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the home of Julian Stuart







~ are you troubled with words? ~

Do you suffer from sagging stories that would be perfectly good with just a turn of their screws and a touch of polish?
Are you plagued by an intolerance to auto-captioning?
Saddened by a persistent silence where there should be a voiceover?
Or perhaps simply hungry for something satisfying to read?


Trust Julian Stuart—writer, editor, captioner and voice artist—to offer the choicest of solutions to bring you and the words you love back into perfect harmony.


01 Oct 2021: Happy October! Goth Christmas is just 30 days away, don't forget your candy.

For those of you looking for some treats now, I have a few:
- My SF story "Clear Signal" has sold to Fireside Magazine, to come out sometime in 2022 during Hal Y. Zhang's run as guest editor. More on that as the situation evolves!
- My extremely gentle fantasy story "The Aloe's Bargain" has sold to Speculatively Queer, and will be appearing in their anthology XENOCULTIVARS: Stories of Queer Growth, which will hopefully be out early next year. I am also working with Speculatively Queer on the audiobook version of their first anthology, IT GETS EVEN BETTER: Stories of Queer Possibility, for which I am reading Merc Fenn Wolfmoor's story "The Frequency of Compassion". The SQ team has been awesome so far and I'm so happy to get to do some audio work for them.
- Going back a bit, just in case you haven't read "Papa's Gonna Buy You A Mockingbird" yet, Charles Payseur at Quick Sip Reviews thinks you should! I have the hugest respect for Charles and QSR and I am totally honoured to see "Mockingbird" in his Queer Short Fiction roundup, which was so thoroughly goals.

04 Sep 2021: PBL 3.0: The "Hire Me" edition! Folks, I've been busy this year, and a lot of it has been behind the scenes, getting ready to go live with this. So, the rumours are true—if you fancy hiring an editor who has been described as "sharp, precise, and immensely valuable", or having audio magicked into text, or text magicked into audio, I can be yours to command! And you don't even need the summoning circle and the pigeons anymore! How good is that.

Please have a look through the site, and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out via my shiny new topic-separated contact forms in each section. Or just say hi. I'm always glad to see you.

31 Aug 2021: HUNDRED WORD HORROR: Rock Band is out now! 100 100-word stories, including my story "Mayfair Tonsorial Parlour", and featuring easily THE most badass cover I have ever had the privilege to look upon. Get it here, in paperback or ebook, and rock out with us!

26 Jun 2021: Tiny news about a tiny story—my piece "Mayfair Tonsorial Parlour" will be appearing later this year in the anthology HUNDRED WORD HORROR: Rock Band, published by Ghost Orchid Press! This anthology topic is completely my jam and I cannot wait for it to be real.

23 Jun 2021: BUILDING BEYOND guest spot!

The divine Sarah Gailey, author and phenomenon, has graciously hosted me on their newsletter, Stone Soup for a spot of worldbuilding. They asked me to talk about lizards as currency. NOBODY made a Gordon Gecko joke.

Go have a look and a giggle, and if you want to be part of the fun, subscribe to Stone Soup! You'll be glad you did.

UPDATE: They let me come back!! And to talk about one of my very favourite subjects: robots. And the television they might watch in their downtime.

15 Jun 2021: "Papa's Gonna Buy You A Mockingbird" is live!

Read it on Fireside Fiction right now, absolutely free, or for beautiful ebook versions, you can purchase them or subscribe to Fireside for just $5 USD per month.

Lillian Boyd has assembled a totally unreal lineup. I'm so honoured to be part of it and you should check out everyone else too!

06 Dec 2020: Giant steps for a Julian—I have sold my queer, grimy, anticapitalist cyberpunk short story "Papa's Gonna Buy You A Mockingbird" to Fireside Magazine!

It will be appearing as part of the Spring 2021 issue, edited by Lillian Boyd, and I can't wait for you all to see it.

04 May 2019: My latest short story, "Hex Code", is now available pretty much everywhere ebooks are sold!

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