Short Fiction Publications 2008
'Fishhook' appeared in issue 21 of Dream Catcher, Tyler's first publication in the magazine. His work appeared alongside poems
by Myra Schneider and new translations of work by the famous 20th
century Austrian poet, Ingeborg Bachmann as well as an excellent story from Carol Topolski,
whose novel Monster Love had just been long-listed for the Orange Prize. 'Fishhook' is available for reading on the Dream Catcher website.
Brace was the third anthology in the series released by Comma Press, the renowned Manchester-based publisher, which specializes in short fiction. This time around it was edited by Jim Hinks. Tyler's contribution to the anthology, 'Tokes From the Wild,' was singled out for praise on The Short Review website: 'Keevil’s Tokes from the Wild is an assured story of a city boy who follows his friend into the countryside to spend a summer tree planting, which soon degenerates into a mess of weed smoke and recriminations.'
Gritty realism meets psychological horror in Tyler's first sale to TTA Press: 'Cleaning the Western Kittiwake,' which appeared in issue issue 4 of the rebooted Black Static magazine. The story is nicely summarized in the review on SFRevu: 'The narrator of this story has the grim task of cleaning out the Western Kittiwake, a fishing vessel that capsized, killing a fisherman's wife and children. While doing this he feels someone, or more than one someone, calling out to him. He cannot help them. Who can? '
Prior to being translated for Solaris, the English version of 'Masque of the Red Clown' was originally purchased by Diane Walton at On Spec, Canada's premiere magazine of speculative literature. The story doesn't fit into any discernable genre - which is typical of the work On Spec publishes. As the title implies, the story was inspired by Poe's original, except in this re-imagining instead of the wealthy aristocracy locking themselves away in a palace, we have wealthy tourists locking themselves away in five-star hotels in Cuba. But the reality of the outside world - and its poverty - can't be kept at bay indefinitely.