I've just been informed by Brides of Chaos, the publishers of the Tales Told in the Dark anthology series, that issue #6 will be avaiable for purchase in both Kindle and hardcopy version on September 30th--just in time for Halloween.
This double sized issue will feature my short story, Still Born.
The cover art for the issue my story appears in is shown to the left.
Issue #6 has a great lineup, with some very creative authors. Here's how this collection is described on Amazon.com:
Uncut and double-sized, the sixth 9Tales Told in the dark is packed full of terror, mayhem, and gore.
Deathstaller by Shawn P. Madison Witchskin by Rik Hunik Tunnel Vision by Samuel Brower Sculptor Man, Sculpt Me Something Awful by Alex Živko-Clark God of Blood by Chris Capps Dinner Call by Daniel J. Kirk Mold by George Strasburg It Even Casts Shadows by Douglas Kolacki Cold Fire by Thomas Canfield An End for Some by Jason Lairamore Still Born by Ryan Neil Falcone Social Studies by Tim McDaniel Treasure by Kenneth O’Brien Sacrifices by Jim Lee My Queen, My Queen by Christine Ruggiano Spider House by Bill Pace Rain & Iron by Benjamin Sperduto Snow Man By Thomas Anderson
WARNING: Content is targeted toward a mature adult audience, all others move along and enjoy the comfort of your nightlight.
Issue #12 of PearTree Press's journal of the macabre, Literary Hatchet, has just been published!
Issue #12 features my flash fiction story, Irreconcilable Differences-- a story about a couple with a dissolving marriage having their last ditch attempt at reconciliation interrupted by an interloping mugger.
A PDF of this issue can be downloaded for free by clicking HERE.
A print copy of this issue can be purchased for $14.00 at CreateSpace after August 18, 2015.
I'll have more publication news to pass along later this week, so stay tuned...
Anyone who's ever attempted the arduous process of trying to get something they've written published understands what a time consuming, tedious, fraught with rejection process it can be.
For those of you who aren't familiar, imagine all of the creative and editorial effort that goes into writing something that you work on until you get it just right, and then spending time researching markets that are a good fit for your work, and then sending it out and having to wait weeks [or months] for a response. Regardless of quality, the vast majority of responses will invariably be rejections -- and once you get a rejection, you have to go back to the beginning of the process and start the entire cycle over again.
So with that backdrop in mind, I'm pleased to pass along that I'm three-for-three this week in terms of hearing back from prospective publishers!
My story, "Still Born," will appear in this summer's edition of Told in the Dark, published by 9Tales. I'll pass along more information about how to obtain a copy closer to the publication date.
Given how frustrating--and SLOW--it often is trying to get your work into print as described above, it is a gratifying turn of events to have a week like this, and have three original stories accepted by paying markets. Nice way to kick of a holiday weekend!
I just got notification that my story, "Irreconcilable Differences," has been selected to appear in the August 2015 issue of Literary Hatchet, a journal dedicated to dark fiction that is published by Pear Tree Press.
This is a short story that I've had on the back burner for quite some time. I plucked it out of moth balls a few weeks ago, and revamped the story significantly before sending it out for prospective publication. I'm pleased that it found a home with LH--a journal that I enjoy reading.
I'll keep readers posted about the journal's availability closer to the publication date, but in the meantime--here are a few very cool cover designs from past issues of Literary Hatchet, submitted for your enjoyment!
This publication is particularly exciting for me  because I love this story, and  because Stupefying Stories is published / edited by one of my all time favorite authors, the iconic Bruce Bethke.
This is my top publication credit to date--and a great "home" for this particular story. I'd personally like to thank both Mr. Bethke and the folks from Stupefying Stories for their consideration of this manuscript.
I've got lots of other stories out there in the publication queue, so stay tuned for future updates!
It’s been a LONG time since I’ve posted a blog update,
largely because I didn’t have any news to report.Following the birth of our second daughter last
summer, I took a bit of an extended hiatus from writing.Between that and a career change, I simply
didn’t have the capacity to devote the required time, effort, attention, and
creativity needed to write.
But the ember burned the entire time, even when I wasn’t
actively writing.So I’m pleased to
report that I’ve been back at it for the past several weeks—working both on new
projects, and also revising several previously completed [but unpublished]
I’m also excited to report that I’ve recently put the finishing
touches on a collaborative project co-authored with my friend, and fellow
author, Sean Wark.We spent more than
three years on this novelette, from conception through idea generation, and
later writing / editing.I’m VERY
excited about this manuscript's potential, and where it might get placed!
The next step is to get some stories submitted for
publication.I’m ready to pull the pin
on the grenade, lob a few stories out there, and see what happens.