Short Fiction Publications 2012
The Canadian editor of Front & Centre, Matthew Firth, said that he 'couldn't resist a British ice hockey story' and that's what Tyler offered up in the enigmatically titled 'The Silver Grin of the Glass Eater.' The story follows the core members of an ice hockey team as the go on a road trip to a rink in North Wales, to play against their arch rivals. The casual and brutal violence of the game spills over into the aftermath, with unnerving results.
Tyler’s story, ‘Canine Court’,was published in Volume 24, #2 of On Spec, Canada’s premiere magazine of slipsteam and speculative literature. The story is about a young immigrant trying to find his place in a small town in rural Wales. He is faced with a moral dilemma when he discovers that the family he has married into harbours a secret. There’s a dash of the supernatural in a tale that offers a new twist on genre conventions.
'Scrap Iron' appeared issue 5 of The Lampeter Review, alongside work by Dennis O'Driscoll and Samantha Wynne Rhydderch. The story is about two deckhands on an ice barge who are given the Sisyphean task of removing iron ingots, bolts, and washers from the bank of a river - using only a couple of magnets. When they get the idea of borrowing their boss's forklift to make the job easier, you just know it's not going to end well. The entire issue is available to download for free as a PDF on the magazine's website.
Back in 2010 Tyler was shortlisted for the Terry Hetherington Young Writers award, and shared 2nd place with up-and-coming Welsh poet Anna Lewis. The organizers release an annual anthology, in memory of Welsh writer and poet Terry Hetherington, with alumni contributing alongside current winners. Tyler's 2012 story, 'Wake Up,' is about a man who's sense of security is threatened when somebody starts buzzing his door in the middle of the night. The not-for-profit anthology is available to purchase on Amazon, and all proceeds go towards funding the prize in support of young writers.
'Fearful Symmetry' was first published in Interzone 238. When a rare species of feline begins to prey on local poachers in a remote area of Siberia, a field operative from the wildlife federation is sent into the wilderness to decide on the best course of action. While working alongside a corrupt conservationist, she uncovers an illegal smuggling operation, and a creature unlike any other on earth. Ultimately, she is forced to decide between the value of human life, and that of the animal she is charged with protecting.