Short Fiction Publications 2013
Even in the post-Munro era, there seem to be all too few literary journals interested in taking longer works above the 8,000-word mark. One of the few is The New Orphic Review, based in Nelson, BC, Canada. Ernest Hekkanen, the editor, picked up Tyler's long short story, 'Sealskin,' for publication in his fall issue for 2013, and the piece appeared alongside work by Margrith Schraner, Tim Strutz, and Andre Kocsis, among others. The story was subsequently nominated for The Writers' Trust / McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize 2014, and went on to win the $10,000 award, which was announced on November 4th in Toronto. The story was republished in The Journey Prize Stories 26, and also appears in Tyler's collection, Burrard Inlet.
Editor Sylvia Moreno-Garcia had the brilliant idea of combining the Canadian wilderness with an established genre tradition, and the result was Dead North: Canadian Zombie Fiction. Tyler's contribution to the anthology offers a new take on the Wendigo myth, and asks a provocative question: what if, in a zombified future, the zombies weren't predators, but mindless semi-human prey wandering the tundra wastes? That question is answered in his story, 'The Herd.'
Tyler's story, 'Reaching Out' won the Cinnamon Press Short Story Award in 2013. As part of the prize, it was published in the winner's anthology, which took it's title from the title of the story. 'Reaching Out' opens innocuously enough: a forestry worker driving down from Mount Seymour picks up a young hitcher coming down the mountain - coolly captured in the book's cover image. But something is not quite right with the scenario, and as it plays itself out elements of horror begin to creep into the innocent tale, which was subsequently included in Tyler's collection, Burrard Inlet.
This is the second of Tyler's stories to appear in Dream Catcher. The story, 'Indian Taker,' has a simple premise - a boy's bike gets stolen by another kid from the neighborhood - but the narrative, and tragic conclusion, act as a parable for cultural relations, and our fixation with material goods. It seemed a good match for a magazine that 'aims for diversity and excellence, to encompass all subjects and all forms of writing, to represent the contemporary world's cultural mix, to explore subjects that arrest us today.'
'Fearful Symmetry,' has been selected for inclusion in the anthology Best British Fantasy 2013, from Salt Publishing. The story, originally published in Interzone magazine, deals with themes of survival and conservation in a dystopian future, where both humans and animals are endangered. It appeared in the anthology alongside work from Alison Littlewood, Lavie Tidhar, and Adam Neville, and many others.