Thursday Twofer: Grave Robbers & Hell

Grave Robbers in Hell?  No, not exactly.  However today, to round out June’s first week, I received not one, but two acceptances, one for a poem and one for a story, for anthologies to be published by Static Movement.  Both are reprints:  the poem, “The Resurrection Man,” accepted for GRAVE ROBBERS (“What if it is your grave being robbed?  What if your best friend from two graves over is being robbed?  What is to gain from robbing a grave?  Redemption?  Revenge?  Riches?  What are the consequences, if any?”), was originally published in ONCE UPON A MIDNIGHT by Unnameable Press commemorating 1995’s 150th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven”;  the story, “The Sidewalk,” for the anthology HELL (“What is hell like?  How does hell smell, taste, feel?  May one fall in love in hell?  Give me hell!”), first saw light of print in TERMINAL FRIGHT, Fall 1996.  Both also are edited by James Ward Kirk, who we may remember for INDIANA HORROR 2012 (cf. March 23, 21), INDIANA HORROR 2011 (Aug 30 2011, et al.), and INDIANA SCIENCE FICTION (October 8 2011, et al.).

GRAVE ROBBERS and HELL are both still seeking submissions as far as I know, but with one caveat:  both are non-paying, not even offering free authors’ copies.  In my case, I’ll sometimes submit reprints if the anthology looks interesting and if I have something that seems to fit that I’d like to see have a bit more circulation, but even then I’d usually like to get at least a complimentary copy, so be aware of what the conditions are.  For a new writer, it may be worthwhile just as something to add to a resume; for one more experienced, perhaps there’s a sense of “paying forward,” to help a newer editor get established.

In either case, for more information check James Ward Kirk’s website by pressing here, then click where you see the words “Static Movement.”


  1. Sounds like a brilliant idea for a poem, Jim! Or rather ideas for two poems! Glad you can “recycle” them.

  2. Marge, thanks. The lines I’ve quoted in parentheses (“What if it is your grave…,” “What is hell like?”) are from the guidelines for the two anthologies, so one may use them as one will, whether as inspiration for one’s own submission or for something else that might be aimed at a different market. In my case I already had things that I thought fit the bill(s), one on body snatching for medical schools, which was a concern in E. A. Poe’s time and had been written for that reason, the other a more general story on guilt but set after the protagonist’s death — and on reading it over I discovered it even used the word “hell” once (though I’d see it as being closer to Sartre’s vision than Dante’s).

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