Bat Appreciation Day April 17; Bios, etc., for Reel Dark; Daily SF Proofs

The room is darkened and, behind you, a fluttering sound — the end of the reel being played on an old-style movie projector, or . . . ?  Well, lest we forget, Friday the 17th of April is Bat Appreciation Day.  For more on our featherless flyibatzng friends, including Fun Bat Facts, one can press here.  And scroll down to the comments section for a bonus SMILEYBAT.COM link plus an “origins” explanation of why this date was chosen.

Or . . . maybe it was the projector or at least cinema related, as Black Wyrm Publishing’s REEL DARK anthology (“Twisted Fantasies Projected on the Flickering Page” — see also March 24, 13) continues toward its projected (ahem) publication date for World Horror Convention, May 7-10.  So this is another step in the creation of an anthology, gathering data about the authors, which came about yesterday with a request for a bio, a photo, and e-addresses for the blog, Facebook, etc., to be included, all of which were sent back last night.

Then finally last night I received a proof sheet for my story “Dead Lines” from DAILY SCIENCE FICTION, a final step in the publishing process.  The story is scheduled for four days from now, Tuesday April 21 (cf. March 31, et al.), so the proof, with any corrections, will go back this evening.  And, in the meantime, for those who don’t subscribe to DAILY SF (you’ll still be able to read “Dead Lines,” a tale of New Orleans and mystery along the Mississippi, plus other stories I have in the site’s archives except it won’t go in until a week later — just enter “Dorr” [the last name only for this one] in the search box to the right) you could do so now for free on their website, found here.


  1. That is just adorable! BAT APPRECIATION DAY! I liked the analogy of the old fashioned movie reel flapping –“bat alert!”
    Definitely keeping my eyes peeled for your new story at DSF -and I do subscribe to it!

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