Aimée the Illustrated Casket Girl Debuts in Night to Dawn

It was I and Marge Simon fooling around last spring following the publication in DAILY SCIENCE FICTION of “Casket Girls” (cf. April 17, April 3 2014, et al.), my alternate history flash of the coming of vampires to the New World.  She wrote some lines, just goofing around, a few silly rhymes loosely inspired by the story; I wrote a few back; until at some point we called it done.

But that’s not all.  To quote myself on April 17, “[w]e tossed around a few places we might send it, I suggesting one that had published another sort of silly poem of mine with an illustration by Marge a NighttoDawn27frontcoverJan10while back (see ‘Well-Dressed Vampiress Finds a Home,’ July 27 2012).  So it is that yesterday Barbara Custer of NIGHT TO DAWN e-mailed Marge back, ‘I’ve published James Dorr’s work before . . . [l]ove the one you did together and got a good laugh.  I’d like to publish it in NTD 27.’  And not only that, Marge may be supplying an illustration to go with this one too!”

Fast forward to present and “Aimée, the Casket Girl” has been published as well as illustrated by Marge on the following page in the April 2015 issue of NIGHT TO DAWN, received earlier this week.


  1. I know it probably wouldn’t be worth the extra work, but it occurred to me that doing the poem as a comic strip with perhaps four panels (the present illustration being #4) would be sort of neat 🙂

  2. Indeed it would be neat, Jim!

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