“The King of Belmer” due out soon

Sometime ago (okay, I looked, the post was here, and yes, because I have not reformatted that far back, it still looks like ass), I had a story called The King of Belmer released in a small-press series titled “State Of Horror.”  The idea was a series of anthologies, each of which centered on the horrific tales set in a single state.  I wrote King as an homage to Cthulu, as it were, and set it deep in the bayous of Louisiana.

Well, the imprint eventually went nowhere but the whole line was acquired by Charon Coin Press and is getting some fresh life.  According to my sources, State of Horror: Louisiana Vol I and II should be released soon – hopefully within the next month.  Since I was part of the original release, I was invited back and King will get new life as part of Vol II.

I tinkered with the story and think it is better now.  The protagonist and antagonist both have better dimension and it resolves a little more cleanly.  In any event, I am excited to see it in print, and I will let y’all know when it’s out.

And please check out some of CCP’s other offerings.  Right now, they have a nifty series of interviews up on their front page, all featuring women horror authors, and they have some more “states” upcoming in the anthology series.  As someone who likes a good creepy moment, all I can say as I am on board!

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Forgive Me

My story, Forgive Me, is out in Volume 4 of the Canadian horror magazine Postscripts to Darkness.  PSTD is an small-press anthology series with a bunch of good stories, so check it out.  My story is flash-length, with a mother being forced into an awful decision.  I was suitably happy with the story but not really creeped out – until I saw the illustration they threw up to go along with it.  I can barely look at it now without shuddering.

You can order copies here, and according to their page, they are putting out e-versions soon.  I hope so, 'cause they really need a shopping cart interface on their page.  Anyone interested, I recommend you just contact them.

Anyway, another story in print.

Success!

I am pleased as punch to announce that my short story, "You Can't Beat the Metal," will appear in the anthology "Luna's Children," a volume of all werewolf tales.  It's being put out by Dark Oak Press, with publication in four to six months.

I'm doubly tickled to note only have sold a story but again blessed with the chance to help a small market.  After all, every sale I can encourage keeps the little guys on the up and up!

Details forthcoming once I have a firm release date.  Cheers!

EDIT:  A moment ago, I received a form rejection.  So an acceptance and a rejection within twelve hours of each other.  Shrug, can't win 'em all.

Cold Fusion Media Goes Cold

So ….

Trolling the internet, as I often do-

(Muse:  For porn?  You were trolling for porn right?)

Not tonight.  I was actually in my submissions tracking system and looking back at some of my stats when I came across my entry for "A Capella," which ended up in the Arcane anthology about two years back.  I had not been to Cold Fusion Media's webpage in a while, so I sauntered over to take a look.  I thought about maybe going and buying Arcane II, since the first one was pretty decent.  Well, I went over there and found this:

Sorry to announce that there will be no Arcane III — at least, not for the foreseeable future.  Both of the first two anthologies are solid, enjoyable work that I’m fiercely proud of (without foundation, as I didn’t actually write any of those incredible stories), but sales have been sluggish; at the current rate, even the first volume is years away from breaking even.

Two points.  One, this would make me feel like a failure – as in my writing was not good enough to help keep them afloat, so I share the blame for this; except, I am a sociopath, so I don't feel too guilty.  But a little, like if I had been a better marketer or something, they would have done better.

My second and more important point is that I do feel like an abject failure when it comes to supporting the smaller publishers.  The big conglomerates are going to be out there and I read plenty of big-press books.  But I have been remiss when it comes to smaller shops.  Look, even without my participation in the first one, the first Arcane anthology had a number of awesome stories in it.  I can't imagine the second one is any worse, so what have I got to lose?  Besides CFM's Nathan Shumate (editor of the Arcanes) offered me some really timely encouragement and praise on "A Capella," at a time where I was really doubting my future in the industry.  If for nothing else, I owe him for that.

(The good news here is that CFM still has some projects in the pipeline.)

So here is my pimping appeal:  if you like this genre and even if you only have $4.99 to spare for the Kindle version, I'm asking you to go pick this up.  I am going to splurge and buy a paperback cover version, just 'cause I feel it is on us to support those publishers making an effort.

And if you're reading this, know me personally and don't own the first one?  Well, shame on ya.  Buy it.  I'll buy you a beer.

Arcane I on Amazon
Arcane II on Amazon