The writings of John N. Crain


"A warm mist descended over the crèche and K raised its head above the polished stone rim. Not much to see, but the moisture made odors stronger. K opened an olfactory port, analyzing the heady mix of scents, some sweet, some bitter, some so strong they could be tasted. Woven through the tapestry of redolence, K detected something new, a thread of effluvium never encountered. K’s primary pseudopod flowed over the side of the nest, following the strange aroma, seeking the source."


From the short story Persistence of Memories.



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Stories

Saturday, June 30, 2018

My flash fiction story, Tears on Sand, will appear on Chronicle Stories, July 2-30. It was originally published on Medium, where Tyler Brouwer, Chronicle Stories' content manager saw it, contacted me, asking if I'd like to put it on their publication.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Posted some new stuff on Medium recently:

https://medium.com/@jncrain/space-time-and-things-between-a878abf7cba7

https://medium.com/@jncrain/tears-on-sand-c192504cadd0

Both pieces are excerpts from my book, Ysobel (still in progress), but I think they can stand by themselves as short stories.

Also submitted a flash fiction piece, The Bureaucrat, to a few places. The rejections are starting to pour in. It's currently still out at Factor Four Magazine. If it doesn't get accepted pretty quick, maybe I'll put it up on Medium.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

A few weeks ago, I was on our local low-power FM radio station, KMRD. They played an audio version of one of my stories, The Sphere, and spent some time interviewing me. I've done a lot of readings of my work in front of audiences, so I'm used to that, but this was the first time I've done a radio thing. Interesting experience.

If you want to read The Sphere, just click on the "Stories" tab, above.

KMRD is broadcast out of Madrid, New Mexico, and can also be live streamed on the internet. Pretty amazing little community station. But then Madrid is a pretty amazing little community.

Friday, May 11, 2018

I've also been posting stuff on Medium. If you haven't checked out Medium, I'd highly recommend it - a very interesting site. To see my work and profile go to:

https://medium.com/@jncrain

Another of my short stories, That Sucking Sound, appeared in The Corner Bar Magazine sometime around January 2018.

http://cornerbarmagazine.com/pdfs/corner-bar-volume-03-issue-03.pdf

It's kind of goofy but fun, old-fashioned sci-fi. The Corner Bar seemed like a very appropriate venue.

My short story, Persistence of Memories, was published on Aphotic Realm webzine in December 2017, and later selected for inclusion in their 'best of 2017' anthology, Tales From the Realm, available on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/Tales-Realm-One-1-Aphotic/dp/1717398170/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1526062969&sr=8-2&keywords=tales+from+the+realm

Thursday, May 10, 2018

I guess I need to catch up on more than a few things.

I'm still working on editing my novel, Ysobel, the first in a series about alternate universe experiences of a man named Connor Maddock. I think Ysobel can best be described as a sci-fi romance.

The second book in the series, Ninety Degrees From Yesterday, is more of a thriller. It, too, is essentially finished and undergoing what I hope to be final editing.

I've recently begun work on a third volume, Infinity Times Four, but have no idea where it's going to lead.

In the meantime, I've written some short stories, some of which have been published, others of which languish.