“Mouse” Receives Coveted 13th Position in Zombie Jesus; Contest Announced

News has arrived about Dark Moon Books’s upcoming alternate history horror anthology ZOMBIE JESUS AND OTHER TRUE STORIES (cf. June 14), including the table of contents in which my Y2K tale “Avoid Seeing a Mouse,” about very bad New Year’s Eve luck in Memphis Tennessee, happens to be thirteenth out of fifteen stories.  How’s that for a coincidence?  Also, according to editor Max Booth III, “[a]s for the status of the book itself, everything is formatted and done.  All that we are waiting for is the cover art to be done, and April Guidiana is hard at work on that as we speak.  The book will be released some time in November, we don’t have a solid day of publication yet, though.  . . .  Although once I do have a copy of the cover, I will be setting up the book for preorder, and anyone who preorders will receive a free poster of the front cover.”

More information at that point should be available on the Dark Moon Books site as well as being announced here as soon as I find out myself.

In the meantime, here is the contents list for ZOMBIE JESUS AND OTHER TRUE STORIES:

1.   “Damned” by Cody Langille
2.   “The Hunger Beneath the Sea” by T. Fox Dunham
3.   “Saving Cloud-Girl” by Eric J. Hildeman
4.   “Culture Sculptor” by Charlie Fish
5.   “Partners” by Ian Welke
6.   “The Hopeful Doctor” by E.F. Schraeder
7.   “Sic Semper Versipellis” by Christian A. Larsen
8.   “Auction” by James Hoch
9.   “The Darwin Line” by James Ciscell
10.  “Victoria, Victoria” by K.M. Indovina
11.  “Those That Knock” by Morgen Knight
12.  “The Journal of USS Indianapolis Survivor: Stefanos “Stevie” Georgiou” by Kevin James Breaux
13.  “Avoid Seeing a Mouse” by James S. Dorr
14.  “The Golgotha Fight Song” by Barrie Darke
15.  “Legends” by Kristopher Triana

Also, ZOMBIE JESUS now has its own blog for author interviews and other promotional posts, including contests and other surprises (e.g., see the “About” page on the blog).  Along those lines, Editor Booth continues, “I am officially announcing an ongoing contest beginning right now.

“On the at-the-moment to be announced November release date of ZOMBIE JESUS AND OTHER TRUE STORIES, we will be picking five people who have commented on our ZOMBIE JESUS blog to win a prize.  It doesn’t matter which post [including the one on the site right now], we will be going through every single comment on the site, and putting all the names into a drawing (authors of ZOMBIE JESUS are disqualified, obviously).  And yes, your name will be entered more than once if you comment on multiple posts.  However, if you comment a bunch of times on one post, it’ll only be entered once for that post.  Meaning, you get one vote for each post you comment on. Simple enough.

“Four of the winners will be receiving a free e-copy of the anthology, and the fifth person will be receiving a free physical copy of the book.  Also, all five winners will be receiving a free poster of the front cover of ZOMBIE JESUS AND OTHER TRUE STORIES — which will be revealed here shortly.

“And if you think that’s all the contests we’ll be having, you’re wrong.”

To enter the contest(s) or otherwise check out the ZOMBIE JESUS blog, just press here.


  1. Yes, my story was actually written in 1999 for a professional rate Y2K anthology (or actually Memphis-set horror anthology which hinted strongly that its editor would like Y2K stories) which then folded before it could even make its final decisions. So I’ve had this story that became obsolete before I even got it back, just waiting for an excuse to get it back out of the file cabinet (and let that be a lesson to you, boys and girls 😉 ). But, seriously, while the money isn’t the best, there is some, and Dark Moon puts out some pretty good stuff, so I’m looking forward to seeing this one in November (especially if the other stories are as outrageous as mine!).

    And anyway, as far as the end of the world goes, at least this one should be out in time for the Mayan calendar one?

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