A Hot Day in Naptown; Old-Time War Tale Accepted by Third Flatiron

I walked home from the library through a light rain this afternoon, a novelty considering the weather of the past two weeks.  It’s hot and sweaty again right now, but a line of storms passing through the area promises a cooler week ahead (that is, one with highs possibly not going above about 90 degrees).  Saturday I and some friends were in Indianapolis at InConJunction, the local science fiction convention, while temperatures outside reportedly reached 105.  Hooray for air-conditioned hotels (and cars).  I’d hoped to run into James Ward Kirk, editor/publisher of the INDIANA HORROR and INDIANA SCIENCE FICTION anthologies noted here before (see, e.g., Jun 9, March 23, 21), but didn’t see him or a table in the dealers’ room where booksellers, etc., would be showing a presence.  (There was one steampunk paraphernalia booth that was doing a land office business  fitting and selling corsets which was interesting.  Also a very new Indianapolis-based publisher, Das Krakenhaus Publishing, with two books in print at present – one, THE BEARKEEPER, a “gaslight fantasy” about a woman “raised by werewolves in the backwoods of southern Indiana”; the other, UNREAL CITY, an anthology of genre stories set in Indianapolis itself – and which, while not open to new submissions right now, should become so in the fairly near future.)

For myself, I was on two panels, “Mythology and Writing” (vampires, zombies, and contradictions in interpretations; Greek mythology isn’t all there is — I cited a story of mine in FUTURE LOVECRAFT [soon to be out in a Prime Books mass market edition, cf May 18, March 16] that used Slavic myth as an example; tricksters such as Coyote and Raven, but also Prometheus and Loki; folklore and fairytales; less common myths and hints for researching) and “Mistakes Beginning Writers Make” (a large panel representing a wide variety of experience, and covering a wide variety of  topics) as well as attending one particularly interesting one on “Zombie Apocalypse Survival Planning and Preparedness” which included a panelist who works with the Centers for Disease Control (the CDC has used “zombie apocalypse” as an analogy for disaster preparation in general) and an attorney among others (the attorney’s presence prompted a question from another panelist about the legality of shooting zombies if they’re already dead, to which I pointed out from the audience that Indiana has a law against “abusing a corpse”;  it was also noted that you had better have a witness that could attest that the zombie was dead before you shot it).

Then today brought a new acceptance for a story (actually written a few years back but that I had been neglecting to market overly aggressively) “Refugees” for  an anthology called A HIGH SHRILL THUMP on the theme of war.  This will be an e-book coming out from Third Flatiron Publishing, scheduled for publication on September 1.  “Refugees” is a little bit of an allegory, perhaps, set in the middle ages and concerning the siege of a castle.  And so, in her acceptance letter, editor Juliana Rew asked rhetorically, “Who can resist a trebuchet?  Not me!”

Can you?

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  1. And yet another congrats to you! I was immediately awake when I saw “THIRD FLATIRON PUBLISHING” –it had to be my hometown of Boulder! And it is. We lived slightly to the right of the third flatiorn in the foothills above Boulder.
    Enjoyed your account of InConJuction! Tales of the Talisman will be looking at poetry or stories steampunk in theme and sounds like you have a good start for ideas with that vendor you mention! Perchance make it a vamp vendor and there you go!
    Carry on, Jim!

  2. Hi Marge! Ah, that might explain why, when you go to their website, there’s a picture of a mountain 😉 Interesting, though, that it’s the one you grew up with! I think they’re reading for a new anthology/issue on the theme of “Origins” if you have anything along those lines, 1500-3000 words, just pays 2 cents a word for original work (plus a possible royalty) but with this economy maybe that’s not too bad.

    • Hi Jim — yes, I went straight to their website upon seeing the name. I don’t know if I’ve got a fitting story for the theme, but I’ll check. Thanks much!




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