LATEST NEWS....Coming in 2013... Towards the end of the year, my second collection of short stories will be published by Immersion Press. Provisionally entitled Voices, the collection will include the best of my stories since Tall Tales on the Iron Horse together with four new unpublished tales.
Two new short stories are now online at Bewildering Stories - Happy Halloween in the (you guessed it!) Halloween issue #265, illustrated by Crystalwizard , and Her Precipitous Pride, His Lamentable Ears in issue #267
The short story Tall Tales on the Iron Horse is now available to read at Keith Brooke's excellent site Infinity Plus. After ten years, Keith is making this the last-ever update of the site. The special 'anniversary update' has fiction from Paul McAuley, Nicola Griffith, Kit Reed, James Patrick Kelly, Gareth L Powell, Jeff Vandermeer and Paul Di Filippo
The Defenders Asimov's Science Fiction (Oct/Nov 2004) is included in The Year's Best Science Fiction #22 - Ed Gardner Dozois - from St Martin's Press (The Mammoth Book of Best New SF #18 from Robinson in the UK)
Clifford and the Bookmole is now complete and on the market. The novel is 57,000 words and for ages twelve to two hundred.
THE STORIES - REVIEWS
Tall Tales on the Iron Horse
"Clever surrealism and a superb punch line"
Nick Gevers - Locus
"It's one of those stories you can't quite make sense of until the end, and even then you have to think about it. Well worth the ride."
David Soyka - SF Site
"Multiple layers give 'Dolls' a weight that will beg you to re-read."
S R Turner - Tangent
"For such a brief story, Davies encompasses a wide range. 'The Defenders' brought to mind a comment by John Clute (in reference to both James Tiptree Jr and the underrated Kris Neville) 'A capacity to develop the sometimes routine initial material of a story so that its implications expanded constantly...' Tiptree did this with breathtaking ease, and Davies displays a similar ability here"
Chris Markwyn Tangent
" 'The Defenders' by Colin P Davies expertly dissects colonialism in quintessential science-fictional terms"
Nick Gevers - Locus
"Short, effective, and providing a solid emotional payoff, this is a great short story"
Jason B Sizemore - Apex Digest
The Girl with the Four-Dimensional Head
" 'The Girl with the Four-Dimensional Head' by Colin P Davies is excellent. This is not another goofy, pulpy tale, but a gritty sci-fi drama with fully drawn characters, outstanding dialog, and an interesting take on the old standby setting of Mars"
Michael Gabriel Bailey - Tangent