Michael John Grist writes weird science fiction and fantasy stories with a dark, surreal humor. His inspirations include bizarre modern art, exploring real life ruins, and great authors such as:
- David Gemmell, Alan Garner, John Christopher, Paul Biegel, Orson Scott Card, Haruki Murakami, etc…
Michael has published several collections of short stories, and is working on several novels.
Bone Diamond is an e-book collection of 9 weird fantasy stories, which pulls back the veil on a surreal world where the direction East is a living thing, the Moon counsels children to evil deeds, and diamonds grow in living bone.
“I knew from the moment I saw him that his beard was full of evil.”
5 stories previously published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Kaleidotrope, Ideomancer, Podcastle, and Something Wicked magazines.
4 BRAND NEW stories unseen anywhere else.
Praise for Bone Diamond-
- “The dark insanity in this story develops out of greed and terror and self-loathing, until all healthy logic in one person is destroyed. Human life becomes as expendable as filthy Nile water. A very satisfying ending.” – Sherry Decker, Tangent Magazine
- “Wow. Horrifying and compelling and poignant. This one is going to stick with me.” – Kim, Ideomancer.
The Bells of Subsidence
The Bells of Subsidence is an e-book collection of 9 science fiction stories, charting a path through a psychedelic, demon-haunted universe, from the farthest reaches of galactic empire to the deepest ruins of our own dystopic future.
- What if committing genocide was the only way to save your world?
- What if coming of age meant you had to kill your guardian angel?
- What if finding hope meant sacrificing every memory you have?
4 stories previously published in Clarkesworld, Andromeda Spaceways, Quantum Muse, and Apocalypse Fiction magazines.
5 BRAND NEW stories unseen anywhere else.
Praise for the Bells of Subsidence-
- “… the images are striking and euphonious, and the story is moving.” – Lois Tilton, Locus Mag
- ” … beautifully written … satisfying … atmospheric … emotional … ” – Customer reviews on amazon.
Saint Ignifer’s Rise
MJG is currently working on a heroic fantasy novel called Saint Ignifer’s Rise, the first book in the Ignifer Cycle, a trilogy.
The fate of the world is written in scars.
In the gritty industrial city of Saint Ignifer, where brutal laws of caste enslave the misshapen, Sen is a condemned child, hunted for the bizarre scars written into his skin. He leads a secret life in the city’s last abbey, hidden away from the King’s murderous Adjunc.
But when the Adjunc break down his abbey’s walls and start killing, Sen must flee. Lost and confused in the city’s abandoned slumlands, he begins to search for the truth behind his scars, unearthing a conspiracy far darker than he ever imagined; three thousand years in the making. An apocalypse god is rising, and only the legendary hero Saint Ignifer can stop it.
But Saint Ignifer is dead, and has been for millennia.
With just five broken children of wildly different castes at his sides, Sen must rally a bloody revolution to raise the Saint to life, and ultimately confront the terrible fate written in his scars – within the volcano’s caldera, at the end of the world, before the black jaws of the apocalypse descend.
For the Rot is coming, and the Saint must rise.
A collection of short stories set in the world of Saint Ignifer is also forthcoming.
- You can learn more about the world of Saint Ignifer here.
Praise for Saint Ignifer short stories-
- “What can I say about this work? The dialogue is salty as a damask whore. The world it takes place in has a disturbingly familiar foreignness that is never forced. It reverberates with verisimilitude without being portentous. You could call it allegorical biblical fantasy or literary tour de force. I call it simply a damn fine read.” – Theodore Rorschalk, on Celibate Jayne the Hammerhand
- “Michael John Grist successfully uses an ‘opposites’ concept, slightly exotic dialog, and at times sing-songy description to draw the reader through to the main attraction–a powerful and moving story of redemption.” – Melissa Palladino, on Celibate Jayne the Hammerhand
- “In [this story] … an old clock stops, and the people for whom it is a fixture are surprised to discover that the sun fails to rise and time fails to move forward without it. In the best tale of this issue, Freemantle Mons must discover why the sun refuses to rise and what it means not just for the city, but also for him.” – The Fix, on Freemantle Mons the Leviathan Smile
Thoughts on writing
In this series you can take the lid off Michael’s head and peek inside the thoughts of a developing writer.