This is good only for orders today as I understand it.  Nor do I think my titles are even sold by AllRomanceEbooks (but they are by OmniLit — I checked), but here’s the skinny as emailed to me by Untreed Reads Publishing late last night:  “Beginning at midnight CST, and will be offering a 50% rebate to anyone who purchases titles through them on April 22nd.  This will be handled as a credit to the customer’s account to be used on a future purchase.”  My Untreed Reads titles are VANITAS (a steampunk/mystery originally published in ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S MYSTERY MAGAZINE), I’M DREAMING OF A. . . (a short sf/horror tale for Christmas), PEDS (a near-future novelette), and the leadoff story in YEAR’S END: FOURTEEN TALES OF HOLIDAY HORROR (New Year’s Eve gone bad), and both sites offer books in PDF, Kindle, and EPUB formats.  If interested, OmniLit can be reached by pressing here, and AllRomance here — but best hurry because the sale ends at midnight tonight (also Central Time).

A proof copy arrived today of FANTASTIC STORIES PRESENTS: SCIENCE FICTION SUPER PACK #1 (cf. April 9, March 31), and what a super pack it is!  More than 700 pages with some shockingly big name authors represented, among whom I am humbled to appear as well.  This is a reprint-only anthology (my entry, “No Place to Hide,” was originally published in the long-defunct professional journal SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW) and will, according to another announcement, be followed by at least one FANTASY SUPER PACK as well, for which there are still a few slots open.  Perhaps I’ll submit to that one too — but as for now, more information will be forthcoming asBatAppreciationDay soon as I have it.

On other matters:  My apologies that I missed this one, National Bat Appreciation Day on April 17.  Or, to quote the site, “[t]his is the best time of the year to celebrate bats as they are now beginning to emerge from hibernation and National Bat Appreciation Day is also a good time to learn about bats roles in nature.”  So, better four days late than never, eh?  For more, press here — and don’t miss, especially, the list of Fun Bat Facts the site includes!  And if that weren’t enough, for celebration hints for use any time of year, be sure to check here.

Kudos go to Suford Lewis for bringing Bat Appreciation Day to my attention. And don’t forget (again from the site), “the ‘insectivorous’ bats rid our world of many bothersome insects.  In one hour, they can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes.”

Following the availability of its Kindle edition (see April 11), Horrified Press has announced today that its NIGHTMARE STALKERS & DREAM WALKERS anthology can also be purchased via Google Play for $3.00 — and, at least as of my check this afternoon, possibly at a markdown from that.  I would assume that the discount is temporary, but to check it out for yourself, press here.  My story in this one is the somewhat surrealistic “Flesh,” about a person whose dreams instruct him to get fat, and was originally published in the Spring 1999 issue of MAELSTROM SPECULATIVE FICTION.

Aimée et les filles à les caissettes, “Casket Girls” (cf. April 10), is now available to all readers in DAILY SCIENCE FICTION’s archives.  Just go to their main site at and press “Recent Stories” on the left to find it, or, alternatively, one can reach it directly by pressing here.  And while you’re at it, for those who don’t mind delving deep into the musty archives of years long past, two other ursuline1stories of mine dwell within: “Naughty or Nice,” the tale of a Parisian vampiress’s Christmas adventure, and “Killer Pot” about, um, skin treatments for the twenty-first century — but with Victorian roots as well.  Or, maybe the best thing to do is just read it. For these anyhow, go back to the DSF main page and this time put “Dorr” (or “dorr”) in the box on the right where it says “SEARCH.” (Hint: Don’t use “James Dorr” or “James S. Dorr” — through the magic of modern electronics you’ll get a scroll of every author with the name James, or in one case even just the initial J; similarly, while the titles of the stories will work, in the case of “Killer Pot,” you will first get a story called “Coffee Pot” — go figure).

Speaking of goofiness, it came to pass that after “Casket Girls” went to subscribers, fellow poet, artist, and sometime-commenter Marge Simon emailed me with the beginning lines of a poem honoring (in an admittedly silly, good-humored way) our Aimée, with an invitation for me, if I wished, to add a few more lines.  I did and sent it back, she added a few more, I added a few more and thus “Aimee, the Casket Girl” was written.  But that’s not all.  We tossed around a few places we might send it, I suggesting one that had published another sort of silly poem of mine with an illustration by Marge a while back (see “Well-Dressed Vampiress Finds a Home,” July 27 2012).  So it is that yesterday Barbara Custer of NIGHT TO DAWN e-mailed Marge back, “I’ve published James Dorr’s work before . . . [l]ove the one you did together and got a good laugh.  I’d like to publish it in NTD 27.”  And not only that, Marge may be supplying an illustration to go with this one too!


Mid-April, taxes paid, and today a new poem accepted.  It’s even sunny (if chilly) outside. Not a bad day at all.  Well, the taxes actually went in a few days early, but the poem acceptance was today, from STAR*LINE (see July 25 2013, et al.) Editor F .J. Bergmann for the October issue, for a haiku-styled horror called “Paranormal Botany.”  It even has a seasonal reference!

STAR*LINE is the official magazine of the Science Fiction Poetry Association and I understand will be having another short poem by me, “You Never Can Look Back,” in its upcoming issue.  More information on both the SFPA and STAR*LINE can be found here, as well as just below, April 12, on the SFPA’s annual Rhysling anthology and competition.

