’m looking into getting the eBook on Weightless Books. Got to support the indie vendors!

Here is the updated list. The trade paperback is retail $15.95 (though it is just 12 bucks on Amazon). The eBook is $3.99.

Amazon —USUKCA
Seventh Star Press

You can also order direct from me and get a personalized signed copy! The link is to PayPal, but you don’t have to be a PayPal member to make payment (and it accepts credit cards).

Order a personalized copy here!


Kindle — USUKCA

Thanks to all who have ordered! Sometime next week I hope to run one of the stories from the collection.

Mr. Templar on video?

My filmmaker friend Robby Sparks found this short movie on Vimeo. It’s like a mini-promo for the story “Mr. Templar” that appears in my upcoming collection Irredeemable!

I present Bat.tutty.ry by Francois Heysen:

Bat.tutty.ry from francois heysen on Vimeo.

And then a Hugo happened…

Consider my mind blown.

The 2014 Hugo Award nominees were announced Saturday afternoon. I was in transit to visit the family in southeast Kentucky at the time, but the flood of Twitter notices (folks congratulating me) made the announcement hard to miss!

Nominated in the category for Best Semiprozine is Apex Magazine and its editors Lynne M. Thomas, Michael Damian Thomas, and Jason Sizemore.

Our third year in a row! Yay! Go us!

It is a loaded category. The other nominees are Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Interzone, Lightspeed Magazine, and Strange Horizons. You really can’t go wrong with any of those or Apex Magazine.

Winners will be announced at the Hugo ceremony to be held August 17th, London, England, at LonCon3.

Irredeemable release event at Joseph-Beth Booksellers

It has been confirmed.

*Irredeemable by Jason Sizemore (ISBN: 978-1-937929-59-6)
Release Event

Joseph-Beth Booksellers
Lexington, KY
May 17th @ 4:00pm.

If you’ve never been to a Stephen Zimmer led Seventh Star Press event at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, then you’re in for a treat. He always manages to drum up a large crowd. He gives away a bunch of books, artwork, and T-shirts. It’s good times for all.

Of course, I will be there signing copies of Irredeemable. There may be a short reading, depending on what the store wants us to do. There will be refreshments and snacks.

I can’t wait to see all my friends and family there!

And, yes, this is still all so surreal…my book comes out in 22 days!

You can pre-order from SSP. Just go here:


*edited to add ISBN

Irredeemable update

Last night Geoffrey Girard turned in his very special introduction for the collection. I have decided that I want this man to write my eulogy.

Here’s a taste:

And what is the point of all of this? What exactly is this modern Southern author telling us about the world beyond the scabby coon dogs, hellish spaceships and spurting blood?

Just before writing this intro, I emailed Jason and claimed/threatened: “I got you figured out, pal.”

He replied: “Oh, that the world is filled with bastards?”

But you’ve now read the stories now too, haven’t you? So you know that Jason’s response left out the biggest piece of his world-view puzzle: The world IS filled with bastards, yes, and one day soon every single one of them fuckers is gonna pay.

Yowza, I totally want to buy this book!

You can preorder for $15.95. It nets you a signed trade paperback and the eBook edition of Irredeemable. Order here!

And then this happened…Irredeemable cover reveal

Today the folks at Seventh Star Press unveiled the cover art to my upcoming collection of short fiction Irredeemable.

SSP is also running a preorder special offering a signed copy of the trade paperback along with a free edition of the eBook. Order details can be found here:

The book also contains a nice introduction from Cain’s Blood author Geoffrey Girard.

Let me know in the comments if you like the cover Tomasz Trafiał! :)

Cover artist Tomasz Trafiał

Cover artist Tomasz Trafiał


I’m pleased to announce that my collection of short fiction Irredeemable will be published by Seventh Star Press later this year!

The book will contain 20 stories. At least 5 of them will be original to the collection. Also included, an introduction by Cain’s Blood author Geoffrey Girard.

I don’t have pre-order details yet, but I’m working on it. :)

I guess that means I need to get my personal site active again…

Here’s the full press release from SSP:

Featuring twenty one tales of dark SF and horror, many of which have flavors of Appalachia, Irredeemable brings together a number of Jason’s previously published stories and features two brand new ones. The book will be released in all eBook formats and trade paperback during the second week of April. The collection will also feature a cover from Polish artist Tomasz Trafial.”The stories in the collection address remorseless evil and how we react and adapt to such entities,” Jason commented. “My Appalachia upbringing had a big impact on me, and I think that is reflected throughout the book.”

The April release will be followed by a special campaign to introduce readers to Irredeemable. “We are very excited to be entrusted with this special release,” Seventh Star Press’ Stephen Zimmer said. “Many people are well aware of Jason’s exceptional talents as an editor and in the publishing realms. It will be truly wonderful to see readers discover what a gifted writer he is, as Irredeemable solidly testifies.”

Jason is a writer and editor living in Lexington, Kentucky. He is also the owner of Apex Publications, a highly acclaimed SF, fantasy, and horror small press. He has twice been nominated for the Hugo Award for his editing work on Apex Magazine.

As to why he brought “Irredeemable” to Seventh Star Press, he remarked. “I wanted to work with Seventh Star Press because I’ve long admired Stephen Zimmer. He’s a savvy marketer, a wonderful person, and has a great enthusiasm for his authors and the small press.”

For more information on Jason, follow him on Twitter @apexjason, or on Facebook at For further updates and news about Irredeemable, visit the Seventh Star Press site at

Seminar: Navigating the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writer Markets

Carnegie-sub-pages-logoI’m teaching a Saturday seminar at the Lexington Carnegie Center for Literacy coming up in February.

Where: Carnegie Center, 251 West Second Street, Lexington, KY 40507 (859-254-4175)
When: Saturday, February 8th
Time: Noon–2pm
Cost: $30

Registration Link: Go here to register at the Carnegie Center website

Thinking about dipping your pen into the genre writing pool? Allow Jason Sizemore, two-time Hugo Award nominee and editor-in-chief of Apex Publications, to guide you. Attendees will be given market information, guidelines, and resources that will help you find a home for your science fiction and fantasy manuscripts. This seminar will cover which publishers to target, what to avoid in cover letters, tips on surviving the slush pile, popular agents, and a handful of insider tips from an experienced editor that might help give you a slight edge over other writers. Both novel and short fiction markets will be covered. [ALL LEVELS]

10 books that have stayed with you in some way

There’s a meme going around on Facebook called “10 books that have stayed with you in some way.” Such an important topic seems too slight for a simple Facebook status update, so I thought I would bring my response to you via the blog.

This is not an all inclusive-list. An exhaustive list would include several hundred books and would bore your britches off your butt. It also isn’t in any type of ranking. The thrust of the meme is for the person to list 10 books without giving much thoughts to your answer. Spontaneity is key.

Official rules: Don’t take more than a few minutes and don’t think too hard – they don’t have to be the ‘right’ or ‘great’ works, just the ones that have touched you.

So, without further ado…

1) The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
2) The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
3) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
4) Animal Farm by George Orwell
5) Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
6) Sleepless by Charlie Huston
7) Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan
8) Watermind by Mary M. Buckner
9) Machine by Jennifer Pelland
10) Let’s Play White by Chesya Burke

Maybe I’m cheating a little by listing two books I published (9 and 10), but those books have stayed with me and shifted the way I view the roles fiction can play for expressing important viewpoints.


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