Reading To Be Part of “Horrible Universe”

A horrible reading?  Well, I do have a Writers Guild fiction reading scheduled in about a month, but this is different.  This is a story called “The Reading” about a reading by a horror poet.  Oh, and Cthulhu’s there too.  And, for better or worse, “The Reading” has just been accepted by Third Flatiron Publishing, publishers also of the war story anthology A HIGH SHRILL THUMP last summer with my story “Refugees” (see August 27, et al.).

The anthology with “The Reading” is on an “Uncaring or Hostile Universe” theme as announced in the guidelines.  “This can be Cthulhu mythos, cosmic irony, Nature abhors intelligence, etc. You tell us.”  As already noted, my story covers the first of these bases (well, sort of), but may encroach upon the other two as well — or at least so I think.

The title of the anthology will be UNIVERSE HORRIBILIS according to the acceptance email and it should be out in e-form on March 1.


  1. Wow! Great! I saw that market, but couldn’t think of a thing to submit to it, much less write a new story for…

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