A Christmas “Carol” for 2015; Chilling Ghost Stories Antho Arrives
In connection with Riverdale Avenue Books, we’re looking for new and/or previously published stories featuring geeky kinkiness. Or kinky geekiness. How does your inner geek get their rocks off? Have you turned that amazing scene where you were Twilight Sparkle giving it to another bound pony right in the Pinkie Pie? Got a hot hunt short story about Boba and Han? Maybe a story set AT the GKE? Send it in!
Such was the call for the FIRST ANNUAL GEEKY KINK ANTHOLOGY and, believe it or not, I happened to have something that just might fill the bill. Originally published in IN THE BLOODSTREAM from Mocha Memoirs Press in 2013 (see October 28, September 23 of that year), “A Christmas Carnage” is a Dickensian (based, that is a little, on A CHRISTMAS CAROL), Lovecraftian (sort of), splatterpunky eroticish tale of a young Miskatonic U. grad who has a chainsaw in his closet (a nervous sort, he keeps it for personal protection), and a more than family interest in his long-defunct umpity-umpth-great aunt Carol who had once been an artist’s model in Paris. So when she makes an appearance as, he would like to think, his Christmas Present . . . well, there is a price, of course, as well as a hint that those in the World of Spirits don’t appreciate puns.
Today the word came: “Congratulations! You are in the First Annual Geeky Kink Anthology WHICH WILL BE PUBLISHED THIS FRIDAY, so we need you to sign and return this contract asap. Please let us know if you will be attending GKE this coming weekend, so you can read your work?” Proof sheets are to be expected in 12 to 24 hours. The GKE, or Geeky Kink Event, which alas I had to apologize I would not be getting to, is (to quote their site), “a three-day kink event in New Jersey featuring a full dungeon, classes and workshops, vendors, and plenty of social activities.” There’s no word, however, as to whether NJ Governor Chris Christie is expected to be a guest.
But I did sign and send back the contract this p.m.
Then for a brief news flash, the previous evening CHILLING GHOST SHORT STORIES (cf. August 21, et al.) arrived.in my groaning overstuffed mailbox. From Flame Tree Publishing, this is a chunky, nicely made nearly 500-page book containing ghost tales both old and new. Mine, a reprint from GOTHIC GHOSTS (Tor Books, 1997), is titled “Victorians” and can be found between Charles Dickens’s (ahem!) “The Signal-Man” and “The New Catacomb” by Arthur Conan Doyle.