Cosmic Veggie Takes Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up. . . .; Bits and Pieces: Christmas Zombie at First Sundays Reading, Until the End to be Out Before Christmas, Untreed Reads Half-Priced on Cyber Monday

Technically this arrived last night, so, closing out the month of November, David Nell emailed:  “Thank you for your submission to COSMIC VEGETABLE. We are pleased to confirm that your story has been chosen for the remaining 16 spots and will appear in the anthology’s final lineup.”  To be published by Dreamscale Press, COSMIC VEGETABLE:  ANTHOLOGY OF HUMOROUS SF* will be coming out with my even longer-titled “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Procyon VII Slime Dancers’ Beaux,” a tale of intrigue and interstellar love originally published in March 1996 in the magazine ZONE 9 — and, the acceptance letter goes on, to be out as early as later this week in this new venue.  And, yes, we’ve met David Nell before as editor as well of MISERIA’S CHORALE for Forgotten Tomb Press (see November 26, et al.)

So part of today’s activity included reading over, electro-signing, and sending back the contract for COSMIC VEGETABLE, using a public library computer downtown, then walking about two blocks on a remarkably pleasant first day of December to local bookstore Boxcar Books for December’s Bloomington Writers Guild “First Sundays Reading and Open-Mic” (cf. October 6, et al.) at which, for the “open-mic” part, I offered my short short “The Christmas Zombie” from Kazak Press’s last year’s anthology AT YEAR’S END:  HOLIDAY SFF STORIES (cf. November 19 2012).

Then, once I returned home, it was time to check over proof sheets and send back corrections (only one small one!) to Nathan J. D. L. Rowark of Horrified Press for my story “Tunnels” (cf. August 15, also September 6 2011, et al.), to be in their rather less jolly, post-apocalypse anthology  UNTIL THE END.  Mine is a horror tale of familial love and childhood wonder under not-the-best-of-circumstances, with UNTIL THE END tentatively scheduled for release December 20th.

Then, finally, Untreed Reads Publishing has announced a fifty percent off sale for all titles all day Cyber Monday, tomorrow as I post this, including my PEDS, VANITAS, and Christmas short “I’M DREAMING OF A. . . .,” all reachable by clicking their pictures in the center column, as well as last year’s New Year’s anthology YEAR’S END:  14 TALES OF HOLIDAY HORROR with my lead story “Appointment in Time.”  Other partial-day specials will be available too, starting at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST if I’m counting the hours right).  For more information check out the Untreed Reads store by pressing here.


*Not to be confused with the “Eco-Horror Veggie Anthology” GROWING CONCERNS (of November 18 et al.), with my story “Seeds.”


  1. Wishing you a busy, profitable and creative week to follow!
    Good stuff, Jim!

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