A new review by Casey Douglass of Grey Matter Press’s SPLATTERLANDS anthology (see December 4, November 23 2013, et al.) is up on DARK DISTRACTIONS. While my contribution, “The Artist,” is not specifically listed as one of the reviewer’s three or four favorites, all stories receive a mini-description which gives a good notion of what the anthology is about – as well as the sheer variety of the individual stories. Thought you’d read everything splatterpunk has to offer? Possibly not, as Casey points out, for more information on which press here.

More good news.  Yesterday I sent back the permission form for my poem “The Specialist,” originally published in the June issue of DISTURBED DIGEST (see June 20, 17 2013, et al.), to be reprinted in the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s RHYSLING ANTHOLOGY.  This is a compilation of nominees for the SFPA’s Rhysling Award, divided into two categories for short (under 50 lines) and long poetry.  “The Specialist” is one of two poems about vampires I had in that issue, both fairly gritty (albeit, perhaps, with a wink as well), the other one titled “It Would Be Wrong,” and will appear in the short poem division.  For more information about the Rhysling Award, one can press here, while for a list of this year’s nominees — and, hence, the contents of the anthology – press here.

“Welcome to the dreaded night realm . . . lingering just beneath your eyelids, where the hellish things borne of fear eagerly await your arrival. Prepare to be whiplashed to the darkest regions of 32 wicked minds, and forced to stare into their collective abyss.”  Yes, it’s NIGHTMARE NightmareStalkers4_11_14STALKERS & DREAM WALKERS (see February 13; October 23 2013, et al.) and, according to its publisher, it’s now available through Amazon as well as Lulu, including for Kindle.  And not only that, it now sports a slightly different cover commemorating a second place win in the Predators & Editors™ Readers Poll 2013 for best anthology.  Not bad for a book that purports to be about sleep.

Or maybe not sleep, exactly, but the stuff of dreams, both good ones and bad ones, including a story of mine called “Flesh” about a man who’s become convinced that he must get fat.  Say what?  Well, to check it yourself on Kindle press here — from which, if you wish, you can move to Amazon’s page for the print edition as well.

Yes, they have arrived, “Casket Girls” (cf. April 3) as they’ve been called in English, first in New Orleans in 1728 and now, if you subscribe to DAILY SCIENCE FICTION, in your own e-mailbox! What did they come for and at whose behest? What did they really bring with them from France? Find out all this and more and, should you not be a subscriber yourself, you can subscribe for free at their website, reachable by pressing here!

One might argue, in fact, that DAILY SCIENCE FICTION is worth a look even without my story — my third for them actually, two having appeared in 2011 and still available in the DSF archives. The first, Ursuline_Convent_New_Orleans_1733“Killer Pot,” was in August that year and the second, the vampiric Christmas tale “Naughty or Nice,” in December (cf. August 16, 9 and December 28, 21, et al.). But more than that, as a subscriber you’ll receive another free story every day except on weekends.

And even if you don’t subscribe, “Casket Girls” will go into the archives itself next Thursday, April 17, a week from today, where it can be read by anyone on the internet. So I’m calling it a lagniappe as well, as a free gift for reading this blog, even though it’s technically courtesy of DSF Editors Michele Barasso and Jonathan Laden.

Busy, busy, busy.  On an otherwise nondescript Tuesday, the peak activity of which was to be a reading of the first week’s worth of “Poem-A-Day” poetry (see April 1), what should e-appear in my computer mailbox but a contract for a book to be called OMNIBUS:  MONK PUNK/SHADOW OF THE UNKNOWN from Aaron French.  Now there’s something that needs to be known about contracts, at least for anthologies, and that’s that the name of the actual story it’s for is usually not included, but rather is represented by a blank line for the author to fill in.  And, perhaps because it’s been a busy year so far with THE TEARS OF ISIS related stuff (you know what I mean ;-) ) and all, I had no memory of having even sent, much less having had accepted a story for something called OMNIBUS etc. (though I did have a memory of an anthology to be called MONK PUNK a few years back, mainly that I had not submitted a story to it).  Mystery, mystery!  Research, however, uncovered that I had had a story in a different anthology, THE SHADOW OF THE UNKNOWN, published in summer 2011 (cf. August 29 that year), and from there came the solution:  a combined reissue of these two anthologies is in the offing, from a new publisher, in which my THE SHADOW OF THE UNKNOWN story “The Festering,” itself a reprint originally published in the magazine BARE BONE, was to appear.

Who knew?  (Well, me now.)

So I signed that one and emailed it back at about the time another one came, this one from British Editor Theresa Derwin with the subject line “Zombie Anthology.”  It’s always nice to narrow these things down.  The cover letter, however, made reference to ZOMBIES GONE WILD and a relatively easy look-up revealed that the story in question was “The Dripping Nose that Wouldn’t Wipe” (cf. March 27 2012 — this story also a reprint, first published in the half-vampire/half-zombie anthology TOOTH DECAY), originally accepted for an  as yet untitled followup volume.  So that, too, was signed and sent back yesterday evening just in time for. . . .

A late Tuesday email from Editor Warren Lapine with a contract for “No Place to Hide” (yet another reprint, originally appearing in SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW) to be in his new FANTASTIC STORIES PRESENTS anthology.  This one is easy, the acceptance having come mere days ago (see March 31), but, weary from reading and signing things by now, I’m going to let it wait until later on Wednesday.

(And, just to be a completest, I also wrote and received emails Tuesday from Nicole Benz of Dark Regions Press, which could lead to updated, um, contracts for my collections STRANGE MISTRESSES:  TALES OF WONDER AND ROMANCE and DARKER LOVES:  TALES OF MYSTERY AND REGRET.)

So what do writers do when they’re not writing?  Well, this is one answer.

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