- Matt Ward, editor Skive Magazine
" 'The Last Photon' is a jewel. A meditation on distant gods, distant stars - expertly narrated."
" 'The Crystal' is a story of loss and betrayal with that ethereal, otherworldly quality other stories strive after but fail to reach."
- Peter Tennant, UNHINGED
" 'Barnegat Inn' is a sort of weird tale in the mode of that bygone zine, complete with spooky mysterious fog ... the sort of sufficiently advanced stuff that's indistinguishable from magic."
- Lois Tilton, LOCUS
" 'Worms of Titan' is a near perfect science fiction adventure in the classic '40s pulp vein."
- Sam Bellotto, editor Perihelion
I am a fiction writer living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. This site contains a selection of my published works of fiction, including short stories and novel excerpts. Also included is a bibliography of my published work and a blog of musings near and far.
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The Australian science fiction journal AntipodeanSF will publish my flash fiction "Mercury" in April 2021.
Whisk(e)y Tit will publish my first novel, The Astronomer in 2021. To pique your interest, here is a Wordcloud for Chapter One:
Here is an audio recording of my short story "The Bridge" (part of an upcoming interview for Crimson Streets):
Four of my short stories have been translated into Vietnamese and appear on the Vietnamese literary website Tien Ve. "Happiness," "The Bridge," "The Vulture," and "The Room At the End of the World" can all be accessed here.
Traits of a writer. Last month I talked about Luck. This month . . .
The Publishing Process - In my case writing means going into my bedroom, shutting the door, and trying to think of something interesting to say. Often it doesn't go any further than that. Like most writers, I'm an introvert.
North Carolina Writers Network Talk: "Twilight Zone: Magical Realism, Irrealism, Surrealism, and Other Oddities," Chapel Hill, NC. November 17, 2020. 6 PM.
Collections & Anthologies
These nineteen stories span the literary genres of magical realism, horror, and science fiction. Through them we are taken on a journey, an examination of the crossroads of life. As the narrator of "In the Garden" deftly puts it, "The world is wonderful and full of magic. He who does not believe it so is dead."
In the title story, "A Betrayal," a doctor travels into the countryside to help a young patient, only to deliver a diagnosis with which the family vehemently disagrees. The peculiar narrator of "Sedgefield's Diary" recoils in horror when he discovers that the hourly diary he keeps has taken on a life of its own and now threatens his very existence. The bereaved wife in "The Lake of Flies" takes matters into her own hands when she learns the truth surrounding her husband's death. In "Barnegat Inn," a strange visitation becomes the background for a poignant recitation on the nature of time. The themes of loss and betrayal between rival siblings are explored in "The Crystal," a story pulsating with an ethereal, otherworldly quality. And in "A Journey Through the Wormhole," a decades-old feud between rival scientists threatens to upend a scientific revolution.
"The stories in this collection remind me of the work of Kafka or Rod Serling or have their own unique style. I find Brian Biswas to be a writer of great descriptive skill and storytelling ability. His prose is lucid and straightforward ... leaves vivid images ... that come back from time to time, long after I've finished reading, to remind me of these strange and well-written stories." ~ Alice Whittenburg, Coeditor, The Cafe Irreal
"A debut collection mixes horror and sci-fi short stories laden with bizarre creatures, life on other planets, and homicidal proclivities ... Consistently eerie tales that readers aren't likely to forget." ~ Kirkus Reviews
Available from Guide Dog Books The Irreal Reader collects the best fiction from The Cafe Irreal
The Cafe Irreal: International Imagination, a pioneering web-based literary magazine, first went online in 1998 with the intention of publishing a type of fantastic fiction most often associated with writers such as Franz Kafka, Kobo Abe and Jorge Luis Borges. To this end, it has published more than 250 authors from over 30 countries. In the course of the past fifteen years, it has also seen its editors nominated for a World Fantasy Award and been named by Writer's Digest as one of the Top 30 Short Story Markets.
In this anthology, Edited by G.S. Evans and Alice Whittenburg, Guide Dog Books presents a selection of the fiction and essays from The Cafe Irreal that take us most definitively into the realm of the Irreal. These include pieces by Diploma de Honor Konex winner Ana María Shua (Argentina), Michal Ajvaz (winner of the Magnesia Litera prize in the Czech Republic), Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Simic, and Pushcart Prize winners Bruce Holland Rogers and Caitlin Horrocks. My Pushcart-nominated short story "A Betrayal " is included.