The Grass-Cutting Sword

I’ve just received my big box of author’s copies, and Amazon shows it as purchasable, so this is as good a time as any to say that The Grass-Cutting Sword is out. I assume Clarkesworld and Shocklines will have it soon, in the meantime you can order it from Amazon or Wildside Press.

This is the story of Susano-no-Mikoto and the Yamata-no-Orochi, which to be told properly includes the entirety of the Shinto creation myth. But it’s me, you know, so all told in crazy-ass prose, with alternating god and monster and victim voices, and devoured women speaking out of the body of a dragon. And yes, this book has a sword and a dragon. Trust me. It also features a rotting underworld, tragic jellyfish, incest, Hiroshima, a trickster-god, rural Japanese domestic horrors, and at least one sly reference to hentai. However, I think it’s much more accessible than The Labyrinth or Yume, because of that solid folkloric backbone. It is, I believe, one of the tightest and angriest and sharpest things I’ve written. For what that’s worth. And it’s the cheapest book I’ve ever published–Amazon has it for less than $10.

Now, this poor little book has had quite the road of trials getting to print. As of this moment, there are no reviews pending that I’m aware of. If you are a reviewer and would be interested, let me know and I can send you a pdf. If you review for a large venue, I can see about getting you a hard copy. As always, things you can do to help include: buying the book (obviously), Amazon reviews, links in your blog, join cmvalente and discuss it, and use one of the pretty icons below.

I hope you all enjoy this small book–something to tide you over until The Orphan’s Tales comes out!

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