Short Fiction Publications 2009
It's the end of the day at the Llandod bakery; there's nothing for workers Rhys and Aled to do except wipe down the tables, empty the bins, and bleach the counters and baking trays. To kill time, Rhys challenges the older Aled to a casual sparring match. But what starts as a bout for fun becomes a serious contest, not just between the mismatched pair but between fantasy and reality. 'Knockout' was Tyler's second story to be published in New Welsh Review.
Tyler's first work to be translated was part of a cultural exchange between On Spec - the Canadian magazine of the fantastic - and Solaris, the French-Canadian speculative fiction magazine. Elisabeth Vonarburg did a stunning job of translating the text of 'The Masque of the Red Clown,' and the result, 'Le Masque du clown rouge,' was published in issue 172 of Solaris.
In 'Running,' the young narrator is obsessed with the activity of the title. He wears his new shoes everywhere, and ties the laces as tight as a pair of hockey skates. But what seems to be a humorous and idiosyncratic childhood fixation begins to take on darker undertones as the story progresses, and it's revealed that he's not the only one in his family running from something. 'Running' appeared in issue 24 of Brittle Star, which Pascal Petite described as 'one of the best little magazines.'
'The Art of Shipbuilding,' which also features in Tyler's short fiction collection Burrard Inlet, was first published in the Canadian anthology Ascent Aspirations. The story takes place in the Westco shipyards, where the narrator is working for the summer. As part of his duties, he is laboring alongside the seasoned shipwright and eccentric hermit, Hank. Through the work they do together, the narrator comes to understand that the care, focus, and dedication that Hank puts into his skillful manual work equals that of any artist.
Edited by Tomos Owen, the Parthian anthology Nu: Fiction & Stuff features fiction, poetry, photography and reportage written and produced by
writers, editors and readers of a new generation. Nu showcases fourteen
young writers under thirty in an innovative, experimental and quality
anthology. Tyler's contribution, 'Carving Through Woods on a Snowy Evening,' follows a search and rescue operative called up Mount Seymour on Christmas Eve to track a missing snowboarder.
Front & Centre is a gritty, hard-hitting Canadian magazine published by Matthew Firth. In Issue 27 he published Tyler's story 'Retribution.' Set in Deep Cove, it follows a group of young men who set out to find the youths who attacked and assaulted their friend. But in pursuing their vendetta, and the retribution of the title, they unleash further violence, for which there, too, will be consequences.
Helle Michelson, longtime editor of Planet, published Tyler's story 'Shadows' in issue 192. The story is set in small-town Wales, where a theatre troupe is doing a show at a local community centre. In the middle of the play, some local kids begin disrupting and disturbing the performance. When the narrator follows them outside to confront them, he finds himself drawn into conversation - and regressing to an antisocial mentality he remembers from his own youth.