“Appointment” Accepted for Untreed Reads New Year’s Antho
Last Christmas there was “Naughty or Nice?” a story based on a poem, “The List,” and published in DAILY SCIENCE FICTION’s December 21 2011 post (cf. May 5 2012, Dec 15 2011, et al.). Then this year Untreed Reads Publishing (see entry just below) put out a call for a horror anthology for New Year’s. Stories were to be between 1500 and 5000 words, according to the guidelines, and “the bulk of the story MUST happen on New Year’s Eve.”
As it happened a little while later I wrote a poem about ancient customs brought up to date for the turn of the year and wondered, what if I reworked it in story form? The result was called “Appointment in Time” and, at only about 1700 words itself, off it went to Untreed Reads. Then yesterday evening the word came back: while the competition had been tough, “Appointment in Time” had made the cut. More information will come when I have it, including the anthology’s actual title which, as of now to my best knowledge has yet to be set. Other information, too, such as cover art and an official release date, etc., will be forthcoming.
As for “Appointment in Time,” it’s somewhat of a steampunky tale with a great steam-powered clock in the public square of a once-British colony’s major city to chime the New Year to those waiting below, as well as to do a few other things. It’s all in the spirit of “out with the old and in with the new.” As for the poem, it’s as yet unpublished, whereas “The List,” the inspiration for last year’s Christmas offering in DAILY SF, can be found in my collection VAMPS (A RETROSPECTIVE).