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"The Prescience Game" Acceptance!
I am pleased to announce that my short story, The Prescience Game, will be included in the Game On Anthology, published by Zombies Need Brains! This story borrows from Vonnegut's Billy Pilgrim character and from the Classical story of Cassandra (who KNEW the future, but nobody would believe her) and is told from the perspective of "Kevin" — a character whose voice seems remarkably familiar to me. ;-)
I just completed the final edits for my story last week, and I am told that the Anthology will be going on sale later this month! I will post the URL in this thread if you are interested in purchasing the Anthology (and I would encourage you to do so! It's a very good read!)
Tule Fog Press
I am pleased to announce that my short story, "At Dusk, Ye Shall Eat Flesh" will be published in Monster Fight At The O.K. Corral, An Anthology of the Weird Wild West Edited by Lyndon Perry. Anticipated release date for this anthology is March 2023!
The Anthology is described as: action-packed Western horror with enough chills to give the skeletons in your closet the shivers. My story involves the 1840 Zombie Outbreak around Chromo Colorado. This is a companion piece to "The Lost Tribe" (which made its appearance in Scenes From The Carnival Lounge).
MetaStellar Publishes "Mortimer The Maus"
MetaStellar is an online publication focusing on horror, fantasy and science fiction, launched in September 2020, founded by a dozen speculative fiction writers, editors and artists from around the world.
Since its launch in September 2020, they have published more than 700 pieces (out of thousands of submissions) by more than 300 different writers. They are accredited as a Google News publisher and are in the Google Discover program. The Site has had more than a quarter million page views and are now averaging between 20,000 and 35,000 views a month.
So, getting a publishing credit there is a big deal! ;-) I will post a link to the story when it drops on January 2!
Scream Magazine Review!
From Issue 76 of Scream Magazine.
I was thrilled to get a review in this month's Scream Magazine! This is the first "large scale" review of my work, and is the culmination of my efforts to promote Corpse Honey this year to a broader audience. The review runs concurrently with a full page ad in the issue.
Ultimately, I have the Denver Horror Collective's marketing program to thank for the exposure (what a GREAT investment!).
#ScreamMagazine #DenverHorrorCollective #HorrorCommunity #Corpse Honey
Tales From The Ruins
I am thrilled to announce that my short story, "A Kissidougou Christmas" has been accepted for Black Beacon Books' Anthology, Tales From The Ruins!
This anthology of post-apocalyptic fiction features a spectacular line up and is due to be released in 2023!
Details can be found here: https://blackbeaconbooks.blogspot.com/.../tales-from...
Dismember The Coop
I am thrilled to announce that my story, “A Child Born Of Ashes And Shattered Teeth,” will appear in Dismember The Coop — A Horror Anthology benefitting The Solid Rock Teen Foundation started by Alice and Sheryl Cooper. Yes… THE Alice Cooper!
Dismember The Coop… features 17 stories inspired by Cooper’s music. I chose a lesser-known piece of Cooper’s, “Blue Turk,” as my inspiration for “A Child Born…”. For those of you unfamiliar with this piece, it’s from Cooper’s 1972 Album: School's Out.
You can listen to the track HERE.
The Solid Rock Teen Center serves disadvantaged and at-risk youth in the Phoenix, Arizona area.
Scream Magazine Ad
I have purchased some ad space in the December '22 issue of Scream Magazine to accompany a review of Corpse Honey. This is the final render for the ad and includes some subtle changes to the original cover image. The ad itself was a pretty "heavy lift" creatively, as I had to redesign the janky CIPA logo (a low-resolution PNG file) and adjust the placement of the skull on the background in order to accommodate the text block at the bottom. This design represents one of three that I produced for the Magazine, but does not represent the design my friends and colleagues preferred, nor the one that I preferred (which was deemed too verbose by my ad's beta testers). SO, this design was the compromise.
I have had to revise my cover for These Wretched Bones. After receiving my proof copy from Amazon, I found the artwork too dark and muddy to be effective. AND, this new approach has precipitated a new addition to the collection as well (in the form of the short story "...And The Stars Are Different Here..." now titled: "These Wretched Bones"). The addition has prompted a complete redesign of the interior and reorganization of my approach. As it stands now, TWB will likely be less of a collection of rewrites (longer re-telling of some of my reader's favorites), and more in the vein of Scenes... and Corpse Honey. There is still a LOT of work to be done...but I am making progress and hope to hit my 2023 deadline. Stay tuned and as Rachel Maddow says, "watch this space." ;-)
Full disclosure: I hardly ever look at my reviews on Goodreads. It's not a platform that generates a lot of traffic or sales for me, so it tends to get overlooked when I am promoting or reviewing what readers say about my work. Still, it came as a bit of shock to see the low star ratings piling up there.
Independent authors and publishers rely on HONEST (and thoughtful) reviews. Whenever I send out a story or a collection, I ALWAYS mention the thoughtful part. EVERYONE has an opinion. But, if you can't justify it, it's JUST an opinion. Most of these sorts of reviews say more about the reviewer than the work itself.
I saw a book dedication once that read: "This is not for you." That really resonated with me, and I might just make that a boiler plate dedication for future books that Sisyphus produces. Why? I write because I LOVE to do it! It's challenging and interesting and creative. Writing feeds my soul. If I can add something meaningful and enjoyable to the greater canon of horror, then that's icing on the cake. I don't expect everyone to like my writing (or the stories, because they are two separate things, people!). I try to elevate and promote those people who DO enjoy them. They lift me up. They motivate me to KEEP WRITING when I am feeling uninspired or burnt out, or when my body simply tells me "enough is enough". I am ENORMOUSLY grateful for kind commentary, but even more so for THOUGHTFUL comments.
Lezlie does that. She's the bomb. And not just for her glowing reviews, but because she's thoughtful about what she reads. There's substance to her reviews. They're smart and funny and insightful. And for those of us who struggle to get their work into the hands of people who might actually read and enjoy a piece, voices like hers are crucial.
I will be the first to say that my writing isn't for everyone (it may not be for you, right?). It's intentionally challenging to read. I write for a more erudite audience (chuckle...see what I did there?). I am unapologetic about my storylines or for the characters who tell the stories. I do my best to insure that the stories are well edited and proofread by MULTIPLE people before they are released into the wild. I never publish ANYTHING that hasn't undergone RIGOROUS revisions and edits and "internal reviews" (i.e. writing critique groups, beta/test readers, editors, etc.). I believe that effort shows in the QUALITY of the final product.
Am I perfect? Hah! NO! And, by extension, is my writing perfect? No. But I constantly strive to IMPROVE. What I ask myself every time I sit down is: Does doing this bring me joy? As long as writing does that, I plan to scratch out my thoughts for as long as I am able — regardless of the one star reviews.
The Nerdy Narrative was good enough to post this and start a discussion about it on YouTube. I would encourage readers to follow her review page and join in the discussion.
#TheNerdyNarrative #DenverHorrorCollective #horrorcommunity #goodreads